P!nk (real name Alecia Beth Moore, born September 8, 1979) is a female pop singer/songwriter. She first gained popularity in 2000 as an R&B singer before taking creative control of her career and switching to a more retro pop/rock sound, though her R&B origins can still be heard from time to time.Throughout her career, now over a decade long, P!nk has racked up three Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, and 12 Top 20 hits, including two (solo) number ones: "So What" and "Raise Your Glass". With album sales over 30 million and single sales over 70 million, she has experienced both critical and commercial success. In 2009, Billboard named her the number one pop artist of the decade.
Artifact Title: An interesting case. She has said that she got her stage name from Mr. Pink of Reservoir Dogs, but she did have pink hair at the start of her career, possibly to explain where the name "Pink" came from. However, right after her first album, she starting going more toward blond with pink highlights, and is now fully blond, and has probably left a few newer fans wondering where the hell the name Pink came from.
Badass Boast: "Cuz I Can", "18 Wheeler", both songs take a tone of you don't want to mess with me, something she says practically word for word in "U + Ur Hand."
Not to mention the lead single, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" from her sixth album. It's much happier and not as bitter as her previous album (which was all about heartbreak) and the title of the song lead you to believe. Though she does say the guy is "full of shit."
But Not Too White: When Pink first debuted, her deep tan, R&B style, and pairings with black romantic leads in her music videos made many viewers think she was a light-skinned black girl, or at least biracial. But her two white parents would say otherwise.
"U and Ur Hand" is an unusual variant about a women telling guys who pester her at clubs to go home and jerk off.
Also "Fingers (W/30 Seconds of Silence)" for a female version.
Implied in "Centerfold".
She also performs "I Touch Myself" live at a concert. While stretched out on a sofa. Wearing only underwear...
Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She abuses the living crap out of her boyfriend/husband in the "Please Don't Leave Me" video to comedic affect. However, it's clear that she is actually harming him quite a bit, and the humor is more dark comedy rather than "Oh, haha, look at her bossing the big guy around."
Early-Installment Weirdness: Can't Take Me Home's R&B-focused sound stands out amongst the majority of her music which has pop rock, pop funk, pop country, and other pop elements.
Four More Measures: in "Raise Your Glass", the singer herself screws up the timing at the climax: "So raise your... aw, fuck."
Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" manages to sneak an obvious oral sex joke onto pop radio through the use of parenthesis. It doesn't help that most people refer to the song by its full title, while Pink prefers just calling it "Blow Me".
She's got a loud, foul mouth and disdain for authority, but became heavily involved in animal rights activism after shooting the video for "Just Like A Pill".
Many of her songs ("Stupid Girls", "F*cking Perfect", "Conversations With My Thirteen-year old Self", etc), are very empowering, especially to adolescent girls.
She also gives her money to various specific charities in her adopted country of Australia due to the environmental issues of the time.
There's also the fact that she reportedly had to be physically restrained from beating Kanye West after his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift.
At a concert in Philidelphia in 2013, she stopped the concert in the middle to comfort a child in the audience who was crying because of a fight nearby, cheering her up by giving her a toy and a Rice Krispie treat. View the video here.
The Lad-ette: "I drink more than you/and I party harder than you/and my car's faster than yours,' the opening lyrics from "Cuz I Can"... and that's just the beginning of it.
The Masochism Tango: Her relationship with her husband, though it seems to have settled down somewhat now that they have a child together. She also recounts one particularly nasty fight that lasted over 6 hours before pretty much literally turning Slap-Slap-Kiss.
Parody: The video for "Stupid Girls" includes parodies of Nicole Richie and Jessica Simpson's Hood Ornament Hottie video for "These Boots are Made for Walking", Lindsay Lohan's frequent fender-benders, Mary Kate Olsen's bohemian fashion, and one directed at Paris Hilton's mention of her sex tape and Carl's Jr. commercial, as well as those miniature dogs that some girls use more as accessories than pets.
Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Invoked. Although the song "Stupid Girls" has a point about women are over-sexualized in the media, the music video for that song makes it look like anything femimine is weak and pathetic.
Sex Is Violence: The video for "Try", inspired by the notorious "apache" dance routines from early-twentieth-century French cabaret, which were supposedly originally intended to depict a fight between a pimp and a hooker.)
She Cleans Up Nicely: "Lady Marmalade" was the first time she got sexy for a music video as opposed to her usual tomboyish look (Rolling Stone joked that Lil Kim and Christina Aguilera would wear those outfits to the supermarket, but Pink and Mya needed some convincing). And when she did, daaaaamn...
Woman Scorned: "There You Go" and some parts of the video for "So What". Ironically, it was her husband (whom she was in the middle of divorcing) appearing in "So What" that got them back together. The divorce was never finalised.