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.
Her latest, Beautiful Trauma, was released October 13th, 2017, preceded by #1 single "What About Us?"
- Can't Take Me Home (2000)
- Missundaztood (2001)
- Try This (2003)
- I'm Not Dead (2006)
- Funhouse (2008)
- The Truth About Love (2012)
- Beautiful Trauma (2017)
- Greatest Hits... (So Far!) (2010)
- Funhouse Tour: Live in Australia (2009)
- P!nk: Live in Europe (2006)
- P!nk: Live from Wembley Arena (2007)
- P!nk: Live in Australia (2009)
- P!nk: The Truth About Love Tour Live From Melbourne (2013)
- Party Tour (2002)
- Try This Tour (2004)
- I'm Not Dead Tour (2006-2007)
- Funhouse Tour (2009)
- Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour (2010)
- The Truth About Love Tour (2013)
"The Truth About Tropes":
- Accent On The Wrong Syllable: "Don't Let Me Get Me" puts the emphasis on the NYE in Britney Spears' name to fit the rhyming scheme.
- Action Girl: "Trouble", especially in the music video.
- Artifact Alias: 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."
- Bath Suicide: Attempted in the "Perfect" music video.
- Biker Babe: Reportedly in real life, as well as in many publicity shots and the video for "Funhouse".
- Blowing a Raspberry: Does this at the end of her song "So What".
- Bowdlerise: Her song "F***in' Perfect." Lyrics changed to "Less Than Perfect" on the radio.
- Break-Up Song:
- "So What" and a great part of theFunhouse album.
- Not to mention the lead single, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" from her sixth album, The Truth About Love. 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.
- The Cameo: She appears in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle as a motorcross race camp owner. She also provided the theme song, "Feel Good Time."
- Cannot Spit It Out: "Hiccup" on her debut discusses this.
- Check, Please!: Spoken aloud in "Slut Like You" after the guy she's attempting to pick up (figuratively) blows it.
- Cool Shades: She wears a pair on the Can't Take Me Home album cover.
- Darker and Edgier: The "F*cking Perfect" music video.
- A Date with Rosie Palms:
- "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: The entire video of "Please Don't Leave Me" sees Pink's character, who is clearly insane, going to great, near-fatal lengths to stop her boyfriend from leaving her. The Boyfriend is depicted as sympathetic and the abuser gets her comeuppance, but had the roles been reversed, the video would never have seen the light of day.
- 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.
- Ethical Slut: "Slut Like You" seems to be told from the perspective of one, who nonetheless gets a kick out of revealing to the guy she picks up that she's not as innocent as he thought.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: "Glitter In The Air" is this trope.
- Excited Show Title!: Humorously inverted with her stage game.
- Fan of Underdog/Freaky Is Cool/Nerds Are Sexy: "Raise Your Glass"
- Fanservice: A few of her videos.
- Four More Measures: In "Raise Your Glass", she screws up the timing at the climax: "So raise your... aw, fuck."
- Genre Roulette: In her prime, this was a specialty of hers. She's done pure pop, Pop Punk, contemporary Rock, Techno, Soul, Glam Rock and a more straight-laced Singer-Songwriter style, even flirting with Country Music at times. Her original style leaned towards R&B, as heard on Can't Take Me Home.
- 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".
- Grief Song: "Who Knew".
- Important Haircut: The actress in the "F*cking Perfect" video undergoes one.
- Intercourse with You: A few of her songs, notably "Oh My God".
- 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.
- Lucky Charms Title: Her "i" is an exclamation point.
- Lyrical Cold Open: In "F***n' Perfect".
- Monster Clown: The lyrics and video for "Funhouse".
- New Sound Album: Her first album had a very R&B sound to it. However, for her second album onwards, she switched to a more pop/rock style.
- Ode to Sobriety/Ode to Intoxication: Type 1 deconstruction in "Sober".
- Ode to Youth: "Raise Your Glass"
- Parental Issues:
- "Family Portrait".
- Mentioned in "F***n' Perfect" too.
- 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.
- Pep-Talk Song: "Try".
- Precision F-Strike: "Timebomb," a bonus track from "The Truth about Love." To a lesser extent, the "kissing my ass" line in "Get The Party Started."
- Protest Song: "Dear Mr. President" aimed at then-President Bush.
- Rage Against the Reflection: In the video for "Don't Let Me Get Me".
- 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 feminine is weak and pathetic.
- Really Gets Around: "Slut Like You".
- Rock Star Song: "So What""So what
I'm still a rock star"
- Screw Yourself: The Music Video for "Sober".
- Self Empowerment Anthem: "Raise Your Glass" and "F***n' Perfect"
- 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.
- Shaming the Mob: During an acoustic set, Pink noticed two guys out of the corner of her eye fighting in the audience. Then she noticed that their fight was frightening a little girl in front of them, told her guitarist to stop and bitched the two guys from the stage without a second though. She then looked at the little girl and offered her a toy she had with her on stage to cheer her up.
- 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). Needless to say, it payed off BIG TIME!
- The Show Must Go On: She was suffering from a sore throat in the days before she was scheduled to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LII in February 2018, with some worrying that she'd have to bow out. Thankfully, she only needed a cough drop and performed nonetheless.
- Silly Love Songs: "Love Song" would be one of her best examples of this trope but "I'm Not Dead" plays with this trope, the song is apparently about her relationship with her main collaborator.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: "You Make Me Sick," both the song and the video. That poor Mall Santa...
- Spiritual Successor: "U + Ur Hand" is Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money" after taking a level in badass, since, unlike the struggling waitress character in that song, P!nk pretty much conveys that she WILL kick your ass if you mess with her.
- Studio Chatter:
- Missundazstood; a good half of the song is pure chatter and mistakes. "This ain't no damn Exlax commercial! This my first single MAN!"
- It's a good bet that "Bad Bad Day" was made when P!nk was just screwing around in the studio.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Rough, tough, strong, and as you'll find out through listening to some of her songs, particularly sensitive to the sadness of others.
- Take That!: "Stupid Girls"
"Tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears
- Take That, Critics!: From "Don't Let Me Get Me":
She's so pretty that just ain't me"
- "Don't Let Me Get Me" also has a regular Take That! to her former producer L.A. Reed.
- Those Magnificent Flying Machines: The video for "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" prominently features a Steampunk pedal-powered ornithopter.
- Title Track: Every album but Try This.
- Tsundere: "True Love", featuring Lily Allen, probably exemplifies this trope, though she has several other songs about her...conflicted feelings, often based on real-life drama.
- Video Full of Film Clips: The video for "Feel Good Time", due to the song being featured on the soundtrack to Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
- 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.
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Feel Good Time" has some pretty surreal lines (e.g. "paint our money black, spend it on the enemy"). The song was written by Beck and William Orbit, so the lyrics generally sound more like something Beck would sing.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Missundaztood. Also, "pink" isn't usually spelled with an exclamation point in place of the i.
- Yandere: Pink acts violently obsessive toward her lover in the music video for "Please Don't Leave Me".
- You Have to Have Jews: She's half-Jewish (on her mother's side, which mean's it's "official") and jokingly attributes her strong work ethic to Jewish guilt.