P!nk is most often recognized by her unique,
unorthodox fashion sense and soulful sound. Named #12 in
the UK Music Hall of Fame of the 21st century, her vocal
skills have often been compared to that of the late
Janis Joplin, whom Pink cites as one of her idols. She
is the daughter of James and Judy Moore, and is of Irish
and German descent on her father's side, and of
Lithuanian Jewish descent on her mother's. James played
guitar and sang songs for the young Alecia, who vowed
from the earliest that she would become a rock star
P!nk has explained the origin of the stage name "Pink" in three different versions, one explicit. The lighter version claims that she had her pants pulled down by a boy at a YMCA summer camp when she was a teenager, and her face turned bright pink out of embarrassment. The explicit version claims that a friend told her that her pubic region was bright pink. She has also said that in the movie Reservoir dogs there is a character named Mr. Pink. She said all of her friends said she acted just like him so she wanted to call herself that. But her friends said "Mr. Pink is a man" so they shortened it to Pink.
On January 7, 2006, she married motorcycle racer Carey Hart in a ceremony on a beach in Costa Rica.
Pink began her career as an R&B artist, signed to the predominately urban label LaFace Records. She has since complained that because she chose to relinquish creative control to her record label, she did not like the type of music she made at this time, or her image, which included bright pink hair. Her debut album, Can't Take Me Home was released on April 4, 2000. A substantial success, it went double platinum, and spun off two top top 10 singles: "There You Go" and "Most Girls." The album's third single, "You Make Me Sick" was released towards the end of 2000, and also became a smaller pop hit in early 2001 (hit number 33 in February of 2001), thanks in part to its being featured in the movie Save The Last Dance.
In spring of 2001, Pink teamed up with rapper Lil' Kim, R&B singer Mya, and pop music singer Christina Aguilera on a remake of Labelle's 1975 hit "Lady Marmalade". The track was produced by hip-hop producers Rockwilder and Missy Elliott and was featured in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge!. The song's music video featured the four singers dressed in underwear and heavy makeup, portraying turn-of-the-20th century courtesans. The video was immensely popular on music centered television channels and adult top 40 radio. The song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award—Pink's first—for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. The song also topped the charts in Australia with the soundtrack being the best selling album of 2001 in that country.
Tired of being marketed as a another cookie-cutter pop act, and eager to become a more serious songwriter and musician, Pink took her sound in a new direction and sought more creative control during the recording of her sophomore album. She recruited former 4 Non Blondes vocalist, Linda Perry, and together Pink and Perry co-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on Missundaztood, released on November 20, 2001.
Its lead off single, the Perry written and produced "Get The Party Started" went top five in the US, while topping the charts in many countries. It was narrowly denied the #1 spot in the UK due to the release of Enrique Iglesias's "Hero". The album's other singles, "Don't Let Me Get Me", "Just Like a Pill", and "Family Portrait" were also radio and chart successes. The Dallas Austin produced "Just Like a Pill" finally gained Pink her first solo UK #1 in September 2002 and as a result album sales of M!ssundaztood increased dramatically. Uptempo dance remixes of these more rock-oriented songs allowed them to become crossover hits on U.S. rhythmic radio and in the clubs, and the less R&B, more alternative rock sound of M!ssundazstood enabled all four singles to become modest hits at adult top 40 radio also. The album's tracks "18 Wheeler" and "Eventually" (the first song Pink wrote with Perry) were rumored as fifth singles; however, following sales that exceeded all expectations Pink took a short hiatus.
M!ssundaztood was the second best-selling album in the UK during 2002, and worldwide Pink was the best-selling female artist globally. The album has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. to date.
In the summer of 2003, Pink released a single from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, "Feel Good Time". The track, produced by electronic music artist William Orbit, peaked in the 60's on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 Singles chart. She also had a small cameo in the movie as a dirt bike race promoter.
P!nk's third album Try This was released on November 11, 2003. Eight of the thirteen tracks were co-written with Tim Armstrong of punk band Rancid. Try This reached the Top 10 on album charts in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia in 2003. Though its singles "Trouble" and "God Is A DJ" didn't do as well in her home country as her previous singles, "Trouble" earned Pink her second Grammy award in 2003. However, the singles were largely successful in Europe, especially Britain, and Australia, prompting her to release a third non-U.S. single, "Last To Know". Due to the album's popularity, Pink toured extensively throughout Europe, but made no plans for a U.S. tour.
Pink's fourth album, I'm Not Dead will be released in April 2006. The first single, " Stupid Girls," has already been released to radio, and is currently available on iTunes. P!nk made videos for "You and Your Hand" and "Stupid Girls" but decided to release the latter first. The CD is going to be released 31 March in some parts of Europe (those which release albums on Fridays, as opposed to Mondays) 3 April in the rest of the world except for the U.S., and the following day in the U.S.
A DVD containing concert footage of Pink's Try This European Tour is also planned to be released the same day as her new album. The horror movie "Catacombs" will be out this year as well but there's no date yet.