Think about this: If you were an aspiring young female pop star, whose career would you rather have had this century than Pink’s? The statistics are impressive, certainly. She’s had five platinum albums in five tries, with over 10 million sold total in the US and far more abroad. She’s had 12 top ten singles, three of them going all the way to #1, spanning the course of 12 years and counting. She’s won three Grammys, five Video Music Awards, and both a Kids’ and Teen Choice Award. At the end of the ’00s, Billboard named her the artist of the decade. Read on to know more about ehr journey, the highs, lows and everything in between!
As impressive as her numbers are, her creative resume is just as staggering. She’s had hits in hip-hop, dance, pop, punk, R&B and songs not easily classified. She’s swung from trapezes and done gymnastics in mid-air. By nearly every definition of the phrase, she has been there and done that.
She’s never been one of the two or three biggest or most obvious pop stars at any one point in time—at various points in her career, she’s been eclipsed in profile, if not necessarily radio airplay, by the likes of Britney, Beyoncé, Kelly (Clarkson), Fergie, Taylor, Ke$ha and Adele. But while most if not all of those artists have gone through lulls and lows in their pop stardom, Pink just keeps on plugging away, a consistent and never-unwelcome presence in the Top 40.
THE POP PUNK BLOW OUT
When Pink a.k.a Alecia Beth Moore preaches the Truth About Love, we listen, because we know she’s lived through the highs and lows, and lived to tell about it in an intelligent and self-aware manner. Much as we adore Taylor Swift’s high school breakup songs, “Truth About Love” is a song for a grown, boss woman, and neither she nor the majority of her Top 40 peers would be able to take it on much like she does. Only Pink carries all of the emotional gravity, the vocal flexibility and the pop chops to walk the tightrope between the song’s swinging giddiness and its bluesy down-to-earthness. Needless to say, it’s an achievement that should not be overlooked.
ON HER VERVE
Twelve years into her Hall of Fame worthy career, Pink only appears to be getting stronger as both a pop star and an artist, something only a few musicians on her level have ever been able to claim. After becoming a mother for the first time a year ago, Pink hasn’t come close to losing her verve or passion for making music, and from what we’ve come to know about her throughout her career, the additional life experience should lead to nothing but more touching and imminently relatable popular music.
We raise our glass to you, Alecia.