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Pink
"What happened to the dream of a girl president? She's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent," sings this feisty 26-year-old on the first single off her brand new album. Yes ladies and gentlemen, Pink is back Ė and she is pissed off!

Getting increasingly annoyed by what passes for teenage role models these days (see, youíre not the only one) the outspoken singer decided to give the entire lot what they deserve Ė a resounding lampooning slap in the face. None of the underfed, overrated, socialite-actress-singer types are spared in the video for the song titled Stupid Girls and we have to say, itís about time!

Right from her debut in 2000, Pink made it pretty clear that she marched to her own beat, crediting her independent streak and forthright nature to her Philadelphia upbringing. Born Alecia Moore on September 8, 1979, she was nicknamed ĎPinkí for the colour of her face when she got embarrassed and later after the character Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino's landmark film Reservoir Dogs.

After getting early music lessons from her father, Pink began to explore music on her own. At age 13 she met a popular Philly club dancer named Skratch, who she started performing with. She then moved on to singing backup in his rap group Schools of Thought. By 14, she was writing her own songs. The same year, a DJ at a local hotspot called Club Fever began allowing her on-stage to sing a song every Friday. She performed religiously, even if she was on for only as little as five minutes. Her break came when a music executive visited the club one evening in search of someone to add to the R&B group he was putting together. Impressed by Pink's voice and style he signed her to the group. The group, termed Basic Instinct, didnít go very far and Pink subsequently moved on to another similar group called Choice. Her luck was not much better and Choice quickly saw the same fate. Through all of this, Pinkís songwriting talents had got noticed and she was soon given a solo deal.

STRAIGHT TALKING WITH PINK

Stupid Girls is outrageous! Where did you come up with that?
I was in a very ridiculous mood that day! Itís just a song about girls, itís a little judgmental and wrong but I canít help it sometimes. [Laughs] Itís really funny. Itís all in good fun, but itís poking fun at the epidemic thatís going on in the world right now that everyone has bought into. And no offenseÖ okay, well offense to whoever, I donít really care! [Laughs] Iím just making fun of it, and thatís what I do!

According to you how do you avoid turning into a stupid girl?
It feels really good to be good at something. Most people never give themselves a chance to find what theyíre good at Ė and if you do give yourself that chance you will never find the need for all that superfluous, superficial crap. Youíre going to want to do what youíre good at because it feels better than looking good.

IíM NOT DEAD: THE NEW ALBUM
While she kicks things off with a bang with Stupid Girls, the album isnít all flip and silly. The singer offers a glimpse into the softer side of herself as well on songs that deal with loss and love. Hereís a look at some of the other stand-out tracks on the album.

Who Knew Ė a song about the loss of a friendship.
I'm Not Dead Ė the title track that also looks at loss but from a different angle - seeing what you've gained at the end of it all.


You can read the rest of our feature on Pink in the January 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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