Pink Insists She's 'M!ssundaztood'
It's not easy being Pink. Constantly in the public eye, the songstress has never been one to bite her tongue, as her comments have raised an eyebrow or two. Therefore, it seems logical that the 22-yeaIt's not easy being Pink. Constantly in the public eye, the songstress has never been one to bite her tongue, as her comments have raised an eyebrow or two. Therefore, it seems logical that the 22-year-old recording artist would title her sophomore set "M!ssundaztood," which released Nov. 20 via Arista.
"The first album was a good introduction-it was testing the waters," the Philadelphia native says. "No one knew who I was before 'There You Go.' They don't know that I was the lead singer of two punk bands and sang gospel in all-black churches. I wanted this album to represent that.
"Instead of being pigeonholed into one genre, I wanted to go across the board and do everything," she adds. "Instead of letting other people put me with producers that just wanted a paycheck, I got with people that really wanted to make great music."
One of those people turned out to be former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry. "I found Linda's number in my make-up artist's phone book, so I stole it," Pink says frankly. "I called her and left her a 10-minute-long message about how I think she rocks and if I can find her phone number, I can find out where she lives. I also told her that she owed me an apology because when I was 13, I got arrested for singing her album out of my window at 4:30 in the morning. She called me back and said, 'You're f***ing crazy ... you need to come over.' I jumped in my truck, went over to her house, and we wrote 15 songs in a month."
"Get the Party Started," the set's first single, was written by Perry. "Linda wrote it before I even met her," Pink says of the single, which currently rests at No. 13 on The Billboard Hot 100. "I heard it and begged her for it. I loved the way it sounded and the way she sang it."
"It's more about what happens before you get to the club than when you're actually at the club," Pink continues. "Everybody's done a party song, so my whole thing was, especially for the video, I have more fun getting ready for the club than I do when I actually get in. The excitement of getting ready, picking your clothes, calling your friends, going to the gas station, tailgating people -- that's the exciting part of the night. When you get in the club, it's like, 'Anybody want a drink?'"
The Dave Myers-directed clip premiered Oct. 22 on MTV's "Making the Video," making its debut on "Total Request Live" the next day. Pink's episode of "MTV's Diary" debuted Nov. 8.
Pink also gets serious on tracks like "Family Portrait" and "My Vietnam." "I wrote ['Family Portrait'] about what it's like going through a divorce with your parents," she says of the Scott Storch-produced track. "That's a really painful and personal song -- it made my mommy cry for four days-but I think it's important, and I love it."
"My Vietnam" has taken on a deeper meaning since Sept. 11. "It's eerie to listen to that after the fact, because I wrote it four months ago," Pink says. "It was just about life, but now it's taken on a whole new meaning."
While the singer compares sharing such intimate details to "standing naked in front of an auditorium full of people," she hopes they will touch someone else: "If I can help somebody else out by doing it, then so be it."
It may not be taken directly from her personal life, but the blues-fueled "Misery," a duet with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, will certainly touch people.
"I met Steven at a Y100 radio show, and I basically threw myself at him," says Pink of the track that also features Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on guitar. "I figured he'd either have me thrown out or he'd love me. He looked at me and told me I reminded him of Janis Joplin. It was either the compliment of a lifetime or the biggest insult. I begged him to do a song with me, and he was all for it. He actually brought the song to me -- a friend of his wrote it. I heard it, and I loved it."
Executives at Arista are looking to build off the momentum from Pink's recent contribution to the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack as they prepare to release "M!ssundaztood."
"Pink is in an excellent position coming off the success of both her debut album and the 'Lady Marmalade' single," Arista VP of marketing Adam Lowenberg says. "The fact that she has delivered such a diverse album only further helps our cause."
Arista president Antonio "L.A." Reid says the set shows "tremendous growth," noting that Pink is now "in tune with herself and understands that it's OK to be expressive."
Pink will make her big-screen debut in a remake of Norman Jewison's "Rollerball." "I play the dominatrix narrator," says the singer.
Pink's theatrical abilities helped her on the set of the "Lady Marmalade" video, which also featured Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and Mya. She says of the experience, "It took them a couple of days to talk me into the outfit [for the video] -- I was not feeling that. I'm a big tomboy who never wears shorts, and they had me in these booty shorts."