Sabrina Carpenter had a recurring role as the young version of Chloe Goodwin in The Goodwin Games and starred as Maya Hart in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. She is signed to Hollywood Records. Her debut EP Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying was released in 2014, and she has since released two full-length albums: Eyes Wide Open (2015) and Evolution (2016).
Camila Cabello Best Known For Being an ex-member of the American girl group “Fifth Harmony” which was formed during the second season of The X Factor US in 2012, and thereafter signed to a joint record deal with Syco Music and Epic Records for their music releases.
Christina Perri is Best Known For Her songs like “Jar of Hearts”, “Arms”, “A Thousand Years”, “Human”.
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After her debut single “Jar of Hearts” was featured on the television series So You Think You Can Dance in 2010, Perri signed with Atlantic Records and released her debut extended play, The Ocean Way Sessions. Her debut studio album, Lovestrong (2011), followed soon after and has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Perri also gained recognition for writing and recording “A Thousand Years”, the love theme for the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012), which appears on the accompanying soundtrack. The song went on to sell over 4 million copies in the United States, being certified 4× platinum. She later released her second extended play, A Very Merry Perri Christmas (2012), followed by her second studio album, Head or Heart (2014).
Born Name Christina Judith Perri
Occupation Singer, songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Age: 31 years and 2 months
Sun Sign Leo
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 5½ in or 166 cm
Measurements 35-25-34 in or 89-63.5-86 cm
Bra Size 34A
Genre Pop, pop rock, adult contemporary, folk
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Atlantic Records
In 2004, Christina graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Perri also went to Nazareth Academy High School.
Father – Dante Perri
Mother – Mary Perri
Siblings – Nick Perri (Older Brother) (Lead guitarist, songwriter, producer)
Lots of tattoos on her body
She has not endorsed any of the brands, but her song “Arms” was featured in the film Safe Haven (2013).
She has also appeared in couple of commercials.
Perri was born in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia), the daughter, and younger child of Mary and Dante Perri. She has an older brother, Nick Perri, who formerly played guitar with Shinedown, Silvertide, Perry Farrell and Matt Sorum and cousin Dominic Perri. Her father was from Italy and her mother from Poland.
She graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in 2004. She taught herself how to play guitar as a 16-year-old by watching a videotape of Shannon Hoon from the group Blind Melon performing on VH1. She attended college as a communication major for a year before dropping out to pursue a music career.
She frequently sang and acted in musical theatre as a child. Perri claims to have learned to play piano and guitar because she missed hearing music being played in the house when she moved away. According to Perri, whenever she played the guitar or piano, she would sing and “all of a sudden these songs would appear.”
Perri moved to Los Angeles on her 21st birthday. According to Perri, she felt terrified of being over 3000 miles away from her family, saying that she “cried her eyes out every day”.
Later that year she married and began to produce music videos for a living. She divorced 18 months later and moved into a small apartment on her own to focus entirely on working on music. She moved back to Philadelphia by the end of 2009; it was during this time that she wrote “Jar of Hearts”. She later moved back to Los Angeles, waitressing at the Melrose Cafe during the day and recording at night.
Perri’s song “Jar of Hearts” was featured on So You Think You Can Dance during the show of June 30, 2010 in a performance by Billy Bell and Kathryn McCormick. Perri’s friend Keltie Knight passed the song to show choreographer Stacey Tookey, as Perri was unsigned at the time. Perri and Colleen watched the performance in the audience. Following its exposure on the show, “Jar of Hearts” sold 48,000 digital copies in its first week, debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 63 and reaching No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs. Within a month, it had sold more than 100,000 copies. The song peaked at number 17 on the Hot 100.
Following the success of “Jar of Hearts”, Perri signed a deal with Atlantic Records on July 21, 2010. She recorded an EP titled The Ocean Way Sessions that was released on November 9, 2010. The second single from Perri’s debut album, “Arms”, was released on March 15, 2011. She released her debut album, Lovestrong, on May 10, 2011. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 58,000 copies. In the United Kingdom, Lovestrong was the thirteenth highest selling debut album of 2011.
In July 2011, Perri embarked on her first world tour, the Lovestrong Tour, which lasted for almost exactly a year and consisted of 71 dates. Perri released her single “A Thousand Years”, which appeared on the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, on October 18, 2011. The song debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 31, but has been certified 4× platinum with over 4 million sales in the US alone since. The song is Perri’s most successful single to date. The album’s third and final single, “Distance”, was released on March 20, 2012.
Perri also announced in San Juan, Puerto Rico during her Lovestrong Tour that she had begun to work on her second studio album. In addition, in late 2012 Perri was the opening act for Jason Mraz’s concert tour, the “Love Is a Four Letter Word Tour”, across continental North America in 2012.
On August 1, 2012, she announced via Facebook that A Very Merry Perri Christmas EP would be released on October 16, 2012. The album consisted of one original song, “Something About December”, which served as the lead single, as well as four covers. Perri re-recorded “A Thousand Years” for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 soundtrack with guest vocals from Steve Kazee, titled “A Thousand Years, Pt. 2”. On May 14, 2013, she received the BMI award for her song “A Thousand Years” at the 61st annual BMI Pop Awards held in Beverly Hills, California.
2013–present: Head or Heart and third studio album
In 2013, Perri began regularly tweeting and posting pictures on Instagram regarding her second studio album’s progress using the hashtag “#albumtwo”. In February, Perri partnered with the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms on a three-stop tour to raise money for the charity and debuted a brand new song from her second studio album, titled “I Believe”, at the shows. On June 21, Perri tweeted announcing that the second album was coming together.
On November 11, 2013, Perri announced that her first single from her new album is called “Human”. The song was released on November 18, 2013, on iTunes. Perri performed the song on The Queen Latifah Show the same day. On November 28, 2013, Perri revealed that her second studio album would be titled Head or Heart and it was released on April 1, 2014. On May 29, it was announced that she would open Demi Lovato’s new North American World Tour’s dates. Perri later announced that her second concert tour would be titled the Head or Heart Tour, which began in April 2014.
On June 9, she released the second single from her second album, “Burning Gold”. with the video released on August 1. On December 19, 2014, Perri performed in the annual “Christmas in Washington” holiday concert.
In May 2016, Perri announced via her Instagram that she was currently working on her third album.
In June 2016, it was announced that Perri would feature on the title track of Lindsey Stirling’s third studio album, Brave Enough. The album was released on August 19, 2016.
Perri began dating entertainment reporter Paul Costabile in January 2016, having first met him during an interview in 2013. In March 2016, Perri announced on social media that she was 4 years sober. She and Costabile became engaged in June 2017 and were married on December 12, 2017. In August 2017, Perri announced she was pregnant with their first child, and gave birth to their daughter, Carmella Stanley Costabile, on January 17, 2018.
She released her first album Lovestrong on May 10, 2011 via Atlantic Records. She was able to sell more than 1,500,000 copies of the album worldwide.
The album received mixed reviews from the music critics.
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In 2010, she was a guest performer at So You Think You Can Dance and so appeared in just 1 episode.
Christina focuses more on her diet. In order to remain full of energy for the concerts and protect her voice, she has to watch what she eats.
Christina starts her day with a protein shake which includes different ingredients daily such as strawberry, acai berry, coconut milk, peaches, whey protein, peanut butter, and hemp antioxidants. She eats after every 2-3 hours. Perri also eats Mrs. May’s Nut Clusters whenever she feels hungry.
Christina also exercises at Equinox gym in New York with her trainer Joey Rubino. They together shared a 30-minute full body workout for the fans.
Christina is also obsessed with SoulCycle and prefers to do it whenever she finds time.
Christina Perri Favorite Things
Song – Flightless Bird, American Mouth (By Iron and Wine)
Album – August and Everything After (By Counting Crows)
Celebrity – Paul McCartney
Restaurant – The 101 Cafe in L.A
Book – The Perks of Being a Wallflower (By Stephen Chbosky)
Movie – The Godfather (1972)
Store – Wasteland in L.A.
Pet – Lexi Perri (Her family pug)
Musical Gear / Instrument – Her black acoustic Taylor guitar
Gadget – Blender (which she uses to make protein shake)
Quote – The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return (By Moulin Rouge)
Christina Perri Facts
When Christina was 16, she herself learned to play guitar by watching rock band Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon videos.
She is very good friends with Canadian TV presenter, Keltie Knight.
On her 21st birthday, Christina relocated to Los Angeles.
Before starting her singing career professionally, she has worked at a Melrose Cafe, LA.
She is a Democrat politically.
The band Beatles have had a big impact / influence on her singing career. She used to listen them while growing up and it has helped her to improve her pop songwriting skills.
On March 2, 2016, Christina was 4 years sober as revealed by her on Instagram. She doesn’t like to do drugs and drink.
Jamie Chung Best Known For Playing Nima in Premium Rush (2012), Lauren in The Hangover Part II (2011), Amber Hilliard in Grown Ups (2010) is an American actress, blogger, and former reality television personality. She first gained fame in 2004 as a cast member on the MTV reality series The Real World: San Diego and subsequently through her appearances on its spin-off show, Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II. She is regarded by many as the Real World alumna with the most successful media career.
She later transitioned into acting and has since become known for films, such as Dragonball Evolution, Grown Ups, Premium Rush, Sorority Row, The Hangover Part II, Sucker Punch, and Big Hero 6 and having been the series lead of the ABC Family television miniseries Samurai Girl. Chung received critical acclaim for her lead performance in the independent drama film about domestic human trafficking, Eden. In 2017, she was cast as the teleporting mutant Clarice Fong/Blink in the superhero drama series The Gifted on Fox.
Since 2012, Chung has appeared in the recurring role of Mulan in the ABC fantasy television series Once Upon a Time. She also created the fashion blog What the Chung?
Hilary Duff Best Known For Working as an actress and singer too. She is identified by her role in the Disney Channel Original series Lizzie McGuire from 2001 to 2004. She did her role as Elizabeth Brooke McGuire.
Lizzie McGuire star Hillary Duff is not new to fortune nor fame. In fact, thanks to her years of acting, she was able to build up a sizeable wealth that allows her to buy anything she wants on a whim, including luxury cars. For the entrepreneur, actress, and singer that is Duff, she decided to use her hard-earned money on the reliable Range Rover. Apparently, Duff is a fan of the 4×4 that she uses on many occasions.
Hilary Duff Chased the Sun at Hawaii, Maui in Bikini
Years active: 1993–present
Relatives: Haylie Duff (sister)
Musical career genre: Teen Pop, Contemporary Pop / Rock, Pop, Dance Pop
Labels: Buena, Vista Hollywood, RCA Records
Born: September 28, 1987, 30 years and 9 months, Houston, Texas, United States
Nick Name Hil, HDuff, Hils
Sun Sign Libra
Eye Color Light Brown
Hair Color Dyed blonde, natural hair color is brown
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
Measurements 34-27-34 in or 86-68.5-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Father – Robert Erhard Duff (a partner in a chain of convenience stores in the two areas)
Mother – Susan Colleen (Homemaker turned Film/ Music Producer)
Siblings – Haylie Duff (Older Sister) (Actress and Singer)
Due to her involvement in the acting and show business from an early age, Hilary Duff didn’t go to school due to lack of time. So, she had been home schooled from the age of 8.
Hilary Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004). The series proved to be a hit, leading to a film adaptation of the series to be released. Duff began working on numerous projects with the Disney Channel, including the film Cadet Kelly (2002). She later began work on an album, releasing the Christmas themed Santa Claus Lane (2002) through Walt Disney Records. Upon signing with Hollywood Records, Duff began working on her second studio album, Metamorphosis (2003). The album achieved critical and commercial success, topping the U.S. Billboard 200 and selling over three million copies in the nation. It also found success in both Canada and Japan. Duff’s success in both acting and music led to her becoming a household name, with merchandise such as dolls, clothing, and fragrances being released.
Duff began to expand her career into theatrical films, with leading roles in projects such as Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005). She continued to have success in music, with her albums Hilary Duff (2004) and Most Wanted (2005) achieving Platinum status in the United States. Following the release of her fourth studio album, Dignity (2007), Duff released a greatest hits album and parted ways with Hollywood Records. During this time, she began appearing in independent films such as War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009), and Bloodworth (2010).
She later released the novel Elixir (2010), which became a New York Times best seller. The book was followed by the sequels Devoted (2011) and True (2013). She currently stars in the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger as Kelsey Peters. She returned to music in 2014, and signed with RCA Records for her fifth studio album Breathe In. Breathe Out. (2015). Duff has worked with numerous charities and organizations throughout her career.
Hilary Duff has received much media attention since the beginning of her career, with focuses including her romantic relationships, friendships, and her public image. Her romances with Aaron Carter and Joel Madden were often reported in the media. In 2010, she married former professional hockey player Mike Comrie, with whom she has a son. The two of them finalized their divorce six years later. She has been described by later Disney actresses as an inspiration, with artists such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez claiming they looked up to Duff and emulated her career. Duff has sold an estimated 15 million records since her debut in 2002.
Life and career
1987–2000: Early life and career beginnings
Hilary Duff parents are Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores, and Susan Colleen (née Cobb), a homemaker turned film and music producer. Duff has one older sister named Haylie. Hilary was raised between Houston and San Antonio, the locations of her father’s convenience stores. Encouraged by their mother, both Hilary and her sister enrolled in acting, singing, and ballet classes. The siblings earned roles in local theater productions, and later participated in a touring BalletMet production of The Nutcracker in San Antonio. Increasingly interested in the pursuit of show business, the Duff sisters and their mother moved to California in 1993, while their father stayed in Houston to take care of his business. The sisters auditioned for several years and were cast in many television commercials. Due to her acting career, Duff was home-schooled from the age of eight. The pair also modeled for various clothing brands. Duff stated, “My sister and I really showed an interest in performing and dedication, and our mother was like, ‘How can I tell my kids no?’ It’s the same as kids that are going into sports. Parents support them and push them.”
During her initial acting years, Hilary Duff primarily played minor roles, such as her uncredited part in the Hallmark Entertainment western miniseries True Women (1997) and as an uncredited extra in the ensemble comedy-drama Playing by Heart (1998). The same year, Duff landed her first major role as Wendy in Casper Meets Wendy, based on the Harvey Comics characters. After appearing in the supporting role of Ellie in the television film The Soul Collector (1999), Duff received a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress). In March 2000, Duff appeared as a sick child in the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope. She was next cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio. Her Daddio co-star Michael Chiklis stated, “After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, ‘This young girl is gonna be a movie star.’ She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin.” However, producers dropped Duff from the cast prior to the airing of the show.
2000–2007: Mainstream success with acting and music
A week after being dropped from Daddio, Duff landed the title role of a newly developed Disney Channel series, Lizzie McGuire. Lizzie McGuire premiered on January 12, 2001 and became a ratings hit, with an estimated 2.3 million viewers per episode. Duff quickly became labeled as a teen idol and household name, particularly within the show’s pre-teen adolescent target demographic. Disney began marketing the series through soundtracks, books, dolls, toys, and video games based on Duff’s character; the company reportedly made an estimated $100 million from the show’s merchandise alone. That same year, it was confirmed that Duff was in a relationship with fellow teen star Aaron Carter. Carter later guest-starred in an episode of Lizzie McGuire with Duff. The relationship garnered media attention with reports of a love triangle between Duff, Carter, and actress Lindsay Lohan. Duff and Carter continued an on-again-off-again relationship for three years, before ultimately ending their relationship for good. Duff made her feature film debut in Human Nature (2002), in which she portrayed the younger version of Patricia Arquette’s character. Duff also starred in the 2002 Disney Channel television film Cadet Kelly, which became the network’s most watched program in its 19-year history.
Hilary Duff began making appearances on various soundtracks for the Disney channel, recording a cover of the Brooke McClymont song “I Can’t Wait” for the soundtrack to Lizzie McGuire. She later recorded a cover of “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” for DisneyMania. Upon expressing interest in a music career, production on Duff’s debut Christmas themed album began. Santa Claus Lane was released in October 2002, charting in the lower portion of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album was initially distributed through Walt Disney Records, with Buena Vista later re-releasing the project. It went on to receive a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments exceeding 500,000 copies. Despite initially only being released in North America, the album received numerous re-releases in the following years. Duff later signed a recording contract with Andre Recke of Hollywood Records to release future recordings. Though her early music recordings garnered much success on Radio Disney, Recke and Buena Vista Records envisioned Duff appealing to a more mature audience.
In 2003, Hilary Duff earned a co-starring role in the children’s action comedy film Agent Cody Banks with Frankie Muniz. Scott Foundas of Variety called Duff’s performance “charming,” and thought she was “sidelined with little to do much of the time.” The same year, Duff reprised her role as Lizzie McGuire for The Lizzie McGuire Movie. The film saw her also portraying the character of Isabella Parigi, an Italian pop star who McGuire is later mistaken for. Duff recorded the original song “What Dreams Are Made Of” for the film’s finale, which was later included on the film’s soundtrack. She also recorded the song “Why Not,” which released as Duff’s debut single, though the song was not released as a single release in North America. The song became a top-twenty hit in Australia and New Zealand, becoming her first song to chart worldwide. The soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire Movie went on to be certified Platinum in Canada and 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
Hilary Duff released her second studio album, Metamorphosis, in August 2003. The album received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, though it went on to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album became a major hit for Duff, going on to sell over five million copies within its first two years of release. The album sold over three million copies in the United States, becoming her highest selling album to date and earning a 3x Platinum certification from the RIAA. The album spawned the successful singles “So Yesterday” and “Come Clean”. While “So Yesterday” achieved Platinum status in Australia, “Come Clean” went on to become her first hit in the United States. “Come Clean” was used as the theme song to the popular MTV series Laguna Beach and went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA. Metamorphosis earned Duff multiple awards and nominations following its release. Duff further promoted the album with the Metamorphosis Tour that ran from November to December 2003. Later that year, Duff co-starred as one of the twelve children of Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the family comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, which remains her highest-grossing film to date. Slant Magazine reviewer Nick Schager wrote that Duff “does nothing more than look perky and stylish.”
Lizzie McGuire aired its final episode on February 14, 2004 following the fulfillment of Duff’s 65-episode contract. Despite reports that the series was in talks for a second film and further television spin-off, these plans fell through as Duff’s salary for the proposal was insufficient. The same year, she starred opposite Chad Michael Murray in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story. The film went on to become a moderate box office hit despite negative reviews. Duff’s self-titled third studio album was released in September of that year. Duff was more involved in the production of this album than she had been in the production of her previous record, hoping of departing from the image she had developed during Lizzie McGuire. The album, featuring prominent rock elements and drawing comparison to works from Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over 1.8 million copies in the United States. The album contained one single released as such in the United States, which failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Later in the year, Duff starred in the musical drama Raise Your Voice. The film, however, was panned by just about everyone and unsuccessful at the box office. Several reviews, however, while indifferent to Duff’s acting performance, were critical of her vocals, a number finding fault with what appeared to be her digitally enhanced voice. Her performances in A Cinderella Story and Raise Your Voice earned Duff her first Razzie nomination for Worst Actress in 2004. In July 2004, a 16-year-old Duff began dating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, who was then 25 years old. After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff’s mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine. Madden worked with Duff on her compilation album, Most Wanted. In November 2006, Duff and Madden broke up. Duff launched her first clothing line, “Stuff by Hilary Duff,” in 2004. The line was distributed by Target in the U.S., Kmart in Australia, Zellers in Canada, and Edgars Stores in South Africa from March 2004 onwards.
In 2005, Hilary Duff had a starring role in the film The Perfect Man, starring alongside Heather Locklear. The Village Voice’s Matt Singer wrote, “Duff plays her standard character—an introverted romantic who falls for a guy whose hunky exterior belies an artistic soul.” That August, Duff released her first compilation album, entitled Most Wanted. The album featured songs from Duff’s previous albums, as well as remixes and new material and included the hit single “Wake Up,” which went on to become her second single to be certified Gold by the RIAA. The compilation debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and had sold over one million copies a month after its release. Duff later appeared in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, which resulted in her second Razzie nomination for Worst Actress in 2005. Mike Clarke of USA Today said, “Duff just looks like she’d rather be in a different movie.”
Hilary Duff co-starred with her sister Haylie in the satirical comedy Material Girls (2006). The film earned both sisters a shared Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress, becoming Duff’s third consecutive nomination in three years. The sisters were also nominated for Worst Screen Couple. Hilary and Haylie collaborated on a cover of Madonna’s single “Material Girl” for the film’s soundtrack. Duff released her first perfume, “With Love Hilary Duff,” in September 2006. The line was distributed by the Elizabeth Arden company. Initially only sold in Macy’s department stores, the fragrance became available in Europe, Japan, and Canada and was one of the three best-selling fragrances launched in department stores in 2006. That same year, Duff was stalked by a 19-year-old Russian immigrant identified as Max and his 50-year-old roommate David Joseph Klein. She filed for restraining orders against the two men, claiming that Max “threatened to kill himself” to get her attention. She also alleged that he threatened to “remove enemies” who stand in his way, including Duff’s boyfriend at the time Joel Madden. Max, later identified as Maksim Myaskovskiy, was sentenced to 117 days in prison. In 2007, it was confirmed that Duff’s parents had separated following her father’s infidelity.
2007–2010: Dignity, new image and television
In the midst of drama in her personal life, Duff began working on material for her fourth studio album. Duff co-wrote thirteen of the album’s fourteen songs, along with writers such as Kara DioGuardi. The finished product, Dignity (2007), featured production from Rhett Lawrence, Tim & Bob, and Richard Vission, resulting in a dance and electropop sound for the record. The album received critical praise, despite some critics noting Duff’s “weak” vocals. The album was praised for its lyrical content and new musical direction. The album dealt with topics such as her parents’ divorce, her breakup with Joel Madden, and the stalking incident during the prior year. Despite a positive critical reception, Dignity failed to match the commercial success of her previous releases. Debuting at number three on the Billboard 200, the album failed to receive higher than a Gold certification from the RIAA. Despite the album’s lackluster performance, it included the single “With Love,” which went on to become her highest charting single in the United States. Both “With Love” and the album’s third single, “Stranger,” topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States. A television special titled Hilary Duff: This Is Now was produced to chronicle Duff’s return to music. The two-part project aired on MTV before the album’s release. The series reportedly took sixty weeks to complete filming, and saw Duff both recording and preparing for the release of Dignity.
Hilary Duff began dating Canadian NHL player Mike Comrie in 2007. Following the release of Dignity and the music videos for “With Love” and “Stranger,” Duff began to adapt a more mature image. Duff’s new image inspired some to consider her a “sex symbol.” This image was reinforced by her appearance in the political satire film War, Inc. (2008), in which Duff portrayed an “oversexed” Central Asian pop star named Yonica Babyyeah. The film received a limited release in the United States, and grossed $580,862 domestically. Duff recorded the songs “Boom Boom Bang Bang” and “I Want to Blow You Up” for the film’s soundtrack. Despite initially announcing a deluxe edition of Dignity for a 2008 release, Duff later confirmed that she would release a greatest hits album to fulfill her contract with Hollywood Records. Best of Hilary Duff (2008) received no promotion prior to its release, entering the Billboard 200 at number 125. It became her first album released in the United States to not receive a certification from the RIAA. The compilation included the single “Reach Out,” which sampled the Depeche Mode song “Personal Jesus.” The song featured provocative lyrics referencing sex, while its music video saw Duff both humping a statue and sucking a man’s thumb. The song became her third consecutive single to top the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States. She announced to MTV that she would begin writing another album in December 2008, but it was never developed. That same year, Duff ceased to have control over “Stuff by Hilary Duff”, thus the line was discontinued.
Hilary Duff had a leading role as the title character of the film According to Greta (2009), which chronicled the life of a suicidal and rebellious teen. Her performance received mixed reviews. Andrew Barker of Variety magazine criticized Duff’s “child star” approach to acting and wanted her to stay away from teen roles. However, Los Angeles Times critic Robert Abele wrote that her attempt to “transform her bright-eyed wholesomeness into rebellious snark” in Greta “is a valiant one.” Later that year, she co-starred as a narcissistic seductress in What Goes Up. Brian Lowry of Variety magazine stated that Duff’s performance “amounts to a near-adult role,” yet labeled her role and the film “confused.” Despite having previously turned down a role in The CW drama 90210 to avoid projects within the “teen” genre, it was later confirmed that Duff would appear as a recurring character in the third season of the hit series Gossip Girl. Duff portrayed famous actress Olivia Burke, who enrolled at New York University in search of a traditional college experience. Duff’s character sparked a romantic relationship with male lead character Dan Humphrey, and was later the center of controversy when the two had a threesome with Humphrey’s friend Vanessa Abrams. Enid Portugez of the LA Times praised her performance by giving a positive review to her involvement in this adult role. The following year, she won a Teen Choice Award for Best Female Scene Stealer for her appearance on Gossip Girl. In 2009, Duff collaborated with DKNY Jeans where she co-designed a collection of special pieces. With the objective of designing a clothing line for women her own age, the collaborative apparel line, titled Femme for DKNY Jeans, debuted in the United States in August 2009 and was around for a limited time.
2010–2014: Marriage, motherhood, and other endeavors
Hilary Duff continued to appear in film roles, starring in the ABC Family television film Beauty & the Briefcase (2010). The film saw Duff as a fashion magazine columnist who wrote about her dating struggles in the city. The film inexplicably attracted 2.4 million viewers during its premiere. Following this appearance, she showed up in an episode of the NBC sitcom Community. She then co-starred as Raven Halfacre, the teenage daughter of a promiscuous alcoholic, in the drama Bloodworth, in which, despite not warming to the film, Los Angeles Times reviewer Sheri Linden thought she “acquits herself well.” The Examiner also wrote that the “biggest surprise performance in the film probably belongs to Hilary Duff.” Duff and Comrie announced their engagement in February 2010, and married on August 14, 2010 in Santa Barbara, California. In 2010, Duff set up a book-writing deal with Simon & Schuster. Published in October 2010, the first young adult novel to result from her and Elise Allen’s collaboration was entitled Elixir. It was subsequently released internationally and became a New York Times best-seller.
The following year, Hilary Duff co-starred in the Polish brothers’ comedy Stay Cool (2011) to neither much critical nor commercial acclaim or success. The independent film saw Duff in a major role alongside Winona Ryder among others. Devoted, the sequel to Duff’s authorial debut, was released in October 2011. Devoted picks up where its predecessor left off and continues the story of the original novel. That same month, Duff alluded to working on her fifth studio album to E!. In January 2012, she confirmed, through her official website and Twitter, that she had again begun recording songs. Throughout the recording sessions in 2012, Duff primarily worked with songwriter Ali Tamposi, musicians Matt Squire and Jason Evigan. However, those songs did not make the final cut on Duff’s album. The same year, she co-starred in Rob Margolies’ comedy She Wants Me, as a well-known starlet who enters a love triangle. In August 2012, Duff signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop and produce a sitcom in which she would star. According to the deal if the thirty-minute sitcom failed to work, Duff would be cast in a different show. However, this plan failed to develop. She appeared as a guest judge in Project Runway that September.
Hilary Duff announced her pregnancy in 2011, and gave birth to a son named Luca Cruz Comrie in March 20, 2012. Duff herself announced Luca’s birth, tweeting, ““Welcome to the World Luca Cruz Comrie! Tuesday evening, we became proud parents of a healthy 7 pound 6 ounce beautiful boy. We are overjoyed and feel like the luckiest parents in the world He is surrounded by so much love!! Mom and baby are both doing extremely well.” In early 2013, Duff guest starred in the Fox sitcom Raising Hope, her first role since the birth of her child. She later guest starred in the tenth season finale of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. Duff provided voice work for the animated film Wings, alongside Jesse McCartney and Josh Duhamel; she later appeared in its sequel the following year. By July 2013, Duff had finished filming the independent film Flock of Dudes, which moved into post-production in August 2013. That same year, Duff released the third and final novel in her Elixir trilogy, titled True (2013). The novel serves as her final book release to date.
2014–present: Divorce, Younger, and Breathe In. Breathe Out.
On January 10, 2014, Duff and Comrie announced that they had amicably separated and would continue to co-parent their son. On January 15, 2014 it was announced that Duff had signed on to co-star opposite Sutton Foster in the comedy-drama pilot Younger. The series is based on a Pamela Redmond Satran novel, and created and executive produced by Darren Star for TV Land. Duff was cast as Kelsey Peters, an “ambitious 20-something” who persuades Foster’s character to work in a publishing firm. In April 2014, it was announced that the pilot was picked up for a series with a 12-episode deal and would premiere in the fall; the premiere date was later changed to 2015. The show marks Duff’s first starring role in a television series since her appearance on Lizzie McGuire. Younger premiered on March 31, 2015. The series has received generally positive reviews from critics and was renewed for a second season in April 2015 and a third season on January 6, 2016. The show was renewed for a fourth season on June 14, 2016.
Hilary Duff attended the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1, 2014, where she confirmed that she was working with songwriter Savan Kotecha and English singer Ed Sheeran. On July 23, 2014, it was revealed that Duff had signed with RCA Records to release her upcoming fifth studio album. She released the album’s lead single, “Chasing the Sun” and its accompanying music video on July 29, 2014. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 79, becoming her first song to enter the chart since “Stranger” (2007). The song’s music video garnered fourteen million views in its first week of release on popular video sharing website YouTube, making it her fastest viewed music video to date. The album’s second single, “All About You,” was released as the album’s official lead single on August 12. It failed to enter the Hot 100 chart, but became her first song to chart on the Mainstream Top 40 chart since “With Love” (2007). It became a top-twenty hit in Australia, where it later earned a Gold certification from the ARIA. This made it her second song to receive a certification in the country, following “So Yesterday” (2003) eleven years prior. In November 2014, Duff provided voice work for a Dora the Explorer special episode as Ice Witch.
In February 2015, Duff filed for divorce from Comrie, citing irreconcilable differences, and requesting primary physical and legal joint custody of their son. The divorce was finalized in February 2016.
Hilary Duff released the single “Sparks” from her fifth studio album titled Breathe In. Breathe Out. on April 6, 2015, which debuted and peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her fourth top ten hit on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Breathe In. Breathe Out was released on June 12, 2015. It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, becoming her fifth top five album. Duff had planned to tour in support of the album in early 2016, but announced in February 2016 that she would not be touring. The album was however Duff’s first studio effort to not have received any certification from RIAA. On the Billboard 200 charts, it slipped from #5 to #65 in the second week before falling to #134 in its third week.
In June 2016, Duff revealed that she has been working on a new album. In contrast to Breathe In. Breathe Out, she said that the new album has a “darker and heavier tone”. She teased a new song via her Snapchat post, which was then confirmed to be titled “Tied to You”.
With her debut, Duff’s music featured prominent pop and pop rock elements. Duff cited listening to rock music as a child for the main influence behind the theme. She worked heavily with The Matrix for her second studio album, leading critics to compare the effort to releases from artists such as Avril Lavigne, Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan. These themes were featured more prominently on her third studio album, Hilary Duff. The album makes further use of strong drum and guitar beats. Duff co-wrote multiple songs for the album, with the lyrics speaking on topics such as criticism, following your dreams, and love. The new material featured on her Most Wanted (2005) compilation album began to see Duff transfer towards a more pop and dance friendly sound. This was later expanded upon for her fourth studio album, Dignity (2007). Dignity was heavily influenced by Europop, hip hop, and rock ‘n roll. Duff described the music as “dance,” “rock,” and “electro.” Duff co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album, which dealt with topics including her stalker, her breakup with Joel Madden, and her parents’ divorce. Following its release, someone said the album was “slightly ahead of its time.” Her 2014 releases, featured a more folk influenced, earthy indie pop sound compared to her last release. The album’s lead single was planned to be “All About You” (2014) and, among other instruments, it featured a banjo  and an acoustic sound. Instead of the original plans, Duff released a dance-pop record which balanced EDM with the folk pop sound originally planned for the record.This album consolidated Duff as a dance-pop singer.
Following the launch of Lizzie McGuire, Hilary Duff received a significant amount of fame and media attention. The series proved to be a major hit for the network, and led to a string of merchandising that included Lizzie McGuire dolls, video games, plush figures, and even McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys. The success of The Lizzie McGuire Movie “indicated that Duff’s television fanbase could be migrated to film.” Following her success from her Lizzie McGuire days, Richard Huff of the New York Daily News called Duff “a 2002 version of Annette Funicello” but admitted that the character of Lizzie McGuire was both a blessing and burden for her. In 2003, Huff stated that Duff’s public image is “tied” to Lizzie McGuire. In 2005, Katie Long from the Centre of Parent/Youth Understanding wrote an analysis about Duff and her suitability as an idol for young teens. Duff, she wrote, “is not like Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera yet,” celebrities who seem to use their sex appeal to sell albums, but remains “someone that adolescent girls can relate to.” However, while Duff is a “positive role model” who has a “close relationship” with her family, the writer acknowledged that as Duff matures, “her looks and message will most likely mature as well.”
Hilary Duff was credited with the revival of Hollywood Records following the release of Metamorphosis (2003). The San Fernando Valley Business Journal wrote that the album was “giving Hollywood Records a needed shot in the arm” after a decline in CD sales during the previous two years had forced the label to reduce costs and alter its operation. Hilliard Lyons analyst Jeffrey Thomison cited Metamorphosis as a reflection of Disney’s ability to develop “great synergy between their cable, film and music segments” Duff’s transition from Disney star to successful singer became a formula that Hollywood Records tried to implement with future acts such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Jesse McCartney among others. Artists such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer have all cited Duff as influences on their careers.
Her song “Come Clean” (2003) was used as the theme song to the MTV reality series Laguna Beach, which is in turn credited with helping promote the song in the United States. Her song “Sweet Sixteen” (2003) was used as the theme for the MTV reality series of the same name. Multiple dates on her Most Wanted Tour to promote Hilary Duff (2004) sold out in minutes. Her success with music led to her selling over fifteen million albums by 2014.
Her transition from teenage star to adult actress has been praised by critics, while her transition is often compared to the less successful transitions of her peers. In 2007, Duff’s appearance on the cover of Maxim was accompanied by the declaration that she had gone “from the queen of teen to breakout sex symbol.” Following this, Duff placed at #23 on the annual Hot 100 Women list compiled by Maxim. She has remained on the list ever since in addition to being regularly listed on the annual FHM list of the 100 Sexiest Women (she peaked at #8 in 2008). The Associated Press wrote that this sudden provocativeness was representative of “a clear move on Duff’s part to put her Lizzie McGuire past behind her,” and that more provocative imaging of her would help her singles to garner mainstream radio play: “Ultimately, nature, time and genetics may help Duff in a way Disney, despite all its might, cannot.” However, despite “the fact that she is grown up,” Duff “has managed to maintain her sweet persona,” wrote Young Hollywood.
Following the birth of her son, Duff was the center of criticism for her post-pregnancy body. In 2013, Duff revealed that it took her a year for her to lose her baby weight and that she lost nearly 50 pounds since the birth of her son. Duff stated that she revamped her diet and hired a personal trainer to train her in boxing, which was one of the ways she lost her weight other than piloxing and spin cycling. Duff’s slow but healthy method in shedding off her post-pregnancy weight was praised by health experts and was looked up by actress Tia Mowry, who cited Duff as her idol in taking up a healthy and safer way to lose the excess weight gained during pregnancy. Duff is very vocal about her disapproval of paparazzi photographing children. In 2014, Duff expressed her anger on Twitter regarding two paparazzi who were taking pictures of her son without her consent. She tweeted, “I chose to let them off with a stern warning, next time I will not be so nice. #NoKidsPolicy” The hashtag refers to a bill that was pushed by actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, which prohibits paparazzi from taking pictures of celebrities’ children.
Hilary Duff has involved herself with various philanthropic activities. For natural disasters, she donated $250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in addition to donating over 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in southern US in 2005. In August 2006, Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals.
She also has helped various youth charities and is a member of Kids with a Cause. Duff has also served on the Advisory Board of the Audrey Hepburn Child Benefit Fund and the Celebrity Council of Kids with a Cause. In October 2008, Duff starred in a public service announcement for The Think Before You Speak Campaign by Ad Council and GLSEN to prevent youth from using anti-LGBT vocabulary, such as the phrase “That’s So Gay.” In July 2009, Duff was named as a Youth Ambassador to the children of the Colombian capital, Bogotá. As a Youth Ambassador, she spent five days in the country, distributing backpacks filled with food to needy children.
Hilary Duff is a strong animal rights supporter and commented when asked what she would do if she was not a celebrity, “I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger, but then I figured out that animals actually die there, so that was not the job for me. Definitely something with kids or animals or something like that.”
In 2012, a few months after giving birth to her son, Duff was actively involved in the Johnson’s Baby Cares campaign. The campaign included activities such as sending care kits and care cards to new mothers across the U.S. as a motivation. It also raises funds for children and poor families together with Save The Children.
Towards the start of the Christmas shopping season in November 2013, Duff teamed up with Duracell in Canada for a campaign especially for kids in hospitals. The campaign called Powering Holiday Smiles donated 20,000 batteries to hospitals across Canada in order to power lifesaving medical devices and the thousands of playroom toys and games that children and their families will be using the holiday season of 2013 and beyond. The campaign encourages Canadians to buy Duracell Quantum AA-16 batteries, in which for every packet sold, one dollar will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. The campaign began on November 22 and commenced on December 27, 2013. In order to promote the campaign, Duff paid a visit to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario to hand out brand new toys supplied by Hasbro. She has discussed the campaign on Breakfast Television Toronto, a radio show and in numerous magazine interviews.
She debuted in the music industry with her first studio album – Santa Claus Lane, released on 15 October, 2002 under the label Buena Vista. It charted at number 154 in US charts (Billboard 200) and at 134 in Japanese charts (Oricon). In just US only, it was able to sell 477,000 copies. The album consists of 11 singles with a total length of 36:41 minutes.
1998 film Casper Meets Wendy was Duff’s debut movie. It was a direct-to-video film and the prequel of the 1995 film Casper. She did the role in her debut movie as Wendy. She was nominated with “Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie”.
First TV Show
In 1997, she got the chance to appear in the TV series True Women, which is a mini series. But, her role in the show is uncredited. The show is based on the 1993 novel by Janice Woods Windle.
Hilary Duff Favorite Things
Accessory – Louis Vuitton Bags (She likes to collect them)
Hilary Duff Facts
She had taken after her elder sister (who is 2 years older than her).
Being in the same profession, the two sisters have worked together and acted in local theaters.
She is a big fan of Janis Joplin.
She is a philanthropist too. In 2005, she donated $250,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims.
“With Love… Hilary Duff” is her own perfume launched in 2006.
She had a book writing deal with Simon & Schuster. Elixir is the first novel co-written by her.
Some of her studio albums – Dignity (2007), Hilary Duff (2004), Metamorphosis (2003), Santa Claus Lane (2002).
She told to Cosmopolitan that she applies a spray on her face before applying foundation to make it glowing for the whole day.
Years active: 1999–present
Age: 33 years and 9 months
Home town: Greater Napanee, Ontario, Canada
Website: avrillavigne.com, avrillavignefoundation.org
Musical career genres: Pop punk pop rock alternative rock post-grunge
Instruments: Vocals guitar piano drums
Labels:L Arista RCA Epic BMG
By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million. In 2002 she released her debut album, Let Go, emphasising a skate punk persona in which she has been often referred by critics and music publications as The “Pop Punk Queen” due to her achievement and impact in the industry. Lavigne is considered a key musician in the development of pop punk music since she paved the way for female-driven, punk-influenced pop music. Since her professional debut, Lavigne has sold more than 40 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide, making her the 3rd-best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, behind Celine Dion and Shania Twain.
Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach number 1 in the UK. As of 2013, it has sold nearly 7 million copies in the United States and over 16 million copies worldwide. Her breakthrough single, “Complicated”, peaked at number 1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second studio album, Under My Skin, was released in May 2004 and was her first album to peak at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.
The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne’s third album, was released in April 2007, becoming her third number 1 album in the UK Albums Chart and featuring her first US Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single, “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has scored six number-one singles worldwide, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m with You”, “My Happy Ending”, “Nobody’s Home”, and “Girlfriend”. Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 12 million copies certified by the RIAA. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, was released in March 2011. Goodbye Lullaby gave Lavigne her fourth top 10 album on the US Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart and her third number 1 album in both Japan and Australia. Three months after the release of Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne began work on her eponymously titled fifth studio album, which was released by Epic Records on 1 November 2013 following her departure from RCA Records in 2011.
Lavigne took a break from recording music, pursuing careers in feature film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. She voiced Heather, a Virginia opossum, in the animated film Over the Hedge in 2006. That same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, and in 2009 she released her first perfume, Black Star, which was followed by Forbidden Rose in 2010, and Wild Rose in 2011. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41. The marriage lasted four years. In October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce. Whibley and Lavigne continued to work together, with Whibley producing her fourth album, as well as Lavigne’s single “Alice”, written for Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland.
Early life and education
Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Her mother is of English, Scottish, and German descent, and her father, Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne, is of French-Canadian origin. She was named “Avril” by her father after the French word for the month of April. He and Lavigne’s mother, Judy, recognized their child’s vocal abilities when she was two years old and sang “Jesus Loves Me” on the way home from church. Lavigne has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle, both of whom teased her when she sang. “My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep and he thought it was really annoying.”
When Lavigne was five years old, the family moved to Greater Napanee, Ontario, a town with a population of approximately 5,000. In school, she was sometimes kicked out of class for misbehaving, her parents supported her singing. Her father bought her a microphone, a drum kit, a keyboard, and several guitars, and converted their basement into a studio; following his own love for music Jean-Claude led the family to church at Third Day Worship Center in Kingston, Ontario, where he often played bass. When Lavigne was 14 years old, her parents took her to karaoke sessions. Lavigne also performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, and Shania Twain. She also began writing her own songs. Her first song was called “Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, about a teenage crush, which she described as “cheesy cute”.
1999–2001: Early performances and record deal
In 1999, Lavigne won a radio contest to perform with the Canadian singer Shania Twain at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, before an audience of 20,000 people. Twain and Lavigne sang Twain’s song, “What Made You Say That”, and Lavigne told Twain that she was going to be “a famous singer”. During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Lavigne was spotted by local folksinger Stephen Medd. He invited her to contribute vocals on his song, “Touch the Sky”, for his 1999 album, Quinte Spirit. She later sang on “Temple of Life” and “Two Rivers” for his follow-up album, My Window to You, in 2000.
In December 1999, Lavigne was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. Fabri sent out VHS tapes of Lavigne’s home performances to several industry prospects, and Lavigne was visited by several executives. Mark Jowett, co-founder of a Canadian management firm, Nettwerk, received a copy of Lavigne’s karaoke performances recorded in her parents’ basement. Jowett arranged for Lavigne to work with producer Peter Zizzo during the summer of 2000 in New York, where she wrote the song “Why”. Lavigne was noticed by Arista Records during a trip to New York.
In November 2000, Ken Krongard, an A&R representative, invited Antonio “L.A.” Reid, then head of Arista Records, to Zizzo’s Manhattan studio to hear Lavigne sing. Her 15-minute audition “so impressed” Reid that he immediately signed her to Arista with a deal worth $1.25 million for two albums and an extra $900,000 for a publishing advance. By this time, Lavigne had found that she fit in naturally with her hometown high school’s skater clique, an image that carried through to her first album, but although she enjoyed skateboarding, school left her feeling insecure. Having signed a record deal, and with support from her parents, she left school to focus on her music career. Lavigne’s band was chosen by Nettwerk, as they wanted young performers who were up and coming from the Canadian punk rock scene who would fit with Lavigne’s personality.
2002–2003: Let Go
Reid gave A&R Joshua Sarubin the responsibility of overseeing Lavigne’s development and the recording of her debut album. They spent several months in New York working with different co-writers, trying to forge an individual sound for her. Sarubin told HitQuarters that they initially struggled; although early collaborations with songwriter-producers including Sabelle Breer, Curt Frasca and Peter Zizzo resulted in some good songs, they did not match her or her voice. It was only when Lavigne then went to Los Angeles in May 2001 and created two songs with The Matrix production team—including “Complicated”, later released as her debut single—that the record company felt she had made a major breakthrough. Lavigne worked further with The Matrix and also with singer-songwriter Cliff Magness. Recording of Lavigne’s debut album, Let Go, finished in January 2002.
Lavigne released Let Go in June 2002 in the US, where it reached number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, and the UK—this made Lavigne, at 17 years old, the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album on the UK Albums Chart at that time. By the end of 2002, the album was certified four-times Platinum by the RIAA, making her the bestselling female artist of 2002 and Let Go the top-selling debut of the year. By May 2003, Let Go had accumulated over 1 million sales in Canada, receiving a diamond certification from the Canadian Recording Industry Association. By 2009, the album had sold over 16 million units worldwide, and the RIAA certified the album six-times Platinum, denoting shipments of over six million units in the US (it has sold 6.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundSca.
Lavigne’s debut single, “Complicated”, peaked at number one in Australia and number two in the US. “Complicated” was one of the bestselling Canadian singles of 2002, and one of the decade’s biggest hits in the US, where subsequent singles “Sk8er Boi” and “I’m with You” reached the top ten. With these three singles, Lavigne became the second artist in history to have three top-ten songs from a debut album on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart. Lavigne was named Best New Artist for “Complicated” at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, won four Juno Awards in 2003 out of six nominations, received a World Music Award for “World’s Bestselling Canadian Singer”, and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Complicated”.
In 2002, Lavigne made a cameo appearance in the music video for “Hundred Million” by the pop punk band Treble Charger. In March 2003, Lavigne posed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and in May she performed “Fuel” during MTV’s Icon tribute to Metallica. During her first headlining tour, the Try to Shut Me Up Tour, Lavigne covered Green Day’s “Basket Case”.
2004–2005: Under My Skin
Lavigne’s second studio album, Under My Skin, was released in May 2004 and debuted at number one in Canada, Australia, Japan, the UK, and the US. The album was certified five-times Platinum in Canada and has sold 10 million copies, including 3.2 million in the US. Lavigne wrote most of the album’s tracks with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, and Kreviazuk’s husband, Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida, co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore. Lavigne said that Under My Skin proved her credentials as a songwriter, saying that “each song comes from a personal experience of mine, and there are so much emotions in those songs”. “Don’t Tell Me”, the lead single off the album, reached the top five in the UK and Canada and the top ten in Australia. “My Happy Ending”, the album’s second single, was a top five hit in the UK and Australia. In the US, it was a top ten entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a number-one pop radio hit. The third single, “Nobody’s Home”, did not manage to make the top 40 in the US and performed moderately elsewhere.
During early 2004 Lavigne went on the ‘Live and By Surprise’ acoustic mall tour in the US and Canada to promote ‘Under My Skin’, accompanied by her guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. In late 2004, Lavigne embarked on her first world tour, the year-long Bonez Tour. Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2004, for ‘World’s Best Pop/Rock Artist’ and ‘World’s Bestselling Canadian Artist’, and won three Juno Awards from five nominations in 2005, including ‘Artist of the Year’. She also won in the category of ‘Favorite Female Singer’ at the eighteenth annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Lavigne co-wrote the song ‘Breakaway’, which was recorded by Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the 2004 film ‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’. ‘Breakaway’ was released as a single in mid 2004 and subsequently included as the title track on Clarkson’s second album, ‘Breakaway’. Lavigne performed the Goo Goo Dolls song ‘Iris’ with the band’s lead singer John Rzeznik at Fashion Rocks in September 2004, and she posed for the cover of ‘Maxim’ in October 2004. She recorded the theme song for ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’ (released in November 2004) with producer Butch Walker.
2006–2008: The Best Damn Thing
In February 2006, Lavigne represented Canada at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Fox Entertainment Group approached Lavigne to write a song for the soundtrack to the 2006 fantasy-adventure film Eragon; her contribution, “Keep Holding On”, was released as a single to promote the film and its soundtrack.
Lavigne’s third album, The Best Damn Thing, was released in April 2007 and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, and subsequently achieving Platinum status in Canada. The album sold more than 1.7 million copies in the US. Its lead single, “Girlfriend”, became Lavigne’s first number-one single on the US ‘Billboard’ Hot 100 and one of the decade’s biggest singles. The single also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, and Japan, and reached number two in the UK and France. As well as English, “Girlfriend” was recorded in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, and Mandarin. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry ranked “Girlfriend” as the most-downloaded track worldwide in 2007, selling 7.3 million copies, including the versions recorded in eight different languages. “When You’re Gone”, the album’s second single, reached the top five in Australia and the United Kingdom, the top ten in Canada, and the top forty in the US. “Hot” was the third single and charted only at number 95 in the US, although it reached the top 10 in Canada and the top 20 in Australia.
Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2007, for ‘World’s Bestselling Canadian Artist’ and ‘World’s Best Pop/Rock Female Artist’. She won her first two MTV Europe Music Awards, received a Teen Choice Award for ‘Best Summer Single’, and was nominated for five Juno Awards. In December 2007, Lavigne was ranked number eight in Forbes magazine’s list of ‘Top 20 Earners Under 25’, with annual earnings of $12 million. In March 2008, Lavigne undertook a world tour, The Best Damn World Tour, and appeared on the cover of Maxim for the second time. In mid-August, Malaysia’s Islamic opposition party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, attempted to ban Lavigne’s tour show in Kuala Lumpur, judging her stage moves “too sexy”. Her concert on 29 August was thought that it would promote wrong values ahead of Malaysia’s independence day on 31 August. On 21 August 2008, MTV reported that the concert had been approved by the Malaysian government.
2009–2011: Goodbye Lullaby
In January 2010, Lavigne worked with Disney clothing designs inspired by Tim Burton’s feature film Alice in Wonderland. She recorded a song for its soundtrack, “Alice”, which was played over the end credits and included on the soundtrack album Almost Alice. In February, Lavigne performed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Lavigne’s song “I’m with You” was sampled by Rihanna on the track “Cheers (Drink to That)”, which is featured on Rihanna’s fifth studio album, Loud (2010). “Cheers (Drink to That)” was released as a single the following year, and Lavigne appeared in its music video. In December 2010, American singer Miranda Cosgrove released “Dancing Crazy”, a song written by Lavigne, Max Martin and Shellback. It was also produced by Martin.
Lavigne began recording for her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, in her home studio in November 2008, its opening track, “Black Star”, was written to help promote her first fragrance of the same name. Lavigne described the album as being about her life experiences rather than focusing on relationships, and its style as less pop rock than her previous material, reflecting her age. The release date for Goodbye Lullaby was delayed several times, which Lavigne said was because of her label. Goodbye Lullaby was released in March 2011, and its lead single, “What the Hell”, premiered in December 2010. Goodbye Lullaby sold 368,000 copies in the US and received Juno Award nominations for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.
2012–2015: Avril Lavigne
Three months after the release of Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne announced that work on her fifth studio album had already begun, describing it as the musical opposite of Goodbye Lullaby and “pop and more fun again”. In late 2011, she confirmed that she had moved to Epic Records, headed by L. A. Reid. Lavigne contributed two cover songs to the 2012 Japanese animated film One Piece Film: Z: “How You Remind Me” (originally by Nickelback) and “Bad Reputation” (originally by Joan Jett).
The lead single from Lavigne’s fifth studio album, “Here’s to Never Growing Up” (produced by Martin Johnson of the band Boys Like Girls), was released in April 2013 and reached top 20 positions on the Billboard Hot 100, Australia and the UK. The second single, “Rock n Roll”, was released in August 2013 and the third, “Let Me Go” (featuring Lavigne’s then-husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback), was released in October 2013. The album, eponymously titled Avril Lavigne, was released in November 2013 and sold 125,000 copies in the US; in Canada, it was certified gold and received a Juno Award nomination for Pop Album of the Year. During mid 2014, Lavigne opened for boy band the Backstreet Boys’ In a World Like This Tour and played at the music festival Summer Sonic in Tokyo, Japan.
In an April 2015 interview with Billboard, Lavigne announced plans to release a new single titled “Fly”, which was released on 26 April in association with the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and to release a Christmas album.
2016–present: Sixth studio album
Lavigne features in the song “Listen” from Japanese rock band One Ok Rock’s eighth studio album, Ambitions, released on 11 January 2017. On 25 December 2016, Lavigne announced via her Instagram account that she was working on new music and would be releasing a new album in 2017. In March 2017, it was revealed that Lavigne has switched labels and signed onto BMG. Lavigne is also reported to be going back to her roots for her new album, releasing it before the end of 2017, and was working on finalizing the final few tracks on the new album.
Lavigne features in the song “Wings Clipped” by Grey with Anthony Green for the duo’s debut EP Chameleon, released on 29 September 2017.
Musical style and songwriting
Themes in Lavigne’s music include messages of self-empowerment from a female or an adolescent view. Lavigne believes her “songs are about being yourself no matter what and going after your dreams even if your dreams are crazy and even if people tell you they’re never going to come true.” On her debut album, Let Go, Lavigne preferred the less mainstream songs, such as “Losing Grip”, instead of her more radio-friendly singles, such as “Complicated”, saying that “the songs I did with the Matrix were good for my first record, but I don’t want to be that pop anymore.” Lavigne’s second album, Under My Skin, had deeper personal themes underlying each song, saying that “I’ve gone through so much, so that’s what I talk about Like boys, like dating or relationships”. Musically, it’s considered her heaviest album that showcased ballads and rocker songs with a more post-grunge sound that verged on nü-metal style. In contrast, her third album, The Best Damn Thing, was not personal to her. “Some of the songs I wrote didn’t even mean that much to me. It’s not like some personal thing I’m going through.” Her objective in writing the album was simply to “make it fun”. The style has been praised for her ability to combine bubblegum pop melodies with punk rock riffs. Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne’s fourth album, was much more personal than her earlier records, with Lavigne describing the album as “more stripped down, deeper. All the songs are very emotional”. Ian McKellen defined her as “a punk chanteuse, a post-grunge valkyrie, with the wounded soul of a poet and the explosive pugnacity of a Canadian” on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2007.
Most critics and publications, such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NME, MusicMight, IGN and PopMatters, have identified Lavigne as a mix of alternative rock, pop rock and pop punk, influenced by a post-grunge sound.
While Lavigne denied being angry, her interviews were still passionate about the media’s lack of respect for her songwriting. She said “I am a writer, and I won’t accept people trying to take that away from me”, adding that she had been writing “full-structured songs” since she was 14. Despite this, Lavigne’s songwriting has been questioned throughout her career. The songwriting trio the Matrix, with whom Lavigne wrote songs for her debut album, claimed that they were the main songwriters of Lavigne’s singles “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi” and “I’m with You”. Lavigne denied this, asserting that she was the primary songwriter for every song on the album, saying that “None of those songs aren’t from me”.111
In 2007, Chantal Kreviazuk, who wrote with Lavigne on her second album, accused Lavigne of plagiarism and criticized her songwriting, saying that “Avril doesn’t really sit and write songs by herself or anything.” Lavigne also disclaimed this, and considered taking legal action against Kreviazuk for “clear defamation” against her character. Kreviazuk later apologized, saying that “Avril is an accomplished songwriter and it has been my privilege to work with her.” Shortly after that, Tommy Dunbar, founder of the band the Rubinoos, sued Lavigne, her publishing company, and Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald for allegedly stealing parts of “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” for her song “Girlfriend”. Gottwald defended Lavigne, stating, “me and Avril wrote the song together… It has the same chord progressions as ten different Blink-182 songs, the standard changes you’d find in a Sum 41 song. It’s the Sex Pistols, not the Rubinoos.” In January 2008, the lawsuit was closed after a confidential settlement had been reached.
Lavigne’s earlier influences came from country music acts such as Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain; and alternative singer-songwriters such as Alanis Morissette, Lisa Loeb, Natalie Imbruglia and Janis Joplin. By the time she left school to focus on her music career, Lavigne was musically more influenced by skate punk, pop punk and punk rock acts such as blink-182, Sum 41, NOFX, Pennywise, Dashboard Confessional, Green Day, the Ramones, the Distillers and Hole. She also enjoyed metal bands such as Marilyn Manson, System of a Down, Incubus and the Used; as well as alternative bands such as Nirvana, No Doubt, the Goo Goo Dolls, Radiohead, Coldplay, Oasis, Third Eye Blind and Matchbox Twenty.
Because of these influences, musical genres, and Lavigne’s personal style, the media often defined her as punk, something she denied being. Lavigne’s close friend and guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld, said, “It’s a very touchy subject to a lot of people, but the point is that Avril isn’t punk, but she never really pretended to claim to come from that scene. She had pop punk music and the media ended up doing the rest”. Lavigne also commented on the matter: “I have been labeled like I’m this angry girl, a rebel punk, and I am so not any of them.” Although she stated to have punk influences on her music: “I like to listen a lot to punk rock music, you can notice a certain influence of punk in my music. I like an aggressive music, but pretty enough heavy pop-rock, which is what I really do.”
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Avril Lavigne
In 2003, Lavigne won an International Achievement Award for the song “Complicated” at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto.
Lavigne received eight Grammy Awards nominations in two years, including Best New Artist. She has also received three American Music Awards nominations, one Brit Award nomination, and one MTV Video Music Award. She has received a total of 221 awards and 301 nominations.
By 2013, Lavigne sold more than 50 million singles and 40 million copies of her albums worldwide, becoming one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 12.4 million copies certified by the RIAA. In 2009, Billboard named Lavigne the number 10 pop artist in the “Best of the 2000s” chart. She was listed as the 28th overall best act of the decade based on album and single chart performance in the US.
Avril Lavigne is considered a highlight in the pop-punk and alternative pop-rock scene since she helped to paved the way for the success of female-driven punk-influenced pop music, such as Paramore, Skye Sweetnam, Fefe Dobson, Lillix, Kelly Osbourne, Krystal Meyers, Tonight Alive, Hey Monday, among others as being a direct result. She was compared to alternative female singer-songwriters of the 1990s such as Alanis Morissette, Liz Phair and Courtney Love and earned a reputation as the greatest female representative of pop-punk music, and also as one of the female singers who best represent 2000s rock music. Lavigne also was seen as a fashion icon for her skatepunk and rocker style. Songs like Sk8er Boi, He Wasn’t and Girlfriend are frequently listed as one of the best pop-punk songs of all time, by different critics.
Lavigne holds a Guinness World Record as being the youngest female solo artist to top the UK album chart, on 11 January 2003 at the age of 18 years and 106 days. The album Let Go reached number one in its 18th chart week. She also was the first to reach 100 million views on a YouTube video, with her 2007 single “Girlfriend”. Lavigne was the first western artist to do a full tour in China, with The Best Damn Tour in 2008; and is considered the biggest western artist in Asia, especially in Japan where her first three albums have sold more than 1 million copies, being the only Female Western Artist since 2000s to achieved it. Avril Lavigne is the only artist to have performed on three different multi-sport event, such as two closing ceremonies of Winter Olympic Games (Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010) and in the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
The singer’s influences extends beyond pop rock, pop punk and pop acts such as Aly & AJ, Busted, Hilary Duff, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Kelly Clarkson, Charlotte Sometimes, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessie J, Jonas Brothers, Brie Larson, Lesley Roy, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, Ariana Grande, Paramore, Amy Studt, Meghan Trainor, Hey Monday, Kelly Osbourne, Liz Phair, Amanda Palmer, Misono, YUI, Demi Lovato, Kirstin Maldonado, PVRIS, among others.
Other work – Film career
Lavigne became interested in appearing on television and in feature films. The decision, she said, was her own. Although her years of experience in making music videos was to her advantage, Lavigne admitted her experience in singing removed any fear of performing on camera. She specifically mentioned that the video “Nobody’s Home” involved the most “acting”. Her first television appearance was in a 2002 episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, performing “Sk8er Boi” with her band in a nightclub. She later made a cameo appearance in the 2004 film Going the Distance. The main characters bump into her backstage at the MuchMusic Video Awards after her performance of “Losing Grip”.
She moved into feature film acting cautiously, choosing deliberately small roles to begin with. In November 2005, after going through an audition to land the role, Lavigne travelled to New Mexico to film a single scene in the 2007 film, The Flock. She played Beatrice Bell, the girlfriend of a crime suspect, appearing alongside Claire Danes and Richard Gere. Gere gave Lavigne acting tips between takes. On her role in The Flock, Lavigne said, “I did that just to see how it was and to not jump into mainstream acting too fast”. The Flock was not released in American theatres, and because it was not released in foreign markets until late 2007, it is not considered Lavigne’s debut. The film made $7 million in the foreign box office.
Lavigne’s feature film debut was voicing an animated character in the 2006 film Over the Hedge, based on the comic strip of the same name. She voiced the character Heather, a Virginia opossum. Recording the characters’ voices was devoid of interaction with other actors. Lavigne stated, “All the actors went in individually, and director Tim and screenwriter Karey and directors were there with me every time I went in, and they made it go so smoothly; they made me feel comfortable That was the interesting part, going in by yourself, with no one else to kind of feed off of.” Lavigne found the recording process to be “easy” and “natural”, but she kept hitting the microphone as she gestured while acting. “I’d use my hands constantly and, like, hit the microphone stand and make noises, so Tim and Karey had to tell me to hold still It’s hard to be running or falling down the stairs and have to make those sounds come out of your mouth but keep your body still.” Lavigne believed she was hired to perform Heather because of her rock-star status. “The director thought I’d give my character a bit of attitude”. The film opened on 19 May 2006, making $38 million over its opening weekend. It went on to gross $336 million worldwide.
In December 2005, Lavigne signed to appear in Fast Food Nation, based on the book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. The fictionalized adaptation, directed by Richard Linklater, traces fast-food hamburgers contaminated with cow feces back to the slaughterhouses. Lavigne played Alice, a high school student intent on freeing the cows. The film opened on 17 November 2006 and remained in theatres for 11 weeks, grossing $2 million worldwide.
Both Over the Hedge and Fast Food Nation opened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, which Lavigne attended. Lavigne felt honoured to be able to attend and was proud of her work. When asked if she would pursue her film career, she stated that she wanted to take her time and wait for the “right parts and the right movies.” Lavigne was aware of the roles she had chosen. “I wanted to start off small and to learn that I wouldn’t just want to throw myself into a big part.” In August 2006, Canadian Business magazine ranked her as the seventh top Canadian actor in Hollywood in their second-annual ranking Celebrity Power List. The results were determined by comparing salary, Internet hits, TV mentions, and press hits.
In July 2008, Lavigne launched the clothing line Abbey Dawn, featuring a back-to-school collection. It is produced by Kohl’s, which is the brand’s exclusive US retailer. Named after Lavigne’s childhood nickname, Abbey Dawn is designed by Lavigne herself. Kohl’s describes Abbey Dawn as a “juniors lifestyle brand”, which incorporates skull, zebra, and star patterns, purples and “hot pinks and blacks”. Lavigne, who wore some of the clothes and jewellery from her line at various concerts before its official launch, pointed out that she was not merely licensing her name to the collection. “I actually am the designer. What’s really important to me is that everything fits well and is well-made, so I try everything on and approve it all.” The clothing line incorporates Lavigne’s musical style and lyrics, “after the release of my first album, I realized how much fashion was involved in my musical career”.
The designs were also featured on the Internet game Stardoll, where figures can be dressed up as Lavigne. On 14 September 2009, Lavigne took her then latest collection for her clothing line to be a part of the New York Fashion Week, returning in 2011. In December 2010, the clothing line was made available to over 50 countries through the line’s official website. “It’s fun to be a chick and design clothes and things I’d like for myself. I design things I can’t find.”
Lavigne released her first fragrance, Black Star, created by Procter & Gamble Prestige Products. The fragrance was announced on Lavigne’s official website on 7 March 2009. Black Star, which features notes of pink hibiscus, black plum and dark chocolate, was released in summer 2009 in Europe, and later in Canada and the USA. When asked what the name meant, Lavigne replied, “I wanted the bottle to be a star, and my colors are pink and black, and Black Star resembles being different, and standing out in the crowd, and reaching for the stars; the whole message is just about following your dreams, and it’s okay to be unique and be who you are.” Black Star won the 2010 Best “Women’s Scent Mass” by Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). Black Star was followed by a second fragrance in July 2010, Forbidden Rose, which took two years to develop. It features notes of red apple, winepeach, black pepper, lotusflower, heliotrope, shellflower, praline agreement, sandalwood, and vanilla. Its message is an extension of Black Star’s “follow your dreams”, though the tagline for the new perfume is “Dare to Discover”. The commercial takes place in a gothic garden setting, where Lavigne, upon entering the garden, finds a single, purple rose. Lavigne launched a third fragrance, Wild Rose, in August 2011 and filmed the commercial for it in late 2010. The tagline for the fragrance is “Dare to discover more”. It features notes of mandarin, pink grapefruit, plum, orange blossom, frangipani, blue orchid, musk, sandalwood and crème brûlée.
In January 2010, Lavigne began working with Disney to incorporate Alice in Wonderland-inspired designs into her Abbey Dawn line of clothing. Her designs were exhibited at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in California beginning in May through September, alongside Colleen Atwood’s costumes from the 2010 film.
Lavigne has been involved with many charities, including Make Some Noise, Amnesty International, Erase MS, AmericanCPR.org, Special Olympics, Camp Will-a-Way, Music Clearing Minefields, US Campaign for Burma, Make-A-Wish Foundation and War Child. She has also appeared in ALDO ads with YouthAIDS to raise money to educate people worldwide about HIV/AIDS. Lavigne took part in the Unite Against AIDS concert presented by ALDO in support of UNICEF on 28 November 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montréal, Québec, Canada. In November 2010, Lavigne attended the Clinton Global Initiative.
Lavigne worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, for her 2005 east coast tour. She covered “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” for War Child’s Peace Songs compilation, and she recorded a cover of the John Lennon song “Imagine” as her contribution to the compilation album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Released on 12 June 2007, the album was produced to benefit Amnesty International’s campaign to alleviate the crisis in Darfur.
On 5 December 2009, Lavigne returned to the stage in Mexico City during the biggest charity event in Latin America, “Teleton”. She performed acoustic versions of her hits “Complicated” and “Girlfriend” with Evan Taubenfeld and band member, Jim McGorman. In 2010, Lavigne was one of several artists who contributed their voices to a cover of K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” as a benefit single to help raise money for several charity organizations related to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
On 14 September 2010, Lavigne introduced her charity, “The Avril Lavigne Foundation”, which aims to help young people with serious illnesses and disabilities and works with leading charitable organizations; The foundation partners with the Easter Seals, Make-A-Wish foundation and Erase MS, the latter two being charities Lavigne has previously worked with. Her work with the Make-A-Wish foundation was the inspiration behind her own charity, with Lavigne stating, “I just really wanted to do more”. Lavigne said on the foundation’s website, “I have always looked for ways to give back because I think it’s a responsibility we all share”. Philanthropist Trevor Neilson’s 12-person firm, “Global Philanthropy Group”, advises Lavigne with her foundation as well as several other celebrities, including musician John Legend.
In September 2014, she launched a personal fundraising campaign for Special Olympics as part of her birthday celebration. Proceeds from her “Team Rockstar” event helped sponsor athletes from around the world competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. According to an ABILITY Magazine interview with Lavigne, the athletes were the stars of the music video for “Fly”, which was shot in Canada.
Lavigne was featured in the 2003 game The Sims: Superstar as a non-playable celebrity.
In mid-2007, Lavigne was featured in a two-volume graphic novel, Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes. She collaborated with artist Camilla d’Errico and writer Joshua Dysart on the manga, which was about a shy girl named Hana who, upon meeting her hero, Lavigne, learned to overcome her fears. Lavigne said, “I know that many of my fans read manga, and I’m really excited to be involved in creating stories that I know they will enjoy.” The first volume was released in April 2007, and the second followed in July 2007. The publication Young Adult Library Services nominated the series for “Great Graphic Novels for Teens”.
In September 2011, Lavigne appeared on the Hub Network televised singing competition Majors & Minors as a guest mentor, alongside other singers including Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis.
When Lavigne first gained publicity, she was known for her tomboyish style, in particular her necktie-and-tank-top combinations. She preferred baggy clothes, skater shoes or Converses, wristbands, and sometimes shoelaces wrapped around her fingers. During photo shoots, instead of wearing “glittery get-ups”, she preferred wearing “old, crumpled T’s”. In response to her fashion and musical influences, the media called her the “pop punk princess” and the female answer to Blink-182. Press and fans regarded her as the “anti-Britney”, in part because of her less commercial and “real” image, but also because she was noticeably headstrong. “I’m not made up and I’m not being told what to say and how to act, so they have to call me the anti-Britney, which I’m not.” By November 2002, however, Lavigne stopped wearing ties, claiming she felt she was “wearing a costume”. Lavigne made a conscious effort to keep her music, and not her image, at the forefront of her career. “I’m just saying, I don’t want to sell sex. I feel that’s sort of lame and low. I’ve got so much more to say.”
Lavigne eventually took on a more gothic style as she began her second album, Under My Skin, trading her skating outfits for black tutus and developing an image marked by angst. During The Best Damn Thing years, Lavigne changed directions. She dyed her hair blonde with a pink streak, wore feminine outfits, including “tight jeans and heels”, and modelled for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar. Lavigne defended her new style: “I don’t really regret anything. You know, the ties and the wife-beaters and all It had its time and place. And now I’m all grown up, and I’ve moved on”.
Lavigne has been the subject of a conspiracy theory that states that she committed suicide in 2003, and was replaced by a body double who had previously been recruited to distract paparazzi. This theory originated as a joke on a Brazilian blog, but has since been embraced by Internet trolls.
Personal life – Tattoos
Only a few of Lavigne’s tattoos are unique to her; the rest are matched with those of her friends. Lavigne had a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist that was created at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody’s identical tattoo. In late 2004, she had a small pink heart around the letter “D” applied to her right wrist, which represented her then-boyfriend, Deryck Whibley. Lavigne and then-husband Whibley got matching tattoos in March 2010, in celebration of his 30th birthday. In April 2010, Lavigne added another tattoo on her wrist, that of a lightning bolt and the number 30.
Her love of tattoos, however, gained media attention in May 2010, after Lavigne and Brody Jenner each got matching tattoos of the word “fuck” on their ribs. Lavigne appeared in the June/July cover story for Inked magazine, where she discussed and showed off her tattoos, including an “Abbey Dawn” on her left forearm and an “XXV” and star on her right. Although she confirmed the “fuck” tattoo verbally in the article (calling it her “favorite word”) she had it applied after the magazine’s photo shoot. She added that she eventually wanted to get a “big-ass heart with a flag through it with a name I’m going to wait a few years and make sure I still want it then. I have to wait for that special someone to come back into my life.” In July 2010, Lavigne had her boyfriend’s name, “Brody”, tattooed beneath her right breast. The couple announced that they broke up in January 2012.
Lavigne has been legally French from birth, because her father is French and France applies jus sanguinis. She applied for her French passport and received it in February 2011. In January 2012, Lavigne’s house in Bel-Air, on the market since May 2011, sold, and Lavigne moved to Paris, France, to study the French language. She rented an apartment and attended a Berlitz school. She later held her second wedding in the South of France.
Relationships – Deryck Whibley
Lavigne and Sum 41 lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley began dating when Lavigne was 19 years old, after being friends since she was 17. In June 2005, Whibley proposed to her. The couple married on 15 July 2006 in Montecito, California. On 9 October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce, releasing the statement, “I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship.” The divorce was finalized on 16 November 2010.
Lavigne started dating The Hills star Brody Jenner in February 2010. After almost two years of dating, the couple split in January 2012.
Lavigne began dating fellow Canadian rocker Chad Kroeger, frontman of the band Nickelback, in July 2012. The relationship blossomed after they began working together in March 2012 to write and record music for Lavigne’s fifth album. Lavigne and Kroeger became engaged in August 2012, after one month of dating. The couple married at the Château de La Napoule, a reconstructed medieval castle on the Mediterranean in the South of France, on 1 July 2013 (which is Canada Day), after a year of being together. They had their honeymoon in Portofino, Italy. On 2 September 2015, Lavigne announced her separation from Kroeger via her official Instagram account.
In April 2015, she revealed to People magazine that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease. In an interview with Billboard, Lavigne said that she was recovering.
She signed an endorsement deal with Canon Canada in 2008 to promote their Rebel digital SLR cameras and ELPH compact point and shoot cameras.
Best Known For
She got much attention after getting her single “Girlfriend” at no. 1 position at U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Some of her other singles, which got worldwide attention are – Complicated, Sk8er Boi, I’m with You, My Happy Ending, Nobody’s Home.
Lavigne’s debut album was “Let Go” released on June 4, 2002. It consists of 13 tracks plus 1 Japanese bonus track, making a total of 14 tracks. The total length of the album songs is exactly 48:41 minutes. It was certified as Diamond in Canada, 7x Platinum in Australia, 6x Platinum in US, etc.
First TV Show
Avril appeared on the American sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. She had a cameo role as herself in 2002. She featured the song “Sk8er Boi” (no. 1 single worldwide) in that show.
Avril Lavigne Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Pizza
Favorite Colors – Black, and red
Favorite Song – Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls
Favorite Band – Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind
Avril Lavigne Facts
Avril started singing church songs with her mother at the age of 2.
‘Avril’ is a french word for English word ‘April’.
Her name was kept by her father.
www.avrillavigne.com is her official website.
Avril has 1 pet – a dog named, Sam of Miniature Schnauzer breed.
She was always supported by her parents for her singing career. Though, she didn’t pay much attention to school and was also dropped out of high school.
She has 2 siblings and is the second child out of 3 children.
Her favorite food is pizza and favorite pizza topping is olives.
Avril was originally pursuing a career in folk and country music. But, shifted to rock due to a bright scope in this field of music.
Lavigne was featured in the 2003 game – The Sims: Superstar, as a non-playable celebrity.
She launched the clothing line Abbey Dawn in July 2008. The brand’s exclusive U.S. retailer is Kohl’s.
Abbey Dawn is Lavigne’s childhood nickname, which is designed by herself.
The designs have also been featured on the Internet game – Stardoll.
Kelly Clarkson rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records.
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Years active: 2002–present
Age: 36 years and 2 months
Height: 5 ft 3½ in or 161 cm
Measurements 37-31-37 in or 94-78-94 cm
Bra Size 34C
Musical career origin: Burleson, Texas, U.S.
Genres: Pop, Pop rock, R&B, Soul, Country
Instruments: Vocals, guitars
Labels: 19, RCA, S Atlantic, Associated acts, Reba McEntire, Trisha, Yearwood
Nick Name: Kellbelle
Sun Sign Taurus
Hair Color She dyes her hair blonde. Kelly is naturally a brunette.
Eye Color Hazel
Kelly attended Pauline Hughes Middle School and graduated from Burleson High School in Burleson, Texas.
Clarkson is of English, Greek (from a maternal great-grandfather), German, Irish and Scottish descent.
Father – Stephen Michael Clarkson (Former engineer)
Mother – Jeanne Ann (née Rose) (First-grade English teacher)
Siblings – Jason Clarkson (Older Brother), Alyssa Clarkson (Older Sister)
Others – Jimmy Taylor (Stepfather)
Kelly is married to Brandon Blackstock since 2013 and Brandon is the stepson of Narvel Blackstock, who acts as Clarkson’s manager.
Citizen watches (2013)
Kelly’s personal trainer is Nora James. She is working with Nora since early 2012. Nora says she first studies the mind and body of her client so that she can make a tailor-made workout routine as per the body condition and client requirements.
Kelly only wanted to remain healthy and full of energy. Nora made Kelly do different exercises each day as she (Nora) gets bored easily. Nora’s favorite exercise is boxing and so she also makes her client do that. Nora did strength training, hiking, cardio, and others with her for an hour a day initially and increased the workout to two hours a day gradually.
She does not believe in diets. She, though, always keep fruits, vegetables, and nuts in her hand.
She suggests her readers to treat food as a medicine and don’t eat it to feed your emotion. Do exercises regularly by treating it as your job. You need a job to survive and health to do the job.
Kelly Clarkson’s debut single, “Before Your Love/A Moment Like This”, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the best-selling single of 2002 in the nation. It was followed by the release of her debut studio album, Thankful (2003), which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Trying to reinvent her image, Clarkson decided to part ways with American Idol management and developed a more pop rock sound for her second album, Breakaway (2004). It sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards. She took further creative control for her third album, My December (2007), by becoming the executive producer and co-writing the entire album. However, it caused a feud with her label, that was dissatisfied with her darker, less commercial rock music and reluctantly promoted the album.
Clarkson returned to the top of the charts with her more mainstream-oriented fourth album, All I Ever Wanted (2009). Its lead single, “My Life Would Suck Without You”, holds the record for the biggest jump to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She scored another Billboard Hot 100 number-one single with “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” from her fifth studio album, Stronger (2011), which made Clarkson the first artist to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album twice. Her sixth studio album and first Christmas record, Wrapped in Red (2013), became the best-selling holiday album of the year, making her the first American female artist to achieve this feat. Her seventh and final album under RCA, Piece by Piece (2015), was her third album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Its title track became her eleventh top-ten single on the Hot 100. In 2016, she signed with Atlantic Records and recorded her soul-influenced eighth album, Meaning of Life (2017), which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.
Clarkson has sold over 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide and scored a total of over 100 number ones on the Billboard charts. Her accolades include three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four American Music Awards, and two Academy of Country Music Awards. Often called one of the best vocalists in the industry, Clarkson is known for her powerhouse voice, as well as her versatility, which enables her to record crossover music. She became the first artist in history to top each of Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts. She was ranked nineteenth on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Clarkson has also ventured into film, television, and writing children’s books.
Life and career
1982–2001: Early life and career beginnings
Kelly Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jeanne Ann (née Rose), a first grade English teacher, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, a former engineer. She is the youngest of three children with a brother named Jason and a sister named Alyssa. Clarkson also has two younger half brothers from her father’s second marriage. Her parents divorced when she was six years old, wherein her brother went to go live with their father, her sister went to live with an aunt, and the singer stayed with her mother. Clarkson’s mother later remarried, to Jimmy Taylor. Her ancestry is Greek (from a maternal great-grandfather), Welsh, English, Irish, German, and Scottish. Her mother is a descendant of Republican state senator Isaiah Rose, whose life story was discussed on Clarkson’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, in 2013. Clarkson was raised Southern Baptist. She has said: “I always grew up in church. I was the leader of our youth group. I’ve always grown up pretty close to church and with God. But I think I’ve just gotten a lot closer just because He’s the only one I can lean on.” She later said of her upbringing: “My family was highly conservative; I had to go to church on Sunday and Wednesday.”
Clarkson was educated at Pauline Hughes Middle School and in the seventh grade, the school’s choir teacher, Cynthia Glenn, overheard her singing in a hallway and asked her to audition for the school choir. Clarkson told her that she had never received any professional vocal training. Clarkson graduated from Burleson High School, where she performed in several musicals, such as Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Brigadoon. She sang at her high school talent show, after which an audience member shared some inspiring words with her: “God has given you this gift. You’ve got to sing. You’re destined to sing.” Clarkson continued singing and soon started classical training, hoping that music would be her ticket to a college scholarship. Upon graduating from high school, Clarkson was offered full scholarships to University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, and Berklee College of Music, but later declined them, explaining: “I’ve already written so much music and wanted to try a career on my own” adding, “you’re never too old to go to college.”
After graduation, Clarkson worked several jobs to finance a demo, recording material and trying to market it to record labels, but received little response. Clarkson turned down two recording contracts from Jive Records and Interscope Records, stating “They would have completely pigeonholed me as a bubblegum act. I was confident enough that something better would come along.” In 2001, she traveled to Los Angeles, trying to pursue a career in music. She appeared as an extra in a few television series such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Dharma & Greg and briefly worked with musician Gerry Goffin to record five demo tracks in trying to secure a record deal. According to Clarkson, her early attempts to launch her music career floundered when she was turned down by almost every US record label for sounding ‘too black’. Lack of other career opportunities and a fire incident in her apartment forced Clarkson to return to Burleson, where she worked at a movie theater, promoted Red Bull energy drinks, and worked as a telemarketer and as a cocktail waitress in a comedy club.
2002–2003: American Idol, World Idol, and Thankful
Upon returning to Burleson, Clarkson was encouraged by her friends to audition for the inaugural season of the reality television series American Idol: The Search for a Superstar in May 2002. Despite receiving a “golden ticket,” a pass to the Hollywood rounds, in the series premiere, Clarkson made her first appearance during the second episode. In an interview in 2012, Clarkson referred the inaugural season as “ghetto”, explaining: “On our season we were like kids in camp. Nobody knew what to do. The show was ever-changing every day. They did one season of Pop Idol in the UK but America is a very different market. They dropped us off in a mall and said ‘find some clothes to wear on national television’. I am maybe the closest to white trash you can get. What do I buy? White pants I guess? I definitely looked like a cocktail waitress.” Clarkson went on to win the competition on September 4, 2002 at the then Kodak Theatre (now Dolby), earning 58% of the votes against runner-up Justin Guarini and without being sent into the bottom three throughout the season.
Immediately after winning American Idol, Clarkson was signed to a record deal with RCA Records, 19 Recordings, and S Records by talent manager Simon Fuller, who created American Idol; and music mogul Clive Davis, who was slated to executive-produce her debut album. On September 17, 2002, her debut double-A-side single, “Before Your Love”/”A Moment Like This”, was released. Both songs were performed by Clarkson during the season finale of American Idol. After debuting at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the single climbed to number 52 the following week, and subsequently ascended to number one. It broke a 38-year-old record set by the British band The Beatles for the biggest leap to number one. It eventually went on to become the best-selling single of 2002 in the United States.
Clarkson’s debut album, Thankful, was released on April 15, 2003. The album contained aspects of pop, contemporary R&B, and gospel music, with several established musicians such as Rhett Lawrence, Diane Warren, The Underdogs, and Babyface contributing on to the tracks. Released during the urban-R&B dominance, the album was well received by several critics. AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine praised the album for its vocal ability: “throughout this record, Clarkson makes it seem effortless and charming. She can croon, she can belt out a song, she can be sexy and sassy while still being graceful and as wholesome as the girl next door.” Henry Goldblatt of Entertainment Weekly remarked: “Clarkson glides through octaves with the masterful control of someone who’s been doing this for decades.” Thankful was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell over 4.5 million copies worldwide. It was later certified double platinum by the RIAA, platinum in Canada, and gold in Japan and Australia.
Its lead single, “Miss Independent”, became her first international hit—charting in the top ten in five national charts, including the US., and was later certified gold by the RIAA. It earned Clarkson her first Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” at the 46th Grammy Awards. It was followed with two moderately successful singles, “Low” and “The Trouble with Love Is”; the latter was used as the soundtrack of British romantic film Love Actually. Her first video album, Miss Independent, was released on November 18, 2003 and was certified gold by the RIAA. To support Thankful, Clarkson and Idol season two runner-up Clay Aiken co-headlined the 2004 Independent Tour throughout the US.
Clarkson made her film debut with Guarini with the release of the musical romantic comedy film From Justin to Kelly in June 2003. The film was poorly received by critics and was unsuccessful at the box office, with Clarkson explaining that she was “contractually obligated” to do the film. Between 2002, Clarkson, along with American Idol judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson and hosts Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest, participated in the season premiere of the eighth season of the television comedy series MADtv. She also portrayed Brenda Lee in two episodes of the television drama American Dreams between 2003 and 2004. On December 25, 2003, Clarkson participated in the television special competition World Idol in London along with the inaugural winners of the several Idol television series around the world. Clarkson was contractually obligated to participate, and performed Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. She ended up as the runner-up with 97 points, behind the first Norwegian Idol Kurt Nilsen.
Trying to distance herself from her American Idol image, Clarkson decided to part ways with Fuller and 19 Management and hired the services of talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm. She reinvented her musical direction by developing a more rock-oriented sound with her second studio album, Breakaway. Davis served as the executive producer for the record, while Clarkson co-wrote six of the tracks with pop and rock songwriters such as former Evanescence band members Ben Moody and David Hodges, Kara DioGuardi, Dr. Luke and Max Martin. Breakaway received critical acclaim, with Erlewine of AllMusic remarking: “What gives Breakaway its spine are the driving, anthemic pop tunes, numbers that sound simultaneously mainstream and youthful, which is a hard trick to pull off, and they are the tracks that illustrate that Clarkson is a rare thing in the 2000s: a pop singer who’s neither hip nor square, just solidly and enjoyably in the mainstream.”
Breakaway was released on November 30, 2004, and became Clarkson’s most commercially successful album. After debuting at number three on the Billboard 200, its longevity allowed it to become the third-best-selling album of 2005 in the US and was certified sextuple platinum by the RIAA. The album also enjoyed success throughout the world; it topped the charts in the Netherlands and Ireland and became the world’s seventh-best-selling album of 2005 and went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide. Clarkson supported Breakaway with the Breakaway World Tour—consisting of three sub-tours from 2005 to 2006.
Five singles were released to promote Breakaway. Its title track, “Breakaway”, was originally released in July 2004 as the soundtrack for Disney film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and was later re-released as the album’s fifth single in May 2006. It became Clarkson’s third top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 with a peak of number six. It was a major success on adult contemporary radio, topping the Billboard Adult Contemporary for 21 weeks and the Adult Contemporary Audience chart for 28 weeks (her longest number one on any charts). “Since U Been Gone” was released as the album’s lead single in November 2004 and became Clarkson most successful single on the Hot 100, despite peaking at number two. The second and third singles, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Because of You”, also followed suit—peaking at number six and number seven on the Hot 100, respectively. “Because of You” also became Clarkson’s first number-one single on the European Hot 100 Singles chart. It also topped the charts in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Switzerland. The fourth single, “Walk Away”, peaked at number twelve on the Hot 100. According to Mediabase, Clarkson was the most-played artist of 2006 in the U.S.
Breakaway garnered Clarkson many accolades, including two trophies at the 48th Grammy Awards—the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone” and the Best Pop Vocal Album. She also won Best Female Video two years in a row, each for “Since U Been Gone” and “Because of You”, at the MTV Video Music Awards. Clarkson’s second video album, Behind Hazel Eyes, was released on March 29, 2005. In 2005, she performed and participated during the thirtieth season of the American sketch-comedy series, Saturday Night Live, and the reality series Damage Control with Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier. She performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Game 2 of the NBA Finals. She also performed during the festivities All-Star Game and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy; In 2006, Clarkson recorded a song titled “Go” as a free download for the Ford Motor Company advertising campaign. Clarkson began venturing into country music by performing “What Hurts the Most” with Rascal Flatts at the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards and “Cigarettes” with the country duo The Wreckers during one of their shows in Texas in 2006.
2007–2009: My December and All I Ever Wanted
Clarkson’s third studio album, My December, was released on June 22, 2007. The album relied on darker themes and features a heavier rock sound. Clarkson replaced Davis as the executive producer and co-wrote all the tracks. She opted to collaborate with her band members rather than her previous producers and collaborators. Its production and release became a subject of a dispute with RCA, particularly with Davis. He noted the album’s lack of professional production input and wanted her to re-record tracks with a more mainstream appeal, which she refused. Clarkson defended, “I’ve sold more than 15 million records worldwide, and still nobody listens to what I have to say. I couldn’t give a crap about being a star. I’ve always just wanted to sing and write.” The album received positive response, but lack of promotion due to reluctance of RCA led Clarkson to dismiss Kwatinetz and Live Nation to cancel its accompanying tour, the My December Tour, and reschedule it into a smaller scale with supporting acts Jon McLaughlin, Sean Kingston and Mandy Moore. Clarkson later hired the services of talent manager Narvel Blackstock of Starstruck Management. Blackstock was the husband of country artist Reba McEntire, of whom Clarkson is a close friend. Clarkson later issued an apology to Davis, citing him as “a key advisor” in her success.
2004–2006: New management and Breakaway
My December debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album went on to sell over 2.5 million copies worldwide. It featured only one major hit single, “Never Again”, which debuted and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100—her highest debut on the chart ever. On July 7, 2007, Clarkson performed on the American leg of Live Earth concert. Clarkson partnered with NASCAR during their 2007 season, appearing in televised advertisements, performed at pre-race concerts, promoted NASCAR Day, and appeared at the Champions’ Banquet in December.
Clarkson collaborated with Reba McEntire for filming an hour-long CMT Crossroads special at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on February 22, 2007. Introduced by Dolly Parton, Clarkson performed “Why Haven’t I Heard from You” and “Does He Love You” with Martina McBride on the television special CMT Giants: Reba McEntire. She also appeared on an episode of McEntire’s sitcom Reba, that aired on January 14, 2007. At the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 16, 2007, Clarkson and McEntire sang a country version of “Because of You”, which also became the lead single from the album Reba: Duets. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Throughout 2008, Clarkson and McEntire embarked on the 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour to support Reba: Duets and My December.
Clarkson’s fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, was released on March 10, 2009. Clarkson continued to co-write her own material, but this time she returned to a mainstream-oriented sound by reuniting with previous collaborators Dr. Luke, Martin, and DioGuardi, and new collaborators Howard Benson, Claude Kelly, Ryan Tedder, Glen Ballard, Matt Thiessen and Katy Perry in contributing tracks for the album. The release of All I Ever Wanted was met with positive acclaim from music critics for its lighter themes. The album was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and staying there for two weeks. The album has sold 960,000 copies in the U.S. and garnered Clarkson a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
Its first single, “My Life Would Suck Without You”, became an international hit. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 97 and rose to the top position the following week, breaking the record for the biggest jump to number one on a single week previously held by Britney Spears’ “Womanizer”. It also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Canada and Hungary. It was followed with two more top-twenty singles, “I Do Not Hook Up” and “Already Gone”. The release of “Already Gone” became a subject of another dispute between Clarkson and RCA, after she realized its similarities with Beyoncé’s song “Halo”, both of which were produced by Tedder. Further promotion for the album was abruptly ended with the limited success of its fourth and final singles, “All I Ever Wanted” and “Cry”. Clarkson supported All I Ever Wanted with the All I Ever Wanted Tour from 2009 to 2010. She also performed as one of many main artists for the return of VH1 Divas in September 2009. She also became a guest mentor on the Dutch television series X Factor in November 2009.
2010–2012: Stronger, Duets and Greatest Hits – Chapter One
Clarkson recorded a country duet with Jason Aldean entitled “Don’t You Wanna Stay” for his 2010 album My Kinda Party. It became her first number-one song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and has sold over two million digital downloads, making it the best-selling country collaboration in history. It received numerous country-related accolades, including a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. Clarkson incorporated country vibe into her fifth studio album, Stronger, which was mostly influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead. She worked with several producers including Greg Kurstin, Ester Dean, Darkchild, Toby Gad, Steve Jordan and Howard Benson. Released on October 21, 2011, Stronger debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It was also critically applauded and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards, making her the first artist to win the award twice.
Stronger’s lead single, “Mr. Know It All”, was released in September 2011. It reached number one in Australia and South Korea and attained a top-ten position in seven countries, including the U.S., where it became her ninth top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also became a crossover hit to the country charts, prompting RCA to reissue a country version. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” served as the second single in January 2012, and topped sixteen Billboard charts, becoming her third number one on the Hot 100. It also reached number one in Poland and Slovakia and reached the top ten in many other charts worldwide. It remains Clarkson best-selling single, with 4.7 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards—Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. “Dark Side” was released as the third and final single in June 2012, but it achieved a modest success. Nevertheless, it became her eleventh top-ten hit on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart, surpassing Sheryl Crow and Katy Perry as the female artist with the most top-ten songs on the chart.
The release of Stronger was accompanied by two EPs, The Smoakstack Sessions and iTunes Session. The latter debuted at number 85 on the Billboard 200, and was promoted by its only single, a cover of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. Clarkson co-wrote “Tell Me a Lie”, which was recorded by British boy band One Direction for their debut album, Up All Night (2011). Clarkson promoted Stronger with two concert tours—the Stronger Tour and the co-headlining the Kelly Clarkson / The Fray Tour with the alternative rock band The Fray. On February 5, 2012, she performed The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLVI to widespread critical acclaim. She later released a promotional single, “Get Up (A Cowboys Anthem)”, for use in Pepsi’s NFL advertising campaign. Clarkson served as a mentor and judge, alongside John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke, on the ABC television show Duets which premiered on May 24, 2012. The show concluded on July 19, 2012, with Clarkson’s contestant Jason Farol finishing as the second runner-up. She also became a guest mentor to Blake Shelton’s contestants on season two of the American television series The Voice. The two latter collaborated on a cover of “There’s a New Kid in Town” for Shelton’s 2012 Christmas album, Cheers, It’s Christmas.
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of her career in music industry, Clarkson released her first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits – Chapter One, on November 19, 2012. Three new songs recorded for the compilation—”Catch My Breath”, “Don’t Rush” (featuring country musician Vince Gill) and “People Like Us”—were all released as singles. “Catch My Breath” was released as the lead single in October 2012 and peaked at number 19 on the Hot 100. According to Billboard, it was the third biggest adult contemporary song of 2013. However, its follow-up singles performed moderately on the charts. Clarkson earned more nominations from country music industry, including Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Don’t Rush” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards. Chapter One was eventually certified gold in Australia, the UK and the U.S.
2013–2015: Wrapped in Red and Piece by Piece
n January 2013, Clarkson performed “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at the second inauguration of the U.S. President Barack Obama. Her live rendition was acclaimed by critics, who contrasted it with Beyoncé’s pre recorded performance during the same event. In February 2013, she performed “Tennessee Waltz” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards as a tribute to Patti Page and Carole King. She also released a non-album single, “Tie It Up”, exclusively to country music stations in June 2013. Clarkson and Maroon 5 performed on 24 concerts as part of the 12th Annual Honda Civic Tour, starting on August 1, 2013 and ending on October 6, 2013. She was featured on the re-recorded version of “Foolish Games” for Jewel’s first compilation, Greatest Hits (2013). Clarkson also collaborated with singer Robbie Williams on the song “Little Green Apples” for his 2013 album Swings Both Ways.
Clarkson’s sixth studio album and first Christmas record, Wrapped in Red, was solely produced by Greg Kurstin. She co-wrote all five original songs, and recorded eleven cover versions of Christmas standards and carols. Released on October 25, 2013, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums and at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. By December 2013, Wrapped in Red had already been certified platinum by the RIAA and eventually became the best-selling holiday album of the year, making her the first American female artist to achieve this feat. The album’s lead single, “Underneath the Tree”, was an adult contemporary number-one hit in both the U.S. and Canada. Clarkson subsequently became Billboard’s ninth top adult contemporary act of 2013. On December 11, 2013, her first Christmas special debut, Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, garnered over 5.3 million viewers. Retaining her relationship with country music acts in 2014, Clarkson collaborated with Martina McBride on “In the Basement” (originally by Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto) for McBride’s album Everlasting, and with Trisha Yearwood on “PrizeFighter” for Yearwood’s compilation PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit. In addition, Clarkson performed a rendition of “All I Ask of You” with Josh Groban on in his seventh studio album, Stages, and its companion television special. She was also featured on Ben Haenow’s song, “Second Hand Heart”, which was issued as the lead single from his debut studio album.
In February 2015, Clarkson released Piece by Piece, her seventh and final studio album under her recording contract with RCA Records. Musically, it is a electropop and dance album, featuring collaborations with Kurstin, Jesse Shatkin, Sia, John Legend, and Shane McAnally, among others. Piece by Piece received a fairly positive response from music critics, and became her third album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. To promote the album, Clarkson appeared in several televised performances, including the fourteenth season of American Idol, where she became the only alumnus ever to be dedicated with a competing week featuring her discography. She also supported the Piece by Piece Tour throughout 2015, which was cut short of its worldwide visits following medical recommendations for a vocal rest during the year.
Piece by Piece spawned three singles. The first one, “Heartbeat Song”, peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a top-ten hit in the UK, Austria, Poland and South Africa. However Clarkson failed to achieve a similar success with the second single, “Invincible”. The third and final single, “Piece by Piece”, debuted and peaked at number eight on the Hot 100 chart, following Clarkson’s emotional performance on the final season of American Idol. It became her eleventh U.S. top-ten hit and matched “Never Again” as her highest debut on the chart. At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, the album and “Heartbeat Song” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance, respectively. The following year, the title track also received nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.
2016–present: Children’s books, Meaning of Life and The Voice
In February 2016, it was announced that Clarkson had signed a book deal with HarperCollins. Her first children’s book, titled River Rose and the Magical Lullaby was released on October 4, 2016. The book features an original lullaby written and performed by Clarkson. On the possibility of writing anymore books in the future Clarkson told Publishers Weekly, “I’ve got a few ideas – there could be a lullaby for each book. We’ve got a plethora of stories, and I’ve already written seven songs, full out, so we’ll just have to see which ones might pan out to be a book. But yes, there will definitely be more.” The second book featuring the character of River Rose titled River Rose and the Magical Christmas was released on October 24, 2017, and included a new original song written and sung by Clarkson, titled “Christmas Eve.”
On March 15, 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama released “This Is for My Girls”, a collaborative track featuring vocals from Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Zendaya and Missy Elliott to coincide with Barack Obama’s SXSW speech and to promote the First Lady’s third-world educational initiative “Let Girls Learn”. Clarkson recorded a solo version of “It’s Quiet Uptown” for The Hamilton Mixtape. Her version was released on November 3, 2016, as a promotional single for the album. She also recorded a duet called “Love Goes On” with Aloe Blacc for the original soundtrack of The Shack which was released in the United States on March 3, 2017. On May 11, 2017, it was announced that Clarkson would join The Voice as a coach for the series’ fourteenth season.
On June 24, 2016, Clarkson announced she had signed a long-term worldwide deal with Atlantic Records, with the intentions of releasing a soul-influenced eighth studio album in 2017. In November 2016, Clarkson announced her intentions of releasing a new single in April 2017, with the album to follow in June. On September 4, 2017, Clarkson announced her new lead single “Love So Soft”, which was released on September 7, 2017, along with the song “Move You” as well. On September 6, 2017, Clarkson announced that her album, Meaning of Life, would be released on October 27, 2017. Clarkson opened the 45th American Music Awards with P!nk; together they performed R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” to honor first responders. Later in the show she performed “Miss Independent” and “Love So Soft”. “Love So Soft” was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. She now holds the record for the most nominations in that category with four.
Clarkson lent her voice in the computer-animated film, The Star alongside Oprah Winfrey, Steven Yeun, Tyler Perry and others, which is based on the Nativity of Jesus. Developed by Sony Pictures Animation, the film was released on November 17, 2017. This was the first film in which Clarkson performed a voice role. Clarkson also had a guest voice role in the Netflix animated series Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, portraying herself in the series’ 2017 animated Christmas special, Home for the Holidays, alongside Ben Schwartz.
Artistry – Voice
Clarkson is a soprano, with a range spanning from E♭3 to G6. Clarkson can ascend to the whistle register as well as possessing the ability to sing complex melisma. Describing Clarkson’s voice, Arion Berger of Rolling Stone wrote that “her high notes are sweet and pillowy, her growl is bone-shaking and sexy, and her mid-range is amazingly confident.” In reviewing a live performance of Clarkson’s Jon Caramanica of The New York Times stated she “showed off a voice that moved in all sorts of ways, without ever appearing to strain” continuing “Ms. Clarkson, who has a malleable voice and a boatload of vocal confidence, might be a soul siren in the making”. However, in a separate review of Stronger Caramanica stated that Clarkson’s voice is “too huge, too violent” for warmer and sweeter vocal stylings, stating “she’s on a par with Taylor Swift when it comes to vengeance, and she’ll do it louder and with more brutality in comparison to her contemporary.” In a live review as part of her Stronger Tour, Sophie Sinclair of Hit The Floor claimed “Kelly’s strong and powerful voice was flawless throughout the night and some may even say she sounds better live than she does on her albums”. Mark Deming from Phoenix New Times stated that “in an era when pop music means over-singing a song into a bloody pulp, Clarkson has consistently displayed both charisma and a welcome sense of restraint, knowing how to sound passionate and heartfelt without forgetting where the melody and the root note is supposed to go.”
Dr. Luke, who produced some of Clarkson’s hits, stated that “She has powerful lungs. She’s like the Lance Armstrong of vocal cords.” In an interview with Good Morning America, Simon Cowell was asked of the then six American Idol winners, who he thought had the best voice. Cowell immediately answered that Clarkson did “by a mile”, noting that she was “up there” with other great singers such as Celine Dion. Esquire wrote that Clarkson has “the best voice in the history of pop music”. Reviewing Stronger, Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone states, Clarkson has, “One of music’s most remarkable voices.” Jason Lipshutz from Billboard considered Clarkson as one of the greatest singers in pop music.” Regarding the controversial practice of lip-syncing, Clarkson claims that she never has, and never will lip-sync, elaborating in an interview with Cory Myers; “I’ve actually never done that because I’m terrified, if I ever did that, something horrible would happen, the track would skip. I have a really unhealthy fear about it. So no, I’ve never done that”. Clarkson has earned the title “Queen of Covers” for her ability to perform songs from artists of various genres.
At age eight, Clarkson was first inspired to venture into music during a visit to an African-American church in Fort Worth. She recalled: “I was like, ‘Wow, whatever they’re feeling, I want to feel it too’.” Clarkson has been influenced by musicians across various genres. She cited soul singer Aretha Franklin as her major influence. Many of her chosen Idol numbers were Aretha Franklin covers, including “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” which is considered her breakout moment during the competition. Other soul acts who influenced Clarkson were Mariah Carey, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, and Whitney Houston. Clarkson was also influenced by rock acts such as Radiohead, Garbage, Aerosmith, and Jimi Hendrix as her influences. She has also listed Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, and Rosemary Clooney. Regarding her musical influence, Clarkson explained:
I grew up with three totally different parents that were into different music. My stepfather is into Willie Nelson and Elvis and all that kind of stuff. And my real father is into Mariah and Whitney and Aretha all those soulful singers. My mom is into more, like, adult contemporary—Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, all those types of things. And then my brother is a big influence on me. He’s like 10 years older than me, so you always wanna be around your cool brother and hang out, so I grew up loving Guns N’ Roses. I was all about Metallica. I was all about all those bands, and I still am. I love Aerosmith and No Doubt. I have so many influences on me that are so different. And even country. I love Reba McEntire. I could listen to her all the time.
Clarkson has scored 100 number ones on the Billboard charts and sold over 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide. She became the first artist to top each of Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts. She was ranked nineteenth on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Television channel Fuse included Clarkson among “30 Greatest Musicians to Come From Singing Competitions” list. Music executive Simon Cowell believed that “What Clarkson sold in the UK, Europe, Asia had nothing to do with American Idol. It had everything to do with the fact that she made a great record and she’s got an incredible voice. She’s not a girl who got lucky in a talent competition; we got lucky to find her.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clarkson is “the embodiment of the perfect pop star. Her unmistakable pipes are a powerful presence in top 40 and country, with forays into anthemic rock and dance.” Nolan Feeney from Time magazine asserted that Clarkson “has had more of a lasting impact on the pop music landscape than casual listeners might realize.”
According to Billboard, Clarkson was a “phenomenon” who “helped legitimize” the impact of talent shows. The Washington Post wrote that “Clarkson’s powerhouse voice and dynamic presence signaled that the music industry should take these reality show contestants seriously: Her first two albums, Thankful and Breakway, sold about 10 million copies combined, and her pop tunes became empowerment anthems across the globe.” Glenn Gamboa of Newsday believed that Clarkson “has set the standard for all singing competition contestants with her savvy mix of pop, rock and country.” Fox Broadcasting Company claimed that Clarkson gave “lasting credibility” to American Idol and “in so many ways she cleared a road” for all of the next contestants.” George Varga from The San Diego Union-Tribune underlined the difference of Clarkson from most of other talent show contestants is that she “writes or co-writes a fair number of her own songs. She is also the only one whose quest to follow her artistic instincts—the better to rock out and break free from the Idol cookie-cutter pop mold—prompted her to fire her management team and engage in a prolonged public battle with her record company, RCA.”
Jon Lisi from PopMatters cited Clarkson as one of the forces of female domination in pop music of the 2000s. He explained that “Clarkson’s anti-sexual image appealed to those who were uncomfortable with Britney Spears’ overt exhibitionism. When Clarkson performed “Since U Been Gone” at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, for instance, she only showed her midriff, and it was clear that she was marketing herself to an alternative group of young females that liked pop music’s conventional sound but didn’t want to be confronted with sexual imagery.” Singer Demi Lovato, who cited Clarkson as her musical inspiration, said that “Clarkson stays out of the tabloids. You hear about her through how talented her music is, not what’s going on in her personal life.” Country music singer Kelsea Ballerini cites Clarkson as her inspiration and her most favorite female artist of all time, calling her “the best vocalist in the whole world.”
In 2012, Clarkson began dating talent manager Brandon Blackstock, the son of Clarkson’s manager Narvel Blackstock. Clarkson and Blackstock married on October 20, 2013, at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Upon her marriage, Clarkson became a stepmother to Blackstock’s daughter and son from his previous marriage. Their first child, a daughter, was born on June 12, 2014, and their second child, a son, on April 12, 2016.
In April 2007, Clarkson took part in “Idol Gives Back”, a fundraiser for people in poverty in both Africa and the U.S., performing “Up to the Mountain” along with Jeff Beck. She would also perform a five-song set later that year on the American leg of Live Earth concerts opting for environmental awareness about climate change. She has served as ambassador for the March of Dimes since she was on American Idol, raising money regularly and assisting in volunteer service, having walked for “March for Babies”, for the cause of improvement of the health of mothers and babies. Clarkson, additionally, got involved in the organization “Houses of Hope”, who take care and build orphanages for children in South Africa who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, abuse and poverty. She has visited those children and also participated in “A Night for Hope” fund-raiser concert (held by Clarkson’s background vocal singers, Jill and Kate), where she performed a song she wrote after her trip to South Africa, “You Still Won’t Know What It’s Like”. Clarkson also supports the charities Save the Children, UNICEF, “Do Something” and “STOMP Out Bullying” and music causes like the Save the Music Foundation.
Clarkson has a ranch in Texas for unwanted animals, which includes amputee goats, blind dogs, and horses with colic; there are more than 80 animals at the sanctuary. She helps provide veterinary care for them and finds them an adoptive family. Clarkson performed in a benefit concert on March 1, 2013, supporting the Omaha based Opportunity Education Foundation, an organization that provides access to education for children around the world, stating “Education was a key part of my childhood, and I am better for it. Anything for education I am really into and especially for kids. A lot of people don’t have computers, and they can’t afford them. Without education, you get far behind. As long as they have a chance, you know, I think that’s important. I want every kid to have a chance.” In 2013, Clarkson teamed up with State Farm Insurance to support teen safe driving as a part of Celebrate My Drive program. In 2013, Clarkson supported Feeding America, The Ad Council and their Child Hunger PSA Campaign, which provides food for children facing hunger. Also in 2013, Clarkson participated in Green Mountain Coffee’s Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Choose Fair Trade campaign by traveling to coffee farms in Peru to draw attention to the importance of being Fair Trade Certified. In December 2013, Citizen Watch Co. announced that Clarkson is their newest Brand Ambassador.
“The talent show just gives you your 15 minutes. It gives you the chance to be seen on television. It’s what you do afterwards that really counts. A lot of people just want to be famous. If that’s your goal, it’s not going to be long term. Anyone can be famous. It’s called YouTube.”
—Clarkson on her career longevity.
Best Known For
Winning the first season of American Idol in 2002. She is described as “The Original American Idol”.
Kelly released her debut album Thankful on April 15, 2003, via RCA. The pop-rock album featured 12 tracks and charted at #1 on US Billboard 200. She was able to sell 2,776,000 copies in U.S. and 148,461 copies in U.K. It was certified as 2× Platinum in USA and received 4 stars (out of 5) from AllMusic.
Kelly debuted with 2002 gay-themed independent romantic drama film Issues 101 for her role as Crystal.
First TV Show
In 2002 only, Clarkson appeared as an extra in Fox’s sitcom That ’80s Show in an episode titled “Valentine’s Day”. Her role is uncredited.
Kelly Clarkson Favorite Things
Song – Des’ree Kissing You
Artists – Céline Dion, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, Reba McEntire
Holiday Destination – Australia, Boston
Kelly Clarkson Facts
Kelly’s parents divorced when she was six. So, she decided to stay with her mom, her brother went with dad, and her older sister Alyssa stayed with an aunt.
Kelly has termed Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Garbage, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix, Mariah Carey, Radiohead, and Whitney Houston as her musical influences.
She has previously worked at a zoo as well as in a bookstore.
She supported and voted for Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential candidate.
She supports gay rights.
She has also undergone an eye surgery in order to correct her vision.
If she weren’t a singer, she would have been a marine biologist.
When Kelly was a kid, she and her family suffered from financial disturbance. Hence, at that time, music was her shelter.
If she could have dinner with anyone (living or dead), she would choose her grandparents.
In 2002, Clarkson appeared as an extra in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch (based on Archie’s comic book series) in an episode “The Whole Ball of Wax”.
Demi Lovato is best known for her starring roles in the “Camp Rock” movie as Mitchie Torres, as Sonny Munroe in the Disney sitcom “Sonny with a Chance” from 2009 to 2011, and as the star of the 2009 movie “Princess Protection Program.”
Pink is best known for her hit singles and winning at least three Grammy Awards and other accolades.
singer Pink flashes boob at concert in Los Angeles
Pink for Peta magazine
singer Pink for Peta magazine.
singer Pink for Peta magazine
singer Pink for Peta magazine.
Pink singer topless
Pink wowed the crowd at the Grammy Awards when she sang “Glitter in the Air” while suspended in the air, spinning and singing like something out of Cirque de Soleil.
singer Pink hangs from a trapeze during her performance. She started off in a hooded dress and ended it having stripped to a nude bodysuit with just a patch of glitter and some white strips, dunked in a tub of water.
Nick Name: Pink, P!nk, Pinky
Years active: 1995–present
Age: 38 years and 10 months
Sun Sign Virgo
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Grey
Height: 5 ft 4¼ in or 163 cm
Measurements 34-25-34 in or 86-63.5-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Occupation Singer, songwriter, dancer, model, actress
Musical career origin: Philadelphia
Pink began performing in Philadelphia clubs when she was about 14. She adopted her stagename, “Pink”, around this time. She had that nickname for quite some time by that point, and initially it had been “a mean thing”. She had gotten that name from the character “Mr. Pink” in Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs.
Pink completed her schooling from Kutz Elementary School, Lenape Middle School, and finally from Central Bucks High School West in Pennsylvania.
Father – Jim Moore (Vietnam Veteran)
Mother – Judith (née Kugel) (Nurse)
Siblings – Jason Moore (Brother)
Pink’s management is done by Roger Davies (Australian music producer)
Pink was signed to her first record label with original R&B girl group Choice in 1995. The label, LaFace Records, only saw potential in Pink, offering her a solo deal. Choice disbanded in 1998. Pink rose as an artist with her debut solo album, Can’t Take Me Home (2000). It was certified double-platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits: “There You Go” and “Most Girls”. She gained further recognition with the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack “Lady Marmalade”, which gave Pink her first Grammy Award as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Pink took more artistic control and pursued a pop rock direction for her second album, Missundaztood (2001). It sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and yielded three US top-ten singles, “Get the Party Started”, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”, and “Just Like a Pill”.
Pink’s third album, Try This (2003), generated considerably lower sales but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She revived her popularity with her fourth and fifth studio albums, I’m Not Dead (2006) and Funhouse (2008), with the latter containing her second US number-one hit, “So What.” Pink concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits So Far (2010), which featured “Fuckin’ Perfect” and her third US number-one single, “Raise Your Glass.” Her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spawned the top-ten singles “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, “Try”, and “Just Give Me a Reason”, with the latter becoming her fourth US number-one single. In 2014, Pink recorded a collaborative album, Rose Ave., with Canadian musician Dallas Green under a folk music duo named You+Me. In October 2017, her seventh studio album Beautiful Trauma was released. Its lead single “What About Us” reached number one in Australia.
Recognized for her strong signature vocals and acrobatic performances, Pink has sold over 47 million albums worldwide, including over 16 million albums in the United States. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, a Daytime Emmy Award and seven MTV Video Music Awards (including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award). In 2009, Billboard named Pink the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. Pink was also the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, behind Madonna. VH1 ranked her number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year award in 2013. At the 63rd annual BMI Pop Awards, she received the BMI President’s Award for “her outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture and the entertainment industry.”
Life and career
1979–1998: Early life and career beginnings
Alecia Beth Moore was born on September 8, 1979, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to nurse Judy and insurance salesman Jim Moore. Her father is Catholic (of Irish and German descent) and her mother is Jewish (of Lithuanian Jewish and German Jewish descent). She has described herself as a “Irish-German-Lithuanian-Jew”. Although a healthy baby at birth, she quickly developed asthma that plagued her through her early years. Pink attended Central Bucks High School West.
When Pink was a toddler, her parents began having marital problems, and before she was 10, her parents had divorced. Pink developed her voice early in life. In high school, Pink joined her first band, Middleground, but it disbanded upon losing a battle of the bands competition. As a teenager, she wrote lyrics as an outlet for her feelings, and her mother commented, “Her initial writings were always very introspective. Some of it was very black, and very deep, almost worrisome.”
Pink has said, “I was extreme. I went through phases from skateboarder, to hip-hopper, to rave child, to lead singer in a band. I did it all, and all at the same time.” At 14, she was convinced to audition to become a member of the all-female group Basic Instinct, and earned a spot in the lineup. Ultimately, the group disbanded without releasing any material. At 16, Pink and two other teenage girls, Stephanie Galligan and Chrissy Conway, formed the R&B group Choice. A copy of their first song, “Key to My Heart”, was sent to LaFace Records in Atlanta, Georgia, where L.A. Reid overheard it and arranged for the group to fly there so he could see them perform. After that, he signed them to a record deal. Since the three girls were under 18 at the time, their parents had to cosign the contract. The group relocated to Atlanta and recorded an album, which was never released, and “Key to My Heart” appeared on the soundtrack to the 1996 film Kazaam. During a Christmas party, Reid gave Pink an ultimatum: go solo or go home. Choice disbanded in 1998.
1999–2002: Can’t Take Me Home and Missundaztood
After Choice disbanded, Pink signed a recording contract with LaFace Records and began working on her debut solo album with producers such as Babyface, Kandi Burruss and Tricky Stewart. Her debut single, “There You Go”, was released in February 2000 and became her first top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number seven. Internationally, the song also charted inside the top ten in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In April, Pink’s debut album, Can’t Take Me Home, was released to commercial success. Despite a moderate peak of 26 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for two million units shipped in the United States. It also went platinum in the United Kingdom and multi-platinum in Canada and Australia, while selling over four million copies worldwide. Critical reception to the album was mixed. The album’s second single, “Most Girls”, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her first chart-topping single in Australia. “You Make Me Sick” was released as the final single and reached number 33 on the Hot 100.
Pink won the trophy for Female New Artist of the Year at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards. She was billed as a supporting act on the North American leg of NSYNC’s No Strings Attached Tour throughout the summer of 2000. In 2001, Pink, alongside singers Christina Aguilera and Mýa as well as rapper Lil’ Kim, performed a cover of “Lady Marmalade” for the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge!. In the US it became the most successful airplay-only single in history, as well as Pink’s first #1 single. The success of the single was helped by its music video, which was popular on music channels and won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year. The song won Pink’s first Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Tired of being marketed as another cookie cutter pop act, as well as eager both to be seen as a more serious songwriter and musician and to perform the type of music she wanted to, Pink took her sound in a new direction and sought more artistic or creative control during the recording of her second album, Missundaztood. She recruited Linda Perry, former singer of 4 Non Blondes (one of Pink’s favorite groups in her teenage years). Pink moved into Perry’s Los Angeles home where the pair spent several months writing songs for the album. Perry co-wrote and co-produced the album with Dallas Austin and Scott Storch, and according to VH1’s Driven program, Antonio “LA” Reid of LaFace Records was not initially content with the new music Pink was making. The album, named Missundaztood because of Pink’s belief that people had a wrong image of her, was released in November 2001.
“Get the Party Started” was released as the lead single and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, and Spain, as well as spending four weeks at the top of the European Hot 100 Singles chart. At the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, its music video won in the categories of Best Female Video and Best Dance Video. The album’s other singles—”Don’t Let Me Get Me”, “Just Like a Pill”, and “Family Portrait”—were also radio and chart successes, with “Just Like a Pill” becoming Pink’s second number-one hit in the United Kingdom. Missundaztood remains Pink’s best-selling record with over 13 million copies sold worldwide. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Missundaztood was the eighth best-selling album of 2002 globally. Pink won a World Music Award for Best Selling American Pop/Rock Female Artist. She was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 45th Grammy Awards. Faith Hill’s 2002 album, Cry, features a song co-written by Pink and Perry. In 2002, Pink headlined a tour of America, Europe and Australia, the Party Tour, as well as becoming a supporting act for Lenny Kravitz’s American tour. Pink was named the Top Female Billboard 200 Artist of 2002.
2003–2007: Try This and I’m Not Dead
In mid-2003, Pink contributed the song “Feel Good Time” to the soundtrack of the film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, in which she had a cameo appearance as a motocross race ramp owner/promoter. Featuring electronic music artist William Orbit, it became Pink’s first single to miss the top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, although it was a hit in Europe and in Australia. It was later included on non-U.S. editions of Pink’s third album, Try This, which was released on November 11, 2003. Eight of the 13 tracks were co-written with Tim Armstrong of the band Rancid. Linda Perry was featured on the album as a writer and musician. Despite the album reaching the top ten on album charts in the US, in Canada, in the UK, and in Australia, sales were considerably lower than those of Missundaztood. However, it did go platinum in the US. The singles “Trouble” and “God Is a DJ” did not reach the US top 40 but did reach the top ten in other countries, and “Last to Know” was released as a single outside North America. “Trouble” earned Pink the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance category at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, and “Feel Good Time” was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. She toured extensively on the Try This Tour through Europe and Australia, where the album was better received.
During the same period, Pink co-wrote the song “Take A Picture” with Damon Elliott which was released on Mýa’s album Moodring. In 2005, Pink collaborated with Lisa Marie Presley on the track “Shine”, released on Presley’s second album Now What. Pink took a break to write the songs for her fourth album, I’m Not Dead, which she said she titled as such because “It’s about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up even though people would like you to.” Pink worked with producers Max Martin, Billy Mann, Christopher Rojas, Butch Walker, Lukasz Gottwald, and Josh Abraham on the album. The album’s release through LaFace Records in April 2006 was a substantial success throughout the world, particularly in Australia. The album reached the top ten in the US, the top five in the UK, No. 1 in Germany, and was No. 1 in Australia for two non-consecutive weeks.
The album’s lead single, “Stupid Girls”, was Pink’s biggest US hit since 2002 and earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Its music video, in which she parodies celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Paris Hilton, won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video. Subsequent singles “Who Knew” and “U + Ur Hand” were substantial hits in Australia and Europe, and they later became top ten singles in the US. in 2007. The non-US singles were “Nobody Knows”, a minor hit in the UK, Australia and Germany; “Dear Mr. President”, an open letter to the US President George W. Bush which featured the Indigo Girls and became a No. 1 hit in Belgium as well as a top five hit in Germany, Australia, and other countries; “Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)”, a UK top 40 and Australian top five entry; and “‘Cuz I Can”. The album has sold over 1.3 million copies in the US, as well as over 700,000 copies in Australia. The album proved very popular in Australia, with six top five singles and a record-breaking 62 weeks in the top 10; so far the album has gone 10 times platinum.
In support of the album, Pink embarked on the world I’m Not Dead Tour, for which ticket sales in Australia were particularly high; she sold approximately 307,000 tickets in Australia, giving her the record for the biggest concert attendance for an arena tour by a female artist. One of the London shows on the tour was taped and released as a DVD, Pink: Live from Wembley Arena, where she sang Linda Perry’s “Whats Up?”. In 2006, Pink was chosen to sing the theme song for NBC Sunday Night Football, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night”, which is a take on “I Hate Myself for Lovin’ You” by Joan Jett. She contributed a cover of Rufus’s “Tell Me Something Good” to the soundtrack of the film Happy Feet, and lent her name to PlayStation to promote the PSP, a special pink edition of which was released.
Pink collaborated with several other artists in 2006 and 2007, when she opened for Justin Timberlake on the American leg of his FutureSex/LoveShow Tour. She sang on the Indigo Girls album Despite Our Differences. She was featured on India.Arie’s song “I Am Not My Hair” from the Lifetime Television film Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. She wrote a song, “I Will”, for Natalia’s third album, Everything and More. “Outside of You”, another song she co-wrote, was recorded by dance-pop singer Hilary Duff and released on her 2007 album Dignity. Pink recorded a song with Annie Lennox and twenty-two other female acts for Lennox’s fourth solo studio album, Songs of Mass Destruction; titled “Sing”, it was written as an anthem for HIV/AIDS, according to Lennox’s website. In December 2007, a special edition Pink Box, which comprises her second to fourth albums and the DVD Live in Europe, was released in Australia. It reached the top twenty on the albums chart and was certified Gold, selling over 35,000 units.
2008–2011: Funhouse and Greatest Hits… So Far!!!
On August 7, 2008, Pink’s single “So What” was leaked online, and radio stations across Australia were quick to give it massive airplay. Less than six hours after the leak, “So What” was voted No.1 on Nova 100 Melbourne and shot to No.1 on the Today Network’s national radio Hot30 Countdown. On August 22, Pink announced a new track, titled “Crystal Ball”. On September 18, 2008, “So What” became her second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Pink was the guest of honor at the 2008 ARIA Music Awards, which were held in Sydney, Australia, in October 2008. There she sang “So What”. On November 3, 2008, Funhouse debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts. In Australia it sold over 86,000 units in its first week, and was eventually certified eleven times platinum.
On November 23, 2008, Pink performed “Sober”, the second single from Funhouse, at the American Music Awards. The third single was “Please Don’t Leave Me”, with a video directed by Dave Meyers. In Australia, “Bad Influence” was released as the album’s fourth single as a promotional single for her Funhouse Tour, and “Funhouse” was later released as the fifth single. However, “Bad Influence” was not released as a single in Europe until March 2010, which was after “Funhouse” had been released. In May 2009, Pink released a four-CD box set of her first four albums; this set peaked at No. 7 in the UK Album Chart. In 2009, Pink performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
Pink’s Funhouse Tour started in France on February 24, 2009, and continued through Europe until mid-May, with supporting act Raygun. Pink then performed a series of shows in Australia, all of which sold out. Between May and August 2009, she performed for a total of more than 600,000 Australian fans at 58 shows around the country.
On September 13, 2009, Pink performed “Sober” while doing a trapeze act at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, where she was nominated for Best Female Video for “So What”. On January 31, 2010, Pink did another circus act in the form of aerial silks at the 2010 Grammy Awards, this time performing the song “Glitter in the Air”. She received a standing ovation. In 2013, Billboard ranked the performance as the best between 2000 and 2012. Billboard recognized Pink as the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. According to the BBC countdown compiled by PPL, Pink was the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, behind Madonna.
Pink was a soloist in the remake of the 1985 charity single, “We Are the World”. She collaborated on the 2010 Herbie Hancock album, The Imagine Project, in which she sang Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up” with John Legend and contributed vocals to John Lennon’s “Imagine” with Seal, India.Arie, Jeff Beck, Konono Nº1, Oumou Sangaré, and others. The last collaboration earned Pink a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. She was featured on a track titled “Won’t Back Down” for Eminem’s 2010 album Recovery; Eminem explained that he included Pink because he “felt like she would smash this record.”
On July 15, 2010, during a concert in Nurnberg, Germany, Pink was preparing to end her concert with an aerial acrobatic routine when she was pulled offstage and onto a barricade below. Her left-side flywire had been activated before the right-side one had been properly attached to her harness. She was taken to a local hospital where it was determined that she had not been seriously injured. Pink sold a total of 3,000,000 concert tickets on her 2009–10 worldwide tour, according to a statement on behalf of UK tour promoter Marshall Arts.
In the first week of October 2010, Pink released “Raise Your Glass”, the first single from her first compilation album, Greatest Hits So Far. The song celebrates a decade since Pink’s debut in 2000 and is dedicated to her fans who have been supporting her over the years. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Pink’s tenth Top 10 hit, and her third number-one on the chart. She released the compilation album on November 12, 2010, and almost a month later she released the album’s second single, named “Fuckin’ Perfect”. The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number one in Germany.
Pink voiced the character of Gloria in Happy Feet Two, which premiered on November 18, 2011 in the United States. She also sings the movie’s theme song, “Bridge of Light”.
On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced that it would be disbanding Jive Records, along with Arista Records and J Records. With the shutdown, Pink and all other artists previously signed to the labels would release any future material through RCA Records.
2012–2015: The Truth About Love and You+Me
In February 2012, Pink confirmed that she was in the writing process for her next studio album, The Truth About Love. It was preceded with the release of its lead single, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, in July. The single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching number one in Australia and Hungary, and the top five in Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Released in September, The Truth About Love made its debut atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 281,000, making it her first number-one album in the United States. It also topped the charts in Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, and Switzerland, and became the world’s sixth best-selling album of 2012 according to the IFPI. The album was certified double platinum by the RIAA for two million copies shipped and has sold over seven million copies worldwide. The Truth About Love received positive response from music critics and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
“Try” was released as the second single from The Truth About Love in October 2012 and became a worldwide top-ten hit, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. In February 2013, Pink released the fourth single, “Just Give Me a Reason”, featuring guest vocals by Nate Ruess of fun. It became the most successful single from The Truth About Love, topping the record charts in more than 20 countries worldwide and becoming Pink’s fourth number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. According to the IFPI, the song was the fourth best-selling digital single of 2013 with 9.9 million copies sold worldwide. The song won the Billboard Mid-Year Award for Favorite Hot 100 No.1 Song, and garnered two nominations for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Song of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Three further singles, “True Love”, “Walk of Shame”, and “Are We All We Are”, was released throughout 2013 to less commercial success. On February 13, 2013, Pink kicked off her sixth tour, known as The Truth About Love Tour, in Phoenix, Arizona. Billboard released a statement on June 14, announcing that Pink held the No. 1 spot on their Hot Tours chart, as the American leg of her Truth About Love Tour grossed over $23.6 million. She still held the title a week later, as the European leg grossed $30.7 million.
In addition to her work for The Truth About Love, Pink appeared on the track “Guns and Roses” on T.I.’s album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. The song has been certified Gold by the ARIA for sales of 35,000 digital downloads shipped in Australia. She also wrote two songs, “I Walk Alone” and “Lie to Me”, for Cher’s new album, Closer to the Truth. Pink starred as a sex addict alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo in the 2013 movie Thanks for Sharing. The official trailer was released on June 27 and the movie premièred on September 20, 2013. Her legal name, Alecia Moore, is used for the movie credits. Her role as Dede was heavily praised by critics. rogerebert.com commented on her performance saying “Of all the cast here, the least experienced is the pop singer Pink, yet she does the best acting in the film: natural, a little harsh, a little unstable. Pink, like Macy Gray in her Lee Daniels movie roles, knows instinctively how to behave on camera by just pretending that the camera isn’t there.”
Billboard named Pink Woman of the Year 2013. In December, the magazine also named The Truth About Love Tour the 3rd best selling tour of 2013 with $147.9 million in ticket sales; falling only behind Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. Also in Billboard’s end of year charts, Pink was ranked the 6th top artist of 2013 and she scored her highest charting end-of-year song and album; with Just Give Me a Reason sitting at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and The Truth About Love placing at number 8 on Billboard 200. In Australia, Pink has had an album placed at number one or two in the ARIA End of Year Albums Chart for six out of the past seven years as The Truth About Love topped the chart for two years in a row. She was the 9th top grossing music artist of 2013, with $20,072,072.32 earned. RCA Records later announced that they have signed Pink for a multi-album deal that will last for years to come. The singer was quoted about the deal saying “I am super-duper excited to continue onwards and upwards with RCA and my team there”.
It was announced in September 2014, that Pink and Dallas Green, lead singer of City and Colour, worked together on a collaborative album, under the band name You+Me. The album, titled Rose Ave., was released on October 14, 2014. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and at number one on the US Folk Albums chart.
In August 2015, Pink recorded the theme song for the 13th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The song, “Today’s the Day”, was performed during the show’s premiere week in New York City on September 10, 2015.
2016–present: Beautiful Trauma
It was announced in February 2016 that Pink will cover a Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, for the upcoming Netflix original series Beat Bugs. In the same month, it was announced that she had recorded a cover of “White Rabbit” for the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass, while in April it was revealed that she contributed the song “Just like Fire” to the soundtrack of the movie. In Australia, it topped the ARIA Charts. The following July, it was announced that Pink had written a song for French-Canadian singer Celine Dion called “Recovering” for inclusion on her upcoming English-language album. Pink provided guest vocals on country singer Kenny Chesney’s single “Setting the World on Fire” which was released on August 1, 2016. On March 10, 2017, Pink teamed up with Stargate and Australian star Sia on the former’s debut single, “Waterfall”.
Pink took a break to write songs for her upcoming seventh album. In June 2017, Pink confirmed that she is making her next studio album. On July 17, 2017, she announced via her official Twitter account that the video shoot for the first single will take place the following week. “What About Us”, the lead single from Pink’s seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, was released on August 10, 2017 and reached number one in Australia. The album was released on October 13, 2017. On August 27, 2017, Pink received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. She also performed a medley of some of her hits, including her new single, “What About Us”, before accepting the award, which was presented to her by Ellen DeGeneres. “What About Us” reached number one on the Adult Pop Songs chart, earning Pink her ninth leader on the chart, breaking her out of a tie with Katy Perry for the solo female artist with the most number-ones in the chart’s history and placing her in second place amongst all acts.
On December 5, 2017, Hip-hop artist Eminem revealed that Pink would be collaborating on the song “Need Me” for his ninth studio album Revival.
Artistry – Influences
Pink has named Madonna and Janis Joplin as her biggest musical influences. In a 2000 interview with MTV, Pink said that during her childhood she used to think that she was Madonna’s daughter, saying: “I’ve always been the type of person that followed Madonna like a lost puppy. I didn’t speak to my mother for a year, because I was sure she adopted me.” She stated, “Madonna has always been an inspiration for me… I was a fan right from the first time I heard ‘Holiday’.” Pink also won her first talent show singing Madonna’s “Oh Father”. Of Janis Joplin, Pink said “She was so inspiring by singing blues music when it wasn’t culturally acceptable for white women, and she wore her heart on her sleeve. She was so witty and charming and intelligent, but she also battled an ugly-duckling syndrome. I would love to play her in a movie.” In a tribute performance on her Try This Tour, Pink called Joplin “a woman who inspired me when everyone else didn’t!”
As a child she admired the leader of 4 Non Blondes, Linda Perry, whom she would later track down and form a close relationship with on her second album. She said: “Literally this woman spoke to me. Being in pain and being on drugs and being misunderstood and, yeah she spoke my language. Without having to say anything, she could sing a note and it was what I was feeling. I used to sit at three or four o’ clock in the morning, tripping on whatever, screaming 4 Non Blondes out the window until the cops were called”. Other influences include Joan Jett, Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, and Whitney Houston.
Voice and timbre
Throughout her career, she has received applause from critics for her powerful vocals. Her voice has been described as “raspy”, “husky”, and “distinctive.” James Montgomery of MTV calls her “a deceptively good singer who can out-sing almost anyone”. The Guardian describes her voice as “prodigious”. Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times labelled her as “a powerhouse vocalist”. Pink has also received acclaim for her “raw”, “soulful” voice and her ability to emote. The Inquirer defined her voice as “husky” and “gutsy”, further complimenting her for developing into a “powerfully emotive vocalist”, while comparing her to Janis Joplin. The Star Tribune commends her by writing, “Her slightly raspy, slightly soulful voice made you feel the dysfunction in ‘Family Portrait’, the longing of ‘Who Knew’ and the empowerment in ‘Perfect’.” CNN has said that Pink is known for singing “with the right level of emotion”. Fellow pop artist Kelly Clarkson believes that Pink’s voice is “the best of our generation”.
Pink, aside from her musical feats, has also become known for her style and work outside of music. She has often been seen as “adventurous” with her hair, and has had styles such as fluorescent spikes to pink-streaked dreadlocks to a pitch-black skater cut. Regarding her style, she told InStyle, “I’m eclectic. I’m a tomboy, but I’m kind of a hippie and kind of a gangster I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but it is my thing.”
Pink is an animal-rights activist and a prominent campaigner for PETA, contributing her voice toward causes such as the protest against KFC. In conjunction with PETA, she criticized the Australian wool industry over its use of mulesing. In January 2007, she stated that she had been misled by PETA about mulesing and that she had not done enough research before lending her name to the campaign. Her campaigning led to a headlining concert called PAW (Party for Animals Worldwide) in Cardiff, Wales on August 21, 2007. In 2015, she posed nude for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur”, campaign.
Pink is also outspoken about LGBT rights and supports same-sex marriage.
In June 2012, Pink told Cosmopolitan magazine that her diet is mostly vegan, but she occasionally eats chicken and fish.
Pink is also involved with several charities, including Human Rights Campaign, ONE Campaign, Prince’s Trust, New York Restoration Project, Run for the Cure Foundation, Save the Children, Take Back the Night, UNICEF and World Animal Protection. As of May 2008, Pink has been officially recognized as an advocate for the RSPCA in Australia. On February 16, 2009, Pink announced she was donating $250,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal to aid the victims of the bushfires that swept through the Australian state of Victoria earlier that month. Pink stated that she wanted to make “a tangible expression of support”. Pink also donated money to Autism Speaks.
In August 2012, Pink became a spokesmodel for CoverGirl, featuring in a fall 2013 advertising campaign themed “beauty with an edge”.
Pink playing “So What” from her 2008 album, Funhouse at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Ontario, Canada on July 9, 2017.
Pink has been credited for breaking boundaries and pushing the envelope throughout her career. She is regarded as the “most trailblazing artist” of her pop generation. Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times says, “Pink stood up for her music, broke the music industry’s mold and scored a breakout hit, challenging a school of teen singers to find their own sounds as well.” He adds, “Pink also started a race among other teen pop stars like Christina Aguilera to add substance to their own sound.” Ann Powers refers to her as a “powerhouse vocalist”, stating her mix of rebellion, emotional rawness, humor, and “infectious” dance beats created “a model for the mashup approach of latter-day divas such as Katy Perry, Kesha, and even Rihanna.” Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone commented: “I think people respond to her sense of independence and dedication. It inspires people… This is a prolific pop artist who is sometimes famous and successful, sometimes obscure, who nonetheless keeps making her own kind of music.”
James Montgomery of MTV describes her as “a fabulously fearless pop artist” who can “out-sing almost anyone out there. She can out-crazy Gaga or Lily. She’s the total pop-star package, everything you’d want in a singer/entertainer/icon. And still, she remains oddly off the radar. Such is the price of busting borders”. Entertainment Weekly said: “She essentially invented the whole modern wave of Pop Diva Domination: You can draw a straight line from “Get This Party Started” to Katy Perry, Kesha, pre-messianic Lady Gaga, and post-weird Rihanna.” Glamour Magazine wrote: “When Pennsylvania-born Alecia Moore debuted in 2000, pop was dominated by long-locked blonds like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson. Pink changed the game. Without her, the last 13-years of big-voiced, tough chick music is hard to imagine.”
Following her performance at the American Music Awards of 2012, LZ Granderson of CNN wrote: “our culture’s biggest sin may well be the auto-tuned syrup we’ve allowed to dominate the pop charts. All-time chart records are handed to vacuous acts such as the Black Eyed Peas and singing awards are given to vocal lightweights such as Taylor Swift But thank God for Pink. While Christina Aguilera has a tendency to oversing, Britney Spears can’t sing, and Lauryn Hill sorta stopped singing, Pink has managed to carve a brilliant 13-year-career by being something that is incredibly rare these days—an artist.” British soul singer Adele considers Pink’s performance at Brixton Academy in London as one of “the most defining moments” in her life, saying “It was the Missundaztood record, so I was about 13 or 14. I had never heard, being in the room, someone sing like that live. I remember sort of feeling like I was in a wind tunnel, her voice just hitting me. It was incredible.”
Pink’s work has inspired several other artists including Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Tegan and Sara, Ashley Tisdale, Alessia Cara, Victoria Justice, and Adele.
Pink met professional motocross racer Carey Hart at the 2001 X Games in Philadelphia. Following a brief separation in 2003, Pink proposed to Hart in June 2005 during a Mammoth Lakes motocross race; she was “assisting” in his race and wrote “Will You Marry Me? I’m serious!” on a pit board. He initially didn’t notice and continued on for another lap. When he did notice later, he veered off the track to accept right then. She then made him finish the race because she wouldn’t marry a loser. They married in Costa Rica on January 7, 2006.
After months of speculation, Pink announced in February 2008, that she and Hart had separated. Hart subsequently appeared in the video for her 2008 song “So What”, which deals with their separation. The couple sought marriage counseling during their separation in hopes of reconciliation. In February 2010, Pink confirmed that she and Hart were back together. Hart appears with Pink in the music video for her songs “Just Give Me a Reason” and “True Love”.
In November 2010, Pink announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she and Hart were expecting their first child. In June 2011, she gave birth to their daughter. In December 2016, she gave birth to their second child, a son.
Pink is a supporter of attachment parenting.
In 2010, she appeared on Forbes’ “The Celebrity 100” list at #27, with earnings of $44 million. In 2011, she appeared on Forbes’ The Top-Earning Women in Music list at #6 with earnings of $22 million, with an average of $1 million per show on the road. In 2009, Billboard put her at the 6th place on their “Money Makers” list, listing her earnings as $36,347,658. In 2013, she appeared on Forbes’ list of “Highest Paid Musicians”, with the earnings of $32 million.
Awards and achievements
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Pink
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Pink’s record sales stand at 16 million copies in the United States.
Pink has sold over 47 million albums, over 70 million singles, and over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide.
Boy cut hair in 2013
As per her stage name, Pink color can also be seen in her hair
Her name is spelled as “P!nk” and not “Pink”
Various tattoos (has more than 20 tattoos)
The singer Pink released her debut album Can’t Take Me Home on April 4, 2000 via LaFace Records. It peaked at position 10 in Australia, and at #26 in USA. It was able to sell 4 million copies in the whole world with more than 2 million copies within U.S. only. It was certified as 2× Platinum in U.S.
Pink appeared in 2000 film Ski to the Max for her role as Brena.
First TV Show
In 2002, Pink guest appeared in the late-night live television sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live as herself (musical guest).
Pink Favorite Things
Band – 4 Non Blondes
Pink had previously worked with trainer Gregory Joujon-Roche. The celebrity trainer worked with her ON and OFF for six years.
Pink loves to workout outdoors and performs activities like hiking, running and other cardio stuff. Gregory used to work with Pink for five days a week and 90 minutes a day. During those 90 minutes, he used to made sure that her heart rate never goes below 155. And, for the entire session, she used to maintain it between 155 and 165 (excluding rest). Rest time was not actually a complete rest, Gregory would let her do stretching exercises instead of complete rest.
He suggests his readers to eat green foods for at least one day in a month.
She also worked with trainers Jillian Michaels and Jeanette Jenkins to lose her stubborn 55 pounds of baby weight.
Pink’s father is Catholic, and her mother is Jewish. Pink took up her mom’s religion.
At an early stage in her life, she suffered from asthma.
She initially dreamed to become an Olympic gymnast as she practised gymnastics for eight years. She got the inspiration to become a singer by watching her dad playing guitar and singing songs.
Her parents divorced before she turned 10.
She supports attachment parenting.
She used to have a pet rat in the past.
She proposed to Carey Hart for the marriage.
In 2011, Pink was in the “The Top-Earning Women in Music” list by Forbes magazine at #6 with earnings of $22 million.
Pink is the one who has inspired many of your other favorite celebrities such as Adele, Ashley Tisdale, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora, Taylor Swift, and Victoria Justice.
At 16 only, she was the co-founding member (along with Stephanie Galligan and Chrissy Conway) of the R&B group Choice.