Noah Cyrus is an American actress and singer. She voiced the title role in the English version of the 2009 animated feature film Ponyo. In 2016, she released her debut single “Make Me (Cry)”, featuring vocals from Labrinth and later Stay Together. Her debut album is set to be released in 2018. She is the youngest daughter of Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus and the younger sister of Miley Cyrus and Trace Cyrus.
In 2017, she was named as the Top 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017 by Times.
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.
Lily Allen is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings. Lily Allen singer is best known for her albums such as Alright, Still (2006), It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009), Sheezus (2014).
Lily Allen 2010 Wireless Festival Hyde Park, London July 5, 2010
Lily Allen Wearing Bikini on the Beach in Los Angeles
Lily Allen in Bikini at a Hotel Pool in NY
Lily Allen in Bikini at a Hotel Pool in NY
Lily Allen in Bikini at a Hotel Pool in NY
Lily Allen in Bikini at a Pool in Miami
Lily Allen in Bikini at a Pool in Miami
Lily Allen in Bikini on the beach in Ibiza
Lily Allen in Bikini on the beach in Ibiza
Lily Allen in Catsuit Live at Mojo Club in Hamburg Germany – May 2014
Lily Allen Performing at City Rocks in London
Lily Allen Performs at the Hollywood Palladium
Lily Allen Performs Live in Birmingham
Lily Allen shortlist magazine UK march 6th 2014
Lily Allen is known for her outrageous antics. Even at the start of her career, she never held back when it came to nudity or extremely candid.
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen singer
Lily Lets It Out! Lily Allen, who is allergic to bras, has a massive wardrobe malfunction as she gets out of her car in London. August 07, 2008, London, England
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen singer
Lily takes a dip Lily Allen and some friends do some swimming and horsing around at Eden Roc in France, while in town for the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival. May 14, 2008, Cap d'Antibes, France
Lily Allen singer
Lily Allen is known for her outrageous antics. Even at the start of her career, she never held back when it came to nudity or extremely candid lyrics. In 2008, Lily whipped out her boobs during the filming of her BBC Three show Lily Allen And Friends with Paddy McGuinness. An onlooker said at the time: "Lily and Paddy were both quite lively.
Lily Allen flashes her boob for the camera. LILY Allen has found her own unique way to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. The singer, whose latest single Trigger Bang failed to chart in the UK, took to her Instagram story to share a string of X-rated snaps. Making light of the size of her assets, Lily shared countless topless paparazzi snaps along with the caption: "Happy Pancake Day."
Lily Allen Shares Almost Naked Instagram Picture With Her New Long Hair Covering Her Modesty
Born Name Lily Rose Beatrice Allen
Occupation Singer songwriter actress presenter
Born: May 2, 1985 33 years and 2 months, Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
Years active 2002–present
Sun Sign Taurus
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 36-25-35 in or 91.5-63.5-89 cm
Bra size 34B
Lily Allen had went to 13 schools in total. She was expelled from several schools due to her habits of smoking and drinking. Some of them are Hill House School, Millfield, and Bedales School in UK. Some of these schools were one of the most expensive schools of UK.
She finally dropped out at the age of 15.
Father – Keith Allen (Comedian, musician, TV presenter)
Mother – Alison Owen (Film Producer)
Siblings – Sarah (Older Sister), Alfie Allen (Younger Brother) (Actor), Rebecca Allen (Younger Sister), Teddie (Younger Half-Sister)
Others – Harry Enfield (Former Stepfather)
Lily Allen singer first mainstream single, “Smile”, reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Her debut record, Alright, Still, was well received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, Brit Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. She began hosting her own talk-show, Lily Allen and Friends, on BBC Three.
Her second studio album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA Charts and was well received by critics, noting the singer’s musical evolution and maturity. It spawned the hit singles “The Fear” and “Fuck You”. This success saw her receive the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist at the 2010 Brit Awards. Allen and Amy Winehouse were credited with starting a process that led to the “year of the women” media label in 2009 that saw five female artists making music of “experimentalism and fearlessness” nominated for the Mercury Prize.
In 2009, Lily Allen announced that she would be taking a hiatus from musical activities. In 2011, she launched her own record label. In 2013, Allen revealed that she had begun working on her third studio album, which was later titled Sheezus. On 12 November 2013, Allen premiered the video for her first original song since 2009, “Hard out Here”, which was released as a single five days later.
Lily Allen singer, daughter of Keith Allen, a Welsh-born comedian, and film producer Alison Owen. She has an older sister, Sarah; a younger brother, actor Alfie (who was the subject of her song “Alfie”); and a younger sister, Rebecca. She is the goddaughter of Wild Colonials vocalist Angela McCluskey. She is the third-cousin of singer Sam Smith.
At the age of three, Allen appeared in The Comic Strip Presents… episode “The Yob”, which her father had co-written. When she was four, her father left the family. During her early childhood, Allen lived with her family on a council estate.
They later settled in Islington. For a time, the family lived with comedian Harry Enfield while her mother dated him. The Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer was close to Allen.
Lily Allen attended 13 schools, including Prince Charles’s junior alma mater, Hill House School, Millfield, Bedales School and was expelled from several of them for drinking and smoking. When Allen was 11, former University of Victoria music student Rachel Santesso overheard Allen singing “Wonderwall” by Oasis in the school’s playground; impressed, Santesso, who later became an award-winning soprano and composer, called Allen into her office the next day and started giving her lunchtime singing lessons. This led to Allen singing “Baby Mine” from Disney’s Dumbo at a school concert.
Lily Allen told Loveline that the audience was “brought to tears at the sight of a troubled young girl doing something good”. At that point Allen said she knew that music was something she needed to do either as a lifelong vocation or to get it out of her system. She played piano to grade 5 standard and achieved Grade 8 in singing. She played violin, guitar and trumpet and was a member of a chamber choir. Her first solo was “In the Bleak Midwinter”. She appeared as a lady-in-waiting in the 1998 film Elizabeth, which was co-produced by her mother. She dropped out of school at age fifteen, not wanting to “spend a third of her life preparing to work for the next third of her life, to set herself up with a pension for the next third of her life.”
2002–05: Career beginnings
When her family went to Ibiza on holiday, Lilly Allen told her mother that she was staying with friends but remained in Sant Antoni de Portmany instead. She earned money by working at a Plastic Fantastic record store and dealing ecstasy. Allen met her first manager, George Lamb in Ibiza. She was rejected by several labels, which she attributed to her drinking and being the daughter of Keith Allen. She eventually used her father’s connections to get signed to London Records in 2002. When the executive who had signed her left, the label lost interest and she left without releasing the folk songs many of which were written by her father. She then studied horticulture to become a florist, but changed her mind and returned to music. Allen began writing songs, while her manager introduced her to production duo Future Cut in 2004. They worked in a small studio in the basement of an office building.
In 2005, Lily Allen singer was signed to Regal Recordings; they gave her £25,000 to produce an album, though they were unable to provide much support for it due to their preoccupation with other releases such as X&Y (Coldplay) and Demon Days (Gorillaz). Allen then created an account on MySpace and began posting demos that she recorded in November 2005. The demos attracted thousands of listeners, and 500 limited edition 7″ vinyl singles of “LDN” were rush-released, reselling for as much as £40. Allen also produced two mixtapes – My First Mixtape and My Second Mixtape – to promote her work. As she accumulated tens of thousands of MySpace friends, The Observer Music Monthly (OMM), a magazine published in The Observer, took interest in March 2006. Few people outside of her label’s A&R department knew who she was, so the label was slow in responding to publications wanting to report about her. She received her first major mainstream coverage, appearing in the magazine’s cover story two months later.
2006–08: Alright, Still and other endeavours
The success convinced her label to allow her more creative control over the album and to use some of the songs that she had written instead of forcing her to work with mainstream producers. Lily Allen decided to work with producers Greg Kurstin and Mark Ronson, finishing the rest of the album in two weeks. Allen’s debut album, Alright, Still, was released in July 2006. Most of the tracks had been previewed on her MySpace page, including the singles “Smile”, “LDN”, “Knock ‘Em Out”, and “Alfie”. In September 2006, “Smile” was made available on the US version of iTunes Store. By December 2006, her music video for Smile had been played on various music channels as well as the song getting a little airplay. Entertainment Weekly named Alright, Still as one of the top 10 albums of 2006 despite the fact that it had not yet been released in the US. Allen also did several promotional ads for MTV as their Discover and Download artist of the month for January 2007. The album was released in the US on 30 January 2007, landing at 20 on the Billboard 200. By January 2009, the album had sold 960,000 copies in the UK and 520,000 copies in the US.
In 2007, she played the newly launched Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, replacing MIA who had cancelled. During the festival she reunited two members of The Specials, an act that guitarist Lynval Golding claimed played a “massive part” in the group’s 2009 reunion. She also sang the vocals on the top ten single, “Oh My God”, a cover of the Kaiser Chiefs song by Mark Ronson. On 1 July 2007, Allen appeared at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium, London to celebrate the life of Princess Diana. She sang “LDN” and “Smile”. Allen’s single “Littlest Things” from her album produced by Ronson, helped earn him a “Producer of the Year – Non Classical” 2008 Grammy Award. She also provided background vocals to a couple of songs on the Kaiser Chiefs’ third album in 2008. Allen won a 2008 BMI songwriting award for “Smile”.
Allen signed a one series contract to present her own BBC Three TV show titled Lily Allen and Friends based on the social networking phenomenon that helped to launch her music career. Guests included Mark Ronson, Joanna Page, James Corden, Lauren Laverne, Roisin Murphy, Louis Walsh, and Danny Dyer. The show attracted only 2 per cent of the total multi-channel audience despite a high-profile nationwide marketing campaign. Citing Allen’s rapid development as a TV host and her popularity among its target audience BBC Three announced it was renewing Lily Allen and Friends for a second season. BBC Three controller Danny Cohen later said that the show would not air in the Spring of 2009 as originally scheduled because of music commitments. Allen performed at a benefit concert for War Child, an international child protection agency that works with children affected by war. Backed by Keane, Allen sang “Smile” and “Everybody’s Changing”.
After the release of her first album, her parent record company, EMI, was taken over by Terra Firma. She also changed her management company from Empire Artist Management to Twenty-First Artists, although her core team remained in place. At the urging of her record company, Allen tried unsuccessfully to create the album with several writers and producers. Allen eventually returned to Greg Kurstin who had written three songs for Alright, Still. The album was produced by Kurstin at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles. Before returning to Kus, Allen co-wrote the songs for the album with Kurstin who played piano on it. This is a change from her earlier work in which she wrote lyrics for finished tracks. Allen released a statement saying “We decided to try and make bigger sounding, more ethereal songs, real songs … I wanted to work with one person from start to finish to make it one body of work. I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of integrity. I think I’ve grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects that.” She posted two new song demos on her MySpace page and planned to release a mixtape to give her fans an idea of what the new direction was.
Allen cancelled a scheduled appearance at the 2008 Isle of Wight Festival, telling festival promoter John Giddings the reason for the cancellation was that her album was behind schedule. Giddings said that the reason given was not acceptable and possibly a lie. Giddings decided not to sue her. Photos of her drunk and topless in the Cannes Film Festival were also widely covered in the press. Her appearance at the 2008 Glamour Awards also generated criticism, as she showed up intoxicated wearing a dress covered in decapitated Bambi figures, and had an on-stage, expletive-laced exchange with Elton John. On 29 June 2008, Allen performed at the Glastonbury Festival alongside producer Mark Ronson. An emotional Allen dedicated her performance of “Littlest Things” to her grandmother who died the night before. It’s Not Me, It’s You was first scheduled for an early 2008 release, but her miscarriage and creative issues delayed the release date to the autumn. During autumn 2008, EMI was undergoing restructuring. Due to this environment, a decision was made to move the album’s eventual release date. An online game, Escape the Fear, was created by Matmi as part of the viral marketing campaign targeted at people unaware of Allen or the album. Since its release, “The Game” has topped the worldwide viral charts three times, including the week of Christmas—a highly contested time of the year. By 18 February 2009, “The Game” had been played over two million times. The singer and The Clash guitarist Mick Jones performed The Clash’s song “Straight to Hell” on an album for the charity Heroes.
It’s Not Me, It’s You was released in February 2009. It debuted at the number 1 position in the Canada, UK, and Australia and the number 5 position in the United States. The album has been certified platinum in the United Kingdom. The release of the album was a factor in EMI’s more than trebling its earnings. The first single from the album, “The Fear”, was number 1 for the first four weeks in the UK after its release. The second single released from the album, “Not Fair”, reached the number 9 position. She began her It’s Not Me, It’s You World Tour in March, touring throughout the next two years until September 2010. Her work on this album with Greg Kurstin earned her the Songwriters of the Year at the 2010 Ivor Novello Awards. In addition, she won with Kurstin Best Song Musically and Lyrically and Most Performed Work for “The Fear”. Allen appeared overwhelmed by this recognition from what she considered “real awards”. In October 2010, Allen won her second BMI Pop Song Award by the United States music licensing organisation Broadcast Music Incorporated for extensive United States radio airplay of her song, “The Fear”.
Lily Allen was named the face of the National Portrait Gallery as part of the gallery’s marketing campaign. The picture was photographed by Nadav Kander emblazoned with the words, “Vocalist, lyricist, Florist” . Allen and Jamie Hince, guitarist for The Kills, raised £48,350 for the children’s charity The Hoping Foundation. The pair sang “Dream a Little Dream of Me” at a karaoke auction fundraiser. Karl Lagerfeld, the head designer for Chanel personally hired and photographed Allen for a campaign to promote a luxury line of handbags due to launch in September 2009.
In September 2009, Lily Allen singer announced that she was considering a career in acting, that she would not renew her record contract, and that she had “no plans” to make another record. In September 2010, she gave what would be her last performance for two and a half years, supporting Muse at Wembley Stadium in London, England. She featured on the UK top five single, “Just Be Good to Green” by Professor Green in June 2010. Allen and her sister opened their own clothing store titled “Lucy in Disguise” on 15 September 2010. In November that year, she took legal action against Associated Newspapers, the parent company of the Daily Mail after the Daily Mail published photographs of her home, citing invasion of privacy and copyright infringement. Allen did not entirely abandon music during that period she focused on starting her family. In January 2011, she launched her own record label, In the Name Of, with financial backing from Sony Music. The first act signed to the label was New York noise pop duo Cults. The following month, she started writing songs for the musical version of Bridget Jones’s Diary which was scheduled to open in London’s West End in 2012. Also in 2011, T-Pain used a verse from Allen’s “Who’d Have Known” as the chorus to the song “5 O’Clock”, which became the second single from his album Revolver. The song, which also features Wiz Khalifa, was released in September 2011, and reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Allen’s first Top 10 single in the United States.
On 20 June 2012, Allen tweeted that she was in the studio working with Greg Kurstin on new music. She later changed her professional name from Lily Allen to Lily Rose Cooper and appeared on the track “True Love” on Pink’s sixth studio album, The Truth About Love, released in September 2012.
In November 2013, Lily Allen recorded a cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” for the John Lewis Christmas advert with a portion of the song’s sales earnings donated to Save the Children’s Philippine Typhoon Appeal campaign. Released as a download single, it reached number one in the UK singles chart on 24 November. On 12 November 2013, Allen premiered the video for her new song “Hard Out Here” on her official website. The song was released as a download the following week and entered the UK singles chart at number 9, giving Allen two simultaneous top 10 hit singles. On 13 January 2014, the song “Air Balloon” was premiered on BBC Radio 1 and was released on 2 March 2014, as the second single from Allen’s forthcoming third studio album Sheezus.
Lily Allen singer confirmed in an interview with BBC Radio 1 on 19 November 2013 that she was to perform at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. She also revealed that she had written a song for her upcoming album Sheezus inspired by a Twitter feud with Azealia Banks that happened in summer 2013.
In December 2013, Allen was announced as one of the newest signees at Warner Bros. Records due to Warner Music Group acquiring Parlophone from Universal Music Group in May 2013.
In an interview with Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Show on 21 February 2014, Allen confirmed that her third studio album would be titled Sheezus, and said that it was “a little nod to Kanye West”. The album was released on 5 May 2014.
2017–present: No Shame
Allen mentioned on the podcast News Roast that she is working on a new album, which will mainly deal with herself, her relationship with her children, the breakdown of her marriage, substance abuse, etc. Allen has been working with Mark Ronson. In May 2017, Allen leaked one track from the album, titled “Family Man”. On 24 January 2018 Allen announced her new album will be called No Shame and will be released in “early Summer 2018”.
Allen said in October 2012 that she was in the studio, “throwing shit in the wall and seeing if anything sticks … It’s great to work at my own pace with no commitments other than to make music.” In February 2013, she performed live at a Paris fashion show produced by Mark Ronson in what she called her “mumback”, and foreshadowed the release of a new album “inspired by her experiences of motherhood” by the end of 2013. In August 2013, she changed her professional name back to Lily Allen and tweeted new music would be arriving “soon”.
Allen began dating musician Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers in September 2007, and in December, Allen announced that she and Simons were expecting a child. She suffered a miscarriage in January 2008. Following five months of dating, Allen’s relationship with Simons ended soon after her miscarriage. Allen has stated that she spent three weeks in a psychiatric clinic due to depression following the miscarriage. Allen expanded on this in February 2017 explaining that she has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Post traumatic stress disorder.
In July 2009, Allen began dating Sam Cooper, a builder and decorator. On 5 August 2010, Allen announced that she was pregnant with her and Cooper’s first child, later confirmed to be a boy due early in 2011. She experienced complications early in the pregnancy, including “about a week and a half of really heavy bleeding.” In late October, six months into her pregnancy, Allen contracted a viral infection which caused her to suffer a stillbirth, announced on 1 November. On 6 November, Allen was admitted to a hospital, where she responded well to treatment for septicaemia.
Allen and Cooper became engaged in December 2010 while on holiday in Bali. They wed on 11 June 2011 at St. James church in Cranham, Gloucestershire, England. The designer of Allen’s wedding dress confirmed she was several months pregnant on the wedding day. Allen gave birth to a daughter in 2011. She gave birth to her second daughter in 2013.
Allen has spoken publicly about her seven-year stalking ordeal and the effect it had on her life. Her stalker, Alex Gray, who had sent an email to his mother stating he was planning on murdering a celebrity, spent nights in her back garden, broke into her bedroom whilst she was sleeping and ultimately forced Allen to move. She has strongly criticised the Metropolitan Police for their inaction in the case, which included refusals to show Allen a picture of her stalker, lending her a panic alarm before demanding it back and refusal to believe stalking incidents were linked.
Allen is a cricket fan and has appeared on Test Match Special.
Although Allen is a staunch supporter of the Labour Party, she was credited with helping inspire a parliamentary rebellion against former Prime Minister Gordon Brown when she wrote to all members of parliament asking them to back an amendment to an energy bill. She later confirmed her support for the Labour Party and then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown in particular.
After the British government’s plans to implement a three-strikes policy for file sharing copyright infringement, Allen came out in support for disconnecting repeat offenders. Creating a blog titled “It’s Not Alright” against file sharing, it subsequently came to light that she had copied text directly from the Techdirt website of an interview with 50 Cent, without attribution. This led to accusations that Allen had infringed on other artists’ copyrights by creating mix tapes early in her career, that she then made available via her website. A group of supporters of filesharing launched a denial of service attack dubbed Operation Payback that shut down Allen’s website and targeted other critics.
On 1 October 2009, Allen and several other musicians released the world’s first digital musical petition aimed at pressuring world leaders attending the December 2009 climate change summit in Copenhagen. The petition included a cover of the song “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil.
During the London assembly and mayoral elections in April 2016, Allen announced that she would be giving “half her vote to the Women’s Equality Party” – by voting for them on the London-wide Assembly list but voting Labour elsewhere.
In June 2016, Allen came out to strongly support Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after mass resignations from his cabinet and a leadership challenge.
On 15 June 2017, Lilly Allen became involved in a controversy over the number of deaths in the Grenfell Tower fire.
Due to her outspokenness, Allen was the subject of many controversies early in her career. Disparaging remarks about musicians Luke Pritchard of The Kooks, Bob Geldof, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry have all garnered minor press attention. She later said that making fun of other pop stars was a result of a lack of confidence, saying “I felt like ‘Oh God, I’m short, fat, ugly and I hate all these people who flaunt their beauty.'”
On 28 June 2007, Allen was arrested in London for allegedly assaulting photographer Kevin Rush while she was leaving a nightclub in London’s West End. Prior to this, she had expressed discomfort with attention from the paparazzi on her Myspace blog. By February 2009 she had stopped addressing controversies about herself on her blog because she found it “boring when people just pick stuff up and write about it. People get hurt, people get upset.” In September 2009, she shut down her Myspace account and stopped social networking completely in December due to the abuse she was taking.
In May 2009, French football magazine So Foot published a fake interview in which Allen was quoted as making derogatory remarks about David and Victoria Beckham and Ashley and Cheryl Cole. Some of the material was reprinted in the British tabloid The Sun. Both publications later apologised and paid damages to Allen. In October 2009, after having created her career on MySpace, Allen deleted her social media accounts and announced “I am now a Luddite”. She later re-activated her accounts.
Allen’s November 2013 video for “Hard out Here” was accused of being racist for its use of mostly black dancers in an allegedly “disapproving” manner. Allen responded that ethnicity was not a factor in hiring the dancers, and the video was a lighthearted satirical look at objectification of women in modern pop music. In November 2016, Allen apologised for the video in an interview with Annie Mac, stating “I definitely wanted to make a feminist statement. But I was guilty of assuming that there was a one-size-fits-all where feminism is concerned.”
Allen’s early released songs saw her singing against retro productions. Her songs also featured other elements, such as the ska influence on second single, “LDN”. She was also noted for her liberal use of crude words in her lyrics. Allen has said she cringes now when listening to tracks from Alright, Still, as it reminds her that she was a “sort of over-excitable teenager who desperately wanted attention” when she wrote it. Wanting to move on from the retro sound that many other artists had adapted since her debut, Allen ventured in a new direction sonically and lyrically in her second studio album, It’s Not Me, It’s You. “The Fear”, the first single from the album, is an electro-pop track denouncing consumerism. Her new musical direction and willingness to write lyrics that tackled less-common subjects were lauded by some critics.
Lily Allen’s song “Who’d Have Known” was sampled in T-Pain’s single “5 O’Clock” because of her accent. Joe Strummer, a close friend of Allen’s father Keith, played mixtapes of Brazilian music and Jamaican reggae and ska when she was young. Allen stated that she had “always been into very black music” such as ska, reggae, and hip hop music. Since she did not know how to rap, she chose to use reggae as a point of reference when making Alright, Still. The album’s music blends ska and reggae with pop melodies. Allen’s melodies are influenced by the jazz improvisation techniques of American singers Blossom Dearie and Ella Fitzgerald. The album’s beats are influenced by various genres such as jazz and grime. Singers Lady Gaga, Tegan and Sara, Bridgit Mendler, Jullie and Victoria Justice have each been influenced by Allen.
Lily released her debut album titled Alright, Still on July 14, 2006 via Regal Records. It charted at #2 in UK, #20 in USA, #7 in Australia, #6 in Ireland and likewise.
It was certified as 3x Platinum in UK, Platinum in Australia and Ireland, and Gold in U.S. and Canada. Overall, the album received praise from the critics and audience.
She had a minor role in the 1998 biographical film Elizabeth as “Lady in Waiting”.
First TV Show
In 1998, Lily played a “child in promo” in the comedy TV series The Comic Strip Presents… in an episode 4 of season 4 titled “The Yob”.
In 2007, she took help from “Body Doctor” David Marshall to shed pounds from her body, which had accumulated primarily in the thighs.
But, after becoming mom of two children, she stopped doing workouts and started enjoying her time with the children.
Lily Allen Favorite Things
Food – Beans, cheese on toast
Lily Allen Facts
She is a big fan of football (supports Fulham F.C.) and also likes cricket.
Lily is the goddaughter of Scottish singer, and songwriter Angela McCluskey.
Her father, Keith Allen left her family, when Lily was four years old.
In 2013, she appeared in the music video of “True Love” by P!nk.
She is the niece of Kevin Allen.
Along with her older sister Sarah, she is the co-owner of a vintage clothes shop in London called “Lucy in Disguise”.
Visit her official website @ www.lilyallenmusic.com.
Join Lily on various social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Spotify, Tumblr, iTunes, SoundCloud, MySpace, and SongKick.
In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on American rapper Flo Rida’s number-one single “Right Round”.
Genre Dance, electronic, hip hop, pop
Labels RCA Records, Kemosabe Records
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Brand Endorsements Casio watches’ Baby-G line (2010)
Years active: 2005–present
Labels: Kemosabe Records, RCA Records, Associated acts, Flo Rida Pitbull
Age: 31 years and 4 months
Height: 5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
Measurements 36-28-37 in or 91.5-71-94 cm
Bra size 34B
Nick Name: K-Money, Ke-Dollarsign-Ha
Sun Sign: Pisces
Kesha has attended Franklin High School and also Brentwood High School. She dropped out of school after she turned 17 at the request of Dr. Luke and Max Martin, as they wanted Kesha to concentrate on the music career. She later earned her GED.
Father – She doesn’t know, who her father is.
Mother – Patricia Rose “Pebe” Sebert (Singer, songwriter)
Siblings – Lagan (Older Brother)
She has Polish and Hungarian ancestry.
Her natural hair color is “Light Brown.”
But, she dyes her hair blonde or with other colors.
Eye Color: Blue
Kesha’s music and image propelled her to immediate success, with her debut album Animal premiering at the top of the charts in several countries. She achieved 3 more number-one singles, “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R” as a solo artist, and “Timber” as a featured artist. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, becoming respected as a songwriter. Warrior, her second studio album, was released in 2012, and spawned her eighth consecutive top-ten single “Die Young”. “Tik Tok”, at one point, was the best-selling digital single in history, selling over 16.5 million units internationally.
Since 2013, Kesha has been in legal dispute with her former producer Dr. Luke, in which a series of lawsuits (known collectively as Kesha v. Dr. Luke) were exchanged between the two parties. Kesha accused him of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and employment discrimination against her, while Dr. Luke claims breach of contract and defamation by Kesha. During this period, the singer only managed to release one single. She returned to music in 2017 with the release of her third studio album, Rainbow, and its lead single “Praying”; both of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.
Kesha has received several awards and nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, she has reportedly sold over 59 million records in the United States and 76 million records worldwide.
Kesha was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Patricia Rose “Pebe” Sebert, is a singer-songwriter who co-wrote the 1978 single “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” with Hugh Moffatt for Joe Sun, made popular by country music artist Dolly Parton on her 1980 album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. Pebe, a single mother, struggled financially while supporting herself, Kesha, and Kesha’s older brother Lagan; they relied on welfare payments and food stamps to get by. When Kesha was an infant, Pebe would often have to look after her onstage while performing. Kesha says she has no knowledge of her father’s identity, though she has jokingly speculated that he may be Mick Jagger. However, a man named Bob Chamberlain who called himself her father approached Star magazine in 2011 with pictures and letters, claiming them as proof that they had been in regular contact as father and daughter before she turned 19. Her mother is of German and Hungarian (from Szentes) descent. One of Kesha’s great-grandfathers was Polish.
Pebe moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1991 after securing a new publishing deal for her songwriting. Pebe frequently brought Kesha and her brothers along to recording studios and encouraged Kesha to sing when she noticed Kesha’s vocal talent.Kesha attended Franklin High School and Brentwood High School, but claimed that she did not fit in, explaining that her unconventional style (such as homemade purple velvet pants and purple hair) did not endear her to other students. She played the trumpet and later the saxophone in the marching band in school, and described herself in an interview with NPR as being a diligent student. After attaining a near-perfect score on her SATs, she was accepted to Barnard College at Columbia University, but instead chose to drop out before graduation to pursue her music career.
In addition to taking songwriting classes, Kesha was also taught how to write songs by Pebe, and they would often write together when she returned home from high school. Kesha began recording demos which Pebe would give to people she knew. Kesha was also in a band with Lagan. Kesha and Pebe co-wrote the song “Stephen” together when Kesha was 16, Kesha then tracked down David Gamson, a producer that she admired, from Scritti Politti who agreed to produce the song. She dropped out of school at 17, after being convinced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin to return to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, and earned her GED after. Around this time, Pebe answered an ad by reality series The Simple Life, looking for an “eccentric” family to host Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The episode aired in 2005. Luke and Martin had received one of Kesha’s demos from Samantha Cox, senior director of writer/publisher relations at Broadcast Music Incorporated, and were impressed. Two of the demos were described in a cover story for Billboard, the first “a gorgeously sung, self-penned country ballad” and the second “a gobsmackingly awful trip-hop track” where Kesha raps ad lib for a minute when she runs out of lyrics near the end. Dr. Luke stated in an interview for the story that it was the latter track that caught his attention, saying “when you’re listening to 100 CDs, that kind of bravado and chutzpah stand out.”
2005–2009: Career beginnings
In 2005, at 18, Kesha was signed to Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and his music publishing company, Prescription Songs. Kemosabe Records is owned by Sony Music Entertainment and is located in Los Angeles, California. Sony Music Entertainment partnered with Dr. Luke to create Kemosabe Records. Some artists that have signed with Kemosabe Records are Juicy J, Rock City, Zara Larsson, Lil Bibby, Becky G and many others. Kesha later sang background vocals for Paris Hilton’s single, “Nothing in This World”. Dr. Luke became preoccupied with other incoming projects, having enjoyed success writing and producing for pop star Kelly Clarkson’s album, Breakaway. Kesha then signed with David Sonenberg’s management company, DAS Communications Inc., in 2006, hardly interacting with Dr. Luke after that. DAS was tasked with obtaining a major label record deal for Kesha in a year’s time in exchange for 20 percent of her music income, with her having the option of ending the relationship if they failed. She worked with several writers and producers while at the company and ended up co-writing Australian pop group The Veronicas’ single, “This Love” with producer Toby Gad. While furthering her career in studio, Kesha earned her living as a waitress. While struggling to get by, she began stylizing her name as Ke$ha, explaining the dollar sign as an ironic gesture.
Kesha appeared in the video for her friend Katy Perry’s single “I Kissed a Girl”, and sang background vocals for the Dr. Luke-produced song, “Lace and Leather” by Britney Spears in 2008. DAS soon attracted the attention of songwriter and A&R Kara DioGuardi, who wanted to sign Kesha to Warner Bros. Records. The deal fell through due to her existing contract with Dr. Luke’s label. In September, she terminated her contract with DAS, reuniting with Dr. Luke. Kesha gained exposure in the mainstream media in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida’s number one single, “Right Round”. The collaboration happened by accident; she had walked into a recording session for the song with Flo Rida and Dr. Luke. Flo Rida wanted a female voice for the song; Dr. Luke then suggested Kesha for the part. Flo Rida liked the end result so much that they did two more tracks. However, she is not credited for her feature on the United States release of “Right Round” and did not collect any money for the part. She also refused to appear in the video, explaining to men’s magazine Esquire that she wanted to make a name for herself on her own terms.
2009–2011: Breakthrough and Animal
After failing to negotiate with Lava Records and Atlantic Records in 2009, Kesha signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records through Dr. Luke’s imprint. Having spent the previous six years working on material for her debut album, she began putting finishing touches to the album with Luke and Max Martin. For the album, she wrote 200 songs. The album was executive produced by Luke, who produced the majority of the songs with Martin, and producers Benny Blanco and Ammo. The album is primarily of the electropop genre with beats and synths, marking a shift in sound for Luke from his signature pop-rock productions. Animal debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 when it was released in January 2010. It was certified platinum in the United States and had sold two million albums worldwide by September. The lead single of the album, “Tik Tok”, broke the record in the United States for the highest single week sales, selling 610,000 digital downloads, the highest ever by a female artist since tracking began in 2003. It spent nine weeks at number one and became the longest running number one by a female artist on her debut single since Debby Boone and “You Light Up My Life” in 1977. As of 2015, “Tik Tok” has sold about 15 million copies, becoming the second best-selling single in the digital history – being the most sold single in history by a female solo artist. Subsequent singles from the album, “Blah Blah Blah”, “Your Love Is My Drug” and “Take It Off” achieved similar commercial success each reaching the top ten in Canada, Australia, and the United States. Kesha was also featured on two top ten singles by musician Taio Cruz and electro-pop duo 3OH!3.
Kesha’s deliberately unpolished aesthetic and juvenile stage persona, which she described as her own personality “times ten”, quickly made her a deeply polarizing figure. Some of her critics found her output to be unsophisticated, while others felt that she was manufactured and lacked credibility. Kesha’s former managers from DAS Communications Inc. filed a lawsuit later that month, seeking $14 million from Kesha and $12 million from Luke for commissions on her RCA Records deal, alleging that she had extended the deadline for them to get her a major record label contract and squeezed them out of her career under pressure from Dr. Luke. Kesha launched her own lawsuit in October, citing the California-exclusive Talent Agencies Act and asking the California Labor Commissioner to declare her contract with DAS void because it had acted as an unlicensed talent agent while procuring work for her in California, where only licensed agents can do so. The case was settled in 2012 before the release of her second album. Kesha held a benefit concert on June 16, 2010, where all proceeds went to aid victims of the May 2010 Tennessee floods from her hometown Nashville. She raised close to $70,000 from the event. She was a supporting act on the summer North American leg of Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth Tour and was awarded Best New Act at the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards. In November 2010, Animal was re-released with a companion extended play, Cannibal. The lead single taken from Cannibal, “We R Who We R” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. With two number ones and four top ten hits, Kesha was named Hot 100 Artist of 2010 by Billboard, with “Tik Tok” topping the year-end chart. The follow-up single from Cannibal, “Blow” charted in the top ten on the Hot 100. As of June 2011, she has accumulated almost 21 million digital single downloads in the United States alone. In February 2011, Kesha embarked on her first headlining world tour, Get Sleazy. The tour was expanded with a summer leg due to the first leg selling out and spanned three continents. Kesha also co-wrote the song “Till the World Ends” for American popstar Britney Spears and she was featured on the remix of the song along with rapper Nicki Minaj. After meeting Kesha at the 2010 Grammy Awards and guesting at a number of her concerts, rock singer Alice Cooper asked her to write lyrics for and vocally perform as a devil character for their duet track, “What Baby Wants”, on Cooper’s album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
Kesha was named rights group Humane Society of the United States’s first global ambassador for animal rights, for which she is expected to bring attention to such practices as cosmetics testing on animals and shark finning. Kesha received the Wyler Award presented by The Humane Society as a celebrity or public figure who increases awareness of animal issues via the media. She received the award March 23, 2013, at The 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. She also appeared alongside rock singer Iggy Pop in a campaign for PETA, protesting the clubbing of baby seals in Canada and later wrote on behalf of the organization to fast food chain McDonald’s over the conditions of their slaughterhouses.
2012–2013: Warrior and other projects
Kesha’s second studio album, Warrior was released on November 30, 2012. She began writing for the album while on her own headlining tour in 2011. The album featured productions from her main collaborators Dr. Luke and Max Martin, as well as a song by Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of the alternative band The Flaming Lips. Coyne had reached out to Kesha for a collaboration after hearing that she was a fan of the band. Besides working on Kesha’s album, they recorded the song “2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)” for the band’s album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. To coincide with the release of the album, Kesha released an illustrated autobiography, My Crazy Beautiful Life through Touchstone Books in November 2012. The first single taken from Warrior was “Die Young”. The song debuted at number thirteen on Billboard Hot 100 and eventually peaked at number 2. The song also charted across Europe and the English-speaking world and reached the top ten in Canada, Australia, and Belgium. “C’Mon”, the album’s second single, underperformed commercially; only peaking at 27 on Billboard Hot 100 and ending her string of top ten hits on the chart. Despite this, “C’Mon” continued Kesha’s streak of top ten hits (with nine) on the Mainstream Top 40 Pop Songs chart graphed by Billboard. In March 2013, Kesha announced the Warrior Tour, which would support the album. The North American leg was co-headlined with rapper Pitbull. Kesha’s third single from Warrior, “Crazy Kids”, was released in April 2013 and also under-performed, peaking at number 40 on the Hot 100, number 19 on Mainstream Top 40, yet did achieve massive success in South Korea and Belgium peaking at numbers 2, and 5 in those countries respectively. A TV series documentary, Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life began airing on MTV in April 2013.
In July 2013, The Flaming Lips announced that they hoped to release a full-length collaborative album with Kesha, called Lipsha, although it was eventually cancelled in the winter of the same year. Kesha sent a message to a fan expressing how it was out of her control and that she wanted to release the material, even for free, saying that she did not care about the money. On October 7, 2013, Kesha and Pitbull released a collaboration, “Timber”, produced by Luke, which was an international commercial success and became Kesha’s third number-one and her eleventh top 10 single on the Hot 100 chart.
2014–2015: Lawsuit and personal struggles
In January 2014, Kesha checked into rehab for bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder, and began to work on her third studio album. After checking out of rehab she chose to use her birth name in favor of her previous moniker, using a normal “s” instead of the symbol “$”. In her August 2014 Teen Vogue cover interview, Kesha revealed she had recorded 14 new songs while in rehab. In June 2014, Kesha claimed a seat as an expert in ABC’s Rising Star alongside Brad Paisley and Ludacris. In October 2014, Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse, and violation of California business practices which had occurred over 10 years working together. The lawsuit went on for about a year before Kesha sought a preliminary injunction to release her from Kemosabe Records. On February 19, 2016, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled against this request. On April 6, 2016, Kornreich dismissed the case, saying that even if the allegations of sexual assault are accepted as true, the five-year statute of limitations had run out on the two most specific rape allegations, one occurring in 2005 and the other in 2008.
On November 2, 2014, a new song written by Kesha titled “Lover”, was uploaded to Schpilkas’ SoundCloud, who produced the track alongside Spookey Ruben. The track was later included on Ruben’s album Welsh Rarebits. On June 13, 2015, Kesha headlined LA! Pride 2015 Presented by Christopher Street West in West Hollywood, California. On August 4, 2015, Kesha signed with SESAC Inc. Kesha guest starred in the second season of the U.S. television series Jane the Virgin, which aired on October 12, 2015. The singer played Annabelle, Jane’s hostile neighbor. In December 2015, Kesha revealed that she had formed a country music and classic rock-influenced band called Yeast Infection and performed a live show with the band in Nashville on December 23.
2016–present: Rainbow and touring
Kesha appeared during Zedd’s slot at the 2016 Coachella festival to perform “True Colors”, a track from Zedd’s second studio album. The cameo marked her first high-profile public performance since her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke. A studio version of the collaboration was released as a single on April 29, 2016. Kesha covered Bob Dylan’s song “It Ain’t Me Babe” at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. On June 11, 2016, Kesha performed at Pride in the Street in Pittsburgh, PA. Afterward, Kesha embarked on her third world tour, the Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour. The tour commenced on July 23, 2016, in Las Vegas and ended on October 29, 2016, in Maine. The tour included various covers of songs and several rock and country reworks of her own hit singles. During this time, it was revealed that Kesha had recorded 22 songs on her own and had given them to her label.] It was later announced that Kesha is in the process of recording a third studio album.
On July 5, 2017, Kesha announced via her Instagram account that she was releasing a single, titled “Praying”, the following day. The single charted successfully at number 6 in Australia selling over 140,000 copies being certified 2x Platinum. The single reached number 22 and number 11 in the United States and Canada respectively, and subsequently was certified Platinum in both territories. It was released as the lead single from her third studio album, Rainbow, released on August 11, 2017. Rainbow debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and was the subject of universal acclaim from music critics, with several complimenting the feminist angle and uniqueness of the record as well as Kesha’s vocal performance and ability to interweave different genres of music on the album. Three tracks from Rainbow were released as promotional singles ahead of the album’s release; “Woman”, “Learn to Let Go” and “Hymn”, two of which were released with accompanying music videos. “Learn to Let Go” was later released as the second single from the album in November 2017. The album received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, marking Kesha’s first Grammy nominations along with her Best Pop Solo Performance nod for “Praying”.
Kesha embarked on her fourth headlining tour, The Rainbow Tour. The tour is in support of her third studio album, Rainbow, and is her first solo tour since the Warrior Tour in 2013. The tour has been called Kesha’s liberating tour. The tour started in Birmingham on September 26, 2017, and concludes in Melbourne on April 8, 2018. Tickets for this tour range from $42 to $2,484 on the secondary ticket market.
On December 11, 2017, Kesha announced an upcoming co-headlining tour with American rapper Macklemore titled The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore. This is Kesha’s sixth headlining tour, promoting her album Rainbow, and Macklemore’s fifth headlining tour, promoting his second solo album Gemini (2017). The tour is set to begin in Phoenix on June 6, 2018, and is set the conclude in Tampa on August 5, 2018.
Musical style and image
Kesha wrote or co-wrote every song on her first two albums and considers herself a songwriter primarily, writing for artists including Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. She possesses a “strong, sneering vibrato”, with a distinct yodel-like quality to her voice; she employs actual yodeling on the songs “Tik Tok” and “Cannibal”. Having previously done country, pop rock, and electro, she had a clear idea of the synth-pop sound that she wanted for her debut album. The genre was popular at the time, with many of her peers releasing similar output as well. Both of her albums are of the genre with catchy hooks and synthesized productions often compared to pop singer Dev by music critics, creating misunderstandings among the fans of the two. “Party at a Rich Dude’s House” and “C U Next Tuesday” have 1980s derived backing, while “Stephen” begins with “Kansas-style vocal harmonies”. With the lyrics, “Oh my Nicolas Cage, you’re so old / you’re prehistoric/ you’re like a dinosaur/ D-I-N-O-S-A-you are a dinosaur”, “Dinosaur” follows a verse-chorus formula, and has a “cheerleader-type tune” reminiscent of “Hollaback Girl” (2005) by Gwen Stefani and “Girlfriend” (2007) by Avril Lavigne;[ the song uses the overt symbolism of dinosaurs, carnivory, and other primitive motifs to tell the story of an older man who preys on younger women. According to Kesha, the song is based on true events. While her vocals on Animal were heavily processed with auto-tune, often to produce rapid stuttering or over-pitch corrected vocal effects, leading to questions on vocal talent, she expressed confidence in her abilities, showing some of her vocal talent in the ballads “Animal” and “Hungover” on the album.
Kesha’s second studio album Warrior used considerably less autotune, although it still showed in a number of songs. The album’s piano and guitar-driven ballads such as “Love Into The Light”, “Wonderland” and “Past Lives” display Kesha’s vocal ability. Kesha also uses a trademark talky “white-girl” rapping style with exaggerated discordant phrasing and enunciation. Her vocal technique has led her to be credited as a rapper, a topic she disagreed with until fellow rappers André 3000, Wiz Khalifa, and Snoop Dogg endorsed her. On the subject, she said: “The first time someone called me a rapper, I started laughing. I was shocked, and thought it was hilarious. It’s crazy and funny to me.” The New York Times said Kesha “threatens to become the most influential female rapper of the day, or at least the most popular. Pretending Kesha isn’t a rapper is no longer feasible.” “Crazy Kids” and “C’Mon” took greater shifts into “party rap”. Most of her lyrics chronicle her relationships and partying; the lighthearted subject matter of the latter and her unfiltered language saw many critics criticizing her for releasing frivolous and crass music. Jonah Weiner of Slate, however, stated that her jarring lyrics allowed her songs to become more memorable. In “Blah Blah Blah” and “Boots & Boys”, she objectifies men to poke fun at how male fronted rock bands and rappers can get away with objectifying women and not vice versa. The title track to her debut, “Animal”, is more aspirational and is intended to inspire people to embrace their individuality. Much more experimental than Animal, her second album, Warrior, contains dubstep elements and explores erotic experiences Kesha encountered with ghosts on the song “Supernatural”. Overall, Kesha said the theme of Warrior is magic.
Critics praised Warrior for its rock music influences, despite the album being deeply rooted in technopop. Applauding the album’s rock sound, Rolling Stone called the album Kesha’s rock manifesto. Rock icons The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, and Alice Cooper have collaborated with Kesha, endorsing her as a rock singer. Cooper told Billboard, “I immediately looked at her and went, ‘This girl is not a pop diva. She’s a rock singer.’ She would much rather be the female Robert Plant than the next Britney Spears.” The A.V. Club noted that Warrior proved Kesha a capable vocalist and songwriter. The Washington Post said that the album is “pure fun”, acknowledging her prowess for finding good hooks despite her sometimes vapid lyricism
Kesha has been influenced by various genres and artists; Madonna, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Gwen Stefani, Neutral Milk Hotel, the Black Eyed Peas, the Killers, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Janet Jackson, and Beck have all influenced her music. After experimenting with country, pop rock, and electronic music, Kesha stuck with the latter. Thematically, her music generally revolves around escapism, partying, individuality, supernatural moments, rebellion, and grief. Kesha’s musical influences also consist of hip hop, punk rock, crunkcore, glam rock, pop, dance music and classic country. Her country influences of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash come from her mother’s country songwriting, while her older brother exposed her to hip-hop and punk bands, Fugazi, Dinosaur Jr. and the Beastie Boys. She credits her straightforward story-based lyrics to her love for the honest storytelling style of country music, while the title track from her debut album was created with music of alternative rock bands The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire in mind. She singled out the Beastie Boys as a major influence, telling Newsweek that she had always wanted to be like them and aspired to make “youthful, irreverent anthems” as well. She called her debut album, Animal, an homage to the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill and credited the creation of the rap driven “Tik Tok” to her love for the Beastie Boys’ rap music. For her first headlining tour, Kesha wanted to emulate the stage theatrics of Iggy Pop. She listed Pop’s The Idiot as well as Led Zeppelin and AC/DC as inspirations for her second studio album, Warrior, intended to feature 1970s rock inspired music. Warrior, to this effect, includes a collaboration with Pop himself.
She draws inspiration from classic films as well. Her stage makeup is characterized by dramatic glitter makeup at her right eye, inspired by A Clockwork Orange. The video for “Your Love Is My Drug” features animated sequences inspired by The Beatles’ film, Yellow Submarine, while the Get Sleazy tour was described as having a “post-apocalyptic Mad Max vibe.”
Kesha is a vegetarian and an “ordained minister”. She also has performed legal commitment ceremonies for both same-sex and heterosexual couples. She talked about her sexual orientation with Seventeen magazine in 2013, “I don’t love just men. I love people. It’s not about a gender.” She made a similar statement to Out magazine in 2010, when she confessed to simply “liking people”: “I wouldn’t say I’m gay or straight. I don’t like labeling things anyway.” She has been involved with LGBT activism as well as animal rights.
On January 3, 2014, Kesha checked into Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, a rehab facility in Lemont, Illinois, for eating disorder treatment. Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert confirmed that the eating disorder Kesha was suffering with is bulimia nervosa and that she had been struggling with it since she was signed. She also alleged that Dr. Luke was partly the cause of Kesha’s eating disorder, saying that Luke had allegedly told her to lose weight after he signed her, comparing the shape of her body to a refrigerator. Sebert asserted that this had caused Kesha’s disorder to worsen. Kesha had completed her treatment on March 6, 2014, after spending two months in rehab.
Kesha believes in God, writing for Lenny Letter that she believes that “God is nature and space and energy and the universe. My own interpretation of spirituality isn’t important, because we all have our own. What matters is that I have something greater than me as an individual that helps bring me peace.”
Get Sleazy Tour (2011)
Warrior Tour (2013–2015)
Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour (2016–2017)
Rainbow Tour (2017-2018)
North American Tour 2013 (with Pitbull) (2013)
The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore (with Macklemore) (2018)
Main article: Kesha videography
Bravo Supershow (2007)
Victorious (2011) – Ice Cream for Ke$ha
Walt Disney’s Princess Ke$ha (2011)
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
Jem and the Holograms (2015)
A Ghost Story (2017)
Best Known For
Singing songs like “Tik Tok”, “We R Who We R”, “Right Round”.
She released her first album, Animal in 2010 under the label RCA. The album consisted of singles such as “Tik Tok”, “Blah Blah Blah”, “Your Love Is My Drug”, “Take It Off” and many others, giving it a total length of 46:18 minutes.
She debuted with the film Bravo Supershow in 2005 as herself.
She also appeared in the archive footage in Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012 as herself.
First TV Show
Kesha appeared on the American reality television series The Simple Life as herself in 2005 for her role as Wedding Planner in the third season of episode 15.
She does many things like yoga, cycling, swimming, running to keep herself fit. She does not want to bore herself by executing one exercise daily. This helps her to stay motivated, enthusiastic, and energetic and trains different body parts.
She had done rock climbing too. Kesha considers that she trains herself for a concert or a tour, which makes her as if she is training herself for a marathon.
Kesha Favorite Things
TV Shows – Golden Girls (1985-1992)
Movie – Wayne’s World (1992)
Record Store – Grimey’s in Nashville
Album – Nashville Skyline (By Bob Dylan)
Song – Real Wild Child (By Iggy Pop)
Book – Still Life with Woodpecker (By Tom Robbins)
Author – Tom Robbins
Store – Out of the Closet in California and Florida
Pet – Pig
Celebrity – Zach Galifianakis
Gadget – OB tampons
She styles her name as Ke$ha.
Kesha does not know who her father is.
She was raised by a single mother.
Kesha has suffered from financial problems as a child. Her family, which included her mother and older brother relied on welfare payments, and food stamps (or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to make both ends meet.
She has played saxophone, and trumpet while in the school marching band.
Her older brother and Kesha had also been in a band. They have written together a song, titled “Stephen”. At that time, Kesha was 16 years old.
She has a dog named Bakon.
She is allergic to mangoes.
Charlotte Emma Aitchison known professionally as Charli XCX, is an English singer and songwriter. She signed to Asylum Records in 2010 and her releases include four mixtapes (Heartbreaks and Earthquakes and Super Ultra in 2012, and Number 1 Angel and Pop 2 in 2017), two studio albums (True Romance in 2013 and Sucker in 2014), and two extended plays (including Vroom Vroom in 2016.) The songs “Boom Clap” and “Doing It” earned Charli XCX her first two top-ten singles on the UK Singles Chart as a lead artist; the former reached the top-ten of several charts worldwide. As a featured artist, she reached number one in the UK with Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 with Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”.
Ariana Grande is Best Known For Working in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious as Cat Valentine from 2010 to 2013. As of June 2017, Grande’s music videos had been viewed a total of more than nine billion times online.
Ariana Grande began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious, and in the spinoff Sam & Cat until 2014. She has also appeared in other theatre and television roles and has lent her voice to animated television and films.
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singer Ariana Grande
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Born Name Ariana Grande-Butera
Nick Name Ari, Little Red, AG, Ar
Age: June 26, 1993, 25 years and 0 months, Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Occupation Actress, Singer, Dancer, Voice Artist
Years active: 2008–present
Sun Sign Cancer
Hair Color Her natural hair color is considered to be dark brown. She dyes them according to her roles in the TV shows and movies. Grande had previously dyed them red.
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height: 5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
Measurements 32-24-32 in or 81-61-81 cm
Bra size 32A
Distinctive Features Different hair colors, Dimple on left cheek, High-pitched voice
She is of Italian descent with half Sicilian and half Abruzzese.
Ariana Grande attended North Broward Preparatory School, a high school which she left to join the musical. After that, she was homeschooled as the school continued to send her all the required study material. So, she could study with the help of home tutors.
Her career is managed by Scooter Braun.
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Voice Artist
Father – Edward Butera (Owner of a graphic design firm in Boca Raton)
Mother – Joan Grande (Served as the CEO of Hose-McCann Communications)
Siblings – Frankie Grande (Older Half-Brother) (Performer and Producer)
Pop Rock, Pop, R&B
Instruments: Vocals, piano
Ariana Grande’s music career began in 2011 with the soundtrack Music from Victorious. In 2013, she released her first studio album Yours Truly, which entered atop the US Billboard 200.
The album’s lead single, “The Way”, opened in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with critics comparing her wide vocal range to that of Mariah Carey.
Grande’s second studio album, My Everything (2014), entered at number one in the US and charted in the top 10 in 24 other countries. With the lead single “Problem” and several other singles, she was continuously in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for 34 weeks and had the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. The next year, Grande gave her first world tour, The Honeymoon Tour, to promote My Everything. In 2016, she released her third studio album Dangerous Woman, which charted at number two on the Billboard 200. The title track debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Grande the first person in the history of that chart to have the lead singles from each of their first three albums debut within the top 10 in the US.
In 2017, Araiana Grande gave her international Dangerous Woman Tour.
Her accolades include three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and four Grammy Award nominations.
All three of her albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA. Ariana Grande has supported a range of charities and has a large following on social media.
In 2016, Time named Grande one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual list
Ariana Grande Butera is the daughter of Joan Grande, the chief executive officer of Hose-McCann Communications, a telephone and alarm system company, and Edward Butera, a graphic design firm owner in Boca Raton. Grande is of Italian descent, and her name was inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat: The Movie. She has an older half-brother, Frankie Grande, an entertainer and producer, and she has a close relationship with her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Grande. Grande’s family moved from New York to Florida when her mother was pregnant with her, and her parents separated when she was around 8 or 9 years old.
As a child, Ariana Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater, playing her first role as the title character in Annie. She also performed in the musicals The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.
At the age of 8, she performed at a karaoke lounge on a cruise ship and with various orchestras such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops and Symphonic Orchestras, and she made her first national television appearance singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Florida Panthers.
She attended Pine Crest School and North Broward Preparatory School.
By age 13, Ariana Grande became serious about pursuing a music career, though she still concentrated on theater. When she first arrived in Los Angeles to meet with her managers, she expressed a desire to record an R&B album: “I was like, ‘I want to make an R&B album,’ They were like ‘Um, that’s a helluva goal Who is going to buy a 14-year-old’s R&B album'”
In 2008, Grande was cast in the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award.
When she joined the musical, Grande left North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled; the school sent materials to her so she could study with tutors.
She also sang various times at the New York City jazz club Birdland.
Ariana Grande recorded her first studio album Yours Truly, originally titled Daydreamin, over a three-year period. It was released on August 30, 2013. She is credited as a songwriter on several tracks of the album. In September 2013, it debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, with 138,000 copies sold in its first week, making Grande the first female artist since Kesha to have her first album debut atop the charts and ranking her the 15th female artist overall. Yours Truly also debuted in the top 10 in several other countries, including Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
By April 2014, the album had sold over 500,000 copies in the United States, and later it became Grande’s first platinum album.
The lead single “The Way”, featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, debuted at No. 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, eventually peaking at No. 9 for two weeks, and spent 26 weeks on the Hot 100. Grande was later sued by Minder Music for copying the line “What we gotta do right here is go back, back in time” from the 1972 song “Troglodyte (Cave Man)” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch.
Following the release of the album, Billboard magazine ranked Grande at No. 4 on their list of “Music’s Hottest Minors 2013”, an annual ranking of the most popular musicians under the age of 21.
The second single, “Baby I”, debuted at No. 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it her second Top 40 hit. The song also debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, making Grande the only female music artist to debut two songs in the top 10 of the Hot Digital Songs chart during the year 2013. The third single, “Right There”, featuring Detroit rapper Big Sean, debuted at No. 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Ariana Grande recorded the duet “Almost Is Never Enough” with Nathan Sykes of The Wanted. She also joined Justin Bieber on his Believe Tour for three shows and kicked off her own headlining mini-tour, The Listening Sessions.
At the 2013 American Music Awards, she won the award for New Artist of the Year.
She released a four-song Christmas EP, Christmas Kisses in December 2013. Christmas Kisses received critical praise for its “R&B spin” on the Christmas classics.
Grande received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award from the Music Business Association, recognizing her achievements throughout 2013, including her No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 and her top 10 single on the Hot 100.
By January 2014, Grande had begun recording her second studio album, with singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and record producers Benny Blanco and Max Martin. Grande is credited as a songwriter on several tracks of the album. The same month, she earned the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the People’s Choice Awards 2014.
In March 2014, Grande sang at the White House concert, “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House”. The following month, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Grande again to perform at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll event.
Ariana Grande released her second studio album My Everything on August 25, 2014. It sold 169,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming her second consecutive No. 1 album in the US. Its lead single “Problem” features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and premiered at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 27. The song debuted at No. 3 (eventually climbing to No. 2) on the Billboard Hot 100, and debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Grande’s first No. 1 single in the United Kingdom. It made British chart history as the first song to land at No. 1 based on sales and streams. The song was the highest debut ever for a collaboration of female soloists. The second single, “Break Free”, featuring German musician and producer Zedd, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The futuristic video has been viewed more than 800 million times. She performed the song as the opening of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, and won Best Pop Video for “Problem”. That video has been viewed more than one billion times. She and Nicki Minaj provided guest vocals on “Bang Bang”, the lead single from Jessie J’s album Sweet Talker. The song reached No. 3 in the US, making it Grande’s third song in the Hot 100’s top 10 the same week (“Problem”, “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”), and went to No.1 in the UK. She joined Adele as the only female artist with three top 10 hits simultaneously as a lead artist. The music video for “Bang Bang” has been viewed more than one billion times on YouTube.
Rolling Stone magazine wrote, “My Everything is where the 21-year-old Nickelodeon starlet grows up. It’s a confident, intelligent, brazen pop statement, mixing bubblegum diva vocals with EDM break beats”. Billboard’s review noted that My Everything is not kid-friendly, like Grande’s earlier efforts:
She has pulled more sounds into her repertoire while keeping her biggest weapon, a remarkable vocal range, as a steady foundation. My Everything is a less cohesive project than Yours Truly, although its best moments eclipse the highs of Grande’s 2013 debut. The singles “Problem” and “Break Free” remain dizzying dance tunes, and back-to-back solo songs “One Last Time” and “Why Try” possess the types of flawless melodies that are typically reserved for the world’s biggest pop divas. The back half of the album’s many collaborations are hit-or-miss.
On September 27, 2014, Grande was the musical performer on the season 40 premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with Chris Pratt as the host. Three days later, the third single from My Everything, “Love Me Harder”, featuring Canadian recording artist The Weeknd, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, later peaking at No. 7.
In November 2014, Grande was featured in Major Lazer’s song “All My Love”, which was released as the fourth single from the soundtrack album for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
The same month, Grande released a Christmas song titled “Santa Tell Me”. Spending 34 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014, Grande had the most top 10 singles of any artist that year. She later released a fifth single from My Everything, “One Last Time”, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. By April 2015, the album had sold over 600,000 copies in the US and is certified double platinum by the RIAA.
In early 2015, Grande embarked on The Honeymoon Tour, with shows in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The tour earned $14 million in its first 25 performances, selling 290,699 tickets. Following the tour’s early success, more dates were added, and the tour concluded in October 2015 after a total of nearly 90 dates. Reviews of the tour performances generally praised Grande’s vocals and ability to convey emotion in the songs but found the concerts to be over-produced: “Some judicious editing would’ve elevated the evening from surprising to satisfying and possibly even shockingly good. As it is, Grande is so busy piling on the spectacle she neglects to highlight the one thing – those deceptively powerful pipes – setting her apart from her contemporaries.”
Araiana Grande was featured on Cashmere Cat’s song “Adore”, which was released in March during her Honeymoon Tour; a review in USA Today said: “Grande’s towering vocals have never sounded better than on this offbeat R&B track.” Also in 2015, Grande guest-starred on several episodes of the Fox comedy-horror TV series Scream Queens as Chanel #2. She also launched her first fragrance “Ari by Ariana Grande”. Grande filmed an episode for the Fox TV reality series Knock Knock Live, but the show was cancelled before her episode aired.
Araina Grande began recording songs for her third studio album, originally titled Moonlight, in 2015. In October of that year, she released the single “Focus”, initially intended as the lead single from the album; the song debuted at No. 7 on the Hot 100. The song’s music video has been viewed more than 700 million times on YouTube She also signed an exclusive publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group covering her entire catalogue, duetted in Italian with Andrea Bocelli on the track “E Più Ti Penso” from his album Cinema and on an accompanying video, covered the song “Zero to Hero” from the film Hercules for the compilation album We Love Disney, and was featured, along with Meghan Trainor, on Who Is Fancy’s song “Boys like You”. Grande also released her second Christmas EP, Christmas & Chill, which debuted at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart.
In March 2016, Grande released “Dangerous Woman” as the lead single from the retitled album of the same name. The single debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Grande’s seventh top 10 entry on that chart. She is the first person in the history of the Hot 100 to have the lead single from each of her first three albums debut in the top 10. The song later peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100. On March 12, 2016, Grande appeared as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live, where she performed “Dangerous Woman” and debuted the promotional single “Be Alright”, which she released on March 18. The song charted at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Grande garnered positive reviews for her appearance on the show, including praise for her impressions of various singers, some of which she had done on The Tonight Show. Jonathon Dornbush of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Grande “not only nailed her musical performances, but also shone as the best part of some of the night’s sketches”, including a “shockingly good” Jennifer Lawrence impression, continuing, “Grande proved she could hold her own amongst the SNL players.” Stephanie Webber of Us Weekly called her “really, really talented”. Grande won an online voting poll on Entertainment Weekly as the “best host of the season”.
In May 2016, among other appearances to promote the album, on The Voice season 10 finale, Grande performed the second single from the album, “Into You”, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and duetted with Christina Aguilera on “Dangerous Woman”.
Araiana Grande released her third studio album Dangerous Woman on May 20, 2016; it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 in the UK, No. 2 in Japan, and No. 1 in several other markets, including Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Taiwan. Nolan Feeney commented in Entertainment Weekly that Grande “pulls off pop, R&B, reggae, and house – all without overextending herself or pandering to trends”. Mark Savage, writing for BBC News, called the album “a mature, confident record”. At the Summertime Ball at London’s Wembley Stadium in June, Grande performed three songs from the album as part of her set. In August, Grande released a third single from the album, “Side to Side”, featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, her eighth top 10 entry on the Hot 100, which peaked at No. 4 on that chart. The song’s music video has been viewed more than one billion times. The album and the title track were each nominated for 2017 Grammy Awards.
Also in 2016, Grande made a cameo appearance in the comedy film Zoolander 2 starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. She also collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a makeup collection, donating 100% of proceeds to the MAC AIDS Fund, released additional fragrances and launched a fashion line in collaboration with Lipsy London. In August 2016, Grande performed a tribute to Whitney Houston on the season finale of the ABC TV show Greatest Hits and headlined the opening night of Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival, performing a nearly hour-long set of her own songs. Grande filmed a commercial for T-Mobile that premiered in October 2016. She played Penny Pingleton in the December 2016 NBC television broadcast Hairspray Live!. Sonia Saraiya wrote in Variety that Grande was the show’s “MVP, acting as both reliably overlook-able sidekick and, once the situation required it, showstopping diva.” The same month, Grande performed “Faith”, together with Stevie Wonder, on the season finale of The Voice; they collaborated on the song for the soundtrack of the 2016 film Sing. She also participated in the Jingle Ball Tour 2016.
Araiana Grande began her Dangerous Woman Tour in February 2017 in North America and then Europe. Reviewing the concert for Las Vegas Weekly, Ian Caramanzana wrote: “Grande’s burly, soulful vibrato and wide range remain the star of her show, and she’s at her best when it’s just her, a microphone and her band – especially when she performs ballads.” Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the concert “a show of confidence, prowess and aplomb. … Her agile soprano was strong and unconcealed in every song.” After her concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on May 22, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the arena, causing 23 fatalities and more than 500 injuries. Grande suspended the tour until June 7 and held a televised benefit concert, One Love Manchester, on June 4 at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, helping to raise $23 million to aid the bombing victims and affected families.
Araiana Grande, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and other artists performed. To recognize her efforts, the City Council named Grande the first honorary citizen of Manchester. The tour resumed in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania. It ended in September 2017.
The same year, Grande recorded the title track of the soundtrack for the 2017 live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with John Legend; the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 87. She also appeared in an Apple Music Carpool Karaoke episode, singing musical theatre songs with Seth MacFarlane, and became a brand ambassador for Reebok.
Grande’s music is generally pop and R&B, although it has elements of funk, dance and hip hop. Grande said she grew up mainly listening to urban pop and 90s music. Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly was complimented for recreating the R&B “vibe and feel of the 90s” with the help of songwriter and producer Babyface. The follow-up, My Everything, has been described as an evolution from her first album with a new sound exploring EDM and electropop genres. The Los Angeles Times review of her third album, Dangerous Woman, commented that it is “impressive how fully she inhabits the emotional environment of each song here, even when one directly contradicts another. She’s deft at adapting to different styles”.
Araiana Grande has cited Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as her major vocal influences, saying: “I love Mariah Carey. She is literally my favorite human being on the planet. And of course Whitney Houston as well. As far as vocal influences go, Whitney and Mariah pretty much cover it.” She describes Gloria Estefan as the person who inspired her to pursue a career in the music industry, after Estefan complimented a performance she saw Grande give on a cruise ship when she was eight years old. She has also cited Fergie, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, India.Arie and Brandy as influences or inspirations. She has praised Imogen Heap’s “intricate” song structure and cited Judy Garland as being a childhood influence, admiring Garland’s ability to tell “a story when she sings”.
Ariana Grande has a four octave soprano vocal range, and the whistle register. With the release of Yours Truly, Grande was deemed the “mini Mariah Carey” and the “new Mariah Carey” by some critics because of her wide vocal range, sound and musical material. Speaking about the comparisons, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd of Billboard wrote that both Carey and Grande have “the talent to let their vocals do the talking that’s not where the similarities end. Grande is subverting it with cute, comfortable, and on-trend dresses with a feminine slant.” Grande responded to the comparisons, “It’s a huge compliment, but when you hear my entire album, you’ll see that Mariah’s sound is much different than mine.” Steven J. Horowitz of Billboard wrote in 2014, “With her sophomore album, the “Problem” singer no longer resembles Carey – and that’s okay.”
Grande’s vocals have gained praise from Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Chris Martin. Katy Perry said that Grande delivers “the best female vocal in pop music today. She has literally … the best voice live.” Mark Savage commented in BBC News: “Ariana Grande is one of pop’s most intriguing and gifted singers. A magnetic performer with unrivalled vocal control”. In 2016, composer and playwright Jason Robert Brown addressed Grande in Time magazine.
No matter how much you are underestimated … you are going to open your mouth and that unbelievable sound is going to come out. That extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument that allows you to shut down every objection and every obstacle. That voice – powered by nothing but your remarkable empathy, your ravenous intelligence, your cool discipline and your voracious ambition.
Ariana Grande’s modest look early in her career was described as “age appropriate”, compared with other pop stars who grew up in the public eye. Jim Farber of New York Daily News wrote in 2014 that Grande received less attention “for how little she wears or how graphically she moves than for how she sings.” That year, she began to wear short skirts and crop tops with knee-high boots in performances and on red carpets. After years of dyeing her hair red to play Cat Valentine, Grande wore extensions while her natural hair grew out. Anne T. Donahue of MTV News called Grande “aesthetically relevant” and argued that her bold and whimsical fashion choices should receive more critical attention.
Grande’s ponytail is … as famous as her voice and … a massive component of the pop culture zeitgeist. While pulling off a high ponytail takes courage and commitment, so does her recent fashion ode to Marilyn Monroe at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards and her homage to crime-fighting heroes in her ‘Dangerous Woman’ cover art. She’s boasted floor-length red gowns, chokers, crop tops, and oversize jackets and everything from theater garb to Mickey Mouse ears to A-line minis. Which, in an industry rich in self-branding, is a beautiful rarity deft whimsy. Dismissing Ariana Grande as a fashion force is an easy and lazy way of categorizing her. Fashion is best when it’s an extension of self and a wearable form of expression. Plus, we know that when we see someone take risks, they understand fashion on an intrinsic level.
Although Ariana Grande drew criticism for allegedly impolite interactions with reporters and fans in 2014, she dismissed these reports as “weird, inaccurate depictions”. After considering the incidents most frequently mentioned in the press and the available evidence, PopSugar concluded that the incidents were “just normal star behavior” and “not the most ideal situation, but … not exactly the sign of a diva”. Rolling Stone wrote: “Some may cry ‘diva’, but it’s also Grande just taking a stand to not allow others to control her image.” In July 2015, Grande was seen on surveillance video in a doughnut shop licking doughnuts that were on display and saying “I hate Americans. I hate America. This is disgusting”, referring to a tray of doughnuts. She apologized, writing that she is “extremely proud to be an American” and that her comments related to American obesity. She later released a video apology for “behaving poorly”. The incident was parodied by The Muppets and featured in Miley Cyrus’ Saturday Night Live cover of “My Way”, about the regrets of the summer of 2015. Grande mocked the incident herself on Saturday Night Live in 2016, saying “A lot of kid stars end up doing drugs, or in jail, or pregnant, or get caught looking at a doughnut they didn’t pay for.”
Journalists and celebrities, such as Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Selena Gomez, commented favorably on Grande’s “empowering” 2015 essay posted on Twitter decrying the double standard and misogyny in the focus of the press on female musicians’ relationships and sex lives, instead of “their value as an individual”. Grande noted that she has “more to talk about” concerning her music and accomplishments, rather than her romantic relationships. In 2016, E writer Kendall Fisher called her “a feminist hero” in an essay examining Grande’s feminist statements.
In 2016, Ariana Grande was listed among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. She received praise for her “grace and strength” in organizing, hosting and performing at the One Love Manchester benefit concert.
In 2017, Mitchell Harrison of Billboard magazine called Grande a “gay icon” for her LGBT-friendly lyrics, performances and “support for the LGBTQ community”. The same year, Celia Almeida wrote for Miami New Times:
Of all of pop music’s biggest stars of the past 20 years, Ariana Grande has made the most convincing and seamless transition from ingénue to independent female artist. She saves the celebration of the joys of liberated sexual exploration for her lyrics. She has traversed into mainstream-pop adulthood relatively unscathed. Grande “Expressing sexuality in art is not an invitation for disrespect just like wearing a short skirt is not asking for assault.”
All three of Grande’s full-length albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA. Grande has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and has won an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV Europe Music Awards and three American Music Awards. She has received twelve Billboard Music Award nominations. Grande won a 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress for her performance on Sam & Cat. Subsequently, she won two more Kids’ Choice Awards and one People’s Choice Award. In 2014, she received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award from the Music Business Association for excellence during her debut year. At the Bambi Awards, she received the award for Best Newcomer. She also received two of twelve IHeartRadio Music Awards, including the 2014 Young Influencer Award and the Billboard Women in Music Award: Rising Star for her accomplishments in 2014. She has won 10 Teen Choice Awards.
Grande has a large following on social media. As of June 2017, Grande’s YouTube channel Ariana Grande Vevo had accrued more than 15 million subscribers and was ranked as the 25th most subscribed channel, her music videos had been viewed a total of more than eight billion times, her Instagram account had accumulated more than 110 million followers, ranking her as the 2nd most followed person on Instagram, her Twitter account had more than 50 million followers, making it the 16th most followed Twitter account, and her Facebook page had more than 30 million likes.
At the age of ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed for charitable fund-raising events and raised over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone. In 2009, as a member of the charitable organization Broadway in South Africa, Grande, along with her brother Frankie, performed and taught music and dance to children in Gugulethu, South Africa.
She was featured with Bridgit Mendler and Kat Graham in Seventeen magazine in a 2013 public campaign to end online bullying called “Delete Digital Drama”. After watching the film Blackfish that year, she urged fans to stop supporting SeaWorld and became a vegan. In September 2014, Grande participated at the charitable Stand Up to Cancer television program, performing her song “My Everything” in dedication to her grandfather, who had died from cancer that July. Grande has adopted several rescue dogs as pets and promoted pet adoption at some of her concerts. In 2016, she launched with MAC Cosmetics a line of lip shades called “Ariana Grande’s MAC Viva Glam”, of which the profits benefit people affected by HIV and AIDS.
In 2015, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus performed a cover of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” as part of Cyrus “Backyard Sessions” to benefit her Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps homeless and LGBT youths. Later that year, Grande headlined the Dance On the Pier event, part of the LGBT Pride Week in New York City.
In 2016, Grande joined Madonna to raise funds for orphaned children in Malawi.
In 2016, Grande and Victoria Monét recorded “Better Days” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. To aid the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, Grande organized the One Love Manchester concert, donated a rerelease of “One Last Time” and her live performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the concert, and released a live album of the concert. As of August 2017, the total amount raised is reportedly $23 million (more than £17 million). In September, Grande participated in A Concert for Charlottesville, benefiting the victims of the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ariana Grande was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Catholicism during the pontificate of Benedict XVI, citing opposition to the church’s stance on homosexuality, noting that her half-brother Frankie is gay. She has followed Kabbalah teachings since the age of twelve, along with Frankie, believing “the basis lies in the idea that if you’re kind to others, good things will happen to you.” A few of her songs, such as “Break Your Heart Right Back”, are supportive of LGBT rights.
Grande met actor Graham Phillips in the cast of the musical 13 in 2008 and dated him until December 2011. Grande has been dating Mac Miller since September 2016.
She has released a studio album Yours Truly on September 3, 2013 (in U.S. and on August 30, 2013 in Germany) under the Republic Records. The pop album consists of 13 singles, making it a total length of 50:08 minutes.
2013 movie Swindle for her role as Amanda Benson. She was in lead role in the movie with Noah Crawford, Chris O’Neal, Jennette McCurdy, Noah Munck, and Ciara Bravo.
First TV Show
Her debut role in TV series was in The Battery’s Down. She appeared in the TV show in 2009 for her role as Bat Mitzvah Riffer in season 2, episode 2, titled “Bad Bad News”. Though, it was good news for her fans.
Ariana loves to stay fit, do the workout. She reveals that she likes to do an elliptical workout on Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj‘s music. Cardio, which is one of the most important exercises, is done by her in the form of dancing. She wants her readers / followers to try the dance workout in 5-inch heel. This is because it will burn more calories.
Other than these dance rehearsals, she is also able to do some exercises by running behind her puppy, Coco, in order to chase it.
Hiking and meditation are her hobbies and Grande does it on a regular basis. She tries to keep herself full of energy by having dry fruits and nuts like almond, cashews.
She is a vegan and stays away from dairy, and non-vegetarian food.
Ariana Grande Favorite Things
Food – Coconut water
Songs – Beautiful (By Christina Aguilera), What makes you beautiful (By One Direction)
Place – South Africa, Malaysia
Cereal – Cocoa Puffs
Color – Lavender
Fruit – Strawberry
Holiday – Halloween
Movie – Bruce Almighty (2003)
Bands / Artists – Imogen Heap, India.Arie, Madonna
Fitness Role Model – Madonna
Ariana Grande Facts
At 15, she debuted on Broadway with her performance.
Grande’s name had been inspired from Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat.
She has 6 pet dogs, named Coco, Ophelia, Toulouse, Fawkes, Cinnamon, and Sirius Black.
She is a native Floridian.
Grande likes to go to the beach in the middle of the night.
She likes animals more than most people. Ariana likes ocean and sea creatures.
She is afraid of heights but likes to enjoy a roller coaster.
She likes Halloween so much that she wishes every day were Halloween.
At 21, she still has three wisdom teeth left.
She likes scary movies, Paris, musical theater, and romantic novels.
She also sleeps in almost no clothes. And, this was suggested by her grandmother.
At just 10, she co-founded the singing group, consisting of youth, named, Kids Who Care. The group raised $500,000 in 2007 alone for charity purposes.
Grande has appeared on television for her role as Cat Valentine in TV series Victorious (2010-2013), iCarly (2011), Sam & Cat (2013-).
She has given her voice in 2011 in 4 episodes in Winx Club.
On May 22, 2017, after Ariana’s concert at Manchester Arena in England, an attack caused deaths of more than 19 people and many were injured.
Good friend of Elizabeth Gillies
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”.
Taylor Swift best known for her glittery guitars, and her fearless album (2nd Album) released in 2008. She was previously known for her cowboy boots as well. Taylor Swift is one of the leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage.
Ashley Tisdale is best known for Portraying the candy-counter girl “Maddie Fitzpatrick” in Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and the female antagonist Sharpay Evans in the High School Musical film series (2006).
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.