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Pop Singer In The Pink As A Grown-Up

Of the Oakland Press

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Pink has grown up. And she’s happy about it.

The onetime pop enfant terrible, who sang about getting the party started and put on a lingerie show as part of the “Moulin Rouge” all-star remake of


“Lady Marmalade,” is now married (to motocross champion Carey Hart) and, she says, mature, as apt to sing about political issues and feminist concerns as she is about more prurient matters.

“I feel like for the first time in my life I’m able to handle being present and not numb,” says Pink, 27, who was born Alecia Moore in Doylestown, Pa., and released her fi rst album, “Can’t Take Me Home,” in 2000. “Your parents are getting older, your grandparents are dying, you get married, you have dogs, you’re responsible for other people. I have a home base now, which I’ve never had before in my life, and I’m very aware of what’s going on in the world.

“I’m just very realistic now, whereas before I thought I knew everything. Now,” she says with a laugh, “I know I don’t know a thing!”

Signs of Pink’s new attitude are all over her fourth album, “I’m Not Dead,” which has sold 605,000 copies since it debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart last April. She still likes to have her fun, with her tattoos and piercings and party songs like “ ’Cuz I Can.” But she strikes a more worldly tone in “Dear Mr. President,” an open letter to George W. Bush she recorded with the Indigo Girls, and gets refl ective on “Conversations With My 13-Year-Old Self” and the album’s title track.

Even “Stupid Girls,” the album’s first single, has a more pointed message than just skewering the likes of Jessica Simpson, Mary-Kate Olsen and Paris Hilton, who were all lampooned in the video for the song.

“It’s my commentary on a culture and a mentality that we as women and girls have to act or look or eat a certain way that’s less than we’re capable of in order to be accepted into society,” she explains. “I just fi nd it really boring, that sort of lifestyle we’re trying to emulate.”

But she says those depicted in the video have largely failed to grasp that deeper meaning.

“Let’s put it this way — I didn’t lose any friends over it,” Pink notes. “I hoped, naďvely, that everyone would see the humor in it and sort of all selfexamine, and we could all frolic in a better place. But I think mostly people take themselves too seriously, and that’s what I was trying not to do by doing things like that.

“I never said I wasn’t a stupid girl, too. I’m just trying to do things smarter and better.”

Pink opens for Justin Timberlake at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (March 10) at Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $56 and $87.50. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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