New album from Pink!
The multiplatinum pop star is back with her seventh album, Beautiful Trauma
GETTING REAL “The difference between this record and a lot of other records I’ve made is I was living a normal life while writing it,” says the 38-year-old mom of two. “Normally, since I was 19, I’ve gone ‘Make a record, promo, go on tour.’ That’s been the cycle.
“This is the first time I’ve been like, ‘Take my daughter to preschool. Go on a date with my husband.’ It’s real life that’s been on my mind.”
She says hubby Carey Hart has become used to being the subject of many of her songs. “I don’t even think he’s listening half the time. He’s just like, ‘Good stuff, babe.’ And I’m like, ‘Thanks, honey’.” WORKING WITH EMINEM Pink says the track Revenge, which features rapper Eminem, would never have happened if she hadn’t got drunk at home one night and contacted him.
“I emailed him – and this is why they call it liquid courage – and I said, ‘ You know I love you. I like that you work with a lot of the same people, like Rihanna. She’s hotter than me, but I’m funnier. So I’m going for a rap Grammy, and I’d like to take you along with me.’
“It was this long email and he wrote back right away and just said, ‘Okay’.” A DIVA DISSING HER Not everyone wants a collab. Pink recently told of how R&B legend Mary J Blige flatly turned her down.
“I was hosting the Lady of Soul Train Awards [in 2000] and I walked into her trailer and I was like, ‘Hi! Would you ever work with me?’ She took one look and went, ‘No’. I go, ’Okay! I love you, Mary! I’ll see you again!’ ”
Pink says she wasn’t insulted at all. “That’s what I love about her – I respect it, because so many people will be like, ‘Yeah, call me!’ ” BEING POLITICAL The sociopolitical commentary in tracks such as What About Us and Stupid Girls is in her blood, she says.
“I grew up with a Vietnam vet dad and a Vietnam vet stepmom and a nurse for a mom – people who have always been in the service . . . And I grew up listening to rock ’n roll and, you know, protest music,” the singer says.
“I feel like with these songs I’m doing my part a little bit. It’s very clear who I am and what I believe in.”
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