Strong voice with show­man­ship

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Mak­ing new mu­sic is hardly a rein­ven­tion for Pink with her man­ager, Roger Davies, call­ing it “just a con­tin­u­a­tion of the pre­vi­ous records” — that is, 13 well-crafted pop songs that can get her back on the road.

“I’m a ticket-seller,” Pink said, cred­it­ing Davies, who has man­aged Tina Turner, Cher, Joe Cocker and Sade, with con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing her live-centric strat­egy.

Though she has had hits and sold mil­lions, Pink was still open­ing for Justin Tim­ber­lake well into her ca­reer; she pointed to an air­borne, wa­ter-soaked per­for­mance of the non-sin­gle bal­lad Glit­ter in the Air at the 2010 Gram­mys as a turn­ing point, when peo­ple woke up to her strong voice and show­man­ship.

And, yes, she’s seen the memes about her re­liance on fly­ing stunts.

“How many times do you see the same artist get up and lip-sync and dance?” she coun­tered.

“And you’re mad at me for do­ing some­thing none of them can do? And I sing live!”

Mean­while, a group of Broad­way artists are work­ing on an emo­tional cover of Dear Mr. Pres­i­dent, the open let­ter Pink sang to George W. Bush in 2006 that re­mains rel­e­vant a decade later dur­ing Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency.

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