Rising to fame at the turn of the millennium as the poster child for Urban Pop, P!nk surprised many a critic when she made the transition from Pop Princess to Pop Rock riot.
Despite enjoying her first US #1 with ‘Lady Marmalade‘ in 2001, the singer- believe it or not- was unable to match the feat until seven years later with ‘So What’.
Now she has addressed her popularity- or lack of it- in the United States and how touring served to counteract any commercial shortcomings she faced in the market.
Speaking to Billboard Magazine she explained:
“I was always on the road in the U.K. and Australia, and things were really great over there. Then I got to come home and be left alone. And you know what? It gave me lot of time to create my show and to become a performer.
I would go on 22-month tours and work my ass off, and it’s been the biggest blessing of my life that now I am a touring artist. It got me out of the popularity contest that music can be sometimes and gave me time to hone my craft as a stage performer.
I’m also grateful, and I got to come back and do the Grammys [in 2010]. That was my ‘A-ha.’
Considering her name has always seemed to enjoy notoriety globally, the idea that P!nk was anything but a ‘star’ in the US may seem a little strange to her fans overseas.
However, in what saw we’d say has worked in her favor, touring as much as she has cemented her status as premium entertainer- enjoying critical accolades many of her contemporaries stay falling short of receiving.