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10 Reasons Why We Should Forever Worship P!nk

Grammy winner…….Earth shattering singer……incredible performer…….jaw dropping aerialist……..four Billboard Hot 100 #1 Singles…….thirty-three music videos…….forty-seven million albums sold worldwide….stand out wife and mother of two…and one bad ass attitude that we simply can’t live without.

Plus, she’s from Doylestown!!

Yes, those are all of the stand out elements–if not just a few–that make up the now nearly two-decade lasting legacy of one Alecia Beth Moore, otherwise known to all of us as the one-and-only, P!nk.

While it’s easy for any one of us to sit around and spill about our favorite Ms. Moore moments in music time (“Feel Good Time” from Charlie’s Angels:Full Throttle and “God is a D.J.,”anyone? Yes.), it takes less time to just simply bow down and worship anything and everything she’s given us over the years and will no doubt continue to do so as the decades roll on.

And if you throw in her well received latest set, Beautiful Trauma (which is aiming to give her another chart-topping record), a much, much buzzed about electrified set on SNL this past weekend and a high-profile spot on this morning’s Good Morning America, there’s a few more reasons why all of us should forever worship P!nk.

Here’s ten more…..

1.”There You Go” The one that started….it all. No further statements. 

2.”Lady Marmalade” 4 Lyfe……   Just ponder this for a music moment–and all tea, no shade–out of all of the lovely ladies on this Billboard Hot 100 dominating Moulin Rounge owned Labelle rewire from 2001, which one is still the most relevant? And no, the answer’s not Lil’ Kim, Mya or (sigh) Xtina. Hey, at least they all nabbed a Grammy for this one. Go on, soul sistahs……

3.We’ll always understand “Mizzundastood”   “L.A. told me you’ll be a pop star, all you have to change is everything you are,” chants P!nk on “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” The second single from her sophomore set, Mizzundastood, which is still the songstress’ best selling record with fifteen million in headphones worldwide.

So, why did the music kiss off work? Because this album was basically a big “fuck you” to her label Daddy, L.A. Reid, who had a hissy fit when P!nk wanted to transition from those basic Destiny Child beats from her debut, Can’t Take Me Home, (again..all tea no shade) into a more pop rock influenced sound. 

But what it all boils down to like Alanis (she’s another pop diva who went from cookie cutter to cookie cruncher on her sophomore set) is that first….P!nk truly showed us that’s it’s all good to be your damn self and not part of the clique. Second….she truly fucking rocks.

And it all started right here, which is why we’ll always understand it all when it comes to her standout second studio effort. 

“Get the Party Started” indeed, Ms. P!nk. Like, right now. 

4.Sigh…….”Just Like a Pill”  We fucking couldn’t back in the summer of  ’02, and we still fucking can’t to what is arguably one of the best recorded pop rock ballads that’s ever graced the Billboard charts. Plus, this video and those fucking rabbits. God damn, you, Alecia. 

5.This Grammy performance……    Four words…”Glitter in the Air.” Again…no further statements. Just watch and try not to clutch your pearls while doing it. You god damn can’t. 

6.And then there’s this pearl clutching moment……   Hey, we all have to take a header off of the stage at some point in our lives. But at the end of the day, it’s all about how you pick yourself up and carry on…all while dropping a few “F” bombs along the way, of course. You know, because life. Love you, gurl. 

7.She knows a thing or twelve about love…..      In case you’ve been living under a music rock for the past two decades, P!nk has had quite the fine gentlemen by her side during her rise to the top in that of professional motocross racer Carey Hart, whom she met at the 2001 X Games right here in Philly. Although the two split in 2003, they eventually got hitched in 2006 in Costa Rica and, well, split again three years later.

But lucky for all of us, the two crazy kids worked it out just a short time later and now have two beautiful children together–daughter Willow, 6, and a ten-month old baby boy, Jameson, all of whom are seemingly living that happily ever after kind of life. It just goes to show you that one, long-lasting commitments take a long time and a lot of work. (So, get off of those fucking apps and put it in, guys, girls and gays).

And two, without Ms. P!nk’s and Mr. Hart’s love woes tracks like “So What” (in which Hart also appeared in the video) and pretty much every song off of her 2012 Let’s Talk About Love record just wouldn’t have had the same impact on our music minds……that there is hope out there for the rest of us.

Plus, they’re just like so fucking cool together, aren’t they? 

8.She’s a kick-ass Mommy…..    As we’ve seen, beneath all of those Billboard hits, that undeniable sass and trademark kick ass attitude, P!nk’s parenting skills have got it going on. Whether it’s taking her kids on the road (they’ll be joining the diva on her upcoming Beautiful Trauma tour) to experience the world or teaching them strong family values and how not to be like forty-five, those adorable kids are truly lucky to have P!nk has their fabulous Mother. 

But what truly makes us want to hand P!nk the Madukes of the Year Trophy was the speech she delivered during her acceptance when receiving this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s VMAs. Dedicated to her daughter, Ms. Moore served out a beautiful buffet of wisdom laced words that didn’t just reign true to all of the upcoming lovely ladies of the world, but hit close to home for all of us, and well, just watch it over and over again. It’s hard not to. 

Btw…”What About Us” is certainly not a love song..this now infamous speech explains it all. Yas, P!nk, yaaaas.

9.She’ll always be sort of underrated pop royalty……and we love her for that.  If you ask anyone to list the divas that were responsible for changing the pop music game back in the late ’90s/early ’00s, their list would go as follows–Britney, Christina, Jessica and Mandy. Hell, some brave souls might just add Willa Ford.

However, one name that’s always omitted is P!nk‘s…and we truly have no idea why as her debut record came in 2000 right between Britney’s debut and “Oops,” so you know it was seriously right in the middle of all kinds of pop music shit goin’ down. Hmmm….maybe it’s because the choreography in the “Most Girls” video was in a class of its very own? Sigh..guess we’ll never know. 

But what we do know is that P!nk knows she’s always been sort of “underrated.” “I’ve never won the popularity contest,” the singer recently spilled in a fascinating article with the New York Times (which you should read right here).  “I was never as big as Britney or Christina. If you look at any paragraph about pop music, I don’t get mentioned — my name doesn’t come up. And yet, here I go again, right under the wave, duck-diving,” she spilled to the Times. 

However, it’s all god damn good because you know what makes a true pop diva? One that not only is completely aware of her career and the direction it should follow (you listening, Mariah?), but one who still has the talent to back it all up, all while never abandoning her fans and giving it to us in a way that only she knows how to do…just by being fucking P!nk

And for that, we’ll all be bowing down to anything and everything for the rest of our music lives. 

10.Do you really need another fucking reason?    Okay, well, how about that time she slayed Ms. Janet’s iconic  “Miss You Much” choreography on MTV Icon?

Or….

Her pair of pulsating performances from this weekend’s SNL

Or….this fucking delicious “Sweet Dreams” flavored remix to “Get the Party Started” co-starring Redman? 

Get the point? Good…let’s P!nk…for life. 

“Oh, where, oh where have the smart people gone?” Classic.

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P!nk cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

 

 

 

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Forgot About Friday/Blu Cantrell

“While he was scheming
I was beamin’ in the Beamer just beamin
Can’t believe that I caught my man cheatin'”

Those are the classic opening lyrics to “Hit ‘Em Up Style(Oops!),” the monstrous R&B laced revenge anthem by flame haired chanteuse, Ms. Blu Cantrell.

Throw in that luscious horn sample and that one-of-a-kind beat produced by legendary producer Dallas Austin, and well, it looked like our window shattering songstress was headed straight on a rise to the top of the charts forever, gurl. 

Eh, not so quite. But it sure was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it? 

Born in Providence as one of five siblings, Cantrell fell into the world of jazz performance at a young age, only later to be entranced by her watching her mother sing at local churches.

It wasn’t long before the “Oops” diva began recording demos, and eventually her powerful pipes caught the ears of C. Stewart…aka the one-and-only producer bad boy himself, Mr. Tricky Stewart.

While she was crafting studio for the werk that eventually went into her 2001 debut, So Blu, the singer sung along the road to stardom singing backup for a buffet of bona fide crooners including Gerald Levert, Faith Evans and Aaron Hall.  

It wasn’t long before “Hit Em Up Style” didn’t just storm into our lives like a kiss off groove from the music heavens above, but it bulldozed its way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 2001 (“Bootylicious” kept it from the top spot..twas a good summer) and earned the songstress two Grammy Award nomination including for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and and Best R&B Song, and she even nabbed an American Music Award nomination for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist, all in 2002.

However….

Although Cantrell released a follow-up album, Bittersweet, in 2003 (and garnered another Grammy nod) and did give us another hit, “Breathe” co-starring Sean Paul, but the album quickly lost steam on the charts and would ultimately become her last studio set. And while we may never know just exactly what she’s up to these days, there’s two things we must take away from spilling music tea about the one-time career of Ms. Blu Cantrell…

Number one….the early ’00s were truly the last great era of pop music…and number two….”Hit Em Up Style” is still one hell of a track. 

Go on, gurl. 

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Blu Cantrell cover photo courtesy of You Tube. 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Thomas Gold

Whether firing up one of his original works, owning a well crafted remixes or landing high-profile slots in music festivals across the globe, Berlin based DJ and producer Thomas Gold has certainly earned his place as one of the world’s biggest and baddest dance music moguls. 

And this Friday he’s about to prove all of that and then some when he takes over the decks at Coda for a set that’s sure to be nothing short of explosive. 

Getting his start tickling the keyboards at the oh, so young age of seven, Gold soon drew his love for music towards the synthesizer, which would then lead him to pursue his strobe-lit dreams thanks to a makeshift home studio he soon built in his Mom‘s basement, of course. Is there any other way? Absolutely not. 

Soon after, Gold linked up with fellow DJ Björn Mandry and the pulsating pair released the high-powered Paintbootiqa EP on the Mauritius dance label, all while Gold was making a solo name for himself due to his remixes appearing on a handful of red-hot Ministry of Sound compilations. 

But perhaps Gold’s biggest break along the disco way came in 2010 when his fiery retelling of Fatboy Slim‘s “Star 69” went straight to the top of the Billboard Dance charts, and from there, well, it’s pretty much dance music history as Gold is still one of the most sought after DJs on the planet. 

Just ask any of the thousands of festival goers and his legions of fans who’ve witnessed him own the Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Or, just ask anyone whose gotten down to his sizzling body of werk, including such firestorms as “Take Me Home,” “Beast,” “Sing2Me,” “What’s Up,” as well as his latest creations, “Shake It” and “Better Versions of Myself,” which are sure to headline his takeover of Coda on Friday night. 

In other words, let’s fucking dance…because we must. Thomas Gold told us to. 

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Thomas Gold cover photo courtesy of Electronic Midwest