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Friday
Dec272013

The Year in Music 2013 -- Paint the Year Pink 

Andrew Macpherson/RCA RecordsThere aren't many pop stars who come out of the gate with big hits and then manage to maintain their place at the top of the charts for more than ten years.  But that's exactly what Pink has done since she debuted as an artist back in 2001, and 2013 turned out to be one of her most successful years ever.

Pink's album The Truth About Love was was her first album to debut at #1 when it came out in September of 2012 .  But in 2013, it continued to sell, and ended up as the top-selling album by a female artist for the year, moving 886,000 copies in the past 12 months.  In April, the single "Just Give Me a Reason," a duet with Nate Ruess of fun., became Pink's fourth #1 single, and the biggest hit of her career.  In December, it scored two Grammy nominations, including one for Song of the Year.  She'll be a performer at the telecast in January.

Pink's greatest success in 2013 was her Truth About Love tour, which was the singer's first-ever large-scale, full-fledged tour of the U.S. In addition to her hits, it featured eye-popping acrobatics and aerial work, bungee jumping, pyrotechnics, multiple costume changes, and Pink singing upside down and suspended in a giant iron chandelier.  She also staged the incredible modern dance choreography from her "Try" video live onstage every night.

While the tour received rave reviews and was a box office success, it made history in Australia, where Pink has always been wildly popular.  She staged a record 18 consecutive sellouts at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, raking in over $29 million on those dates alone.  She later won the Billboard Touring Award for Top Boxscore, which recognizes the most successful series of performances at a single venue.  In December, EPIX aired a concert special documenting one of those Australian performances.

And as if that wasn't enough, Pink also expanded her acting resume in 2013, appearing in the movie Thanks for Sharing -- billed under her birth name of Alecia Moore -- alongside such acting heavyweights as Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins, all of whom praised her acting ability. 

On a personal note, Pink was thrilled to be able to travel the world with her husband, Carey Hart, and her toddler Willow.  She told Ellen DeGeneres, "We're a good little threesome. We're such a little team, and we go all over the world and we're together every day. It's just so yummy. Everyone around us is fighting and it just brings us closer so we get to laugh at them." She also told several of the magazines whose covers she graced that she can't wait to expand her family.

All these accomplishments culminated in Pink being named Woman of the Year by Billboard magazine in December.  She told the publication, "This year, by far, it's like, a culmination of a lifetime of work has all just settled this year...everything has just been positive and enormous and wonderful."

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