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Alecia Moore, 8 September 1979, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA. Pink is the recording name of crossover R&B/Pop singer Moore that, although it refers to her distinctive dyed hair, is actually a childhood nickname. She allegedly had her pants pulled down as a schoolchild making her blush bright pink. There are a number of other suggestions as to the name, but they begin to become parted from the attention of the reader. She enjoyed a transatlantic Top 10 hit in early 2000 with There You Go, a sassy kiss-off to an ex-boyfriend that gave Pink an important foothold in the older teenage market alongside acts such as TLC and Kelis. Moore grew up in a small town just outside Philadelphia, making her singing debut at the age of 13 with a local rap crew. She was subsequently recruited by MCA Records to complete the line-up of vocal group Basic Instinct. After a short spell in this trio, Moore moved on to another R&B outfit, choice, who were signed by LaFace Records. Her writing contributions came to the attention of L.A. Reid, who signed her as a solo artist and put her in the studio with the label's leading writer/producers, including Darryl Simmons and the label's co-founder, Babyface. Can't Take Me Home, released in April 2000, included several lame attempts to recapture the spirit of There You Go, alongside the obligatory R&B diva balled, Let Me Let You Know. Nevertheless, Most Girls proved another enduringly popular hit single, breaking into the US Top 5 in October. Pink grew up quickly hanging out in clubs in Pennsylvania. It's not just her flashy pink hair that makes this R&B/Pop artist stand out from the multitude of female singers out there; she's got the voice, and the talent.