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A pregnant Pink ponders 10 years in show business

WHILE Pink's impending motherhood is garnering her plenty of ink, she's got something else to celebrate - 10 years in the music business. The 31-year-old singer recently released "Greatest Hits … So Far!!!" that chronicles her growth from a potent, big-voiced R&B star to dynamic pop singer and performer. It comes after a year in which she has gotten the most acclaim of her career, including raves for her acrobatic, levitating performance at this year's Grammy Awards.

After nearly two years touring the world, Pink has retreated to the Los Angeles-area home she shares with her motocross-racing husband Carey Hart. She's made it clear that being a mother won't change her high-flying ways.

"As soon as the baby can say 'mama,' I'm going on the road," she said shortly after announcing her pregnancy. "We are going to be a traveling family gypsy band with garlands in our hair."Q: How does it feel to release a retrospective at this point in your career?

A: I definitely had mixed feelings. You know what? I'm happier now than I was when it was first being talked about. I had been putting it off for years, although that sounds pretty funny. I don't feel old enough, I guess.

Q: What made you decide to finally do it?

A: At the end of the day, when I get out of my own way, which is what I had to do, it's something to really be proud of, because when I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was make one hit record. To be able to put out an album full of them is pretty damn special.

Q: Over the last year, you've gotten more acclaim. What's your reaction?

A: I've been busting my butt in Europe and Australia and pretty much everywhere else outside of this country for 10 years playing stadiums and arenas … and then you come here (the US) and play clubs, which is kind a rad because I live here and I like being left alone. But also to constantly still be hearing people go, "Wow, she can really sing." I don't know, it's a constant battle, but it keeps me motivated, and the Grammys was that moment where I felt like finally I had been given my due a little bit.

Q: You're back home now. Is it a difficult adjustment?

A: It's completely strange. I walk around in circles, I clean a lot, I really don't know what to do with myself when I'm not on the road. For me, I figure I'm going to take a little break. I want to do a record that's non-radio friendly and more akin to that Grammy performance that I had.

Q: Why non-radio friendly?

A: Well, I always joke that my favorite artist from the 1960s and 1970s would have never gotten radio play today, Janis Joplin. You would have never heard probably "Summertime" on the radio. If it's not three-and-a-half minutes long, it ain't getting played. So when I say non-radio friendly, I'm just being vague. I wanna go and just write. I want do to my acoustic rock'n'roll record, which I always wanted to do since I was a little girl. I wanna go to Nashville, I want to go to New York, I want to go all over the place, actually write songs, get a body of work together, and then get musicians together and then record a record like they did in the old days.


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