Pop StarPink began her career as an R&B and hip-hop musician, with no real control over her sound or her image, which included bright pink hair. Her first album, Can't Take Me Home, was a modest success, due to the huge pop and rhythmic radio hit singles "There You Go" (hit #3 in July of 2000) and "Most Girls" (#2, in November 2000). The album's third single, "You Make Me Sick" was released towards the end of 2000, and also become a top 10 pop hit in early 2001 (it peaked at number 3 in February of 2001), thanks in part to its being featured in the movie Save The Last Dance.
In spring of 2001, Pink teamed up with rapper Lil Kim, R&B singer, Mya, and pop superstar, Christina Aguilera, on a remake of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade". The track was produced by hot hip-hop producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott and was featured in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge!. The song's video was memorable because it featured the four singers dressed in very skimpy clothes and heavy makeup, like women who appear at the "Moulin Rouge" would typically be dressed. The video was a huge hit on MTV, VH1, and MTV2, and the song was one of the year's biggest on pop, rhythmic, and adult top 40 radio.
Rock starTowards the end of 2001, Pink decided to take her career in a new direction. Tired of being marketed as a white hip-hop and R&B singer, and eager to become a more serious songwriter and musician, Pink sought the help of former 4 Non Blondes vocalist, Linda Perry. Together, Pink and Perry co-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on Pink's sophomore album, Missundaztood, which was released in early 2002. The album's more alternative, rock sound could be heard immediately with its first single, "Get the Party Started".
"Get the Party Started" became a huge pop radio hit, as well as a big club hit. The album's other singles, "Don't Let Me Get Me," "Just Like a Pill," and "Family Portrait" were also some of 2002's biggest songs on pop radio, MTV, and VH1. Uptempo dance remixes of these more rock-oriented songs allowed them to become crossover hits on rhythmic radio and in the clubs, and the less R&B, more alternative rock sound of Missundazstood enabled all four singles to become modest hits at adult top 40 radio also.
In the summer of 2003, Pink returned with a new single from Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle, "Feel Good Time". Once again, Pink attempted to change her sound and image, recruiting electronic producer William Orbit for the track. "Feel Good Time" became Pink's first single to miss the top 10, peaking in the 60's on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 Singles chart, and garnering little play on any radio format besides mainstream top 40. However, Pink did not let the single's failure get her down; she worked on a new album with Orbit and Perry, which was released at the end of 2003 under the title Try This. Eight of the thirteen tracks were cowritten with Tim Armstrong of punk band Rancid. Try This reached the Top 10 of the album charts in the US, Canadian, UK and Australian charts in 2003.