Rare is the star who can pull off high-wire circus acrobatics and deliver no-nonsense pop hooks. Now more than a decade into her recording career, Pink has managed to find the balance between radio-ready, dance-rock hits and diva-worthy, crowd-dazzling maneuvers.
Pink has had numerous top 10 albums, but none has opened at the top of the chart. Until now.
Pink's latest for RCA, "The Truth About Love," bows at No. 1 on this week's Billboard chart, having sold about 280,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. So far this year, only Justin Bieber's "Believe" and Madonna's "MDNA" have had stronger debut weeks. "MDNA" entered the chart with 359,000 copies sold and "Believe" reached 374,000 copies.
The strong debut for "The Truth About Love" keeps a number of superstars out of the top spot, as the music industry's release schedule has begun ramping up for the fall/holiday season. A Kanye West-led compilation is relegated to the runner-up spot, and last week's No. 1, the Dave Matthews Band, tumbles to No. 4. And the year's breakout digital star, Carly Rae Jepsen, failed to make the top 5 with her new album.
According to Billboard data, "The Truth About Love" is Pink's sixth top-10 effort, and also her best-ever debut sales week. That's a noteworthy feat in 2012, as many artists in today's beleaguered sales climate are placing higher on the charts, but with fewer copies sold.