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Pink shows softer side
Singer Pink is promoting her new album

For all her songs about fights, broken promises, romantic letdowns and wild nights, Pink is in a Zen mode - and all the credit belongs to her one-year-old daughter, Willow.

"I used to be really dark. Now, I wake up and check her pulse and make sure she's not having a temperature. And then we dance. And we dance, and we dance, and we dance," she says during an interview in Los Angeles.

"Then, we go on bike rides. And we dance some more. Everything's a song. I guess that's how the record reflects where I am right now. I'm just having a lot more fun than I ever have."

Listening to Pink talk about Willow, it's clear there is a kinder, gentler side to the singer known for her tough demeanour. But the platinum- selling, platinum-dyed powerhouse hasn't exactly gone soft. The Truth About Love, her new album, is filled with break-up and make-up anthems, mostly concerning her relationship with husband, freestyle motocross rider Carey Hart, 37. Hart and the 33-year-old singer-songwriter, whose real name is Alecia Moore, married in 2006, separated in 2008 and reconciled in 2009. Exposing the ups and downs of their union through song is familiar territory for the pop star.

Pink flew into Australia on Wednesday, with her husband and daughter, to promote The Truth About Love, ahead of her 2013 tour. Her new album made its debut on top of the charts here, becoming her fourth No. 1 Down Under and the fastest- selling album of the year. The release is also on track to top the US Billboard charts.

The Truth About Love is the singer's first full-length album since 2008's double platinum Funhouse, though she remained on the charts with new material from a five-times platinum-selling greatest hits package. She calls her new album, which features Eminem, Nate Ruess of Fun and Lily Rose Cooper (or Lily Allen), "just kinda all over the place".

"I was having a lot more fun than I was having before. I think production-wise it's a lot more interesting," she says. "The musicality, I feel like I raised the bar for myself."

Pink declares that "fresh blood" was injected into her new album from Greg Kurstin, a music producer who previously worked with the likes of Foster the People, Kelly Clarkson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kurstin, who is also one-half of indie pop duo the Bird and the Bee, notes that Pink was lightning quick in the studio. He says her latest single, the Top 10 hit Blow Me (One Last Kiss), was crafted in just one day.

Being a mum helped lighten Pink's mood while recording, and also changed the process.

"Studio sessions used to be like, 'OK. I'm gonna start my record. Get the whiskey and some cigarettes, and let's do this f…ing thing,'" says Pink, flashing a mischievous grin.

"Now, it's Monday through Friday from 1pm to 10pm. Everyone I worked with was either a parent or friend, so it was very, very easy."

While she may have matured musically, Pink insists she's very much the wild spirit who first made waves when she debuted on the scene 12 years ago - apparently having a child isn't a complete life-changer.

"I hope I never grow up. I feel like I've regressed in a lot of ways," she says. "I think having a little girl that's fun and funny, she's really funny, she's even goofier than I used to be, so maybe I was maturing, but that's over."

The West Australian

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