Amy Harris, The Sunday Telegraph, reports
When Pink first rocked the stage 13 years ago, her hair dyed to match her name, few would have predicted the impact she would have on the music industry.
Now a fully-fledged global pop phenomenon, Pink - aka Alecia Beth Moore - arrived in Australia this weekend to begin a record-breaking tour which is set to generate $100 million. Only four years ago, her Funhouse concerts racked up $90 million.
Her nine-week Truth About Love tour, which kicks off in Perth on Tuesday night, has already sold 500,000 tickets and will feature 46 arena-sized shows.
According to Billboard, no other solo artist in the history of Australia's touring business can boast such figures.
The logistical figures are just as vast:
a 747 charter plane, 380 tonnes of equipment, 19 semi-trailers, a stage that requires five hours to construct in every city, and an 80-strong crew including Pink, husband Carey Hart and daughter Willow, who are all due to arrive in Sydney today.
"Since her debut in 2000, Pink has released seven albums and sold more than 40 million albums and 65 million singles," tour promoters Pink Inc said.
"Pink's sales exceed well over one million DVDs worldwide and, to date, 15 of Pink's singles have reached No.1 in at least one or more countries, including
12 singles in the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
"In Australia, three-time Grammy winner Pink has sold more than 6.5 million albums."
The singer made headlines earlier this year when an 18th additional show was added to her Melbourne leg of the tour - to manage the "sustained unrelenting demand", according to promoters Live Nation - which ultimately broke a venue capacity record for the city.
But while it is a record-breaking production, it still cannot better her Funhouse tour of 2009, which crossed the country for 58 arena dates and sold more than 650,000 tickets, surpassing John Farnham's Whispering Jack tour with the most shows in Australia.
In Sydney, Pink performed 12 shows, 10 of which were performed at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
She performed for nearly 110,000 spectators at the SEC.