HIGHLIGHTS FROM PINK'S LA TIMES INTERVIEW
On owning her first home: "We've been renting for three years, well I have, and now he is. This is going to be our first home in nine years together. It's really exciting. We grew up."
On dropping a greatest hits album: "I was not inspired at all for this album. I always figured you need to be 60 or better, to have a little more past, to put one of these out. I fought it for years. That and dolls, to me, just don't need to happen. Record companies, I found out, can put out compilations without your permission. I wanted it done my way, so I jumped on board. Then, the less skeptical I felt about it, I started to feel a little proud. I decided, all right, I'm not going to be a little brat about it."
On the first few months of her career: "In the late '90s, R&B was dominant in the radio, and the white kids were taking it mainstream. The Backstreet Boys, Britney, Christina, all those artists. I had had my record deal before all of them came out. I was just sitting on my ass watching everybody put out records, and I was like, this stuff is disgusting. I can't do this!"
On finding producer Linda Perry: "The first day I went over to her house, she said, 'Tell me how you're feeling.' I was like, excuse me? No one had asked before that. No one cared what I was feeling, they just wanted me to sing the ad lib exactly the way the session singer sang it."
On working with pop producer Max Martin: "I did not want to work with him; he did not want to work with me. I don't like working with hitmakers. I don't want hits! You're not even allowed to say that word around me. I walked into the studio with two bottles of wine, and we opened one of them, and a week later, we were friends for life. He's a closet punker; he's hilarious. His family is amazing, and I just adore him to death."
On her future: "If I'm Cher, say, this is the first quarter of my career. In about 30 years, I will for sure be in Vegas, shaking my ass. Carey's from Vegas; I told him baby, one day we'll be back there. I want Celine Dion's room at Caesars Palace!"