Ryan Johnson, Published January 07 2014
Pink vs. Red: Pink performs at Fargodome on Saturday, bears similarities to Taylor Swift
Just like the last big musician to play here, Taylor Swift on Sept. 6, Pink will sing a “colorful” set of songs about love when her concert kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
General Manager Rob Sobolik said about 21,500 fans are expected to be there. If Pink meets those projections, it would be the 14th-largest concert at the facility.
That’s more than the 20,613 people that flocked to the Fargodome to see Swift, who drew the 15th-largest concert attendance. Both shows are well below the Fargodome’s biggest concert, when George Strait drew 26,406 in March 1997.
A few tickets for Pink’s concert were refunded or exchanged since the singer postponed several shows in October because of inflamed vocal cords and laryngitis.
But it will still be a sellout, and Sobolik said any tickets that became available in the past few months were “snapped up very quickly.”
Preparing the Fargodome to handle the large crowd of Pink fans is mostly the same as getting ready for Swift last fall, Sobolik said. But there is one difference – the kind of audience that these musicians draw in.
“It’s a little older crowd for Pink than it was for Taylor Swift,” he said. “There’ll more than likely be more alcohol sales.”
Here are some other ways the pop divas have made their own way in the music business, as well as signs they are more alike than might be expected.
Albums all about love
Pink: “The album is Pink’s unique take on the different shades of love – the dark, the light, the happy and the sad.” – Press release about her latest album, “The Truth about Love.”
Swift: “And for me, that topic is love.” – Swift during her Sept. 6 concert about the “always changing” and “really unpredictable” topic that was the inspiration for latest album “Red” and her other hit records.
Huge online presence
Pink: 21.6 million Twitter followers, 27.5 million likes on Facebook and 1.2 billion views on her YouTube channel.
Swift: 38 million Twitter followers, 52.5 million Facebook likes and 1.9 billion YouTube views so far.
Pink: Sold 40 million albums and 65 million singles from her six studio albums since her debut in 2000.
Three Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Top 10 singles and the title for most consecutive No. 1 songs on the Hot AC Chart with four.
Swift: Since 2006, sold 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads.
The seven-time Grammy winner has the distinction of being the first female singer in music history – and the first artist since the Beatles – to log six or more weeks in the No. 1 spot with three consecutive studio albums.
Pink: The 34-year-old Pink, aka Alecia Beth Moore, met professional motocross racer Carey Hart in 2001.
Their relationship has suffered two separations, but the pair married in 2006 and had their first child, Willow Sage Hart, on June 2, 2011.
Swift: Swift, 24, has been romantically linked to several notable celebrities, including Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and One Direction member Harry Styles.
The famously unlucky-in-love pop star is now single, and told Wonderland magazine in 2013, “I have no idea if I’m going to get married or be single forever or have a family or just be on my own.”
Pink: Was honored as Billboard’s 2013 Woman of the Year during a Dec. 10 awards show.
Swift: Took home the same honor in 2011.
Pink: Recently ranked No. 8 on Forbes’ list of top-earning women in music, making $32 million between June 1, 2012 and June 1, 2013.
Swift: Ranked No. 3 on the same list with $55 million.
Pink: Became the new face of CoverGirl in 2012.
Swift: Worked with the makeup giant in 2011 and 2012, appearing in several commercials and ads.
Pink: Played sex addict Dede in the recent comedy “Thanks for Sharing.” She also had roles on “Happy Feet Two” and 2007 horror film “Catacombs,” as well as several cameos.
Swift: Biggest roles so far have been on ensemble comedy “Valentine’s Day” and animated film “The Lorax.” Swift also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2009, appeared in one episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and will star alongside Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep in “The Giver” this summer.
If You Go
WHAT: Pink concert featuring opening act The Kin
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; doors open at 6 p.m.
where: Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive
Info: Though the show is expected to sell out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the box office or through www.inforumtix.com for $39.50, $69.50 or $99.50.
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