Oct. 30

Pink’s laugh is a joyous thing, especially nice to hear after the year she’s had — which the first single off her fifth album, Funhouse, documents with aggressive flair. ”Guess I just lost my husband, I don’t know where he went,” begins ”So What” (already No. 1 on iTunes), referring to the dissolution of her marriage to motocross star Carey Hart in February. Then comes the heartrending bridge: ”You weren’t there, you never were…you let me fall.” Personal stuff, and in the song’s video, she sings it straight to Hart’s face. Is this the right place to use the term ballsy? ”I’m kind of fearless about picking up and starting over,” Pink agrees. ”My favorite thing to say is ‘I can’t wait to get hurt again.”’ Thus, the follow-up to 2006’s platinum-selling I’m Not Dead is no breakup downer. Recorded over six months with collaborators both familiar (Butch Walker, Max Martin) and mood-altering (”Red wine from Tuscany made several appearances”), Funhouse also deals with her struggle to grow out of the party-girl personality we’ve come to know and love. ”I actually can’t believe I’m not 17 anymore, and I want to know where the last 10 years of my life went,” says the 28-year-old. ”But it’s funny: I talk to my dad, who’s 63 and so philosophical it’s almost irritating, and he’s like, ‘Man, I still haven’t figured it out.”’ Her fantastic laugh pours out again. ”I don’t know. It’s quite a journey.”