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Bad Influence was the fourth single to be released from Pink’s fifth studio album, Funhouse. It was released in Australia on 8th May 2009, and in 2010 in Europe.
Bad Influence was written by Pink, with Billy Mann, Butch Walker, Robin Mortensen Lynch and Niklas Olovson, while production was handled by Machopsycho and Billy Mann. It is a straight up rock chick party song that makes no apologies for wilding out with your gal pals once in a while. Pink stated: “I’m with the Hindus on that one,” the singer laughs. “Pleasure for pleasure’s sake is not a guilty sin.”
The song was chosen as the album’s fourth single following its use in an Optus advertisement, promoting her Funhouse Tour. The track was also played frequently on Channel Pink on Channel V Australia, as well as becoming the theme for the Volkswagen Polo commercials in Europe.
Bad Influence was the opening track on the setlist for the 2009 Funhouse Tour
The song was the most added song to the radio in Australia in its first week of release. On the ARIA Singles Chart, the song peaked at number 6, and has been certified Gold, selling over 35,000 copies. On the Australian Airplay Chart, the song became Pink’s 4th consecutive #1 song on the chart, and 4th from the album. In New Zealand, “Bad Influence” debuted at number thirty three in May, 2009, rising to number twenty seven later. It has so far peaked at number twelve. It entered the UK charts at #161 in October 2009 because of the advert, peaked at #123. Bad Influence entered the German Singles Chart at #26 in April 2010.