On This Day in Pink History, 14th December 2010, Fuckin’ Perfect was released
Fuckin’ Perfect was released by LaFace Records and RCA Records as the second single from The Greatest Hits… So Far! The song was written by Pink with Max Martin and Shellback, and it was also recorded as a radio-friendly edit – ‘Perfect’.
The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, and it also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.
In 2011, Fuckin’ Perfect was ranked at number-fourteen on the Top 40 Year-End Chart, behind her previous single Raise Your Glass, based on Mediabase.
Fuckin’ Perfect was included in the setlist for The Truth About Love tour, and was performed as the clean, acoustic version.
The music video for Fuckin’ Perfect was filmed towards the end of 2010, during Pink’s first few months of pregnancy. Dave Meyers, who has worked with Pink on many of her music videos before, directed the video. It focuses on the life of a woman who overcomes several struggles during her life. The lead role was played by Tina Majorino, as confirmed by Pink via Twitter and Facebook, describing her as “insanely talented”.
Pink used this music video to raise awareness for the struggles people go through, including self harm, bulling, suicide, depression and eating disorders. She posted a message on her official website about the video:
Cutting, and suicide, two very different symptoms of the same problem, are gaining on us. (the problem being; alienation and depression. the symptoms; cutting and suicide). I personally don’t know a single person who doesn’t know at least two of these victims personally.
Pink explains that, while the video may be considered shocking, it is intended to open people’s eyes to these problems. In addition, Pink believes the video is a message to everyone who needs help. Pink described the process of making the video as a “very emotional experience” and related the core theme of “Fuckin’ Perfect” to her yet-to-be-born baby, saying, “I have a life inside of me, and I want her or him to know that I will accept him or her with open and loving and welcoming arms. And though I will prepare this little munchkin for a sometimes cruel world, I will also equip this kid to see all the beauty in it as well.” She also noted that she expects the video to “ruffle some feathers”, meaning it would cause controversy.
The song did well in the charts worldwide.
- Australia – 10
- Canada – 2
- France – 24
- Germany – 7
- Netherlands – 6
- UK – 10
- US Billboard Hot 100 – 2