On This Day in Pink History… 7th July 2006, Pink was on the NBC Today Show
On This Day in Pink History… 24th June 2006 Pink performed at B96 Summer Bash in Chicago
Cuz I Can
On This Day in Pink History… 30th May 2006, Pink performed at MTVTRL
On This Day in Pink History… 18th May 2006, Who Knew was released
Who Knew was released as the second single from Pink’s fourth studio album, I’m Not Dead. Written by Pink, Max Martin and Dr. Luke, it was released by LaFace Records. The single also had the b-side Disconnected.
Upon its release, Who Knew was mostly well-received from music critics, who acclaimed it as a solid song on the album and lauded the lyrical content, however the song faced comparisons for having similarities with Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 single Since U Been Gone. The song was commercially successful worldwide, where it peaked in the top spot in countries including Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and component charts in the United States. In addition, the song is also Pink’s longest chart runner on the Hot 100, spending 36 weeks before dropping out.
The song is lyrically about loosing a friend to drugs. Pink says of her experience:
“My life was insane, I was [in her youth] out of control and doing lots of stupid things. Some of my friends were selling crack, and I got into drugs too. I’ve always been honest about that, although I don’t like going into details. I’ve got lots of young fans and I wouldn’t want to give them any ideas. I found a friend dead from a drug overdose when I was 14. He was a male friend, not a boyfriend. Most of the people at the funeral were just children. It should have been a wake-up call for me, but it wasn’t.”
In the Oceanic region, the song debuted at number six on the Australian Singles Chart. The song then rose and peaked at number two for two consecutive weeks. In total, the song stayed in the charts for thirty-two weeks, becoming Pink’s second longest charting single in that country. The song is also the seventy-fifth Best Of All Time single in Australia, and is certified platinum for sales of over 70,000 copies. It was ranked at number nine on ARIA’s Top 100 singles of 2006. The song had debuted at number thirty-six on the New Zealand Singles Chart, and eventually rose to number eleven, just missing the top ten. The song spent a total of twelve weeks on the charts.
In the European markets, the song was generally successful. Who Knew entered the UK Singles Chart at nineteen in early June, 2006 and ascended to a peak at five the following week. It is her joint fifth highest charting single in the UK and her second longest charting behind only So What. With a total of 26 weeks inside the top 100 songs it beats her number-one hit Just Like A Pill. The song had success throughout other charts in Europe, where it peaked in the top twenty in Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Finland and Norway, while it peaked in the top fifty in The Netherlands and Sweden.
When the single was originally released in North America, Who Knew was less successful. Though it peaked at number nineteen on the BDS Airplay Chart in Canada, it was virtually ignored by American radio. In the U.S., where it was released to mainstream radio in May, 2006, it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, initially reaching number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (which comprises the most popular songs yet to enter the Hot 100). Billboard magazine credited the poor performance of the single on radio with significantly reducing momentum of initial sales of I’m Not Dead.
The single’s video was directed by Dragon, a team comprising Sam Bayer, Robert Hales and Brian Lazzaro. It was filmed in a weekend in April, 2006 in Los Angeles, United States, and it was released to the internet and to UK music channels in early May 2006. The video reached number one on MTV Germany’s top ten and on TRL Italy. Who Knew was voted number one on TRL Germany twenty times, allowing Pink to earn the “Golden Tape”. In the U.S. Total Request Livebroadcast a “First Look” of the video in May, and it debuted on the show’s top ten countdown; it spent eight non-consecutive days on the countdown, peaking at number seven.
It features a young couple visiting a fairground and going on the rides, and at one point the boy puts a necklace on the girl. The video flashes back to the boy secretly injecting himself with drugs on a previous night while the girl is sleeping. At the carnival, when the girl is playing a game, the boy walks away. The girl realizes he’s gone and follows him, but when she tries to get him to stay with her he gets violent. He goes to the back of the fairground to inject himself with drugs and breaks into a sweat. His girlfriend wanders around looking for him, and finds him unconscious; he has overdosed. She gives him a kiss, gives back the necklace and phones for an ambulance; after it has arrived, she walks away crying. The video is inter-cut with shots of Pink singing the song at the entrance to the fairground.
Click on the image for Who Knew Lyrics
Click on the image for Disconnected Lyrics
The PinkHistory website has been open since May 2014. It has since had over 100k views and as Pink’s career grows, so does the website!
Over the last few weeks I have spent time updating the website, clearing it up and made the big change of renaming the domain web address from PinkHistoryOfficial.com to PinkHistory.blog
This new domain is shorter and easier to remember!
Other changes and updates are as follows:
- European tour dates have been added to the Beautiful Trauma tour page. Don’t forget, we are still keeping PinkHistory tour spoiler free, so check out the page dedicated to the tour to find special social media groups for discussion on all things tour related.
- Links page has been updated
- Try This Special pages have been taken down. This is due to dead YouTube video links.
- Pink’s top 25 moments & 15 iconic performances (2000-2014) post has been updated with the dead YouTube video links being replaced.
- Beautiful Trauma album page has been updated.
- Hurts 2B Human has been added to the discography and a page for the album has been added.
- Updated links on the Full Concerts page.
- Updated Singles Discography
- Hurts 2B Human lyrics added to the lyrics section.
- Some old posts have been deleted and the old style collage pics have been removed.
Because of the change in the web address, it meant that the artwork on the website was outdated as it had the old web address linked. So all of the artwork has been redone to include the new web address – PinkHistory.blog. This also included changing every song header in the lyrics section of the website.
On This Day in Pink History… 29th April 2007, Pink attended MTV Video Music Awards Australia
Pink was nominated for four awards, and won two.
- ‘Best Pop Video’ – U + Ur Hand (nominated)
- ‘Album of the Year’ – I’m Not Dead (nominated)
- ‘Female Artist of the Year’ (won)
- ‘Download of the Year’ – Who Knew (won)
On This Day in Pink History… 3rd November 2006 Pink played at AVO Sessions in Switzerland
- Just Like A Pill
- Stupid Girls
- Who Knew
- Family Portrait
- 18 Wheeler
- Don’t Let Me Get Me
- I’m Not Dead
- There You Go
- Nobody Knows
- What’s Up
- Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
- The One That Got Away
- Dear Mr President
- Get The Party Started
On This Day in Pink History… 31st August 2006, Pink attended the MTV Video Music Awards
Pink attended the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards and Stupid Girls won the award for Best Pop Video
On This Day in Pink History… 28th August 2006, U+Ur Hand was released
Pink reportedly wanted “U + Ur Hand” to be the second single from I’m Not Dead, but “Who Knew” was released as the second and “U + Ur Hand” was instead released as the third. The single had success in Europe, reaching number ten in the UK, number four in Germany and number 11 in France; it peaked inside the top ten on the European Hot 100 Singles chart.
Pink wrote the song with Max Martin, Luke Gottwald, and Rami to mock the men who would flirt with her in clubs. The title refers to the line “looks like it’s just me and my hand tonight,” which was a phrase she’d heard guys using.
On This Day in Pink History… 14th August 2007, Pink played at the Brixton Academy in London
Try Too Hard
U + Ur Hand
I’m Not Dead
Piece Of My Heart
Videos from YouTube by satanspuppet81 & Chris L