On This Day in Pink History… 11th June 2003, Pink attended the Songwriters Hall of Fame
On This Day in Pink History 10th June 2002, Just Like A Pill was released
Just Like A Pill was written and produced by Dallas Austin and Pink for her second studio album, Missundaztood. In June 2002, it was released as the third single from the album with great commercial success, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in America. Just Like A pill became her first number one single in the UK, and reached the top 10 in many countries including Ireland, France and Sweden. Although the song was only released as a radio only single in Australia (a physical release was never eventuated), it was a number 1 radio hit. In late June 2009, the song charted at number 97 on downloads, mostly likely due to Pink’s Funhouse Tour.
The song was generally well received by contemporary music critics. NME called it “the third best track off her killer last album”.Drowned In Sound’s Robert Luckett commented that it is “a fascinating record…this is a record with a edge, a kind of pot boiling over at any moment, ready to go off at any time vibe.” He also wrote “it obeys the pop industry’s well-dusted rules for a hit.”Stylus Magazine’s Todd Burns, in his review of the album, compared “Just Like a Pill” to the other singles from the album, “Don’t Let Me Get Me” and “Get the Party Started”, writing “The guitars… sound much more integrated into the work and the overall song works far better.”
The video for “Just Like a Pill” was directed by Francis Lawrence for LaFace Records. The video for the song is considerably different from Pink’s previous videos. “Get the Party Started” and “Don’t Let Me Get Me” were lighter in nature than the dark atmosphere which is reflected in the video for “Just like a Pill”, an example of which is the fact that Pink can be seen throughout the whole video wearing black outfits with naked arms and legs and wearing black hair. In the first scene, Pink lies on the floor. In the chorus she sings in front of her band. She is also featured in another scene with white rabbits around her in a room, and in another scene, she is seen with an elephant. There are also scenes with Pink singing in front of and amongst various people. In the latter half of the video, she runs in a hall whilst lip-synching the song, before disappearing into a bright doorway atop a staircase at the conclusion of the video.
In the video, Pink is seen sitting in front of an elephant. After the elephant had been on the set, she saw the abuse and captivity the animal was in. “Pink learned about the abuse of captive elephants when a trainer brought one onto the set of her ‘Just Like a Pill’ video. She could see that something was wrong and she called us to learn more about the issue. Now, Pink would like to see circuses pack their trunks”, according to PETA spokesman Dan Mathews.
In an interview with VH1, Pink said “This poor elephant…a huge elephant, it’s so cute, and I could see how painful it was for it to get down on its hands and knees, and I’m like, ‘Can we not do this anymore? I think we got the take, you know, it’s enough. The elephant has had enough.’ And the trainer’s like, ‘Oh, he loves it.’ And so I was like, ‘So when were you an elephant?’… I didn’t like it. I won’t do that again. … No more animals.” When talking about the different style of video, Pink said “This one’s very dark and artsy, and I have black hair, which is very fun. I loved it. It’s another part that I haven’t concentrated on before.”
The censored version of the song/video changes “Can’t stay on your morphine, it’s making me itch” to “Can’t stay on your life support, it’s making me itch”, and changes “bitch” to “witch”. Pink’s mouth is only blurred once in the censored version as she says “bitch” at about 2 minutes 45 seconds in the video.
The song is almost always included in setlists of performances and tours.
On This Day in Pink History… 8th June 2002, Pink was on Much Music
On This Day in #PinkHistory… 4th June 2018, Whatever You Want was released
Whatever You Want is a song recorded by Pink from her seventh studio album Beautiful Trauma. Pink co-wrote the song with its producers, Max Martin and Shellback. The song impacted hot adult contemporary radio on June 4, 2018, as the third single from the album.
Whatever You Want was released as the second promotional single from Beautiful Trauma in October 2017 before it became the album’s second single. The song debuted alongside the announcement of Beautiful Trauma World Tour and a documentary on Apple Music.
The music video for the song was premiered on Apple Music in March, 2018. It was released exclusively for Apple Music users and then released to the public the following day. The music video was directed and edited by Brad Comfort. It contains clips of Pink preparing for her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, clips from her performance at Super Bowl LII, and clips from her at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
On This Day in Pink History… 2nd June 2001, Pink attended the MTV Movie Awards
Skip to 2min 15secs to hear Pink talk about her dog, Fucker
On This Day in Pink History… 31st May 2003, Pink attended the MTV Movie Awards
On This Day in Pink History… 30th May 2006, Pink performed at MTVTRL
On This Day in Pink History… 29th May 2010, The Summer Carnival Tour started
In October 2009, Pink’s fifth tour, The Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour, was announced by tour promoter, Eventim. This was Pink’s first ever headlining stadium tour, and took place in Europe. The tour was different from her previous tour (Funhouse Tour), with a new setlist and less acrobatics.
For the tour, 3 music videos were filmed which were shown throughout the show. The new videos for Please Don’t Leave Me, Funhouse and Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) were also included in the Greatest Hits… So Far! album released in 2010.
Pink had a number of support acts on this tour playing at different venues across Europe, some of these included VV Brown, Gossip, The Ting Tings, Paolo Nutini and Butch Walker and the Black Widows. Pink has been working with Butch Walker since her fourth album, I’m Not Dead, and Butch played some of his own shows in Europe throughout the time he was on tour with Pink. He also appeared back on stage during Pink’s show to perform a few duets.
The setlist was more or less the same at each venue, with a few changes. For example, Whataya Want From Me was performed until the Sunderland date, where it was replaced by What’s Up (originally by 4 Non Blondes). During a show in Germany, Pink performed I Don’t Believe You and Dear Mr President which were then a permanent addition to the setlist.
At the show in Nuremberg, Pink was not attached to her harness correctly during the performance of So What and fell, landing in the barricade. The show was immediately stopped, but Pink later tweeted that she had no broken bones and no serious injuries. No shows were cancelled because of this accident, and Pink performed the stunt for So What 4 days later in Prague.
There were 34 shows in total across Europe, including festivals.
EURO STADIUMS WILL BE ROCKING OUT TO P!NK IN JUNE AND JULY
Last weekendP!nk kicked off her explosive Funhouse Summer Carnival stadium tour in Cologne, Germany to a packed out stadium of 52,000 adoring fans!
As a giant cannon fired from the stage, Pink flew over the crowds bedecked in gold wings from a magic box hanging 100 feet above the stadium to perform the crowd-pleasing opener ‘Get the Party Started’ and wow did the girl deliver a show to remember!
In trueP!nk style she performed all the show stopping tunes and some new breathtaking stunts including rolling over the audience in a huge inflatable ball and flying across the stadium in a green sequined leotard for the finale of ‘So What’.
The set list featured new hits from Funhouse as well as classic hits ‘I’m Not Dead’, ‘Just Like A Pill’ and ‘U & Ur Hand’.
Fans were treated to a cover of The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ with support Butch Walker taking to the stage to perform the medley with P!nk.
Brace yourself for a treat if you are one of the lucky fans with tickets to The Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour!
- Get the Party Started
- Ave Mary A
- Who Knew
- Bad Influence
- Just Like a Pill
- Please Don’t Leave Me
- I’m Not Dead
- I Don’t Believe You
- Dear Mr. President
- Mean (performed with Butch Walker)
- Medley: (all songs performed with Butch Walker)
- My Generation
- Basket Case
- What’s Up
- Whataya Want from Me
- Try Too Hard
- U + Ur Hand
- Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely
- So What
- Jason Chapman – Musical director/Keyboards/Vocals
- Mark Schulman – Drums/Cello
- Justin Derrico – Lead guitar
- Eva Gardner – Bass
- Kat Lucas – Keyboards/Rhythm guitar/Vocals
- Jenny Douglas-McRae – Background vocals
- Stacy Campbell – Background vocals
- Addie Yungmee – Dancer
- Nikki Tuazon – Dancer
On This Day in Pink History… 23rd May 2016, Pink was on the Jimmy Kimmel Show
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.
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