On This Day in Pink History… 8th April 2014, Pink did an interview with Supercross Live
On This Day in Pink History… 5th April 2006, Pink played a Flashmob gig in New York
Cuz I can
Just like a pill
Long way to happy
I’m not dead
Leave me alone (I’m lonely)
I have seen the rain (with Jim Moore)
Get this party started
On This Day in Pink History… 4th April 2006, I’m Not Dead was released
I’m Not Dead was Pink’s fourth studio album. It was released on 4th April 2006 in the United States, to coincide the same release date of Pink’s first album, Can’t Take Me Home.
Originally title Long Way To Happy, it was scheduled for release in September 2005, however the album was delayed and its title changed to I’m Not Dead in order to match the comeback nature of the album, and its heavy tone in terms of lyrical content, strong language and edgy sound. I’m Not Dead is majorly a pop rock album, but includes country, alternative rock and R&B influences.
The release of I’m Not Dead was preceded by its controversial lead single, Stupid Girls, a top 20 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 the video of which earned Pink an MTV Video Music Award. The album’s second and third singles, Who Knew and U + Ur Hand, reached the top ten and revived the album’s sales fortunes in the U.S., leading to a platinum certification from the RIAA for sales of one million. The two songs are also Pink’s first two singles to achieve Platinum certifications. Subsequent regional singles include Nobody Knows, Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) and Dear Mr. President. A Platinum Edition of the album was issued with bonus tracks, remixes and a DVD.
In 2016, to celebrate 10 years of I’m Not Dead, we looked back over the I’m Not Dead era, visiting each song, top performances, I’m Not Dead tour and the b-sides. Click on the links below to see those posts:
- Stupid Girls
- Who Knew
- Long Way To Happy
- Nobody Knows
- Dear Mr President
- I’m Not Dead
- Cuz I Can
- Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
- U + Ur Hand
- The One That Got Away
- I Got Money Now
- Conversations With My 13-Year-Old-Self
- I Have Seen The Rain
- Music Videos
- Fan’s Favourite Songs Poll
- Album facts & photoshoots
- Top performances from the era
- I’m Not Dead Tour
- Fan stories, memories & photos
Click on the image above to see lyrics, videos and Pink’s thank you note.
On This Day in Pink History… 4th April 2000 Can’t Take Me Home was released
On 4th April 2000, Pink’s debut album, Can’t Take Me Home was released by LaFace Records. The album produced three singles, There You Go, Most Girls and You Make Me Sick.
Click image to see track listing, lyrics, videos, album information and Pink’s Thank You note.
On This Day in Pink History… 3rd April 2002 Pink Performed at Scala, London
- Get The Party Started
- Just Like A Pill
- Family Portrait
- My Vietnam
- Don’t Let Me Get Me
- There You Go
10th June 2002
Pink, Dallas Austin
Austria – 2
France – 29
Germany – 2
Ireland – 2
Netherlands – 6
New Zealand – 2
Sweden – 5
UK – 1
US – 8
Just like a Pill was written by Pink and Dallas Austin and produced by the latter for the Pink’s second studio album, Missundaztood. The lyrics of the song deal with getting out of painful relationships, with a sub-theme about drug abuse.
The song was released worldwide as the third single from Missundaztood in June 2002 and was a commercial success, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also performed well internationally, becoming her second number-one single in the United Kingdom and reaching the top 10 in, amongst other countries, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.
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 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. Commenting on 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.”
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.
After the elephant scene Pink decided to stop using animals for her videos. In an interview, she explained: “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, … I didn’t like it. I won’t do that again. […] No more animals.”
On This Day in Pink History… 27th March 2001, Lady Marmalade was released
In 2001, Lady Marmalade was featured as part of a medley in the film Moulin Rouge!. For the film’s soundtrack album, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink recorded a cover version; it was released as the soundtrack’s first single in spring 2001. Produced by Missy Elliott and writing partner Rockwilder, it features an intro and outro from Elliott. A lyric was changed from the original version, with the song’s setting being transferred from New Orleans to the Paris nightclub Moulin Rouge. The song became a number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the second time, reaching number one in its eighth week and spending five weeks at the top of the chart. It was the third song in Billboard chart history (after Aaliyah’s 2000 single Try Again and Shaggy’s 2001 single Angel) to hit number one without being released in a major commercially available single format. Lady Marmalade was Aguilera’s fourth US number-one single and first-time number-ones for Kim, Pink, and Mýa in the US. For Aguilera, the song would be her last number one until 2011’s Moves Like Jagger collaboration with Maroon 5. It would be Pink’s only number-one hit until 2008, when her single So What reached the top. It remained in the top forty for seventeen weeks in the US, and topped the charts in fifteen different countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia. The song also holds the record for the longest reigning no.1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart for an all female collaboration, topping the chart for nine consecutive weeks. Lady Marmalade is the best-selling single for Lil’ Kim and Mýa. Lil’ Kim also held the record for having the longest number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 for a female rapper, with Lady Marmalade being on the top of the charts for 5 consecutive weeks, until Australian female rapper Iggy Azalea’s Fancy held on to the number one position for 7 weeks in 2014. Lady Marmalade was the top selling song of 2001 and has sold 5.2 million copies worldwide as of December 2001.
Allmusic’s Brand Kohlenstein praised the song by highlighting it, adding that the ladies “teamed up for a surefire hit with their naughtier version of Patti Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade.”” Slant Magazine editor praised the collaboration, too: “the track is simply an accolade to the performers’ various distinctive styles, with Lil’ Kim trashing it up and Aguilera caterwauling her way through the second half of the song.”
The music video, directed by Paul Hunter, features all four performers in lingerie (rapper Missy Elliott makes a couple of small appearances.) and was filmed at the end of March 2001 on sets (Los Angeles) built to resemble the actual Moulin Rouge night club around the turn of the century (1890–1910). The video won the MTV Video Music Award for “Best Video of the Year” and “Best Video from a Film”; it was also nominated for “Best Dance Video”, “Best Pop Video”, “Best Choreography” (Tina Landon), and “Best Art Direction”. The song won a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals”.
On This Day in Pink History… 26th March 2004, Pink played in Manchester, UK, on the Try This Tour
In 2004, Pink’s second tour hit Europe, and was filmed for her first live DVD in Manchester, England.
Click links to read more about the concert:
- Adriana Balic – Keyboard and vocals
- Jason Chapman – Keyboard and vocals
- Mylious Johnson – Percussion
- Rafael Moreira – Guitar and vocals
- Leah Rose Randi – Bass and vocals
- Brandee Adams – Backing vocals
- Lindsey Blaufarb – Dancer
- Kemba Shannon – Dancer
- Addie Yungmee – Dancer
Live in Europe is an amazing performance from the 2004 Try This tour. The concert is jam-packed with hits including “There You Go”, “Lady Marmalade”, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”, Get The Party Started”, a medley of Janis Joplin songs including “Summertime”, Me And Bobby McGee” and so much more!
Shot in High Definition, you will feel like you are in the front row of this amazing performance. Live in Europe is a spectacular show and will take you on a wild ride from beginning to end. This DVD also includes “On The Road With P!nk”, P!nk’s candid perspective of life on tour. P!nk brings you inside her mind, her thoughts and takes you on her journey. Enjoy the ride!
On This Day in Pink History… 16th March 2000, Pink performed at MTV’s Spring Break
On This Day in Pink History… 12th March 2007 Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) was released
Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) was released as a single from Pink’s fourth studio album, I’m Not Dead. It was written by Pink and co-written and produced by Butch Walker.
In the beginning of February 2007, before its official release as a single, the song was put on the B-list of BBC Radio 1. It debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 60, and it rose to number 34, her lowest-peaking UK single at that time.
Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) is often performed at concerts, in which Pink will get the crowd to ‘dork dance’.
The music video consists of performances from Pink’s I’m Not Dead Tour. The video mostly includes shots of performances of Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely), but it also includes clips of performances of songs such as Stupid Girls, Fingers, The One That Got Away and U + Ur Hand.
- Vocals: Pink
- Backing vocals: Pink and Butch Walker
- Mixed by: Tom Lord-Alge
- Assisted by: Femio Hermandez
- Additional programming: Butch Walker
- Drum/Keyboard programming: Dan Chase
- Drums: Mylious Johnson
- Guitars: Butch Walker
- Bass: Butch Walker