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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On This Day in Pink History… 12th May 2015, Pink attended the BMI Pop Awards
On This Day in Pink History… 9th May 2016, Just Like Fire music video was released
The official video for Just Like Fire was directed by Dave Meyers and was released May 9, 2016, ahead of the US premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass. The video features Pink’s husband Carey Hart and their daughter Willow. In it, Pink is observed swinging on silk ropes hung from the ceiling of a large drawing room by her husband. Her daughter, seated on a nearby fireplace mantle, watches as a blue butterfly flies into a mirror over the fireplace. Willow follows, stepping into the mirror. Shortly after, Pink swings on the ropes and leaps onto the mantle, stepping into the mirror as well. She arrives on a giant chessboard outside a castle. On the chessboard are doubles of Pink dressed as various chess pieces. The doubles circle Pink and the white queen shoves her over. She lands in a chair at a table set up for a tea party suspended in the air. Also seated around the table is the Mad Hatter and Willow. The butterfly from the beginning flies around the table as Pink sings the song’s bridge. Suddenly, she falls out of her chair and is shown falling through the sky, stopping inches off the ground in a rose garden. The Timekeeper from the film gives Willow a watch in the background. Then, Pink begins hallucinating scenes from the film, her in a straightjacket, and scene from earlier in the video. It suddenly cuts to Pink in a straightjacket, being carted away into a sanitarium while her husband signs the release papers with a female doctor.
On This Day in Pink History… 8th May 2009, Bad Influence was released
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.
On This Day in Pink History… 4th May 2016, Pink was on The Ellen Show
On This Day in Pink History… 3rd May 2016, Pink did a Facebook Live Chat
On This Day in Pink History… 1st May 2013, Pink played at the O2 World in Hamburg, Germany
Pink played at the O2 World in Hamburg, Germany on the Truth About Love Tour and was joined by Nate Ruess during the performance of Just Give Me A Reason
On This Day in Pink History… 1st May 2010, Pink attended An Evening with Women
On This Day in Pink History… 30th April 2009, Pink attended the filming of the T-Mobile Advert in London
Pink makes surprise appearance as thousands gather in London for T-Mobile advert
Pink, the American pop star, made a surprise performance in London as thousands of people gathered in Trafalgar Square to sing on the new T-Mobile advert.
During the event, compèred by presenter Vernon Kay, the crowd belted out versions of the Grease hit Summer Nights, Total Eclipse of the Heart, and I Say a Little Prayer.
Pink joined in halfway through the crowd’s rendition of the Erma Franklin hit Piece of my Heart.
Daniella Kostic, 18, from King’s Cross, London, said: “It is amazing. We came down to film the advert but we did not expect anything like this.”
Jamilla Gibbs, 63, from Clapham, South London, added: “We loved the first advert and really wanted to get involved in the second. It’s not dancing but we’re still having fun.”
T-Mobile spokeswoman Lysa Hardy said: “We wanted to get everyone to have a really good time. People really enjoyed the Dance campaign and we have had an amazing response to this one.
“The first advert is a really tough act to follow.”
The previous T-Mobile advert has become an online sensation on YouTube, attracting more than 11 million hits.
Fans organised a re-enactment of the advert in January at Liverpool Street Station, through the social networking website Facebook.
However, police were forced to close the station due to safety concerns when it was swamped by around 12,000 people who turned up to dance in the “silent disco”, listening to music through headphones.