On This Day in Pink History… 29th August 2002, Pink attended the MTV Video Music Awards
In August 2002, Pink attended the MTV Video Music Awards. She performed Just Like A Pill and won awards for Best Dance Video and Best Female Video for Get The Party Started She was also nominated for Best Pop Video but lost out to No Doubt’s Hey Baby.
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… 26th August 2013, Pink received awards for a record breaking 18 shows in Melbourne, Australia
In summer 2013, Pink took the Truth About Love Tour to Australia and played a total of 46 shows in the country. 18 of those shows were at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena. She is also the first artist to sell more than 250,000 tickets at the venue.
Pink previously set the record when she played 17 sold out shows at the Rod Laver Arena in 2009 on the Funhouse Tour.
In 2013, for the Truth About Love tour, Pink was awarded with a star at the venue’s entrance, a backstage plaque and a second Pink pole (the first one awarded on the Funhouse Tour). Door 18 at the venue was also painted pink.
On This Day in Pink History… 22nd August 2008, So What music video was released
In 2008, Pink teamed up with Dave Meyers (who she also worked with for previous music videos such as There You Go, Most Girls, You Make Me Sick, Get The Party Started & Don’t Let Me Get Me), to shoot the new video for the debut single from her fifth studio album, Funhouse.
The video begins in a tattoo parlour, Pink is getting a tattoo of a red void mark on her arm across an existing tattoo before the scene cuts to Pink riding down Sunset Boulevard on a lawnmower and drinking alcohol. Pink is then shown entering Guitar Center browsing guitars. She pretends to play before attempting to smash it into the ground, but she is restrained by a store clerk which leads to them engaging in a fight. Pink is shown cutting down a tree engraved with her real name and her estranged husband’s names with a chainsaw. She cries on the chainsaw, while telling herself that she is all right, right before the tree falls and nearly crushes her neighbor. After this, Pink is sitting in a bar after losing her table to Jessica Simpson, accompanied by a man who is playing the drums out of glasses. The next scene goes to Pink on a motorbike, while a newly wedded couple in a car pull up beside her and wave and smile at her. Jealous and outraged at the happy newlyweds, Pink is shown throwing objects at the car and popping the blown up condoms used to decorate the vehicle, before climbing onto it and playfully (albeit violently) attacking the vehicle. Pink is then shown stripping on the red carpet, surrounded by photographers, she takes off her jacket to reveal her (blurred) nude body. The paparazzi all snap photos of her as she does choreography from Michael Jackson’s video for “Thriller” naked, but more akin to Austin Powers 2. Then while getting her hair done, her stylist applies hairspray, as Pink turns on her cigarette lighter, accidentally setting her hair on fire. Also shown are two men urinating in beer bottles, which they give to Pink, however Pink passes them to two guys walking past her. They drink it and then realizing what it is, spit it out in disgust. Finally, Pink is shown surrounded by men and women in their underwear engaging in a pillow fight. The video then cuts between all the scenes shown in the video before ending with Pink poking her tongue at the camera with her husband. Pink is also shown performing the song in concert near the end. Pink’s husband Carey Hart makes cameos throughout the video, such as a scene where they are talking as newspaper headlines flash behind them. Producer Butch Walker also makes a cameo. Pink has stated that Hart had not heard the song prior to arriving for the video shoot. The video was ranked on VH1 as the 3rd best music video of 2008 on the Top 40 Videos of 2008. On Facebook it was the second favorite video of 2008. The scene from the video where Pink’s hair is set on fire is censored on MTV UK and its sister channels. That scene is replaced with other short clips from the video
On This Day in Pink History… 21st August 2012, Pink performed on VH1 Storytellers
In August 2012, Pink performed songs from her up-coming album The Truth About Love on VH1 Storytellers. Although not aired until later in the year, the show saw performances featuring Butch Walker, Nate Ruess and Lily Allen.
On This Day in Pink History… 11th August 2008 So What was released
So What is a song recorded by Pink for her fifth studio album, Funhouse in 2008. The song was written by Pink, Max Martin and Shellback while production was handled by Martin. So What was released as the albums debut single through LaFace and Jive Records. The lyrics are based on Pink’s separation from Carey Hart, which occurred six months prior to the released.
So What received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics; many praised it for its aggressive and empowering nature while others deemed it childish and bratty. The song was also successful commercially, topping the charts in several countries across Europe and Oceania and peaking within the top five worldwide. In the United States, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first number one hit on the chart as a solo artist and her second overall. So What also became her highest selling single in the United States, with sales of over four million downloads. The two-track single release also included the b-side Could’ve Had Everything.
Pink performed “So What” on MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 on November 6, 2008. The song was nominated for several awards, eventually winning the MTV Europe Music Award for the Most Addictive Track. So What is included in most setlists, including Funhouse Tour, Summer Carnival Tour and the Truth About Love Tour.