On This Day in Pink History… 18th November 2012, Pink attended the American Music Awards
On This Day in Pink History… 29th October 2012, Try was released
Try is the second single to be released from Pink’s 2012 album, The Truth About Love. The song was originally sung by GoNorthToGoSouth, a band fronted by Ben West and Michael Busbee.
The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who praised its production. Andrew Hampp of Billboard commented “With a melody reminiscent of ‘Whataya Want from Me,’ the 2009 hit she penned for Adam Lambert, the single already pairs well sonically with Pink’s catalog. Josh Langhoff of PopMatters called it “an ode to romantic persistence over crisp ‘Hysteria’ guitars.” John Murphy of musicOMH wrote that ‘Try’ “demonstrates that she has a voice that not enough people give her credit for. For want of a better phrase, it’s a full-on power ballad, with yet more references to love going wrong, and the sort of thing you can imagine someone like Kelly Clarkson pulling off in her sleep.” Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush also saw similarities with Clarkson, writing, “It’s a belter with a soulful voice, and she sounds like Kelly Clarkson with this song. The midtempo track finds Pink mourning, lamenting and musing on a relationship that is breaking down at its core. It hurts, but this song is a salve over the wound.”
Dean Piper of Mirror Online wrote: “The stand out track and an obvious international radio hit is ‘Try.’ Think how big and fabulous ‘Who Knew’ was – ‘Try’ is on the same wavelength.” Sarah Rodman of Boston Globe called it a “keeper and an urging-to-victory battle cry,” Robert Copsey of Digital Spy described it as “a ballad of the stadium-filling, lighter-waving variety.” while Caryn Ganz of Spin called it a “breakup salve.” Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song 4 out of possible 5, writing: “Although she may not be treading new ground sonically, her passionate tones and solid determination will continue her chart presence – and rightly so.” However, Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine was less positive, writing that “the midtempo ‘Try’ doesn’t push Pink forward either, and it’s marred by singsong lyrics.” Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune also shared the same thought, writing: “No one, not even Pink, can save lyrics such as these.”
Pink stated that the video is one of the most beautiful music videos of her career. Read more about the music video here.
The single was released with the b-side My Signature Move.
- Australia ARIA – 6
- France SNEP – 15
- Germany – 2
- UK Singles Chart – 8
- US Billboard Hot 100 – 9
On This Day in Pink History… 19th September 2012, Pink was on The View
On This Day in Pink History… 17th September 2012, The Truth About Love was released
The Truth About Love is Pink’s sixth studio album, released on 17th September 2012 in the UK. The Truth About Love samples rock music influences and is generally themed about relationships, breakups and the different stages and cases of love, while tackling issues of feminism, sexual prowess and social exclusion. It features guest artists Eminem, Lily Allen and Nate Ruess of American band Fun.
The album was a huge success worldwide, reaching number one on the Billboard Chart, selling 281,000 copies in its first week becoming her first number one album in America. The album also debuted at number one in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, and Switzerland. As of July 2014, the album has sold 2 million copies in the US, and estimated 7 million copies worldwide, becoming her most successful album since 2001’s Missundaztood.
Six singles were released from the album:
- Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
- Just Give Me A Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)
- True Love
- Walk of Shame
- Are We All We Are
Track list / Writers / Producers
- Are We All We Are / Pink, Butch Walker, John Hill, Emile Haynie / Walker, Hill, Haynie
- Blow Me (One Last Kiss) / Pink, Greg Kurstin / Kurstin
- Try / Busbee, Ben West / Kurstin
- Just Give Me A Reason (feat Nate Ruess) / Pink, Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess / Bhasker
- True Love (feat Lily Allen) / Pink, Kurstin, Allen / Kurstin
- How Come You’re Not Here / Pink, Kurstin / Kurstin
- Slut Like You / Pink, Max Martin, Shellback / Max Martin, Shellback
- The Truth About Love / Pink, Billy Mann, David Schuler / Mann, Schuler
- Beam Me Up / Pink, Mann / Mann
- Walk of Shame / Pink, Kurstin / Kurstin
- Here Comes The Weekend (feat Eminem) / Pink, Khalil Abdul Rahman, Pranam Injeti, Liz Rodrigues, Marshall Mathers / DJ Khalil, Chin Injeti, The New Royales, John Brown
- Where Did The Beat Go? / Pink, Mann, Jon Keep, Steve Daly / Mann, Tracklacers
- The Great Escape / Pink, Dan Wilson / Wilson
- My Signature Move / Pink, Walker, Jake Sinclair / Walker
- Is This Thing On? / Pink, Walker, Sinclair / Walker
- Run / Pink, Walker, Sinclair / Walker
- Good Old Days / Pink, Mann, Schuler / Mann, Schuler
- Chaos & Piss / Pink, Francis White / Eg White
- Timebomb / Pink, Kurstin / Kurstin
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… 26th July 2012, Blow Me (One Last Kiss) music video was released
In Summer 2012, Pink was back with her new single, Blow Me (One Last Kiss). The music video was released on 26th July 2012 on MTV and VEVO. The video was directed by Dave Meyers who has directed many of Pink’s music videos. The video, with opening titles in French, was shot in black and white, but a colour version was leaked online in August.
The video begins with Pink having a picnic with her love interest (Sebastian de la Forza). The two lean in for a kiss, which is interrupted by him taking a phone call. Pink splashes him with red wine, and walks away through the trees. She meets another man on his motorbike (Alexander Ercheverria) and goes home with him. He draws a portrait of her. Pink watches through the window as many female guests arrive for a party the man has organised. During the party, she dances with one of the women until she is interrupted by the man who brought her home. Pink wears a black suit with her hair pushed back and dances with the woman (Mosh). The man gets down on one knee and proposes. Pink accepts by giving him her hand but is disappointed to find out the proposal was meant for her dance partner. During their wedding ceremony, Pink is dressed completely in black, as if she is attending a funeral. A flying bike appears above the guests (Andreas-Holm Hansen), which is carrying a heart-shaped balloon. The balloon pops, and red liquid covers the guests as Pink sings and dances cheerfully. She joins the driver of the flying bike, and they fly away together at the end of this video clip across the countryside, into the sunset, under a bridge, over trees and up close to a big hill on the high flying bicycle with eagle wings.
On This Day in Pink History… 3rd July 2012, Blow Me (One Last Kiss) was released
In summer 2012, Pink was back with her new single, Blow Me (One Last Kiss), from her up-coming album, The Truth About Love. Written by Pink, Greg Kurstin, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy and Isaac Brock, and produced by Kurstin, the song was critically acclaimed and named as “classic Pink”.
Speaking to Billboard Magazine in August 2012, Greg Kurstin revealed that he and the singer had trouble coming up with a name for the track.The producer had been working with Pink on an intense nine-day songwriting session that yielded six songs. One particular track, an empowering breakup anthem in the vein of “So What,” seemed like it might be written and recorded within a day-it just needed a title. “She kept coming back to ‘Let’s throw in the towel,’ and it was one of those things where we had to say, ‘Is that line really the song?'” Kurstin recalled. “So then I came back with ‘Blow me … one last kiss’ and we got really excited. Most of the time with Pink she’s so strong writing lyrics I don’t really interfere. I let her do her thing. That could’ve been the only time I did that.”
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) first appeared on the Australian Singles Chart in mid July 2012, debuting at number 1. The song peaked at number 8 on the New Zealand Top 40 chart. It also debuted at number 13 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. In Ireland, the song debuted at number 23 on the Irish Singles Chart. In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 3 with sales over 70,000 in September 2012 behind Ne-Yo’s Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) and The Script’s Hall of Fame. Despite of not reaching No.1 in the Singles Chart it did reach No.1 In the UK iTunes Chart, it debuted at number one in Scotland.
In the United States, the song debuted at number 58 on the BillboardHot 100 and peaked at number 5. As of August 2013, Pink is placed joint-third with Lady Gaga (12) behind Rihanna (24) and Beyoncé (14) for most top ten hits for a female artist since 2000. The song also topped the German Airplay Chart, becoming Pink’s tenth consecutive single to do so and increasing her (previously broken) record for the most consecutive number 1 singles in Germany. The song also appeared on the South African Airplay Chart, reaching a peak position of number 2. On Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, it gave Pink her fourth number-one single on this chart. It has sold 2,164,000 copies in the US as of July 2013.
There are two versions of the music video for Blow Me (One Last Kiss). The original version is black & white with splashes of colour. The second version is the same, except that it is in colour. The video features opening titles in French and begins with Pink having a picnic with her love interest (Sebastian de la Forza). The two lean in for a kiss, which is interrupted by him taking a phone call. Pink splashes him with red wine, and walks away through the trees. She meets another man on his motorbike (Alexander Ercheverria) and goes home with him. He draws a portrait of her. Pink watches through the window as many female guests arrive for a party the man has organised. During the party, she dances with one of the women until she is interrupted by the man who brought her home. Pink wears a black suit with her hair pushed back and dances with the woman (Mosh). The man gets down on one knee and proposes. Pink accepts by giving him her hand but is disappointed to find out the proposal was meant for her dance partner. During their wedding ceremony, Pink is dressed completely in black, as if she is attending a funeral. A flying bike appears above the guests (Andreas-Holm Hansen), which is carrying a heart-shaped balloon. The balloon pops, and red liquid covers the guests as Pink sings and dances cheerfully. She joins the driver of the flying bike, and they fly away together at the end of this video clip across the countryside, into the sunset, under a bridge, over trees and up close to a big hill on the high flying bicycle with eagle wings.
MTV’s James Montgomery assured Pink’s fans that she hasn’t changed, while crediting the video for its angry and funny nature, saying “While your heroine might be saying she’s a changed woman, the ‘Blow Me’ video proves that she’s not. It’s just as angry as her previous clips, and nearly as funny too.”
The single also came with a b-side, The King is Dead but the Queen is Alive.
On This Day in #PinkHistory… 30th June 2013, True Love music video was released
According to Pink’s official Facebook page, the music video for True Love was planned to premiere on July 1, 2013. The video was leaked online on June 30, on the website Direct Lyrics; however, a few hours later the video was released to her official VEVO account, a day earlier than planned.
The video directed by Sophie Muller (who also directed videos for Trouble and I Don’t Believe You) features Pink, her husband Carey Hart and her 2-year-old daughter Willow. It is the fourth music video that Hart appears alongside P!nk. The video is a melody of flashing and swirling colors. Pink stated that she had no time for a dramatic music video, (like her previous videos for Just Give Me a Reason and Try, which show Pink’s emotional and dramatic side) due to her being on her sold-out worldwide tour, backstage footage of which is featured in the video. Lily Allen was filmed separately, and during her short part in the song she is shown cutting vegetables and throwing them into a blender.
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… 12th April 2013, The Truth About Love Tour started in Europe
- 12th April 2013, The Truth About Love Tour started in Dublin, Ireland, at the O2 Arena.
- There were a total of 30 shows in Europe
- Support acts for Europe were Walk The Moon, Churchill, Redrama and Wafande
- All shows (apart from Oslo, Norway, which sold 16,685 out of 17,967 tickets) were sold out.
- Pink played four sold-out shows at the O2 Arena in London, where 69,162 tickets were sold over four nights
- Pink was due to play two shows at the LG Arena in Birmingham, UK. However, the second night was cancelled due to illness.
- Jason Chapman – Keyboards/Vocals
- Justin Derrico – Lead guitar
- Mark Schulman – Drums
- Eva Gardner – Bass
- Kat Lucas – Keyboards/Rhythm guitar/Vocals
- Stacy Campbell – Backgound vocals
- Jenny Douglas-McRae – Background vocals
- Tracy Shibata – Dance Captain
- Reina Hidalgo – Dancer
- Colt Prattes – Dancer
- Khasan Brailsford – Dancer
- Janelle Ginestra – Dancer
- Loriel Hennington – Dancer
- Remi Bakkar – Dancer
- Jimmy Slonina – Host/Rubix