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On This Day in Pink History… 19th January 2009, Sober was released in the UK

On This Day in Pink History… 19th January 2009, Sober was released in the UK

Sober was released as a CD single with the b-side When We’re Through in the UK in January 2009 as the second single from Pink’s 2008 album Funhouse.

Sober was written by Pink and Kara DioGuardi, with additional writing by Nate “Danja” Hills and Marcella Araica, while production was done by Danja, Tony Kanal and Jimmy Harry.

Pink claims the song is “about the vices that we choose.” She added, “I had this idea in my head, ‘like how do I feel this good sober?’ So I brought that idea to Danja and with this awesome girl Kara DioGuardi and we wrote this song, Sober. And it’s a pretty telling song and then me and Tony Kanal and Jimmy Harry finished it, production-wise, threw some strings on it and made it a little bit darker and a little bit more rocky.”

 “It’s just a really, really personal beautiful song, one of my favorites.”

I wrote a song called “Sober”, which is actually really dark. I was at a party at my own house, I didn’t want to be there, I didn’t want anyone else there. And I had this line in my head saying, ‘How do I feel this good sober?’, it’s not just about alcohol, it’s about vicies, we all have different ones. We try to get away from ourselves, and find our ‘true selves’ and then we do this things that take us so far from the truth, I guess that ‘Sober’ is ‘How do I feel this good when it’s just me, without anything to lean on?’.

In the UK Singles Chart, Sober first entered at number 80, and eventually peaked at number 9. In the 2009 End of Year Charts it reached number 106.

The music video was directed by Jonas Akerlund and filmed in the last days of September in Stockholm, Sweden.

The video starts with views from the city and then a little TV is turned on in Pink’s bedroom and Pink appears in white. The song starts, and Pink is shown in the bedroom lying on the bed alone, and a girl is shown walking out of the door of the room. As the first verse starts, Pink is shown sitting on a sofa in a party where her doppelgänger is drunk and flirting with different girls and guys. Pink’s doppelgänger is shown in the bathroom, throwing up. Pink enters the bathroom and sits beside her doppelgänger who seemed disturbed and then walks out. Pink is now lying on the bed, her doppelgänger calls her up, but Pink doesn’t answer her cell. As the chorus begins, Pink is shown singing on her bed in her bedroom and on the sofa in the party. And then pictures of a white room where Pink is dressed with white outfit and wearing a white pageboy wig are shown. The second verse is sung in the same location. As the chorus starts again, Pink is shown walking in the room where the party was held where everybody is blacked out and drunk, including her doppelgänger. As the song reaches its climax, the bridge kicks off and Pink is shown spanking and making out with her doppelgänger in bed. The scene was cut or replaced by almost all TV channels. Various scenes from the video are then shown and the video ends with one of the Pinks walking out of the door of the bedroom leaving the other Pink alone.

Sober was performed on the Funhouse Tour while Pink was doing stunts on a trapeze with Sebastien Stella. Pink performed the song live while doing the stunts, which were highly praised by fans and critics. The pair also did the performance at the MTV VMA’s in 2009. On the American leg of the Funhouse tour, Pink didn’t perform the stunts due to injury.

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On This Day in Pink History… 7th January 2006, Pink and Carey got married

On This Day in Pink History… 7th January 2006, Pink and Carey got married

Popping the question usually conjures up images of a starry-eyed groom on bended knee against some romantic backdrop. But rebellious pop star Pink’s proposal was fittingly unconventional: the bride-to-be flagged down her motocross champion beau Carey Hart during a bike race by holding up a board that said: “Will you marry me?”. As Carey revved up for a second lap, she held up a second one which simply read: “I’m serious!”.

So when the singer tied the knot last weekend at an intimate beachside ceremony in Costa Rica, the most surprising aspect, perhaps, was just how traditionally romantic the unconventional pair could be.

Having said she planned on “being a girl and wearing a dress” on her special day, the Lady Marmalade vocalist, whose real name is Alecia Moore, was transformed from punk princess to emotional bride for the sunset service, held on the shores of the Four Seasons Resort. “We just love the beach, so we wanted it here,” she told People magazine.

Radiant in a champagne halter-neck gown, complete with fairytale tiered skirt tied with a sash at the waist, the bride made sure she included some individual twists, too, from her barefoot stroll down the aisle to Billy Joel’s She’s Always A Woman, to her platinum blonde hairstyle with bright pink highlights.

More than 100 guests, including singer Lisa Marie Presley, witnessed the nuptials, in which the bride and groom, who began dating in 2001, read heartfelt vows they’d written themselves. According to one report, a teary-eyed Pink told her husband: “I love you because I let you hold my heart and you haven’t broken it.”

“I wanted to see how creative Carey could be, and he’s always so cute when he’s nervous,” the bride explained in the wedding programme. “No, the real reason [we wrote our own vows] is: I didn’t think anyone else’s words could ever have possibly described how far we’ve come or how much we love each other. And I always like to say it my way.”

Carey, meanwhile, had a somewhat cheekier explanation: “Because I didn’t think any vows had been written that would describe how hot her ass is. Just kidding (not really).

“To listen to Alecia express her love for me and us will be heaven to my ears. And, it isn’t everyday that I get to express how I feel about her in a surrounding with all of our closest family and friends,” he concluded.

The couple swapped rings which had been made by close friend Stephen Webster; Pink and Carey had asked him to come up with a “cool and different” design that was “our kind of beautiful”. The result? Rings that say “til death” in platinum and diamonds.

Known for his daredevil motorcycle stunts, the 30-year-old groom, who, like Pink, has a tattoo which reads “Tru Luv”, is no less adventurous when it comes to showing his marital devotion: “Once we get married, I’m going to tattoo her name down my ring finger,” he promised.

For now, the couple are reportedly heading off with their four dogs on a snowboarding honeymoon. But for Carey, at least, that’s just the icing on the cake. “I’m so excited to be married to her,” he said in the run up to the wedding, “I don’t even care about the honeymoon!”

Words by Hello! magazine published 19th January 2006

 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY PINK AND CAREY!

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On This Day in Pink History, 31st December 2008, Pink performed at Wasted Space in Las Vegas [VIDEOS]

On This Day in Pink History, 31st December 2008, Pink performed at Wasted Space in Las Vegas

Setlist (from setlist.fm)

Funhouse

Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)

One Foot Wrong

Sober

Who Knew

Trouble

Crazy

Get The Party Started

So What

Counting down to New Year

Thanks to PinksMidori & Liz Cisneros for uploading the videos to YouTube

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Pink History… 2017 Review

Pink ended 2016 in the best possible way, by announcing the birth of her second child, Jameson Moon Hart. Its been a busy year for Pink in 2017, lets take a look back at what she got up to…

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January

Pink threw Willow a ‘Big Sister’ party

The Harts attended the Los Angeles Women’s March on 21st January

May

In May, Pink, Carey and friends took part in Chef’s Cycle to raise money for No Kid Hungry by cycling 100 miles.

June

Tour rehearsals began!

July

Pink went back on the road performing at summer festivals.

  • Summerfest, Milwaukee 02.07.17
  • Festival D’ete De Quebec 08.07.17
  • Bluefest,  Ottawa 09.07.17
  • Atlantic City Beachfest 12.07.17

August 

Pink’s big comeback came in August when she released her first lead single from an album in five years. Released on 10th August, What About Us topped the charts worldwide.

Pink continued with her promo tour travelling throughout Europe where she played at locations such as Berlin, Budapest, and V Festival in the UK.

While in the UK, Pink also visited Radio One Studios to perform at the Live Lounge, which was released the following month on her birthday.

To end the month, Pink attended the MTV Video Music Awards with Carey and Willow, where she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, presented to her by Ellen DeGeneres.

Pink performed a medley of her greatest hits and dedicated her acceptance speech to her daughter.

September

Pink attended more promo appearances throughout September.

  • The Ellen Show 06.09.17
  • Beautiful Trauma Live Apple concert in LA 06.09.17
  • Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago 09.09.17
  • World Famous Roof Top in Los Angeles 14.09.17
  • Kaaboo Del Mar in San Diego 16.09.17
  • iHeart Music Festival 22.09.17

October

On 13th October 2017, Pink’s seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, was released. The album topped the charts at number 1 in many countries worldwide.

 

Pink did numerous promo appearances throughout October to support the new album.

  • Good Ride Rally in las vegas 04.10.17
  • 60 minutes Australia 08.10.17
  • CBS Sunday Morning 08.10.17
  • Elvis Durans Morning radio show in New York 10.10.17
  • The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon 12.10.17
  • MTV TRL 13.10.17
  • Saturday Night Live 14.10.17
  • The Morning Mash up on SiriusXM in New York 15.10.17
  • Good Morning America 16.10.17
  • What What happens Live 19.10.17
  • We Can Survive concert in Los Angeles 21.10.17

November

Pink continued her promo in November, and headed back to Europe towards the end of the month. She also attended the Country Music Awards with Willow and performed Barbies. At the American Music Awards she wowed the audience with a live performance of Beautiful Trauma while performing on the side of a hotel building and a performance with Kelly Clarkson.

  • Jimmy Kimmel 01.11.17
  • Country Music Awards 08.11.17
  • Carpool Karaoke 14.11.17
  • American music awards 19.11.17
  • Beautiful Trauma music video released 21.11.17
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix After-race concert in UAE 26.11.17
  • The Graham Norton Show 30.11.17

 

December

Pink concluded the promo tour in Europe. She performed on the X Factor final in the UK and did appearances in France and Germany.

On This Day in Pink History… 21st December 2006, Dear Mr President was released

On This Day in Pink History… 21st December 2006, Dear Mr President was released

Dear Mr President was recorded for Pink’s fourth album, I’m Not Dead. The song, featuring Indigo Girls, is an open letter to then President of the United States, George W. Bush, written by Pink and Billy Mann. The song criticizes several areas of Bush’s administration and terms in office, including the Iraq War, No Child Left Behind Act, disapproval of equal rights for homosexuals, lack of empathy for poor and middle class citizens, Bush’s strong religious beliefs, and Bush’s drinking and drug usage in college. Pink felt that it was one of the most important songs she had ever written.

The song received positive reviews by music critics. Bill Lamb noted that Pink has rarely made songs about social problems: “the searing anti-Bush “Dear Mr. President” (…) “a folkie singalong” (…) The Indigo Girls lend their sizable instrumental and background vocal punch” and he highlighted it.Robert Christgau noted that Pink thinks “Bush did coke and teens care about the homeless.” Entertainment Weekly described Dear Mr. President “with its incongruous folkie social concern and Bush-baiting applause lines.” Los Angeles Times said that Pink taps her inner Ani DiFranco on the confrontational “Dear Mr. President.” NY Times noted that the song is “well meaning” and “hectoring” and that it grows even more sententious. PopMatters praised the single with long overview: “Oh, and speaking of presidents, Pink’s musical letter to the Commander-in-Chief (“Dear Mr. President”) is just as topical. The Indigo Girls tag along for moral support and, with lyrics like “How can you say, ‘no child is left behind’ / we’re not dumb and we’re not blind” or “You’ve come a long way, from whiskey and cocaine”, you just know that if she’d made the song a few years earlier, it would have been featured in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911. You also get the impression that this is personal for Pink, that she’s not doing it to be trendy. On the lyric page for “Dear Mr. President”, there’s a picture of Pink in an oval frame. Red, white, and blue ribbons are tied to the frame and her father’s dog tags share the reddish page.” Rolling Stone told that Pink writes a scathing letter in “Dear Mr. President” (“You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine!”) and critic praised “cooing righteous folk harmonies with Indigo Girls.” Sal Cinquemani was mixed: “”Dear Mr. President,” which cleverly uses George W. Bush’s own words against him, pales next to Missundaztood’s “My Vietnam.”

Wikipedia

A music video was released with the single of a live performance of Dear Mr President, recorded in the UK on the I’m Not Dead tour.

Chart Peak Positions:

  • Australia – 5
  • German Singles Chart – 3
  • UK Singles Chart – 34

PinkHistory’s favourite performances of Dear Mr President:

 

On This Day in Pink History, 17th December 2002, Family Portrait was released

On This Day in Pink History, 17th December 2002, Family Portrait was released

Family Portrait, written by Pink and Scott Storch, was released as the fourth and final single from Pink’s second album, Missundaztood.

Pink wrote the song to help her deal with her parents divorce when she was a child.

According to Pink’s father, James Moore Jr., during an E! Entertainment’s E! True Hollywood Story, this song has been unofficially named the national anthem for young kids who have been through the harsh effects of divorce of their parents: “I have got letters from parents thanking us from this song.” The song, which she wrote and composed in collaboration with Scott Storch, was still going strong as of late April 2012, with millions of hits on YouTube and millions of albums sold from Missundaztood. “It took me a while to listen to ‘Family Portrait’ without getting emotional,” Pink’s mother told E! True Hollywood Story. Although the song addresses how Pink struggled through her parents’s divorce, it is also addressed to kids, to encourage them to talk with their parents about how they feel about their divorce.

Wikipedia

Family Portrait is included in most set lists.

Family Portrait performed well in singles charts worldwide, reaching the top 20 in many countries

  • Australia – 11
  • Germany – 8
  • UK – 11
  • US Billboard Hot 100 – 18

PinkHistory’s favourite performances of Family Portrait