On This Day in Pink History… 10th October 2012, Try music video was released

On This Day in Pink History… 10th October 2012, Try music video was released

Try was released as the second single from Pink’s sixth studio album, The Truth About Love.

Pink has described the video as one of the most beautiful music videos of her career. The video was directed by Floria Sigismondi and choreographed by the Golden Boyz and stunt choreographer, Sebastien Stella. It was inspired by the Apache dance, a highly-stylized Parisian street performance. Pink’s partner in the video is Broadway dancer, Colt Prattes, who also joined Pink on The Truth About Love Tour.

“Making this video was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire career,” said Pink. “I never wanted it to end. It’s my favorite video ever.”

“My mom, after seeing the new video… ‘Wow, honey. I’m speechless. And uncomfortable. No one can ever say you play it safe.”

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On This Day in Pink History… 9th October 2001, Get The Party Started was released

On This Day in Pink History… 9th October 2001, Get The Party Started was released

Get The Party Started was the first single released from Pink’s second album, Missundaztood. It was written and produced by Linda Perry.

It reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December, 2001, becoming one of Pink’s biggest solo hits in the U.S. with “Most Girls” also reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000 and “So What”, “Raise Your Glass”, and “Just Give Me a Reason” reaching number one in 2008, 2010, and 2013 respectively, and “Fuckin’ Perfect” that reached number two in America. It peaked at number two in the UK, where it was narrowly denied the top spot by the posthumous release of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”. It reached number-one in Australia and number-two in many European countries most notably Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, being held off from the top position by Shakira’s smash hit “Whenever, Wherever”. “Get the Party Started” was certified gold in Australia, Austria, Germany, France Sweden and Switzerland, and in Norway it received a platinum certification. The song was nominated for aGrammy Award in 2003 in the category of “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance”, which it lost to Norah Jones’s “Don’t Know Why”. It won the award for “Favorite Song” at the Kids’ Choice Awards of 2002, and at the MTV Europe Music Awards of 2002 it won the award for “Best Song”. “Get the Party Started” is often considered one of Pink’s signature songs as she tends to finish her shows with this song in her encore section along with a ballad song such as “Nobody Knows” and “Glitter In The Air”. In December, the song was listed as number 81 on Rolling Stone‘s Top Songs of the 2000s.

The music video was shot by director Dave Meyers in Los Angeles in late September 2001. At 1 minute and 46 seconds into the video, an American Flag is shown, a nod to the September 11 attacks just days earlier. In the video Pink is showering and getting ready to go out, trying on different outfits. One of her friends picks her up, and they drive in a car bobbing their heads to the music. However, the car breaks down. They get out of the car and steal two skateboards from two boys, after which Pink falls off her skateboard because men in a car are whistling at her. The women arrive at the club but are refused entry by the bodyguard, so to get in they use a scaffold to reach the top of the building. Inside the club the bartender is played by Linda Perry. Pink changes her clothes and starts to party, and at the end Pink dances with two other dancers. She takes off her earrings and necklace and gives it to a person. One of the dancers in the video is Kevin Federline. Also seen is Georvohn Lambert; he became a dancer for other R&B artists. The video uses an abbreviated version of the song, cutting out the last chorus, and also cutting out the instrumentals. The video was nominated at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards for “Best Pop Video” and won the awards for “Best Female Video” and “Best Dance Video”.


On This Day in Pink History… 6th October 2010, Raise Your Glass was released

On This Day in Pink History… 6th October 2010, Raise Your Glass was released

In 2010, Pink announced that she was going to release her first compilation album, The Greatest Hits… So Far! to celebrate a decade since her debut release. The lead single for the album was Raise Your Glass. Written by Pink, Max Martin and Shellback, the single was released by LaFace Records and RCA Records.

Pink describes the song as a “celebration for people who feel left out from the popular crowd.”In an interview for MTV, Pink comments on the song: “I don’t know if it’s going to be huge, but it is new. I did three new songs. It was good timing. I had been on the road for two years and I hadn’t written anything and I wanted to write a song about underdogs. Instead of going and becoming a cover girl, I kind of just hit the road and pounded the pavement…and became a touring artist. You don’t have to be popular when you’re a touring artist, you just have to be good, and this is a thank you for the fans.”

In the United States, “Raise Your Glass” recharged Pink’s chart performance, becoming her tenth Top 10 hit and her third number one hit. It put Pink third on the list of female artists with most Top 10 hits in the 2000s, behind Rihanna, who has collected 18 Top 10 hits since 2005 and Beyoncé, with 14. It took the song eight weeks to hit the Hot 100’s apex, where it stayed for a single week. “Raise Your Glass” has also become Pink’s fifth number one on Adult Pop Songs, giving her the most number ones on the chart of a female artist, and putting her in a tie with the band Nickelback for the most number ones on the chart out of all artists; in 2011, Katy Perry achieved her sixth no.1 in the chart, placing Pink and Nickelback at number two as artists with the most number ones. “So What,” Pink’s only previous 3-million seller, reached that level in 26 weeks. As of August 2013, the single has sold 4,162,000 copies.

“Raise Your Glass” reached #13 in the United Kingdom. However, in Australia, “Raise Your Glass” climbed to the top of the ARIA singles chart in 24 hours, it also debuted atop the Polish charts and German airplay charts, just like Pink’s six previous singles. Therefore, Pink breaks the record she had set herself, as the artist with most consecutive number one singles on the chart. In New Zealand, the song peaked at number five on the RIANZ on the singles chart and reached number one on the radio airplay chart.

The music video was Pink’s 12th collaboration with Dave Meyers. The song is also the opening performance on Pink’s 2013/14 Truth About Love Tour.

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On This Day in Pink History… 27th September 2006, The I’m Not Dead (arena) Tour started

On This Day in Pink History… 27th September 2006, The I’m Not Dead (arena) Tour started

On 27th September 2006, Pink played in Zurich, Switzerland, which kicked off the beginning of the I’m Not Dead arena Tour.

The tour supported Pink’s fourth studio album, I’m Not Dead, and she played in Europe and Australia, while also opening for Justin Timberlake in USA in January 2007.

However, this was not the start of the I’m Not Dead tour, as Pink had played a club tour in USA in summer 2006. Following the Australian arena tour (2007), Pink then returned to Europe to play smaller venues and festivals. South Africa and Asia was also included in the 2007 tour.

This Pink History article will focus on the arena tour throughout Europe and Australia, as well as the opening of Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveShow Tour.