P!nk headlined the show with a high-energy celebratory set, setting the upbeat mood by opening with her 2001 hit, “Get the Party Started.” The multiple GRAMMY winner dove into the recently released Beautiful Trauma album, channeling the introspective emotions of her new music with the title track, “What About Us” and “Barbies.” Working every inch of the stage and catwalk that extended out into the capacity crowd with her troupe of dancers, P!nk closed the triumphant set with 2010 fan favorite, “Raise Your Glass,” before saying goodnight.
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P!nk parades to the pinnacle of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated Oct. 28) for the first time in five years, and for a third time total, as “What About Us” rises 2-1.
Remixed by Cash Cash, Barry Harris and Madison Mars, among others, the track hails from P!nk’s new studio set, Beautiful Trauma, which is expected to launch at No. 1 on the Nov. 4-dated Billboard 200.
She scores her second top 10 of 2017 — marking her first set of multiple top 10s in a calendar year — as Stargate’s “Waterfall” (featuring P!nk and Sia) hit No. 7 in August.
P!nk has placed 15 songs, including seven top 10s, on Dance Club Songs, dating to “There You Go,” which reached No. 8 in March 2000. She first hit No. 1 in January 2002 with “Get the Party Started” and returned to the top a decade later with “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” in October 2012.
Additionally, “What” rises 11-10 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, where it’s P!nk’s 17th top 10; among women, only Rihanna (the leader among all acts, with 29) and Mariah Carey (23) have notched more.
The ‘Beautiful Trauma’ standout is incredibly resonant during the days of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent discussions about rape culture.
P!nk’s new studio album Beautiful Trauma is epicly P!nk, which is to say it’s an amalgamation of emotions and stream-of-consciousness thoughts crafted into pop songs. Her processing her thoughts or fears tend to lend themselves to her strongest tracks and, on this particular collection, one of those is the all-too-timely “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.”
In her Apple Music documentary On The Record, P!nk (née Alicia Moore) shares that she originally wrote the song for the 2015 film Suffragette. And while she doesn’t say why it didn’t end up on the film’s soundtrack, she does explain its inspiration.
“The movie is about the suffragette movement which is women’s right to vote,” P!nk said. “You have to fight for what’s rightly yours which is rights and respect and love and kindness and compassion and you have to be willing to die for it. These women were.”
While P!nk has several other political songs in her repertoire (most notably “Mr. President” featuring Indigo Girls), “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is incredibly resonant in its release during the days of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent discussions about rape culture and women coming forward on social media to say “Me too” when it comes to who count themselves among the (up until now) silent majority affected by sexual assault and harassment.
“I will have to die for this I fear/ There’s rage and terror and there’s sickness here,” P!nk starts on “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.” “I fight because I have to/ I fight for us to know the truth/ There’s not enough rope to tie me down/ There’s not enough tape to shut this mouth/ The stones you throw can make me bleed/ But I won’t stop until we’re free.”
A self-professed feminist (in interviews, not the doc itself), Pink is not just proud to be a woman, but frequently speaks and sings about the current landscape of how men and women to relate, as well as how women relate to one another. She publicly acknowledges and supports other female artists, including those that she’s had less-than-friendly relationships with in the past (she now say she doesn’t hold grudges) and those the press attempts to pit against her or vice versa.
It’s worth noting that in 2006, her album I’m Not Dead included the song “Long Way to Happy,” which P!nk said was based on a poem she’d written about surviving sexual abuse by a cop when she was a teen.
“One night to you/ Lasted six weeks for me/ Just a bitter little pill now/ Just to try to go to sleep/ No more waking up to innocence/ Say hello to hesitance,” she starts. But then on the rocking chorus, she maintains: “It’s gonna take a long time to love/ It’s gonna take a lot to hold on/ It’s gonna be a long way to happy, yeah/ Left in the pieces that you broke me into/ Torn apart but now I’ve got to/ Keep on rolling like a stone/ Cause it’s gonna be a long long way to happy.”
“I know a lot of people that have been abused and/or molested and/or fucked over by someone close to them. And I’m no exception. And that’s that song,” she told The Independent the year I’m Not Dead was released.
“Long Way to Happy” co-writer Butch Walker told PopMatters of the song: “Well, obviously when we go into the studio it’s going to be [a] pretty emotional time, so let’s make sure the vocal goes down naturally and, sure enough, she was practically in tears when she sang it. And I don’t blame her.”
More than 10 years after “Long Way To Happy,” “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is an updated reminder to P!nk and the women of the world that, like the bittersweet sentiment of “Beautiful Trauma” itself, there’s a unifying strength underlying the darkness — that a century after the Suffragettes started their first formations of feminism and demands of equality, resistance and persistence is not only necessary, but ingrained within us as women. It’s a defiance that says the Harvey Weinsteins of the world will not continue to keep women under their thumbs as silent, complacent, good girls who are expected to swallow traumatic recollections and their reverberations in order to keep the power structures balancing the patriarchy from falling in on itself. The song is Pink’s “Me Too” and, like many of us, she can say (or sing) that more than once.
That kind of pain-fueled, feminist performance is just as much P!nk as is the playfulness we see in videos for “Get This Party Started” or “So What?” or in many other fun moments in On the Record. Even when she’s singing about sadness, though, she’s echoing strength, as the lyrics for “Long Way To Happy” have Pink as hopeful as she is on “Wild Hearts.”
The kind of problematic P!nk can be, though, is also part of Beautiful Trauma, as a collaboration with Eminem called “Revenge” has him calling her a slut and a whore for cheating on him. When talking with The Guardian about the song, she laughs and barely attempts to defend the track, instead saying, “I think he’s funny as shit. I don’t think he believes in any of the shit he says. Otherwise, why would he respect a woman like me? Which he does. And I think he’s one of those people that likes to take the piss out of all the shit we hold so precious and so dear. I think all of us get a little too serious at times and that’s why I think it is hilarious that he says, ‘You’re a whore, you’re a whore, this is war.’ I’ve called [husband] Carey [Hart] a whore like 50,000 times.”
But it’s not P!nk calling Eminem a whore on the track — it’s the other way around, and somehow, it doesn’t sound quite as funny as it once might have to fans of either one. An artist who frequently raps misogynistic lyrics, Eminem recently seemed to elevate his own lyrical fodder with an anti-Trump performance on the BET Awards, so it almost seemed like a regression for him to make his verse on “Revenge” more akin to his earlier tracks about getting back at an ex.
Perhaps we can look at the two songs and decide that “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is an answer to “Revenge” — that in the face of being called a slut or a whore, women are able to withstand the misogyny and violence all-too-often flung our way.
“Wild hearts can’t be broken/ No, wild hearts can’t be broken,” she sings. “This is my rally cry/ I know it’s hard, we have to try/This is a battle I must win/To want my share is not a sin.”
P!nk acknowledges early on in On The Record that she has “a lot to say … that’s going to make people angry.” Her feminism is the kind that speaks its mind, but without kid gloves keeping her from taking care to keep anyone else happy. She’s very much her own woman in the way that singing songs called “Slut Like You” or “Stupid Girls” are both celebratory and contradictory in the way that she wants them to be. Inevitably, each P!nk album is built of these kinds of paradoxes, just like the woman behind them. For every P!nk album, there’s at least one song that can rally the troops — us sluts and whores and wild hearts included.
The singer-songwriter’s seventh studio album shifted 70,000 across physical, download and streaming equivalent sales to top this week’s chart, earning the star her second Number 1 album in the UK, after 2008’s Funhouse.
It’s also the biggest opening week for an international act on the Official UK Albums Chart so far this year, beating Foo Fighters’ week 1 sales of 61,000 for Concrete and Gold.
64% of P!nk’s sales this week were physical purchases, and the album’s total opening week number is more than double her nearest competitor, Liam Gallagher’s As Your Were, which drops from 1 to 2.
P!nk told Official Charts: “Wow… a Number 1 album! Thank you UK for continuing to support me. Two very happy ladies here today <3”
Beautiful Trauma’s opening week number holds up well against her last album, The Truth About Love, which opened with 79,500 sales in September 2012.
Pink performed “What About Us” and “Beautiful Trauma” on Monday’s “Good Morning America.” Watch the full “GMA” video below!
Pink’s seventh studio album, her first in five years, dropped earlier this month. Her latest single and title track “Beautiful Trauma” was released on Thursday, and its accompanying dance video has been viewed more than 500,000 times since its debut. In addition to the singer’s highly-anticipated album, Pink announced a 40-day North American tour in support of the record. The U.S. tour kicks off in Phoenix on March 1, 2018 and ends on June 2 in Los Angeles, stopping off in Boston, Cleveland, New York, Dallas and Chicago along the way.
Many of the tracks featured on the album deal with Pink’s own relationship with Carey Hart, her husband of 11 years, with whom she’s split a couple of times. After taking a break from their relationship in 2003, the couple tied the knot in 2006. Pink and Hart, who share 6-year-old daughter Willow and 9-month-old son Jameson, later split in 2008, but have remained together ever since.
Prior to the morning show performance, Pink spoke about her relationship with Hart and explained why it’s important to be honest and candid. “I don’t know how to be any other way. [Hart is] used to it, he has thick skin and a really good sense of humor. But a lot of the time, I don’t think he’s listening,” Pink joked. And on touring with her family, including her two young children, she said, “It’s insane. My dressing room looks a lot different now, there’s a lot of cuddly, plush shaggy things. It’s really fun. There’s hard times and beautiful moments.”
This isn’t the first time Pink has performed both songs on TV. As Gossip Copreported, in addition to a powerful performance of “What About Us,” Pink sang “Beautiful Trauma” on “SNL” last weekend, marking her return to the show after 14 years. Watch the full “GMA” performance below!
Amid the online pouting, posing and preening, and in an age when media-trained celebrities are reluctant to stick their heads above the parapet with an opinion, thank goodness there remain “dissenting voices” (her words) to redress the balance. Loudly.
“There are some people who are very successful because they never come out with a political opinion or anything too edgy cos they wanna be liked by everybody,” she says. “That’s not how I was raised to be. We don’t always agree in our family but we talk. We debate.”
She lowers her voice and breaks into an impression of her father Jim, whose nickname is Mr Cause on account of his activism.
“Dissent is the cornerstone of democracy, daughter,” she growls. “And sometimes you have to stand on a hill by yourself!”
She unleashes an earthy cackle.
“See, this is the s**t that’s been in my head since I was two, so I can’t be any other way!”
When Kim Kardashian famously plastered a completely starkers bathroom selfie all over social media last year, it prompted Pink to respond on International Women’s Day with a “shout-out” to women to use their brains, their strength and their talent and to “keep on resisting the urge to cave”.
She didn’t namecheck Kim, but was it a dig?
“I don’t wish anybody ill and I respect everybody’s hustle,” she says today, sitting in a Los Angeles hotel room not far from her home in Venice. “I’ve never pretended to be perfect and I’ve never said I haven’t taken my clothes off in photographs myself.
“But naked selfies in a bathroom don’t boost your self-esteem and I just think there needs to be some voices who are dissenting because right now that’s the majority. The majority want to take their clothes off, take pictures in the bathroom and post it on Instagram or Snapchat or whatever.
“It’s not empowering. You’re not being good at anything. Nobody respects that. They might envy it, they might be jealous of it, they might wanna f**k you. But they don’t respect you.
“There’s nothing wrong with being sexy or in charge of your own body. But let’s all ask ourselves what are we really doing it for because if that’s feminism…? Pfft. Well, it’s not what it used to be.”
She rolls her eyes and says she knows she’ll be accused by some of being self-righteous. Or a hypocrite.
“People can throw rocks at me but I will be one of the voices. I may even get drowned out because there aren’t enough of us. But I’ll tell you: F**k. That. You don’t have to do that to be successful. There are other options.”
After a five-year hiatus from releasing new music, during which she gave birth to her second child, wrote her new album, and turned in a few live performances,it’s good to see that Alecia Beth Moore, 38, has lost none of her chutzpah. She’s a sheer joy to interview;full of wit, warmth and intelligence, and with brilliant, effortless comic timing.
The pop world has missed her but Pink is very definitely back – new album Beautiful Trauma boasts some of her strongest vocals to date. The first single What About Us, a soaring synth-heavy dance track that peaked at No.3 in the UK this summer, has been labelled a political protest song, railing against the ascendancy of Donald Trump. She says the timing of the release was “like kismet”.
Trump might be a figure of fun to some, but Pink’s not laughing.
“This country [America] is in a really s**tty spot right now with separation and segregation and racist s**t going on.
There’s nothing funny about promoting hatred. He’s a bully.
“I don’t actually think he’s that powerful. I really don’t. I think he’s inspiring more powerful people to do awful things… but himself? I think he’s just kind of an idiot.
“If you look at his businesses, he’s bankrupted so many of them. I know a lot of really successful business people and they’ve never done that. Maybe once. But not like four or five times.”
So what happened? How did he end up as president of the United States?
“The spectrum of human potential is amazing. Human beings can be absolutely amazing and human beings can be absolutely vile. I can be f**king amazing and I can be so awful I hate myself.
“What he did was bring out the worst in all of us.
He made people think it was OK to be that. I think that’s what’s happened, and the butterfly effect means that the world is in a shambles.
“But there are more good people than bad. And that’s why this album is called Beautiful Trauma, because life is traumatic, but there are a lot of beautiful people doing beautiful things and you can’t hold us down.
“And rock bottom is a great place to start to change. I try to think that because otherwise it’s really scary.”
In the past 17 years, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 70 million singles (including Don’t Let Me Get Me, Just Like A Pill and Just Give Me A Reason), winning three Grammys, a Brit and a shedload of MTV awards.
Her fiery 16-year relationship with former motocross racer Carey Hart, 42, has become almost as legendary as her music, not least because she’s documented their many trials in her lyrics, perhaps most famously with 2008 break-up anthem So What. They married in 2006 and went on to have daughter Willow, six, and son Jameson, 10 months.
“Carey and I just scratch our heads sometimes. We’ve been together for 16 years off and on – mostly on – and sometimes you look at someone and you think: ‘I could never live without you. You get me in a way that no one else could.’
“And then literally five minutes later it’s like: ‘I’ve never liked you. There’s nothing I like about you. I don’t ever want to talk to you ever again.’ Ha ha!
“There are rough times and there is always that fantasy, that parallel universe, the what if, what could? Are we even right for each other after all this time?
“But at the end of the day… we’re never done with each other. Even when we thought we were done, we weren’t. And thank god because we went on to have our two babies. So we just keep fighting the good fight and I keep writing songs about it.”
The blazing rows that used to characterise the relationship have subsided now. They attend regular couples therapy for “maintenance” and have a rule that they don’t fight nasty in front of the kids.
“We’re a lot better than we used to be, but when we’re really mad at each other it’s really ugly. My parents, they hated each other. It was WW3 in our house, it was eff you, get the eff out, and Carey and I swore we’d never do that.
“But if we have a truth that we need to talk about, yeah we’ll disagree in front of Willow. Conflict resolution is really important to teach kids. We’re human, we’re not always going to agree. I don’t even agree with myself half the time! And Willow needs to see that.
“So we disagree and we communicate but we don’t fight. And what it comes down to is that I’m right and he’s wrong. Ha!”
Ask her how she’s coping with the sleeplessness since Jameson came along last December and she crosses her eyes in mock delirium.
“It’s the most amazing, overwhelming, beautiful, terrifying blessing in the world. And yet sometimes I can’t believe how sad I feel. Ha ha ha!
“It’s all down to sleep deprivation. There’s a reason they use that as a torture device. I haven’t quite figured [parenthood] out yet.”
Not figured it out? Anyone who watched Pink’s now famous “We don’t change” speech at the VMAs in August, as she accepted the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, might argue with that. She used the opportunity to deliver a poignant message to Willow, who had recently confided out of the blue: “Mama, I’m the ugliest girl I know.”
In the speech Pink told Willow: “Baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl and we help other people to change so that they see more kinds of beauty.”
The clip went viral. And no one is more surprised than Pink herself, although her overwhelming feeling is one of sadness that it made such an impact.
“In some ways I think that’s beautiful because girls and boys need to hear that they’re OK just the way they are, but it’s also really sad that it resonated with so many people. Just how many people are feeling that way and raising kids who are feeling that way? It makes my heart hurt.”
She says Willow has been distinctly unimpressed by the attention it brought – Pink and Carey are currently grappling with making sure she’s as unaffected by their fame as possible.
“How to bring her up in this circus we live in and make sure she has a healthy outlook on how society views celebrity women and celebrity in general is going to be a lifelong conversation.
“I tell her being famous is just silly. It really doesn’t matter. The only thing it’s good for is dinner reservations – that part’s awesome, by the way – but other than that it’s dumb.”
There are other perks, though. Being able to call on Eminem to work with you on your album, for example. Pink managed to coax the enigmatic rapper out of wherever he’s been hiding and convince him to feature on Revenge, the second track on Beautiful Trauma.
“I just love him,” says Pink. “He’s a lyrical genius. I’m a feminist and I fight for gay rights and women’s rights, whereas he says the most f**ked up things. But he makes me think that sometimes can’t we just take the p**s and take some of the heaviness out of this stuff? This song is just fun.”
The latest collaboration (they previously worked together on Won’t Back Down in 2010) came about after Pink sent him a drunken email “basically professing my undying love for him”.
She says: “I wrote the song with Max Martin and Shellback, and we were drinking a lot of wine. It started as a joke. I said I wanted a rap Grammy! I wanna rap Grammy!
“And then I went home and I was kinda thinking about it and thought: I want Eminem on this song. So I emailed him: ‘Dude, you know I love you, I’ve loved you since I asked you for your autograph in 2001 at the MTV Awards and I know Rihanna’s way hotter than me but I’m funnier! And I wanna rap with you, I wanna rap Grammy and I want you to be on this song with me.’
“And he just wrote back: ‘OK.’ And then four days later, there it was.”
But then, Pink’s probably not the sort of woman many people say no to. She has always had drive and ambition, although she says she’s had to work harder than some of her contemporaries to be accepted by the mainstream.
“People who don’t like me say: ‘Ah, she’s snarling and bitching about boys and it’s that whole loud Pink thing and I can only listen to her when I’m on a treadmill.’
“I’m very polarising. I have a lot of opinions. I’m one of those females who you’re either gonna agree with or never want to listen to again. And I’m cool with that because it’s authentic.”
However, she has mellowed ever so slightly. Motherhood has done that.
“I didn’t used to be very thoughtful about things. And I think it’s a product of age and being a mom that I consider more now, which makes things more nerve-wracking.”
She pauses for the punchline. “Because, believe me, it’s a lot easier to just blow s**t up and keep moving.”