Whataya Want from Me

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"Whataya Want from Me"
Single by Adam Lambert
from the album For Your Entertainment
Released November 24, 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded September–October 2009;
Maratone Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
House of Blues Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Germano Studios
(New York City)
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:47
Label 19, RCA
Writer(s) Pink, Max Martin, Shellback
Producer(s) Max Martin, Shellback
Adam Lambert singles chronology
"For Your Entertainment"
(2009)
"Whataya Want from Me"
(2009)
"If I Had You"
(2010)
Music sample

"Whataya Want from Me" is a song by American recording artist and American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert from his debut studio album, For Your Entertainment. It was released as the second single from the album. The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first ever top 10 single. The song charted within the top 10 of the charts in fourteen countries.

The pop rock song was written by Pink, Max Martin, and Shellback and was recorded by Pink for her fifth studio album, Funhouse, but did not make it to the final cut.[1][2] Lambert's vocal performance of the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

The song was included on the set list of Lambert's first concert tour, the 2010 Glam Nation Tour where he performed an acoustic rendition of it during the "ballad" section of the show.

Background[edit]

The track was originally recorded and co-written by Pink for the album Funhouse but did not make the final cut.[3] On November 18, 2009, Lambert announced via his official website that his second single from his debut album would be "Whataya Want from Me". The song was the second single announced before the CD was officially available to the public.[4] The song became available as a legal download in the United States on November 20, 2009, when the album was officially released.

In 2010, Pink's recording appeared only on international releases of her first greatest hits compilation album, Greatest Hits... So Far!!!.

Critical reception[edit]

"Whataya Want from Me" has received generally favorable reviews. Jonathan Keefe from Slant Magazine praised the song and called it "phenomenally well-crafted pop single(s) that give Lambert the opportunity to shine".[5] In the Houston Chronicle, Joey Guerra wrote that the song "...[is] probably the disc's most straightforward cut, with a bit of a Backstreet Boys vibe. Not bad".[6] On the other hand, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune disliked the song and wrote "Lambert throws his hands up in the whiny 'Whataya Want from Me', a trifle from the team of Pink and Britney Spears svengali Martin."[7][8]

Chart performance[edit]

"Whataya Want from Me" debuted at number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on the week of January 2, 2010.[9][10] Following his appearance as a mentor on American Idol (season 9), the song reached number ten, becoming Lambert's second Top 20 single (the first being his cover of "Mad World", which peaked at number nineteen) and first Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100. As of September 2010, the single had sold approximately 1,788,000 copies within the US.[11]

Promotion[edit]

To promote the album's release, several songs from the album were performed live on AOL Sessions – including "Whataya Want from Me".[12] Following Lambert's American Music Awards of 2009 performance of "For Your Entertainment", Lambert was dropped from a few upcoming performances and shows, including Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Lambert started a very long string of interviews and performances to address the controversy and promote his new single.

"Whataya Want from Me" made its live debut on CBS's The Early Show on November 25, 2009. He performed two songs, and did a live interview discussing his performance at the American Music Awards that caused so much controversy. In addition to "Whataya Want from Me", he performed "Music Again". His appearance on the morning show drew fans from all over the world to come watch him live.[13]

Lambert performed "Whataya Want from Me" on Late Show with David Letterman on November 25, 2009.[14]

Lambert was interviewed and performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on December 1, 2009.[14]

After much controversy with ABC canceling several of Lambert's performances (and due to accusations of homophobia on the behalf of the network), the network finally decided to let Lambert interview and perform on The View. As a precaution, they pre-taped the interview and performance, to prevent any mishaps or improvisation with Lambert's performance, and to avoid a repeat of his AMA performance. He performed on December 10, 2009. The night before he was on Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009, also on ABC.[15]

Lambert performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on December 14, 2009.[16]

Lambert returned to his Fox roots with a live performance of his new single on the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance on December 16, 2009. He performed on the show with other performers including Jennifer Lopez, and Mary J. Blige. MTV called his performance "show-stopping".[17]

Lambert performed on The Jay Leno Show on December 21, 2009.[16] Adam also cleared up some rumors that were spread around over the past month.

Lambert performed and interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 20, 2010.[18] It was his first performance of 2010, during which he discussed the controversy surrounding his AMA performance, his life since his rapid rise to fame, and his brief meeting with Madonna.[19]

Lambert performed it on the Australian morning program Sunrise. The interview can be viewed on the show's website.[20] The single has peaked within the top ten in Australia.

On March 2010, Lambert performed on VH1's "Unplugged", where he sang a stripped-down performance of this and other songs off his album.[21]

In April 2010, Lambert performed the song on American Idol, having acted as mentor to the Season 9 contestants during the "Elvis Theme Week".[22]

During April and May 2010, Lambert promoted the single internationally, performing on Finland's X Factor,[23][24] in Sweden,[25][26] in the Netherlands,[27] in Germany,[28][29] in the UK on the GMTV morning show,[30] and in Switzerland.[31]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Whataya Want from Me" was directed by Diane Martel and shot on December 20, 2009.[32] It premiered on January 15, 2010, on VH1. The video features Lambert becoming frustrated with his partner, which the audience cannot see (Some of the times, the camera/screen is being the eyes of his partner). There are also performance clips throughout the video of Lambert performing with his band. One scene features Lambert making his way through a crowd of paparazzi and fans into a car. At the beginning of the song, Lambert switches the TV off, and then begins singing "slow it down, whataya want from me," leading one interpretation to be that what he was watching was actually the AMAs.

Lambert himself explains in several interviews that this song is something that everyone can relate to: going through the stresses of a changing personal environment and its effects on a relationship.[citation needed] It is also a reflection of both his own personal life as a rock star as well as his relationship with his audience and fans. He can be seen having an argument throughout the video with the camera, presumably representing his significant other. In one scene, he walks away saying he has had it and his significant other packs its bags and leaves a frustrated Lambert alone and miserable. At the end of the video, he is shown very happily greeting the camera after waking up, hinting at a reconciliation. He also goes to explain in an interview with Pop Couture that the feel was intended to be more "accessible," unlike his "For Your Entertainment" video. This resulted in softer textures and less architectural styling, with the use of cotton and sweaters and the like.

Cover versions[edit]

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording[33]
  • Recorded at Maratone Studios, Stockholm, Sweden, House of Blues Studios, Los Angeles, California, and Germano Studios, New York City.
  • Mixed at MixStar Studios, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Personnel[33]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States November 24, 2009 Mainstream radio airplay
Belgium[71] March 19, 2010 Digital download
Ireland[72] April 9, 2010
Spain[73] April 12, 2010
Finland[74]
France[75]
Italy[76]
Netherlands[77]
Sweden[78]
Austria[79]
Norway[80]
Portugal[81]
Germany[82] April 23, 2010
Switzerland[83] April 30, 2010
Germany April 30, 2010 CD single
Australia May 3, 2010
United Kingdom July 18, 2010[84]

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