Raise Your Glass
|"Raise Your Glass"|
|Single by Pink|
|from the album Greatest Hits...So Far!!!|
|Released||October 5, 2010|
|Pink singles chronology|
"Raise Your Glass" is a song by American singer Pink from her first greatest hits compilation Greatest Hits... So Far!!! (2010). The song was written by Pink, Max Martin and Karl "Shellback" Schuster, and produced by the latter two, who are responsible for many of Pink's hits. The song celebrates the first decade since Pink's debut in 2000, and is dedicated to her fans who have been supporting her over the years.
The song was released as the album's lead single on October 5, 2010, by Jive Records gaining both critical and commercial success, being acclaimed by most music critics and described as a party anthem, and reaching the top-ten in several countries, including the United States, where it became her third number-one single. In 2011, "Raise Your Glass" was ranked at number thirteen on the "Top 40 Year End Chart" based on Mediabase.
- 1 Background
- 2 Critical reception
- 3 Chart performance
- 4 Music video
- 5 Live performances
- 6 Other versions
- 7 Track listing and formats
- 8 Remixes
- 9 Credits and personnel
- 10 Charts and certifications
- 11 Release history
- 12 References
"Raise Your Glass" was announced as the lead single from Pink's then-upcoming greatest hits compilation on October 1, 2010. The song follows a strong pop style, in much similar fashion to her previous work with producer Max Martin. 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."
The song received acclaim from contemporary music critics. Nick Levine from Digital Spy was largely positive with the song, giving it 5/5 stars and describing it as "a full-throttle pop/rock stomper with a chorus as subtle as a porn star's cleavage, some classic Pink ad-libs and the best so-dumb-it's-genius couplet of the year: 'Don't be fancy / Just get dancey'... after ten years of sterling service to all things pop, the (pink) champagne's on us." Becky Bain from Idolator said that "Pink lifts her glass to toast all the 'dirty little freaks' in her new party track." Fraser McAlpine from BBC blog rated it 4/5 stars, saying that "it has to SOUND like wild and crazy fun. It should probably rock, or at least claim to rock. There must be a big celebratory chorus, something which brings everyone together in a glorious celebration of Brand Pink. There should be a few silly one-liners, rampant abuse of the English language, a few extravagant claims, a strutting self-regard mixed with a giggling self-depreciation, a sneer and a smile."
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 for the song began filming on October 4, 2010 and is Pink's twelfth collaboration with Dave Meyers. It is based around one of Pink's real-life experiences, and features a celebration of gay marriage, expressing her views that people should not feel any differently towards gay marriage than straight marriage.
Pink commented on the video in an interview for MTV: "I threw my best friend's wedding in my backyard — she is lesbian and she married her wife, and it was absolutely beautiful. At the end of it, her mom said, 'Why can't this be legal?' and started crying. It was just the most heartbreaking thing I've ever seen, so that's why I'm doing it in my video."
The music video has scenes that include a skateboarding setting, which is reminiscent of Pink's debut music video for "There You Go," and a scene in a high school prom where Pink sniffs under her arm, the same thing she did in the music video for "Get the Party Started." The final scenes show a girl crying during her graduation, a reference to Pink's success in delivering her message after years since her debut.
The video was released on Pink's official website Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 6PM EST.
A version was performed on the American TV series Glee, in the second-season episode "Original Song" released as a single on iTunes in March 2011. It was also covered on the Glee spinoff, The Glee Project, on the season finale, but not released as a single. The top 7 contestants of American Idol sang it during one of the results shows. Glee recovered Raise Your Glass as part of the 100th episode with Will Schuester and April Rhodes leading the group.
The song was performed on the American TV Series General Hospital during the 2014 Nurses Ball. It is performed by Kristen Alderson with Rebecca Herbst, Marc Anthony Samuel, Ryan Carnes and Tequan Richmond in backing vocals. The version is available on iTunes.
In 2011 The Maccabeats, an a cappella group from Yeshiva University, did a cover parody of the song called "Purim Song". "Purim Song" charted in the top 10 of Billboard's Comedy Digital Songs.
Track listing and formats
- Raise Your Glass (Jump Smokers Extended Mix)
- Raise Your Glass (Jump Smokers Radio Edit)
Credits and personnel
- Songwriting – Pink, Max Martin, Shellback
- Production and recording – Max Martin, Shellback
- Keyboards – Max Martin
- Drums, guitar and bass – Shellback
- Gang vocals – Pink, Carey Hart, Max Martin, Shellback
- Assistant recording – Sal "El Rey" Ojeda
- Additional recording – Michael Ilbert
- Mixing – Serban Ghenea
- Mix engineer – John Hanes
- Assistant mix engineer – Tim Roberts
Charts and certifications
|United Kingdom||October 6, 2010||Airplay||LaFace Records|
|November 8, 2010||CD single, digital download|
|Germany||November 5, 2010|
|Australia||October 6, 2010||Digital download|
|Poland||October 7, 2010||LaFace Records|
|United States||October 8, 2010|
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