Walk Me Home (Pink song)

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"Walk Me Home"
Pink - Walk Me Home.png
Single by Pink
from the album Hurts 2B Human
ReleasedFebruary 20, 2019
GenrePop
Length2:58
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Peter Thomas
  • Kyle Moorman
Pink singles chronology
"A Million Dreams"
(2018)
"Walk Me Home"
(2019)
Music video
"Walk Me Home" on YouTube

"Walk Me Home" is a song recorded by American singer Pink for her eighth studio album, Hurts 2B Human (2019).[1] The track was announced during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show broadcast on February 6, 2019, and it was released as the lead single from the album on February 20, 2019 by RCA Records.[2] "Walk Me Home" was written by Pink, Scott Friedman, and Nathaniel Ruess, while the production was handled by Peter Thomas and Kyle Moorman.

Upon its release, critical response was positive towards the track, with music critics commending the optimistic departure from Pink's previous singles. Comercially, the "Walk Me Home" achieved moderate success and charted within the top-ten charts of several countries, including Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For promotion, an accompanying lyric video was uploaded onto Pink's official YouTube channel simultaneously with the song's release, followed by the release of a music video directed by Michael Gracey on March 21, 2019. The singer performed "Walk Me Home" at the 2019 Brit Awards and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Background and release[edit]

On January 25, 2019, it was reported that Pink will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame[3]; the ceremony was held on February 5, 2019, and she was joined by her two children and husband, Carey Hart.[4] The following day, Pink appeared at the The Ellen DeGeneres Show and stated that "Walk Me Home" would be released in two weeks, while the album, titled Hurts 2B Human, was believed to be released around April 2019. She also talked about shooting a music video with Michael Gracey, the director of The Greatest Showman, and the album's release.[5] Pink sang a snippet of the song a cappella.[6] A snippet of the track was released on social media, along with a release date announcement. "Walk Me Home" became available for digital download and streaming on February 20, 2019, and its lyric video was also released on YouTube the same day.[7] It was serviced to hot adult contemporary radio and contemporary hit radio on February 25, 2019 and March 5, 2019 respectively.[8][9]

Composition[edit]

The song was written by Pink, Scott Friedman, and Nathaniel Ruess, while the production was handled by Peter Thomas and Kyle Moorman.[10] It is a pop song with a length of two minutes and fifty-eight seconds.[10] Jon Blistein from Rolling Stone stated that the instrumentation of the track includes "heavy drums" and a "steady twang of an acoustic guitar."[11] Erica Russell of PopCrush called it a "country-inspired pop song" that lyrically delves on connecting with a person that you love "to find solidarity and strength amid an otherwise tumultuous time for the world."[12] Aimee Cliff of The Guardian found "flourishes of digitised vocal production, a fresh touch in a catalogue of pop-rock",[13] while Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times felt that its structure contains "Lumineers-style stomp-folk" elements.[14] According to the music sheet published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, "Walk Me Home" is performed in the key of D major with a moderate tempo of 88 beats per minute. The song is composed in an irregular time signature that changes measure to measure, and Pink's vocals span from D3 to D5.[15]

Critical reception[edit]

Rob Bailey-Millado from New York Post called "Walk Me Home" a "drum-driven" track that "rides [her] signature muscular vocals".[16] In a review for Chicago Sun-Times, Maeve McDermott wrote that the single is a "foot-stomping anthem" and marks an "optimistic departure" from Pink's previous singles that were centered around "dysfunctional" love.[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Walk Me Home" entered at number 23 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart.[18] The next week, the single ascended to its peak of number two, with 30,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, and became her first song since "Setting The World On Fire" to reach this position, as well as her highest charting single as a lead artist since "Just Give Me a Reason.[19] Thereby, it debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending of March 9, 2019, becoming her 31st career entry.[19] Following the release of Hurts 2B Human, "Walk Me Home" jumped 13 positions on the Hot 100, from number 62, and reached a new peak of number 49.[20] On the other airplay charts monitored by Billboard, the song debuted at number 19 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.[21] The next week, it jumped to number 14, becoming the week's greatest gainer.[21] "Walk Me Home" ultimately peaked at number five on the week ending of May 11, 2019, becoming her sixteenth top-ten single.[21] On the Adult Contemporary chart, the song debuted at number 26 on the week ending of March 9, 2019, and was highest debut of the week.[22] It peaked at number 15.[22] On the Canadian Hot 100, "Walk Me Home" debuted at number 79 on the chart, and reached a peak of number 18 in its second week.[23]

In Australia, the song debuted at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart, before reaching number 11 four weeks later.[24] "Walk Me Home" reached the top of the radio airplay charts, according to The Music Network.[25] Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awarded a Gold certification to the track for accumulating 35,000 equivalent sales units.[26] The single debuted at number 37 in New Zealand, and peaked at number 26.[27] The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number eight, becoming Pink's twentieth top-ten.[28] Following the music video release, "Walk Me Home" re-entered the top ten, raising from number 12 to number nine and selling 27,350 copies according to the Official Charts Company.[29] It also reached the top of the UK Airplay Charts, vaulting from number five to number one, thus becoming her fifth number-one single.[30][31] It was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for selling over 200,000 units in the country.[32] Elsewhere, "Walk Me Home" reached number six in Ireland,[33] number nine in Netherlands,[34] number two in Scotland,[35] and number eight in Switzerland.[36]

Live performances[edit]

After receiving the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 2019 Brit Awards on the song's release date, Pink performed "Walk Me Home" in a medley. The performance started with Pink singing backstage in a robe, as she made her way from a dressing room to the stage. She swithced to a red feather cloak before descending onto the stage as fire blasts spurted out from the platform.[37] Since its release, "Walk Me Home" has been included in the setlist of the 2019 leg of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, replacing the track "I'm Not Dead".[38][39] On April 22, 2019 she performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[10]
  1. "Walk Me Home" – 2:58
  • Digital download[40]
  1. "Walk Me Home" (R3hab remix) – 2:39

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[24] 11
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[41] 36
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[42] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[43] 27
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[23] 17
Canada AC (Billboard)[44] 1
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[45] 33
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[46] 1
Croatia Airplay (HRT)[47] 5
China Airplay/FL (Billboard)[48] 15
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[49] 16
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[50] 37
Denmark Airplay (Tracklisten)[51] 7
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[52] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[53] 29
France (SNEP)[54] 180
Germany (Official German Charts)[55] 33
Germany (Airplay Chart)[56] 3
Hungary (Single Top 40)[57] 14
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[58] 33
Ireland (IRMA)[33] 6
Italy (FIMI)[59] 94
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[60] 4
Lebanon (The Official Lebanese Top 20)[61] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[34] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[62] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[27] 16
Norway (VG-lista)[63] 33
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[64] 5
Romania (Airplay 100)[65] 61
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[35] 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[66] 13
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[67] 37
Slovenia (SloTop50)[68] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[69] 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[28] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 49
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[22] 13
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[21] 3
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[70] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[71] 34

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[72] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various February 20, 2019 Digital download RCA [10]
United States February 25, 2019 Hot adult contemporary [8]
March 5, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [9]
Various April 8, 2019 Digital downloadR3HAB remix [40]

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