What About Us (Pink song)

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"What About Us"
Pink What About Us.jpg
Single by Pink
from the album Beautiful Trauma
Released August 10, 2017 (2017-08-10)
Format
Genre Club[1]
Length 4:31
Label RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Pink singles chronology
"Waterfall"
(2017)
"What About Us"
(2017)
"Beautiful Trauma"
(2017)
Music video
"What About Us" on YouTube

"What About Us" is a song by American singer and songwriter Pink. It was written by Pink, Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, with production handled by Mac. The song was released through RCA Records on August 10, 2017, as the lead single from Pink's seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma (2017), along with its pre-order.

It topped charts in Australia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland, and has reached the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom, as well as the top 20 in Norway, Sweden, and the United States. The song was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Promotion and release[edit]

Pink hinted at an upcoming release in a tweet on July 16, 2017. When a fan asked when they could expect new music, Pink wrote: "Well I'm shooting a video next week".[2] On July 21, 2017, Pink shared a video from the filming set, captioned: "Video #new #fyeah #itsallhappening".[3] The day after, she shared an animated version of the single artwork on social media, revealing the single's title and release date.[4][5][6]

Composition[edit]

"What About Us" is described as an emotional club ballad and dance floor anthem with pounding drums and an array of synthesizers.[1] The song has also been described as a protest song.[7] It is written in the key of A major with a tempo of 114 beats per minute in common time. The song follows a chord progression of Fm–D–A, and Pink's vocals span one and a half octaves, from A3 to E5.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Althea Legaspi from Rolling Stone states: "'What About Us' builds from a sparse ballad into an emotional dance floor anthem packed with pounding drums and a gorgeous array of synths".[9] Patrick Crowley from Billboard wrote: "Pink throws out the rules in favor of authenticity once again".[10]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was released on August 16, 2017.[11][12] It was directed by Georgia Hudson and choreographed by the Goldenboyz.[13]

Live performances[edit]

On August 11 and 12, 2017, Pink performed "What About Us" live for the first time during two concerts at the Berlin Waldbühne.[14] Pink's first televised performance of "What About Us" was at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on August 27.[15] She performed the song on Ellen on September 6,[16] and on Saturday Night Live on October 14. She has also performed the track on various dates throughout her festival tour in 2017.[17] Pink performed the song and "Beautiful Trauma" on the fourteenth series of The X Factor UK on December 3, 2017.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[18]
No.TitleLength
1."What About Us"4:31
CD single[19]
No.TitleLength
1."What About Us" (main version)4:31
2."What About Us" (instrumental)4:32
Digital download – The Remixes EP[20]
No.TitleLength
1."What About Us" (Cash Cash Remix)3:53
2."What About Us" (Madison Mars Remix)3:33
3."What About Us" (Pink Panda Remix)3:19
4."What About Us" (Barry Harris Remix)3:41
Digital download – What About Us (Tiësto's AFTR:HRS Remix)[21]
No.TitleLength
1."What About Us" (Tiësto's AFTR:HRS Remix)4:03

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[18]

  • Pink – songwriting
  • Steve Mac – songwriting, production, keyboard
  • Johnny McDaid – songwriting, guitar
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing engineering
  • Chris Laws – engineering, drums
  • John Hanes – engineering
  • Dann Pursey – engineering
  • Gabe Burch – engineering assistance
  • Matt Dyson – engineering assistance

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[88] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[89] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[90] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[91] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[92] Gold 45,000^
France (SNEP)[93] Platinum 133,333*
Italy (FIMI)[94] 2× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[95] Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[96] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[97] Gold 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[98] Platinum 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[99] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[100] Platinum 600,000[101]
United States (RIAA)[102] Platinum 1,000,000[103]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various August 10, 2017 Digital download Original RCA [18]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Sony [104]
United Kingdom August 12, 2017 RCA [105]
Germany August 18, 2017 CD single Sony [19]
Various September 15, 2017 Digital download The Remixes EP RCA [20]

See also[edit]

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