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"Try" is a song recorded by American singer Pink, which she released as the second single from her sixth album, The Truth About Love (2012). The song was originally written and composed by Busbee and Ben West, who recorded it in 2010 under the moniker GoNorthToGoSouth. Pink's version of the song was produced by Greg Kurstin, who also produced four other songs on the album.
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Pink's version of "Try" was both a commercial and critical success. It reached number one in Spain, as well as the top-10 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The song also reached the top-20 in several other countries. The Floria Sigismondi-directed video features shots of a paint-covered Pink and her male love interest, expressing their frustrations through contemporary dance.
In February 2012, Pink confirmed she was writing lyrics and composing music for her then-untitled sixth album. An early version of the album's lead single, a song called "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," was leaked online on July 1, 2012, resulting in the single being released a week earlier than planned. Rachel Raczka from The Boston Globe noted that "Try," the second single from The Truth About Love, also leaked in September 2012.
The songwriters originally thought about giving the song to Kelly Clarkson, then Daughtry; Adam Lambert recorded it, but according to Busbee, he "just wasn't the right fit." The song was then eventually pitched to Pink. Pink's version of the song premiered on radio on September 6, 2012. "Try" was amongst five lyrics videos that Pink uploaded on September 12, along with album tracks "Slut Like You," "Just Give Me a Reason" featuring Nate Ruess from fun., "How Come You're Not Here," and "Are We All We Are."
The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who praised its production. Andrew Hampp of Billboard commented "With a melody reminiscent of 'Whataya Want from Me,' the 2009 hit she penned for Adam Lambert, the single already pairs well sonically with Pink's catalog." Josh Langhoff of PopMatters called it "an ode to romantic persistence over crisp 'Hysteria' guitars." Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush wrote, "It's a belter with a soulful voice, and she sounds like Kelly Clarkson with this song. The midtempo track finds Pink mourning, lamenting and musing on a relationship that is breaking down at its core. It hurts, but this song is a salve over the wound."
"Try" debuted after the album's release at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100, on the week ending October 6, 2012. The song also debuted on the Adult Pop Songs chart, at number 29. Following Pink's highly-praised 2012 American Music Awards performance, "Try" rose from number 50 to number 18 on the Hot 100. The song peaked at number nine in its 15th week, and has sold over 2 million copies in the US as of July 2013.
In Canada, the song debuted at number 26, on the Canadian Hot 100 chart issue date October 6, 2012. A week later, the song dropped to number 86, becoming the "Biggest Free Faller" of that week. After staying out for a week, the song re-entered at number 60 on the chart issue dated October 27, 2012. On the chart issue dated November 10, 2012, the song rose to number 25, becoming the "Greatest Gainer" of the week. On the week of November 10, 2012, it rose to number 18 remaining there for two weeks but rising again on the week of December 1, 2012 to number 12 becoming the greatest gainer once again.
In the United Kingdom, "Try" debuted at number 163 on the UK Singles Chart on September 16, 2012, due to digital downloads after album's release. On November 11, 2012, "Try" reached number 40, and went on to peak at number eight on December 9, 2012. The song debuted at number five in Germany. After her performance on the TV program Wetten, dass..? in Freiburg, the song reached number two on the charts. In France, "Try" charted low, debuting at number 87 on the charts, before falling to number 173. After two weeks, the single re-entered at number 81, before climbing to number 24. The song managed to peak at number 15. In Australia, "Try" debuted at number eight, on the ARIA Singles Chart. A few weeks later, it jumped up to number six, where it remained for two consecutive weeks. It became her 20th top-ten single in Australia. In New Zealand, "Try" debuted at number 21 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and so far has peaked at number seven, for two consecutive weeks a higher peak than her previous single, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," which peaked at number eight.
Surprisingly, "Try" re-entered the Italian Chart ("FIMI") at number 88 in Week 25 (from 16-06-2014 to 22-06-2014), and reached number 10 the following week. On Week 28, the song peaked at number 5.
The video was filmed in August. Pink stated that the video is one of the most beautiful music videos of her career. It was released on October 10, 2012. It was directed by Floria Sigismondi and choreographed by the Golden Boyz (who have worked with the likes of Madonna and Britney Spears) and stunt choreographer, Sebastien Stella. It was inspired by the Apache dance, a highly-stylized Parisian street performance. "Making this video was the most fun I've ever had in my entire career," said Pink. "I never wanted it to end. It's my favorite video ever."
Pink took to her Twitter page to record her mother, Judith's, reaction after showing her the risqué dance moves on the clip. "My mom, after seeing the new video... 'Wow, honey. I'm speechless. And uncomfortable. No one can ever say you play it safe.'" Pink's love interest is played by Broadway dancer Colt Prattes.
A reenactment of the video was performed during the 2012 American Music Awards where Pink received a standing ovation and was praised by critics for her ever-growing artistry. Billboard ranked "Try" the second best performance of the night, with the first being "Gangnam Style".
The video intersperses scenes from two locations: a sparsely furnished house where Pink performs a dramatic dance routine with Prattes, and a desert setting where they collide into one another. The video features flashes of color and is heavily metaphorical, portraying an unhealthy, tormented relationship through artistic usage of the two performers' bodies.
Pink performed Try for the first time live on The X Factor Australia on October 2, 2012. A reenactment of the video was performed during the 2012 American Music Awards where Pink received a standing ovation and received overwhelming praise from critics and celebrities for her ever-growing artistry. Entertainment Weekly wrote: "As usual, Pink took the night to new heights," giving the performance an A. Idolator ranked it as the best performance of the night saying: "It was the evening's only moment that fans will still be discussing years from now." Los Angeles Times stated that Pink stole the show. Examiner described the performance as "powerful" and "flawless."ABC News praised Pink for singing live throughout the strenuous choreography & said the performance was "arresting." Yahoo said that the performance was "extraordinary" and suggested that this performance rivaled Pink's "Glitter in the Air" performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Philadelphia Weekly wrote: "P!nk wowed the crowd and national audience with the most stunningly artistic and challenging performance of the night." Following her performance, CNN wrote an article praising her "a true pop artist" further stating: "While Christina Aguilera has a tendency to oversing, Britney Spears can't sing, and Lauryn Hill sorta stopped singing, Pink has managed to carve a brilliant 13-year-career by being something that is incredibly rare these days -- an artist. A complete artist." Billboard ranked the performance 2nd best of the night behind Psy's Gangnam Style labeling Pink as "the quintessential entertainer."
Following the performance, many celebrities took to their Twitter accounts to appreciate Pink. Nicole Scherzinger said: "Pink rules AMA's (sic).Thinking outside of the box n having the balls and talent to do it! Brilliant n beautiful performance!" Carly Rae Jepsen tweeted: "Pink Your performance was amazing!" Jenny McCarthy said: "As usual... @Pink was best live performance. That's talent." Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum wrote: "I wish everyone could've seen the Pink performance in person....truly inspired and BLOWN AWAY!!!" Billy Mann wrote: "No offense but...tonight's show could've been listed as: "@PINK (w special guest, the #AMAs)." Claude Kelly exclaimed: "listen....THAT. IS. HOW. IT. IS. DONE. @Pink just made your eyes and ears her bitch. (sic)" Editor of Billboard Bill Werde wrote: "Creativity, daring, skill & a voice: is there really any argument that theres a more consistently compelling live pop act than Pink?" Harry Styles of One Direction said: "Just got shown Pink 's AMA performance...incredible." Members of The Wanted stated: "Pink was unbelievable, she gave the performance of the night. She's so incredible and such an amazing professional." Brandy described the performance as "unforgettable."
After receiving the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 2019 Brit Awards (February 20, 2019), Pink performed "Try". The song was performed in a medley along with her newest single "Walk Me Home", "Just like Fire", "Just Give Me a Reason" (featuring Bastille singer Dan Smith) and concluding with "What About Us". During "Try" Pink was joined by a dancer with rain pouring down on the stage.
Of all the dance-pop/teen pop singers to emerge in 1999, Pink seemed the least likely to have success. She didn't have an easy-to-market image like Britney or Christina, nor were her singles all that distinctive, so it was a real shock when she reinvented herself as a badass dance-rock chick for her second album, M!ssundaztood. It wasn't just that the album revealed a unique, forceful personality; it was that it crafted an original, dynamic sound from seemingly contradictory sources, as Pink hauled out forgotten 4 Non Blondes leader Linda Perry for her primary collaborator, piled on the hard rock riffs, and sharpened up the R&B rhythms, while writing as nakedly as a confessional singer/songwriter. It was a big surprise that Pink had an album like M!ssundaztood in her, but that surprise is nearly equalled by its successor, Try This, which proves that she can pull off the same trick twice -- an unpredictable giant leap forward, assisted by unlikely collaborators, that winds up being among the best pop music of its given year. While Perry is still around, she only collaborates on three tracks, since Pink has picked another left-field choice for her main co-writer/producer for Try This: Tim Armstrong, one of the lead singer/songwriters for the acclaimed neo-punk band Rancid. Armstrong co-writes and produces eight of the 13 songs here, and while it's true that he helps steer Pink into harder-rocking territory, the end result isn't quite as simple as Try This being a straight-up rock & roll album. Instead, hard rock is used as the foundation for the record (even some of the Perry-written tracks rock very hard), and then it stretches out into several different styles and sounds. Some are familiar -- there's a handful of dance-oriented tracks, a quiet ballad, such as the closer, "Love Song" -- but, like M!ssundaztood, this is pop music that knows no boundaries, borrowing ideas from punk, soul, ska, new wave, and electronica to create an exhilarating listen that crackles with energy and inventiveness. This music has reference points, some intentional and some not -- the similarities of "Trouble" and Nirvana's cover of the Vaselines' "Molly's Lips" may be on purpose, but the echoes of Blur's "Pressure on Julian" on "God Is a DJ" is surely coincidental -- but it's presentation is original and exceptionally well-written. This time around, she's not as consciously confessional, which makes for a nice fit for Armstrong's strong sense of songcraft and pop hooks, resulting in music that is immediately grabbing yet so sturdily crafted it only seems stronger, even catchier, with repeated listens. While Pink's peers take incremental, cautious artistic steps forward, she's slyly fearless, choosing the right collaborators that help her create pop music that has both style and substance to spare. Britney Spears, Pink's avowed arch-nemesis, may claim that she's taking advice from Madonna, but here Pink illustrates that she's the true heir to Madonna's throne, since she displays a restlessness similar to the Material Girl in the '80s, while never once sounding like Madonna -- or other spiritual predecessors like Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, or Debbie Harry, for that matter. With Try This, Pink has firmly established a voice of her own, and in doing so, she's made another tremendous modern pop record. 041b061a72