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“What About Us” is a song recorded by the American singer-songwriter Pink for her seventh studio album Beautiful Trauma (2017). RCA Records released the song for digital download and streaming on August 10, 2017, as the album’s lead single. The song, which written by Pink, Johnny McDaid, and its producer Steve Mac, is an electronic dance music (EDM) track with upbeat dance production that blends repetitive chords, synthesizers, and drum machine beats. Pink, who was inspired by the politics of the time, composed it as a political protest song with poetic and inclusive lyrics. The song’s lyrics explore Pink’s belief the US government had failed people and sends a message about those who feel unheard or forgotten.

Music critics gave “What About Us” mostly positive reviews; many of them commended the production and Pink’s vocal performance while others appreciated the song’s political message and the anthemic nature of the composition. It peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and gave Pink her record-breaking ninth number-one song on the Adult Pop Songs chart, surpassing Katy Perry as the soloist with the most chart-topping songs on the chart. The song also reached number one the national charts of eight countries, including Australia, Poland and Switzerland, and peaked within the top 10 in 12 other territories, including Canada and the United Kingdom. “What About Us” was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

An accompanying music video for “What About Us” was directed by Georgia Hudson and released on August 16, 2017. It depicts Pink and members of minority groups performing several choreographed routines in an abandoned city while being chased by searchlights from hovering helicopters. The video received positive reviews from critics, who praised the choreography and the representation of oppressed groups, as well as the song’s political theme. To promote the song, Pink performed it live at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, on Saturday Night Live, and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, among other televised appearances, as well as her Beautiful Trauma World Tour (2017–2019). The song has been covered several times during live performances by other artists, including Kelly Clarkson and Liam Payne.

After conducting The Truth About Love Tour (2013–2014) in support of her sixth studio album The Truth About Love (2012), Pink took a nearly-four-year hiatus to focus on her personal life and find inspiration. During the hiatus, she concentrated on her family and living “a normal life“, which influenced her music. Fifty songs were composed throughout the development of Beautiful Trauma, including “What About Us“.

What About Us” was written by Pink, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac, and was produced by Mac. In an interview with Vulture, Pink talked about the experience of writing the song, stating, “it was just another day I was angry about what’s happening in the world“. The singer decided to have discussions and anecdotes with McDaid to develop ideas for the album’s songs; McDaid said Pink had “so much to say” and expressed herself “really profoundly“. “What About Us” was written and recorded during the session; according to Pink, “those are those kinds of songs where it just falls out of you, that’s why I think you’re just a vessel when you’re being creative“.

When asked about the creation of the song, McDaid said:

From my perspective the creation of it is about looking into yourself, interacting. It’s like alchemy, you know, you interact with the person there in the room and … these things, these ideas come out and what the ideas are for [Pink] are probably different to even the person hearing it. And that’s the beauty of her, she really allows people to receive her music the way they do.

What About Us” is an upbeat EDM song, with a length of four minutes and twenty-nine seconds. The synthesizer-heavy production of the song makes use of “pounding” drums, “glistening” keyboards, and a “pulsating” dance beat. It draws influences from four on the floor, club, and electronic music. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com, “What About Us” is set in the time signature of common time and is composed in the key of A♭ major with a moderate tempo of 114 beats per minute. It follows a chord progression of Fm–D♭–A♭ with Pink’s vocals spanning one and a half octaves, going from A♭3 to E♭5.

Music journalists noted “What About Us” starts as a ballad with piano and acoustic arrangements, and appears at first to be about a relationship. Mike Nied of Idolator described the song as “part break-up anthem, part political call to arms”. Gil Kaufman of Billboard shared a similar sentiment, saying the lyrics can be interpreted as “commenting on the state of the world, or the state of the heart”. Pink described the song as a political protest song that provides social commentary on her belief the US government had failed people. According to Pink, the “more sophisticated” nature of the song stems from the poetic and inclusive lyrics, which send a message about people around the world who feel ignored or forgotten. The track also took inspiration from the 2016 United States presidential election and the current political state.

In an interview with Billboard, McDaid said “What About Us” “is a question … not an instruction”, and the unclear question is “essential to its brilliance”. According to him, Mac’s technique of using repetitive chords can be compared with a heartbeat or a mantra, giving the song a sense of “this incredible, epic celebration” and unity. In “What About Us”, Pink asks urgent questions during the “insistent” and “soaring” chorus, singing, “What about us?/ What about all the times you said you had the answers?/ What about us?/ What about all the broken happy ever afters?”. Ross McNeilage of MTV and Justin Moran of Out both noted political undertones behind the lyrics; McNeilage said they can “definitely be taken as an anthem of resistance to the current state of political affairs” while Moran said the questions are addressed to “a dishonest political leader”.

Prior to the single’s release in July 2017, Pink teased it on her social media page using a recording made on the set of the music video . Pink officially announced the release date of “What About Us” on July 24, 2017, posting a picture on her social media. The image shows the singer, seen from behind, standing in front of a city landscape and a police car. Pink later unveiled the single’s artwork, which is a black-and-white picture that shows her in a group with “beautifully diverse” models. The picture was photographed by Ryan Aylsworth.

What About Us” was released for digital download and streaming on August 10, 2017, by RCA Records as the lead single from Beautiful Trauma, along with the pre-order of the album. An accompanying lyric video was uploaded to Pink’s YouTube channel simultaneously with the song’s release. RCA Records also released the track to Italian contemporary hit radio stations on the same day. A CD single was released in Germany on August 18, 2017, through Sony Music. On September 15, 2017, a remix EP with four versions of “What About Us” was released for digital download and streaming in several countries. On October 20 of the same year, a remix of the song by Dutch DJ Tiësto was made available for digital download.

In the US, “What About Us” debuted at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 26, 2017, although it was released during the last day of the tracking week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the song sold 16,000 copies in its first day of release, entering the US Digital Songs chart at number 30. After its first full week of tracking, “What About Us” peaked at number 3 on the chart and rose to number 29 on the Hot 100, selling 55,000 copies and becoming Pink’s 23rd top 40 song on the chart. The track later peaked at number 13 on the Hot 100 following the release of Beautiful Trauma. “What About Us” debuted on the US Radio Songs chart at number 41 with 30 million audience impressions and peaked at number 3 on the chart. It also peaked at number 10 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart for the week ending November 11, 2017.

What About Us” became Pink’s ninth song to reach number one on the US Adult Pop Songs chart, breaking her tie with Katy Perry and giving Pink the distinction of being the solo artist with the most chart-topping songs, as well as placing her second on the list of artists with the most number one singles on the chart behind Maroon 5. It also topped the Adult Contemporary chart, becoming Pink’s fourth number-one single on the chart. “What About Us” also peaked at number one on the US Dance Club Songs chart on October 28, 2017, aided by remixes from Cash Cash, Barry Harris, and Madison Mars, among others. In October 2017, Nielsen SoundScan reported the song had sold 290,226 copies in the US. It was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling 1,000,000 certified units in the country. In Canada, the song peaked at number six on the Canadian Hot 100 and ultimately received a triple platinum certification from Music Canada (MC) for accumulating 320,000 equivalent sales units.

What About Us” entered the UK Singles Chart at number 83 for the issue date of August 17, 2017, and rose to number 5 the following week, selling 22,816 units and becoming Pink’s 19th top 10 song in the United Kingdom. The track peaked at number three in the fourth week, selling 33,584 units and spending three non-consecutive weeks at its peak position. The song was later certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for accumulating sales of 1,200,000 units in the UK. “What About Us” also experienced commercial success in mainland Europe, topping the charts in eight countries, including Poland and Switzerland. The song reached the top 10 in 12 other countries, including Austria, Germany, and Italy. In France, the track peaked at 19 and sold 28,900 copies in 2017. It was later certified platinum by the Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique (SNEP) for accumulating 133,333 equivalent sales units in France.

In Australia, “What About Us” debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart, where it remained for two consecutive weeks as Pink’s ninth number-one single in Australia. The song has since been certified four-times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), signifying sales of 280,000 equivalent units in Australia. The song peaked at number nine on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles chart on the report dated October 23, 2017. It was later awarded a platinum certification by Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ) for sales of over 30,000 equivalent units in the country.

The music video for “What About Us” was directed by Georgia Hudson and produced by Sacha Smith. In an interview with Promo News, Hudson said she wanted to record an “emotional dance film”. The video includes several dance routines that were choreographed by Nick Florez and RJ Durell, who are known collectively as the GoldenBoyz. According to Hudson, this allowed the dancers to express “their frustration and feeling towards the current political climate”, demonstrating a sense of “expression [and] community”.

Kim Bowen and Elise Navidad chose outfits inspired by the UK art school scene, which were described as a fusion of “grunge with folk, or punk with tie-dye and sportswear”. Explaining the dance scene involving two men, Hudson said she had the idea “to illustrate a condensed version of the course of a relationship”. The scene grows in intensity and is set in a space for them to behave “animalistic, … raw and unexpected”. The final desert dance “moved [Pink] to tears” and was inspired by a dream she had. Steve Annis used a helicopter as a top light for the video, which operated with 40-80mm zoom lenses. Hudson called the use of the helicopter “a totally unique experience”. The music video was released on August 16, 2017.

The main theme of the music video is a lost generation of abandoned and unheard people uniting through dance, symbolizing love. The video commences with a series of interspersed scenes that show an urban area, a helicopter police chase, two men hugging, a group of social outcasts consoling one another, and Pink staring into the camera while her hair is shaved off. The video’s soundtrack includes samples of people protesting racism and police brutality, as well as political speeches, including the keynote speech and introducing US presidential candidate Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Christie’s speech crossfades as a man says, “We are going to reject hate! We are going to reject racism!”.

As the song opens, Pink, with a diverse group of people, dances in a parking lot surrounded by abandoned police cars with flashing lights. When the chorus begins, the video cuts to a scene in which Pink and minority groups, including immigrants and same-sex couples, stare into the spotlight of a helicopter hovering overhead; they are the only population of the bleak, abandoned city in which the video is set. In the following scene, a gay couple struggle, fight and embrace while a helicopter hovers overhead with a searchlight. Interspersed scenes show Pink singing and wearing a black hoodie with gold sequin pants, and her hair in a triple ponytail. Pink and her dancers then dance in a diner. Pink, wearing a silver jacket, then stands on top of a car. At the end of the video, Pink and her dancers perform in the desert. During the final scene, a man’s voice says; “now is the time to protect our community”. Wikipedia

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Some Quotable Lyrics

We are searchlights, we can see in the dark
We are rockets, pointed up at the stars
We are billions of beautiful hearts
And you sold us down the river too far

What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

We are problems that want to be solved
We are children that need to be loved
We were willing, we came when you called
But many fooled us, enough is enough

What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

Sticks and stones they may break these bones
But then I’ll be ready, are you ready?
It’s the start of us, waking up, come on
Are you ready? I’ll be ready
I don’t want control, I want to let go
Are you ready? I’ll be ready
Cause now it’s time to let them know
We are ready
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