Funhouse (Pink album)

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Studio album by Pink
ReleasedOctober 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)
GenrePop rock[1]
Pink chronology
I'm Not Dead
Greatest Hits... So Far!!!
Singles from Funhouse
  1. "So What"
    Released: August 19, 2008
  2. "Sober"
    Released: November 4, 2008
  3. "Please Don't Leave Me"
    Released: January 31, 2009
  4. "Bad Influence"
    Released: May 8, 2009
  5. "Funhouse"
    Released: August 3, 2009
  6. "I Don't Believe You"
    Released: October 5, 2009
  7. "Glitter in the Air"
    Released: January 31, 2010
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Studio album by Pink
ReleasedOctober 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)
GenrePop rock[1]
Pink chronology
I'm Not Dead
Greatest Hits... So Far!!!
Singles from Funhouse
  1. "So What"
    Released: August 19, 2008
  2. "Sober"
    Released: November 4, 2008
  3. "Please Don't Leave Me"
    Released: January 31, 2009
  4. "Bad Influence"
    Released: May 8, 2009
  5. "Funhouse"
    Released: August 3, 2009
  6. "I Don't Believe You"
    Released: October 5, 2009
  7. "Glitter in the Air"
    Released: January 31, 2010

Funhouse is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Pink, released by LaFace Records worldwide in October 24, 2008. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 180,000 copies in its first week and reached number one on the charts in six countries including Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Funhouse has sold over six million copies worldwide.[2]

Singles from the album include the U.S. number-one single "So What", "Sober", "Please Don't Leave Me", "Funhouse", "I Don't Believe You", and "Glitter in the Air". Funhouse earned Pink three Grammy Award nominations and five MTV Video Music Award nominations. Funhouse was re-released in late 2009 to include a bonus DVD, and was accompanied by the release of Funhouse Tour: Live in Australia, a live album taped during Pink's Australian leg of the Funhouse Tour.

Writing and development[edit]

Pink has stated that this album is her most vulnerable to date. Much of the album's subject matter alludes to the fact that Moore had recently separated from her husband, Carey Hart.[3] The first single, "So What", opens with: "I guess I just lost my husband/I don't know where he went".[4] "Please Don't Leave Me" also addresses the split. The artist sums up its theme thus: "Okay, I’m an asshole, but love me anyway."[5] In "Mean", she sings, "It was good in the beginning/but how did we get so mean?"[5] The song that Moore is the most proud of is "Crystal Ball". She said about the track: "I recorded it in one take and we didn’t mix it. It just went straight to master. It was all about a vibe and not about perfection or being polished. I just love that song and I loved recording it."[5] She wrote the song with Billy Mann, who also aided her with the songs "Stupid Girls", "Dear Mr. President" and "I'm Not Dead" (all 2006), among others.

In "It's All Your Fault", Pink blames her lover for giving her hopes of a love relationship, then simply giving up on her. She proclaims in the lyrics "I conjure up the thought of being gone, but I’d probably even do that wrong." In "Glitter in the Air", Pink asks many questions such as, "Have you ever looked fear in the face and said I just don’t care?", and "Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?" Pink admits, "I still don’t have some of the answers to the questions I pose on this record. I’m still figuring it all out."[5]

The track "Sober", which is the album's second single, was written by Pink at a party hosted at her home, where everyone was drunk or drinking except for her, and she wanted them all to leave. She went to the beach and had a line in her head saying "How do I feel so good sober?". Eventually it had nothing to do with alcohol but with identities. "How do I feel so good with just me, without anyone to lean on?", Pink said in an interview.[6]

"Ave Mary A" deals with world issues and problems. "One Foot Wrong" talks about an acid trip that went wrong, but also has an underlying theme. "That song is also about losing control and how easy it is to lose the plot in life and teeter on the edge."[5][7]

Originally, Pink wanted to call her album Heartbreak Is a Motherfucker, but her record label declined because of a fear that offensive language would affect sales. She also said that she did not want the album to look like a break-up album; "There is a lot of that [break-up], but there is fun happening too and that's why I named it Funhouse in the end." Pink has also stated that she sees life as a carnival: "Clowns are supposed to be happy, but they are really scary. Carnivals are supposed to be fun, but really they are kind of creepy." [...] "and that's like life to me, and love. Love is supposed to be fun, but it can sometimes be really scary. And the funhouse mirrors that make you look so distorted that you don’t recognize yourself and you ask yourself, ‘How did I get here? How do I get out of here?’ But, you think that you want to do it again. That is the same as love and life. It's a metaphor for being in love and for life."[5] This also shows in the title track "Funhouse" where she tells that it used to be fun. "It's about when the box you’re in doesn’t fit anymore, burn that fucker down and start a new one."[5]


Pink wrote and recorded approximately 30 to 35 songs for Funhouse. "It's like getting rid of your children: 'I like that one too, but I'm going to let that one die,'" she said of choosing the album's tracks. "The good thing now is that different countries want extra songs and B-sides, so there's always a home for the other kids."[8] Pink traveled internationally to write and record the album, working with Eg White in London and with Max Martin in Stockholm. "It was really good to get out of my house and get away from my life. No distractions. No phones", Pink said of her sessions outside the U.S.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[10]
Blender3/5 stars[11]
The Boston Globe(favorable)[12]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[13]
The Guardian3/5 stars[14]
The New York Times(mixed)[15]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[17]
Slant3.5/5 stars[18]
Spin4/5 stars[19]
The Village Voice(favorable)[20]

Funhouse has received generally positive reviews from critics. The album has a score of 69 out of 100 from Metacritic based on 20 "generally favorable" reviews.[9] Sydney's The Daily Telegraph gave it 4.5 stars, writing, "The record is a balanced blend of upbeat pop gems and midtempo ballads [...] The power of Pink's pop lies in the clever juxtaposition of heartfelt honesty about her life with anthematic choruses and irresistible melodies tailormade to be screamed out by her fans."[21]

Other positive reviews were published by US Magazine, which gave the album four stars, saying "The rebellious Grammy winner again fuses unrestrained lyrics with perfect pop-rock hooks on her electrifying fifth CD. From her aggressive No. 1 hit 'So What' to the vulnerable 'Please Don't Leave Me' and the openhearted ballad 'I Don't Believe You', Pink confirms she's still in excellent fighting shape."[22] In his Consumer Guide, Robert Christgau picked out the single from the album, "So What", as a "choice cut".[23]

Less favorable reviews came from sources such as Rolling Stone and Blender,[11] each giving the album three stars. Rolling Stone stated, "Pink has shown more personality before, and some cuts, including the goopy ballad "I Don't Believe You", make her sound like just another big-voiced chart-buster. Funhouse would be more fun if Pink went easier on the bad-love songs."[17]

Chart performance[edit]

Four versions of Funhouse were released to the U.S. iTunes Store: two versions of the original, one explicit and one clean; two versions of the deluxe, one explicit and one clean.

Funhouse debuted at number two on the United States Billboard 200 chart issued on November 18, 2008, with sales of 180,000, behind AC/DC's Wal-Mart exclusive, Black Ice, which claimed the top spot with its second-week sales of 271,000. In March 2009, it was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of over 1,000,000 copies,[24] and as of June 2012, the album has sold 1,960,000 copies in the United States.[25] It was Pink's highest charting album in that country, until her sixth album The Truth About Love debuted at number one.

In Australia, record shops broke embargo and placed Funhouse on sale one day before its official release date; with only one day of sales, it became the fourth-highest selling album of the week, shifting 7,120 copies.[26] Funhouse debuted officially at number one in Australia,[27] and sold 86,273 units that week (the highest first week sales of 2008). Funhouse spent nine consecutive weeks at number one and has been certified 11× platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for 770,000 copies sold.[28] The album ended both 2008 and 2009 as the second highest selling album of the year in Australia, and was reported in 2010 to be the second most successful album of the 2000–2009 decade.[29]

In the United Kingdom, the album sold over 37,100 copies in its first day and 83,000 copies in its first five days.[30] Funhouse became her first number-one album in the UK, entering at number one on November 2, 2008, and has been certified 3× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipping 900,000 copies.[31] Funhouse was the ninth biggest selling record of 2008, and the eleventh biggest seller of 2009

Funhouse debuted at number one in the Netherlands,[27] New Zealand (certified 3× Platinum[32]), and Switzerland (certified 3× Platinum[33]) In Germany, Funhouse debuted at number two.[34] There, it is the sixth best-selling album of 2009 and the twenty-third best-selling album of 2010,[35] shipping more than 1,000,000 copies as of June 2010.[36][37] It is certified 5× Platinum.[38]



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The song was written by Pink, in collaboration with Max Martin and Shellback, about her separation. The song is the album's lead single, released in August 2008. It has become Pink's biggest success to date, peaking at number one in eleven countries around the world. It is also Pink's first solo single to top the Billboard Hot 100.

On November 3, 2008, the song was released as the second single from the album. It was written by Pink, Nate "Danja" Hills, Kara DioGuardi and Marcella Araica, and produced by Danja, Kanal and Jimmy Harry. Promotion for the song included a November 23 performance at the American Music Awards. The song's video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, premiered November 25 on Pink's official YouTube channel. The B-side for the single is the non-album track "When We're Through", co-written by Pink and Butch Walker.

The song's release date was changed after its music video and cover art were leaked online. It was released in January 2009 in Australia and in March 2009 in the United States. It reached the Top 20 in several countries and received a Platinum certification from RIAA for one million units sold, all despite the several issues which accompanied its release.

The song was released as the fourth single in Australia, promoting the arrival of the Australian leg of the Funhouse Tour. It was sent to Australian radio in April 2009 and a CD Single was released in May 2009. The song became a huge success in Oceania despite the absence of a music video, reaching the Top 10 in both Australia and New Zealand. It was released as a single in Germany on March 26, 2010. It manage to reach number 26 on Germany's official Singles Chart.

It was announced that "Funhouse" will be the fourth worldwide single. It was released in the UK on August 3, 2009, and in the U.S. on August 25, 2009. The music video premiered on June 20, 2009, in the United Kingdom on 4music at 11:00am. Tony Kanal of No Doubt, also the co-writer and the producer of the song, appears in the music video, playing a piano. "Funhouse" became the lowest Billboard charter, reaching #44, until the release of "I Don't Believe You" which failed to chart.

"I Don't Believe You" was announced as the fifth worldwide single from the album. It was released in the U.S. on October 5, 2009, to Hot AC radio, it failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100, making it Pink's least successful single in the U.S. The song is considered to be Pink's most vulnerable to date and is about her husband Carey Hart, as are most of the songs on the album. Pink performed the song on February 5, 2010, on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Pink performed "Glitter in the Air" on January 31, 2010, at the 52nd Grammy Awards, where she received for her performance a standing ovation. Also, many celebrities and media outlets praised her performance. The song was immediately delivered digitally to radio as a new single by Jive Records before the Grammy broadcast was even over. On the February 20, 2010, issue of Billboard, the song debuted on the Hot 100 at #18, Pink's second highest debut after "So What", as well as her seventh entry from Funhouse, which gives the song credit for raising the sales of the album and pulling it back to the Top 20 on the Billboard 200.

Promotional singles[edit]

The track was released as a radio-only single in Australia[44] and peaked at #10 on the Australian Airplay Chart. It was featured on the Autumn 2010 edition of compilation CD So Fresh.[45] It was the 24th most played track on Australian radio in 2010.[46] It never charted on the ARIA Singles Chart. The song serves as theme tune for the German RTL docu-soap Verdachtsfälle since its airing date in 2009.

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition
1."So What"  Pink, Max Martin, ShellbackMax Martin3:34
2."Sober"  Pink, Nathaniel Hills, Kara DioGuardi, Marcella AraicaDanja, Tony Kanal, Jimmy Harry4:10
3."I Don't Believe You"  Pink, Max MartinMax Martin4:35
4."One Foot Wrong"  Pink, Francis WhiteEg White3:22
5."Please Don't Leave Me"  Pink, Max MartinMax Martin3:51
6."Bad Influence"  Pink, Billy Mann, Butch Walker, MachopsychoBilly Mann, Butch Walker, Machopsycho3:35
7."Funhouse"  Pink, Tony Kanal, Jimmy HarryTony Kanal, Jimmy Harry3:24
8."Crystal Ball"  Pink, Billy MannBilly Mann3:25
9."Mean"  Pink, Butch WalkerButch Walker4:17
10."It's All Your Fault"  Pink, Max Martin, ShellbackMax Martin3:51
11."Ave Mary A"  Pink, Billy Mann, Pete WallaceBilly Mann, Al Clay3:15
12."Glitter in the Air"  Pink, Billy MannBilly Mann3:46

Tour Edition CD+DVD[edit]

A CD+DVD set. The CD includes the Standard Edition track listing plus two additional bonus tracks: "This Is How It Goes Down," featuring Travie McCoy and "Push You Away".

Tour Edition DVD[50][51][52]
1."So What" (music video)Pink, Max Martin, ShellbackMax Martin3:35
2."Funhouse" (music video)Pink, Kanal, HarryKanal, Harry3:09
3."Sober" (music video)Pink, Hills, DioGuardi, AriacaDanja, Kanal, Harry4:24
4."Please Don't Leave Me" (Live In Australia)Pink, Max MartinMax Martin3:53
5."I Don't Believe You" (Live In Australia)Pink, Max MartinMax Martin4:36
6."Please Don't Leave Me" (Live In Australia)Pink, Max MartinMax Martin3:52
7."So What" (Live In Australia)Pink, Max Martin, ShellbackMax Martin3:35
8."Track-by-Track" (video commentary) (not available on iTunes Store) Max Martin 

German Tchibo Special Edition[edit]

A 2-CD set consisting of the original International Edition CD and a Bonus CD, the Live in Australia EP, which was released exclusively in Tchibo stores in Germany.[53]

Live in Australia EP
1."Bad Influence" (Live)Pink, Mann, Walker, MachoPsychoMann, Walker, MachoPsycho3:51
2."Just Like a Pill" (Live)Pink, AustinDallas Austin3:26
3."I Don't Believe You" (Live)Pink, Max MartinMax Martin4:36
4."Glitter in the Air" (Live)Pink, MannMann5:16
5."Ave Mary A" (Live)Pink, Mann, WallaceMann, Clay3:23

Funhouse Tour: Live in Australia[edit]

With the release of The Tour Edition, a live album was released featuring live performances of twelve songs, plus "Push You Away", a studio track which was previously unreleased; the song is also included on The Tour Edition. While the DVD includes 23 live performances, including 2 bonus performances. A Blu-ray version of the DVD was also released. The album and DVD were recorded in Sydney, Australia on July 17 and July 18.


Main article: Funhouse Tour

European, Australian and American tour dates for the Funhouse Tour have been announced. Pink has completed her first leg of the Funhouse Tour in Europe. She is currently doing her 3 month stint in Australia. The third leg well take place in North America. 11 dates in the United States and 1 date in Canada have been confirmed. The fourth leg will be 3 months around Europe starting in Dublin, Ireland on October 14 and finishing December 20 in Hannover, Germany.

Pink broke her own record in Australia where she sold-out seventeen shows in Melbourne (more than any other city). Melbourne also sold the most tickets and had the biggest revenue. She also sold out seven consecutive shows in Sydney in a collective week, all within forty minutes. The overwhelming demand for shows in Australia means that she has surpassed her record-breaking run of 35 sold-out shows achieved on the 2007 Australian leg of the I'm Not Dead Tour. The Funhouse Tour currently sits at 58 shows in Australia making her the most successful artist to ever tour the country.[54]

Pink has also broke the record of most shows at a venue in Australia by announcing her 17th show in Melbourne. Other records broken include most shows at a venue at Sydney Entertainment Centre and Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

In April new tour dates were added in the US. This will be the first time that Moore will tour in her home country since 2006. The first show will be in Seattle in September and twelve dates later end in New York City.[55]

A year later, she did the Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour in Europe.


Chart (2008–2009)ProviderPeak
Argentinean Albums Chart[56]CAPIF29
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[27]ARIA1
Austrian Albums Chart[27]Media Control Europe3
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[57]IFPI/Ultratop3
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[57]IFPI/Ultratop10
Canadian Albums Chart[27][58]CRIA2
Czech Republic Albums Chart[59]IFPI5
Danish Albums Chart[27]IFPI4
Dutch Albums Chart[60]GFK1
European Albums ChartIFPI1
Finnish Albums Chart[61]IFPI5
French Albums Chart[27]SNEP/IFOP4
German Albums Chart[27][62]IFPI/Media Control2
Greek Albums Chart (Overall)[63]IFPI20
Greek Albums Chart (International)[64]IFPI8
Hungarian Albums Chart[65]MAHASZ3
Irish Albums Chart[27]IRMA1
Italian Albums Chart[27]FIMI20
Japanese Albums Chart[66]Oricon33
Mexican Albums ChartAMPROFON47
New Zealand Albums Chart[27]RIANZ1
Norwegian Albums Chart[27]IFPI/VG-Lista18
Polish Albums Chart[27]ZPAV8
Russian Albums ChartNFPP7
South African Albums Chart[67]Radio Sonder Grense40
Spanish Albums Chart[27][68]PROMUSICAE43
Swedish Albums Chart[69]GLF3
Swiss Albums Chart[27]Media Control Europe1
UK Albums Chart[27]BPI/OOC1
U.S. Billboard 200[27][70]Billboard/RIAA2

End-of-year charts[edit]

End-of-decade charts[edit]


Australia (ARIA)[28]11× Platinum770,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[90]3× Platinum60,000x
Belgium (BEA)[91]Platinum30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[92]3× Platinum240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[93]Platinum30,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[94]Platinum22,895[94]
France (SNEP)[95]Platinum100,000*
GCC (IFPI Middle East)[96]Gold3,000*
Germany (BVMI)[38]4× Platinum800,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[97]Gold7,500^
Hungary (Mahasz)[98]Gold3,000x
Ireland (IRMA)[99]Platinum15,000x
New Zealand (RMNZ)[32]3× Platinum45,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[100]Gold10,000*
Russia (NFPF)[101]Platinum20,000*
Sweden (GLF)[102]Platinum40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[33]3× Platinum90,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[31]4× Platinum1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[24]2× Platinum2,000,000^

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



Awards ceremonyAward categorySubjectResult
Fuse TV[103]Best Video of 2008"So What"Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards[104]Most Addictive Track"So What"Won
Rockbjörnen Awards (Sweden)[105]Best International ArtistHerselfNominated
Virgin Music Awards (UK)[106]Best International ActHerselfNominated
World Music Awards[107]World Best Selling Rock/Pop ArtistAll sales of 2008Nominated


Awards ceremonyAward categorySubjectResult
MTV Australia Awards[108]Best Video"So What"Won
Brit Awards[109]Best International Female ArtistHerselfNominated
Grammy Awards[110]Best Female Pop Vocal Performance"So What"Nominated
International Dance Music AwardsBest Pop Dance Track"So What"Nominated
Meteor Music Awards[111]Best International FemaleHerselfNominated
NRJ Radio Music Awards (France)[112]Best International FemaleHerselfNominated
Best International AlbumFunhouseNominated
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Female Video"So What"Nominated


Awards ceremonyAward categorySubjectResult
Grammy Awards[113]Best Female Pop Vocal Performance"Sober"Nominated
Best Pop Vocal AlbumFunhouseNominated
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Direction in a VideoFunhouse (Dave Meyers)Nominated
Best Editing in a VideoFunhouse (song) (Chris Davis)Nominated

Release history[edit]

Netherlands[114]24 October 2008Sony Music Entertainment0886974064923
Australia[118]25 October 200888697406492
Japan[119]26 October 2008BMG Japan
Hong Kong[120]27 October 2008Sony BMG HK
Korea[121]Sony BMG
United Kingdom[123]RCA88697406922
United States[124]28 October 2008LaFaceB001F0VHEM
Spain[125]Sony BMG886974064923
Italy28–29 October 2008La Face Records886976893510
Sweden[126]29 October 2008
Brazil31 October 2008
Russia[127]3 November 2008
Philippines4 November 2008Sony Music Philippines
Middle East (Standard + Steelbox)5 November 2008Sony BMG886973675922
Germany (Steelbox)[128]5 December 2008
Poland (Tour Edition)26 October 2009Sony BMG
Middle East (Tour Edition)26 October 2009LaFace
United States (Live in Australia Edition)27 October 2009LaFace
United Kingdom (Tour Edition)2 November 2009RCA

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