Missundaztood

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M!ssundaztood
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Studio album by Pink
Released November 20, 2001 (2001-11-20)
Recorded June–October 2001
Genre Pop[1]
Length 55:16
Label Arista
Producer
Pink chronology
Can't Take Me Home
(2000)Can't Take Me Home2000
Missundaztood
(2001)
Try This
(2003)Try This2003
Singles from Missundaztood
  1. "Get the Party Started"
    Released: October 9, 2001
  2. "Don't Let Me Get Me"
    Released: February 19, 2002
  3. "Just like a Pill"
    Released: June 10, 2002
  4. "Family Portrait"
    Released: December 17, 2002

M!ssundaztood is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Pink. Her breakthrough album, it was released worldwide in November 2001 to global commercial and critical success, critics welcoming the more mature pop sound P!nk presented on the record, after a dance-pop/R&B debut.

The album's four singles received positive reviews from critics and fans alike. The songs "Get the Party Started", "Don't Let Me Get Me" and "Just like a Pill" became hits on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking inside the top 10 between 2001 and 2002. The album's final single, "Family Portrait", is a vulnerable R&B ballad that P!nk wrote about her parents' separation. Although it didn't match the commercial success of the album's first three singles, it was still a hit, peaking inside the top 20 of the Hot 100 at number 18. M!ssundaztood is P!nk's most successful album to date, and one of the most successful albums of the 2000s with over 13 million copies sold worldwide.

Content[edit]

This album is different from Can't Take Me Home as it leads toward pop and less of Pink's original dance-pop/teen pop sound.[2][3] She recruited 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry to help her with writing a new album. According to Pink in VH1's Driven she left a message on Perry's answering machine after finding her number in make-up artist Billy B's phone book, saying she wanted to write with her.[4] She stated that the reason she wanted to work with Perry was that 4 Non Blondes album, Bigger, Better, Faster, More! was one of her favorite albums.

Songs[edit]

Pink worked with Perry on most of the songs of the album, who also contributed guest vocals on "Lonely Girl". Other guest vocals are provided by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi on "Misery". Other writers that worked on the album are Scott Storch and Dallas Austin.

Different subjects are touched upon on Missundaztood. In "Don't Let Me Get Me" she tackles teenage angst and "Just Like a Pill" she describes her drug abuse as a teenager. Pink's father was sent to serve in the Vietnam war which made such an impression on her that she used the stories of her father in the song "My Vietnam". Towards the end of the song is a sonic interpolation of Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner."[5] "Family Portrait" tackles divorce and its effects.

According to VH1's Driven, Antonio "LA" Reid of LaFace Records wasn't initially content with the new music Pink was making, because she had made a name for herself with her successful R&B debut.

At the 2003 Grammy Awards "Missundaztood" was nominated for "Best Pop Vocal Album" and "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance", respectively. At the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, "Get the Party Started" won in the categories "Best Female Video" and "Best Dance Video". Many of the songs on the album contain strong language, and the song "18 Wheeler" in particular, contained many expletives. However, the album was censored in order to avoid a Parental Advisory warning. No uncensored studio versions of "18 Wheeler" exist, but P!nk performs the song uncensored during live performances.

In the US, three different editions of Missundaztood were released in total. The first edition was the original version released in 2001 with enhanced content on the disc, which—if placed in a computer— allowed users to listen to the international bonus track "Catch 22", and granted access to a photo gallery, sing-alongs, and more. This version of the album also contains the original version of the song "Misery", in which P!nk sings the second verse of the song. Future pressings of the album featured Steven Tyler performing the second verse. After some time, all pressings of the album included the new version of "Misery" and no enhanced content. This revised version of the album is the one that is still available today (some early pressings of this revised version still mistakenly carried the Enhanced CD logo on the disc and in the album's liner notes). A third version, released in 2002, was a limited edition that included a bonus DVD with two music videos and two live performances. The version of the CD included in the limited edition package is the later pressing with no enhanced content and the revised version of "Misery". Both the limited edition with the bonus DVD and the enhanced CD versions have since gone out of print. The album was released outside the US with a slightly shuffled track listing and one extra track, "Catch 22".

Promotion[edit]

Pink was featured on the cover of several magazines, including:

Before releasing her album she contributed to the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. Together with Christina Aguilera, Mýa and Lil' Kim, she re-recorded Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade". Under the supervision of record producer and rapper Missy Elliott, they released the song in April 2001. The song became a huge hit around the world, peaking at #1 in 15 countries including the United States and the United Kingdom. It also earned the 4 artists a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. This was Pink's first Grammy Award. In November of the same year she released her album, Missundaztood.

Pink embarked on the Party Tour to promote the album, touring clubs and other venues in the United States. She was also the opening act for 'N Sync on the American and European legs of their tour in 2002.

Singles[edit]

"Get the Party Started", written by Linda Perry, was released as the first single from Missundaztood in October 2001 in the United States and January 2002 in the United Kingdom. The single charted strongly, reaching number four in the US, number two in the UK, and number one in both Australia and New Zealand.

"Don't Let Me Get Me", written by Pink and Dallas Austin, was the album's second single in February 2002. The song reached number six on the UK charts and number eight on the US and Australia charts. It also became the second consecutive number-one single from the album in New Zealand.

"Just like a Pill", also written by Pink and Dallas Austin, became the third single in June 2002. It reached number eight in the US and became Pink's first UK number-one single. It also reached number two in New Zealand, but in Australia, the song was a radio-only single, thus it did not chart.

"Family Portrait" was written by Pink and Scott Storch, released as the final single from Missundaztood in December 2002 in North America and January 2003 in Europe. The song peaked at number 20 in the US, number five in New Zealand, and number 11 in the UK and Australia.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[9]
The Guardian3/5 stars[10]
NME3/10[11]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[14]
Spin6/10[15]
The Village VoiceA[16]

At Metacritic, which assigns a rated mean out of 100 from mainstream critics, the album received a score of 72, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200, selling 220,000 copies in its first week of release, a higher chart and sales debut than that of Pink's first album, Can't Take Me Home (2000).[17] The album saw its highest sales week in its fifth week, when it was at number ten, selling 323,000 copies.[18] It sold 73,000 copies in its eighth week and rose to number six on the chart;[19] which became its peak position. The album being the second biggest selling album by female artist in 2002, behind Avril Lavigne's debut album Let Go. As of July 2014, it had sold 5,628,000 copies in the US[20] The album is number 157 on Billboards Top 200 Albums of All Time.[21] In the US, the album has been certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.

The album was released on vinyl for the first time in October 2017, alongside her follow-up album Try This and her debut, Can't Take Me Home.

In the UK the album peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and eventually manage to sell 1.82 million copies, receiving a 6× Platinum certification[22] The success was so huge that as of November 2006, the album was ranked 94th on the Official Charts Company's all-time best-selling albums list.[23] In 2010 it was ranked the 37th best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK.[24]

Track listing[edit]

Missundaztood – American and First UK edition[25]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."M!ssundaztood"3:36
2."Don't Let Me Get Me"Austin3:31
3."Just like a Pill"
  • Pink
  • Austin
Austin3:57
4."Get the Party Started"PerryPerry3:11
5."Respect" (featuring Scratch)
  • Pink
  • Perry
  • Perry
  • Elliott
3:25
6."18 Wheeler"
  • Pink
  • Austin
Austin3:44
7."Family Portrait"Scott Storch4:56
8."Misery" (featuring Steven Tyler)Richie Supa
4:33
9."Dear Diary"
  • Pink
  • Perry
Perry3:29
10."Eventually"
  • Pink
  • Perry
Perry3:34
11."Lonely Girl" (featuring Linda Perry)PerryPerry4:21
12."Numb"
  • Pink
  • Austin
Austin3:06
13."Gone to California"
  • Pink
  • Perry
  • Perry
  • Elliott
4:34
14."My Vietnam"
  • Pink
  • Perry
  • Perry
  • Elliott
5:19

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[69] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[70] Platinum 40,000[71]
Belgium (BEA)[72] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[73] Gold 50,000[74]
Canada (Music Canada)[75] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[76] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[77] Gold 16,534[77]
France (SNEP)[78] 2× Gold 317,500 [79]*
Germany (BVMI)[80] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[81] Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[82] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[83] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[84] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[85] Gold 50,000*
Russia (NFPF)[86] 5× Platinum 120,000*
Sweden (GLF)[87] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[88] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[89] 6× Platinum 1,945,720[90]
United States (RIAA)[91] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[92] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*
Worldwide 13,000,000[93]

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

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