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"What About Us"
What About Us
Single by P!nk
from the album Beautiful Trauma
August 10, 2017
4:31 (album version)
3:55 (radio edit)
P!nk, Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid
Steve Mac
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"What About Us" is a song by American singer-songwriter P!nk. It was written by P!nk, 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 P!nk's seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma (2017).

It topped the charts in Australia and Scotland and has reached the top 10 in Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as the top 20 in Canada and Hungary.

Background Edit

P!nk hinted at an upcoming release in a tweet on July 16, 2017. When a fan asked when they could expect new music, P!nk wrote: "Well I'm shooting a video next week." On July 21, 2017, P!nk shared a video from the filming set, captioned: "Video #new #fyeah #itsallhappening." The day after, she shared a photo on social media, revealing the new single's title and release date.


"What About Us" is described as an emotional club ballad and dance floor anthem with pounding drums and an array of synthesizers. The song has also been described as a protest song. 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 P!nk's vocals span one and a half octaves, from A♭3 to E♭5.

Critical reception Edit

"What About Us" received critical acclaim from music critics, with some noting its political themes as a highlight. 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." Patrick Crowley from Billboard wrote: "P!nk throws out the rules in favor of authenticity once again."

Live performances Edit

P!nk gave her first televised performance of "What About Us" within a medley of her greatest hits at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on August 27, during which she received the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. She had previously performed the track on various dates throughout her festival tour in 2017.

Music videoEdit

The song's music video premiered on VEVO on August 16, 2017.

Credits and personnel Edit

  • P!nk – songwriting, vocals
  • 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 – assistant engineering
  • Matt Dyson – assistant engineering

Release history Edit

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide August 10, 2017 Digital download RCA
Italy Contemporary hit radio Sony
United Kingdom August 12, 2017 RCA
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