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"I Don't Believe You"
I Don't Believe You
Single by P!nk
from the album Funhouse
B-side
"I Don't Believe You" (Live in Australia)
Released
October 5, 2009
Recorded
2008
Genre
Soft rock
Length
4:36 (Album version)
3:50 (Radio edit)
Label
LaFace
Writer(s)
P!nk, Max Martin
Producer(s)
Max Martin
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"I Don't Believe You" is a song by American recording artist P!nk. It was released as the fifth worldwide single and sixth overall single from her fifth studio album Funhouse. P!nk stated, "It's the vulnerable weak side of me that I don't let out very often. And it's [sighs], yeah, it's that song. And I love it, I love it. I just love it, it's very near and dear to me." She has also stated it is her favorite song from Funhouse.

BackgroundEdit

Musically, the song is a mid-tempo pop ballad, set in common time and played in the key of A-flat major. The guitar and piano are used for the background music, while P!nk's voice follows the A —Fm7—Cm—D—A chord progression. P!nk explained on her website that, lyrically, the song is about pleading for reconciliation, and is her favourite song from Funhouse "because it's just so naked. It's like taking a deep breathe and saying, 'Here I am. Take me. Take your best shot'." She went on to explain that: "The first thing that comes to my mind with 'I Don't Believe You' is me standing in the vocal booth listening... Actually in the control room listening to this song, tears running down my face, just like 'fuck, really?' It's the vulnerable weak side of me that I don't let out very often. And it's [sighs], yeah it's that song. And I love it, I love it. I just love it, it's very near and dear to me."

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Jonathan Keefe from Slant Magazine praised the song, its sparse electric guitar riff, and P!nk's "phenomenal vocal turn that is both vulnerable and accusatory", while New York Times reporter Jon Caramanica claimed "I Don't Believe You" swells like a classic soul ballad, as P!nk pleads for a lover to reconsider walking away. On another side, Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine gave a negative review, claiming the song is a "goopy ballad", which makes the singer sound like "just another big-voiced chart-buster", and that she has shown more personality on previous singles.

Chart performanceEdit

"I Don't Believe You" is P!nk's single with the lowest peak in the United Kingdom. It failed to reach the top forty due to the release of a physical single being cancelled. In the U.S. & Canada, the track has sold around 115,000+ in digital downloads, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, making "I Don't Believe You" her only single from Funhouse not to have higher charting. In Australia, the song reached number twenty-three on the sales chart and was the number-one most added track to the radio on its debut week of release. In Europe, "I Don't Believe You" reached top forty in most countries with its highest peak in Portugal, where the song reached number one.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "I Don't Believe You", directed by Sophie Muller, was shot in September 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The music video premiered on October 2009. The video is in black and white, it features P!nk in the wedding dress she wore to her actual wedding to Carey Hart in 2006, and a diamond encrusted wedding gown as she searches for her lover, to no avail. Scenes include her lying down in the dress, rollerblading around what appears to be the inside of a church (The Los Angeles Theater), singing to an empty wedding dinnerroom, crying over an empty wedding album and singing to herself in front of the mirror.

Live performancesEdit

On September 16, 2009 P!nk performed "I Don't Believe You" along with "Funhouse" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She also performed the song on February 5, 2010 on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The song was also performed on the Funhouse Tour.

Track listingEdit

  1. "I Don't Believe You" - 4:36
  2. "I Don't Believe You" (Live In Australia) - 4:38

Remixes

  1. "I Don't Believe You" (Aleko's Club Mix)
  2. "I Don't Believe You" (Aleko's Radio Edit)
  3. "I Don't Believe You" (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)

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