"Hurt" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera. It was written by Aguilera, Linda Perry and Mark Ronson, and produced by Perry for Aguilera's fifth studio album, Back to Basics (2006). "Hurt" was released as the album's second single on September 19, 2006 by RCA Records instead of "Candyman", which was planned to be the second one. The song's lyrical content came after Aguilera's desire to record a song about losing someone and describes how one deals with the loss of a loved one. Perry developed the first draft of the song while Aguilera rewrote some of the lyrics, and the final version is a tribute to the pair's symbiotic teamwork. Its instrumentation comes from bass, cello, contrabass, drums, guitar, piano, viola and violin.
"Hurt" received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Aguilera's vocals and the song's production. Commercially, the song attained moderate success in the United States, peaking at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100; it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold more than 1.1 million copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song was a top-ten hit worldwide, reaching the top ten in Austria, Belgium and France, and received a certification in regions including Australia, Canada and Switzerland.
An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Floria Sigismondi and co-directed by Aguilera in September 2006. It depicts Aguilera as a showgirl in a circus inspired by the 1920s and 1930s, suffering from her father's death, and realizing she was too wrapped up in her stardom to deal with what matters. It was well received and was nominated for a number of awards. "Hurt" has been performed by Aguilera on several occasions, including at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards and during her 2006-07 Back to Basics Tour. The song has been covered by aspiring singers on many music competitions around the world.File Hashes
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