The summer season of Barbie has its personal soundtrack! “Barbie: The Album” was launched in full on July 21, alongside the extremely anticipated “Barbie” film, and the soundtrack is a present that simply retains on giving.
On Aug. 21, Ryan Gosling and the “Barbie” staff gave followers a take a look at the making of one of many soundtrack’s highlights, Gosling’s chart-topping hit “I’m Just Ken,” with a behind-the-scenes video showcasing among the recording course of and rehearsals that went into bringing the music to the massive display screen. At one level, “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig and Gosling may even be seen breaking out into hysterics whereas watching footage of the scene, exhibiting that “I’m Just Ken”‘s infectious power was apparent from the beginning.
The week prior, Charli XCX constructed on “Barbie” fever by releasing a “Barbie”-themed music video for her music “Speed Drive” from the “Barbie” soundtrack. In the midst of the video, which dropped on Aug. 16, she stops every part to take a video name from Sam Smith, who additionally seems on the “Barbie” soundtrack, and Smith appears to ask her about an upcoming joint mission, hinting at a possible collaboration between the 2 stars.
“Barbie: The Album” has been making waves and slaying on the Billboard charts ever because it was launched. Not solely did the “Barbie” soundtrack debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but it surely additionally gave Gosling his first Billboard Scorching 100 hit. The onscreen Ken — who has had a modest music profession due to his little one star historical past on “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” and his band, Useless Man’s Bones — noticed his hilarious ballad, “I’m Just Ken,” debut at No. 87 on the Scorching 100 chart dated Aug. 5, which isn’t any simple feat.
Atlantic Information first introduced information of the “Barbie” album on Could 25, and it options all-star artists like Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice, Haim, and Okay-pop group Fifty Fifty. Dua Lipa — who performs a mermaid Barbie within the film — additionally has her “Barbie” music, “Dance the Night.”
Fairly just a few of the “Barbie” songs have been launched earlier than the complete album, together with Minaj and Spice’s observe “Barbie World.” The music samples maybe probably the most iconic Barbie music of all time: Aqua’s 1997 hit “Barbie Girl.” Karol G, Dua Lipa, and PinkPantheress’s “Barbie” songs have been additionally all launched earlier than the movie’s premiere.
Then, on July 6, Billie Eilish made the shock announcement that she has a music on the soundtrack, too, titled, “What Was I Made For?” She wrote on Instagram, “WE MADE THIS SONG FOR BARBIE AND IT MEANS THE ABSOLUTE WORRRRLLLD TO ME. THIS MOVIE IS GONNA CHANGE UR LIVES AND HOPEFULLY THE SONG WILL TOO. GET READY TO SOB.” She then launched the somber music and video on July 13. Within the video, Eilish — carrying a yellow gown and a Barbie ponytail — pulls doll-size variations of a few of her personal most iconic outfits and solemnly tries to suit all of them on a doll clothes rack, regardless of wind after which rain.
On July 10, the ultimate particular artist on the soundtrack was revealed to be Smith. Their observe, “Man I Am,” is from the attitude of Ken, Smith mentioned on Instagram. Wrote Smith, “I cannot begin to express how incredibly excited I am to be a part of the soundtrack to this already iconic film. I was invited by the incredible @iammarkronson and Greta Gerwig to write a song from the perspective of Ken for one of the scenes and we honestly had so much fun with this. I cannot wait for you to hear what we’ve created together .”
Followers can nonetheless order the “Barbie” album on the film’s web site proper now, together with a number of special-edition vinyls and cassette tapes. A lot of the album covers function Margot Robbie as Barbie, lounging in her iconic bathing go well with and sun shades, although there is a particular Ken version too. Plus, on launch day, a particular “Best Weekend Ever” version of the album was launched, which incorporates one other music carried out by Gosling and a canopy of “Closer to Fine,” which options within the movie.
The “Barbie” film stars Robbie and Gosling alongside a complete slate of different Barbies and Kens. The sprawling forged consists of Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Helen Mirren, Nicola Coughlan, and lots of extra. Forward, you’ll be able to pay attention to each observe from “Barbie: The Album” — however we’ll warn you that a few of them include main spoilers for the movie.