The highly anticipated “Barbie” movie is hitting theatres July 21, and it’s not just the movie that’s causing a buzz—it’s also the incredible accompanying soundtrack, “Barbie: The Album.” Director Greta Gerwig has assembled a musical dream team of pop music’s biggest icons to create 16 original songs inspired by the world of Barbie, making it the soundtrack of the summer.
The roster of artists contributing to the album reads like a who’s who of the music industry. It’s got Ava Max, Charli XCX, Dominic Fike, Dua Lipa, Fifty Fifty, Gayle, Haim, Ice Spice, Kali, Karol G, Khalid, Lizzo, Nicki Minaj, PinkPantheress, Tame Impala, The Kid Laroi, and Ryan Gosling. But wait, there’s more! The final two artists, kept under wraps until July, were revealed to be none other than Billie Eilish and Sam Smith.
The first single from the album, “Dance the Night” by Dua Lipa, sets the tone with a disco pop anthem, drawing inspiration from the movie’s choreographed dance routines. But that’s not all; other singles released ahead of the album include Billie Eilish’s soul-stirring “What Was I Made For?” and Charli XCX’s energetic “Speed Drive.” One of the most talked-about tracks is Ryan Gosling’s “I’m Just Ken,” which is so powerful that it impacted the movie’s production. Mark Ronson, the album’s executive producer and the writer of “I’m Just Ken,” revealed that Gosling’s performance led to reshaping an important scene in the film.
Mark Ronson, known for his work with acclaimed artists like Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, serves as the mastermind behind “Barbie: The Album.” He’s crafted a musical experience that perfectly complements the magic of the movie, bringing out the best in each artist and making sure the songs resonate with audiences.
The soundtrack boasts an impressive variety of styles, from the throwback vibes of Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World (with Aqua),” which samples Aqua’s iconic “Barbie Girl,” to Sam Smith’s introspective and emotional “Man I Am,” from the perspective of Ken. Each track adds a unique flavor to the album, making it a cultural moment that celebrates pop music’s biggest icons coming together.
As we eagerly await the release of “Barbie: The Album” alongside the movie, fans can already pre-order the album and special-edition vinyls and cassette tapes on its website. And for sneak peeks and updates, be sure to follow the album’s Instagram page.
So get ready to embark on the ultimate musical journey with “Barbie: The Album.” The movie promises to change our lives, and with this fantastic soundtrack, the experience will undoubtedly be even more unforgettable. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the world of Barbie through the magic of music and celebrate the talent and creativity of these incredible artists.