Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Nicki Minaj, and Ice Spice are all on the Barbie soundtrack
Greta Gerwig’s lurid pink take on Barbie has to be one of 2023’s most hotly anticipated films, and ahead of the fantasy-comedy’s release on July 21, the first wave of its musical line-up has now been revealed. Let’s cut straight to the chase, here: it’s incredible.
In a new Instagram post, Margot Robbie - who plays an apparently imperfect plastic doll who has been slung out of Barbieland into exile - reads a newspaper bearing the names of every artist appearing on soundtrack Barbie: The Album. No wonder that she looks in a state of barely-repressed shock: left-field pop star Charli XCX, Future Nostalgia chart-topper Dua Lipa, rising star Ice Spice, Los Angeles rock trio Haim, rap icon Nicki Minaj and psych-pop heads Tame Impala are among those joining in with the already star-studded fun.
For some bizarre and unknown reason, Ryan Gosling - aka. Barbie’s beloved himbo Ken - is also in the mix here. Fingers crossed that he’ll be lending his pipes to an emotive ballad version of Aqua’s Barbie Girl - admittedly, the actor did sing for his previous role in La La Land.
The entire soundtrack album is being executive produced by Mark Ronson, and as teased by the announcement post, there are still “more Barbies and Kens to be announced”.
The full list of confirmed artists for the soundtrack is as follows: Ava Max, Charli XCX, Dominic Fike, Dua Lipa, Fifty Fifty, Gayle, HAIM, Ice Spice, Kali, Karol G, Khalid, Lizzo, Nicki Minaj, PinkPantheress, Ryan Gosling, Tame Impala, and The Kid Laroi.
Dua Lipa’s brand new Barbie track Dance The Night is slated for release at midnight on 26 May, with the singer teasing the dance-pop infused cut earlier this week. Alice Glass, formerly of the Canadian electro-punk duo Crystal Castles, has also teased her own warped version of Aqua’s 1997 hit Barbie Girl.
Aqua previously confirmed that their original track would not feature in the upcoming Barbie film, telling Variety it felt “too on the nose” and “cheese on cheese”.
Last month, a trailer gave a first glimpse of what to expect from Greta Gerwig’s take on Mattel’s best-known children’s toy Barbie, and so far, it seems like the film will delve into feminist themes and the idea of unattainable beauty standards. Indeed, the film is partly inspired by Mary Pipher’s 1994 non-fiction book Reviving Ophelia, an examination of the societal pressures faced by American teenagers, and the negative influence of misogyny and sexism.