Barbie: The Book: Release Date, Artists, Music List
Summer Barbie is getting its own soundtrack. When the highly anticipated “Barbie” movie hits theaters on July 21, fans will also be able to blast “Barbie: The Album.” On May 25, Atlantic Records announced news about the album, which will be released on the same day as the film, also sharing some of the famous artists who will be appearing, including Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice, Haim, Lizzo, K-pop group Fifty Fifty, and – perhaps more interestingly – Ryan Gosling, who plays Ken in the film. These artists join pop star Dua Lipa (who plays mermaid Barbie in the film). Her “Barbie” song, “Dance the Night,” dropped on May 26 with an animated disco-themed music video. Then, on June 2, Karol G released her “Barbie” album, “WATATI”, featuring Aldo Ranks, and on June 9, PinkPantheress released her contribution to the soundtrack, titled “Angel.”
On June 23, Minaj and Ice Spice’s album, “Barbie World,” was released along with fun visuals, Barbie Dreamhouse. The track features perhaps the most iconic Barbie song: Aqua’s 1997 hit, “Barbie Girl”. And on June 30, Charli XCX released her “Barbie” album, “Speed Drive”.
Then, on July 6, Billie Eilish made the surprising announcement that she also has a song on the soundtrack, titled, “What Was I Made For?” She wrote on Instagram, “WE MADE THIS SONG FOR BARBIE AND IT MEANS A LOT TO ME. This movie is going to change your life and hopefully the song will too. The new track will be released on the morning of July 19 – two days before the film’s official release. Eilish also tagged her brother Finneas O’Connell, with whom she often writes songs.
Fans can order the “Barbie” album on their website right now, along with several special edition vinyls and cassette tapes. Most of the album covers feature Margot Robbie as Barbie, posing in her iconic bathing suit and sunglasses. The album also has its own Instagram page, where excited fans will likely get even more sneak peeks ahead of its release.
The movie “Barbie” stars Robbie as Barbie and Gosling as Ken – plus a whole slate of other Barbies and Kens. The sprawling cast includes Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Helen Mirren, Nicola Coughlan, and many more. Ahead, here’s what we know about “Barbie: The Album.”