Rappers Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice delve deeper into the universe of “Barbie” in the music video for the song “Barbie World.” The track is part of the soundtrack to Greta Gerwig’s feature (“Little Women”), starring Margot Robbie (“Babylon”) and Ryan Gosling (“Occult Agent”). With melodies reminiscent of hip-hop and unreleased songs, the rappers reinterpreted the iconic song “Barbie Girl”, released by the band Aqua in 1997.
The video begins with two little girls playing with Barbie versions of Ice Spice and Nicki Minaj. The scenes then enter the doll’s pink world, revealing a mansion, jet skis and a pink convertible that reference the actual toys.
“And I’m bad like Barbie / I’m a doll, but I still wanna party / Pink’ wait like I’m ready to bend (Pink’ wait like she was ready to bend) / I’m ten years old, so I draw a cane (I’m ten years old, so I draw a cane) / Like Jazzy, Stacy, Nicky (Como Jazzy, Stacy, Nicky) / All barbies are beautiful (All barbies are bad ) / It’s girls and we ain’t playin’ tag (It’s girls and we’re not playin’ catch-up) catch)”, they sing in the chorus.
The video is directed by Hannah Lux Davis, known for her work in famous music videos such as Ariana Grande’s “Thank U Next” (2019). Throughout her career, Davis has worked with artists such as Demi Lovato, Halsey, David Guetta, Doja Cat, and Avril Lavigne.
With the upcoming release of “Barbie”, Warner Bros. today announced a soundtrack featuring some of pop music’s top artists. Lizzo, Ava Max, Charli XCX, Fifty Fifty, Karol G., Kali Uchis, Dominic Fike, Khalid, Pinkpantheres, The Kid LaRoi, Band Haim and Tame Impala to name a few – not to forget Dua Lipa, who stars in He starred in the film and the first video for the track, “Dance the Night”. Following the same thematic footprint, the video also features metaphors from the Barbie universe, including a giant pink heel.
It is noteworthy that Ryan Gosling, who plays Ken Doll in the feature, also sings one of the unreleased tracks. The actor had already sung in the musical “La La Land”, which released in 2016.
The soundtrack, “Barbie: The Album”, is produced by Mark Ronson, known for working with Adele, Bruno Mars and Lily Allen, and will be released on digital platforms on July 21.
The film will be released in Brazilian cinemas a day earlier, on 20 July.