Barbie Land

Ryan Gosling's Barbie Song Is Overflowing With Kenergy

I can't get Kenough of this music video!

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Sorry, music festivals — the world’s traveling to Barbie Land for some sonic (and plastic) fun this summer. Ever since the character posters for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie were released in April, the pink-dripped landmark has been on everyone’s radar. The highly anticipated film has an all-star cast, so it’s only right that this aura carried over to its soundtrack, too. On May 25, the artist lineup for Barbie: The Album was announced, and it’s quite a genre-bending dream.

Even Barbie News, who exclusively aired the announcement, can’t handle this riveting lineup. As seen on the film’s official Instagram, the album — produced by Mark Ronson — will feature music from Lizzo, Charli XCX, Nicki Minaj (hopefully, her Harajuku Barbie alter ego makes an appearance), GAYLE, Dominic Fike, FIFTY FIFTY, and more. Both Ice Spice and PinkPantheress also have slots in this roster, perhaps alluding their duet “Boy’s A Liar” might also appear on the album. Or, they may have another hit in store.

Elsewhere, Ryan Gosling — who plays as Ken — has a spot on the album. The actor has shown his vocal chops over the years, including in 2016’s Oscar-winning La La Land. Clearly, he’s going to serve major Kenergy.

Here’s all the artists who’ve dropped their Barbie-centric singles so far.

Dua Lipa

The singer, who stars as Mermaid Barbie in the upcoming film, first hinted at her involvement on the album on May 22. She shared a teaser of her Barbie single, “Dance The Night” on Instagram, and included a fresh look at her siren-inspired aesthetic. In the clip, a disco-slicked groove reminiscent of Dua’s 2020 record, Future Nostalgia, fills the background. OK, that would be iconic if Barbie Land and Club Future Nostalgia exist in the same universe.

Dua’s lead single officially dropped on May 25, along with a music video perfectly combining the disco vibes with the bright-pink Barbie set.

Ryan Gosling

The Kenergy is off the charts in Ryan Gosling’s Barbie song, “Just Ken.” The video dropped on July 10, a couple weeks ahead of the movie’s premiere, and showcased new scenes of Gosling’s Ken as he battles his feelings of insecurity over never being enough without Barbie at his side.

Charli XCX

Recently, Charli XCX added another chapter into her large catalogue of singing about driving fast cars. On June 30, the singer released her Barbie effort, “Speed Drive.” The track is a pop banger put into hyperdrive, boosted by a sample of Toni Basil’s cheerleading hit “Mickey.”

Karol G

Karol G’s spicy summer jam “WATATI” was the next release from the soundtrack.


For the soundtrack’s third single, PinkPantheress dropped “Angel.” True to her penchant for releasing Y2K-inspired gems, this release adopts an atmospheric groove that recalls an end-credit hit for a vintage, teen film.

Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice

On June 22, Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice gave listeners a summer anthem with their duet “Barbie World.” On the track, the two rappers coyly trade verses over a sample of Aqua’s iconic 1997 Europop anthem, “Barbie Girl.” Because of Mattel’s contentious history with Aqua, the song itself couldn’t be featured in the movie, so this was a genius workaround.

Barbie: The Album releases on July 21.

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