Exquisite ‘Barbie’ Movie Soundtrack Crafted by Esteemed Producer Mark Ronson

**Bold Subheading: The Creation of the “Barbie” Soundtrack**

Renowned executive producer and musical polymath, Mark Ronson, faced the challenge of finding the perfect sound for the highly anticipated “Barbie” movie. Collaborating with artists like Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, Ronson had to carefully research and consider the film’s rich visual palette. This article explores Ronson’s journey in creating the soundtrack and highlights some of the notable artists involved.

**Bold Subheading: A Simple Text Message Sparks Inspiration**

Ronson’s involvement in the “Barbie” soundtrack began with a simple text message from music supervisor George Drakoulias. The message simply read, “Barbie?” Intrigued, Ronson read the script and was immediately on board. Alongside collaborator Andrew Wyatt, Ronson delved into the task of composing music for a film of this magnitude, something he had not done before.

**Bold Subheading: Setting the Mood with Pop and Power Ballads**

To start the soundtrack assignment, Ronson focused on two key tracks. The first track was a pop song for a big dance number, while the second track was an ’80s power ballad for the character Ken. Ronson’s initial plan of creating an ’80s pop song took a detour when he landed on a groovy, melodic beat perfect for Dua Lipa. This became the track “Dance the Night,” featured in the film’s main trailer. The song for Ken, titled “I’m Just Ken,” took a different approach. Ronson couldn’t shake the idea of the catchy lyric, “I’m just Ken, anywhere else I’d be a 10,” and sent a demo to director Greta Gerwig. Ryan Gosling, who played Ken in the film, loved the demo and eventually sang the song.

**Bold Subheading: A Thematic Soundscape**

The vision for the “Barbie” soundtrack embraced a wide range of musical influences. Gerwig initially referenced the Bee Gees and ’70s discos as inspiration. Ronson explains that the film’s mood board included references to artists like Dolly Parton, Olivia Newton-John, and the movie “Nine to Five.” This diverse range of influences led to the inclusion of pop genres like reggaeton, bubblegum K-pop, and piano ballads on the soundtrack.

**Bold Subheading: Collaboration and Diversity in Music-Making**

Atlantic Records, the label behind the “Barbie” soundtrack, emphasized collaboration and diversity during the creative process. Each artist involved in the project had the opportunity to attend screenings and become familiar with the scenes they would be writing music for. Lyrics were inspired by the specific ways Barbie was important to each artist. For example, Karol G expressed her love for Barbie and her excitement about the film. HAIM showcased their extensive knowledge of Barbie-related songs from their childhood.

**Bold Subheading: The Importance of Humor in Songwriting**

Humor played a significant role in the songwriting process for the “Barbie” soundtrack. As a comedy with real-world complications, the film’s comedic elements influenced many of the songs. This humor is evident in Dominic Fike’s “Hey Blondie” and the various samples from Charli XCX’s “Speed Drive.”

**Bold Subheading: Cracking the Code for Successful Soundtracks**

Atlantic Records, known for their work on major soundtracks like the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “The Fault in Our Stars,” and “The Greatest Showman,” has found a successful formula for creating hit soundtracks. Kevin Weaver, president of Atlantic Records West Coast, believes that supporting partners creatively is key. Unlike previous films, the acquisition process for “Barbie” involved a visit to the doll factory, where Atlantic executives could witness the doll-making process from start to finish.

**Bold Subheading: Avoiding Reinterpretation Pitfalls**

When working with iconic intellectual property like Barbie, creating a soundtrack comes with its challenges. Ronson recalls his experience with the “Ghostbusters” remake, where several songs were reimaginings of the original theme. For “Barbie,” Ronson and the team decided to reimagine Aqua’s 1997 hit “Barbie Girl” and include Nicki Minaj, whose fans are affectionately called Barbz. This decision ultimately led to a successful collaboration and the creation of a unique sound.

**Bold Subheading: A Learning Experience and Dream Fulfillment**

Ronson admits that executive producing and scoring the entire “Barbie” movie was a new experience for him. He reflects on the journey as a lot of learning on the job. Despite the challenges, Ronson loved being a part of the film and had an incredible partner in Atlantic Records. The opportunity to show people different scenes and help them dream big made the experience truly fulfilling.

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