Aqua - Barbie Girl (Official Music Video)
The lyrics of the song are about Barbie and Ken, the dolls made by Mattel. Both the song and its music video feature Lene Nystrøm as Barbie and René Dif as Ken. As such, the lyrics drew the ire of Barbie's corporate owners, and a lawsuit was filed by Mattel.
Aqua - Barbie Girl (Official Music Video)
The accompanying music video for "Barbie Girl" was directed by Danish directors Peder Pedersen and Peter Stenbæk, and depicts the band members in different scenes that a Barbie doll would be in. It has Nystrøm dressed as various Barbie dolls skulking around her swimming pool at home after Dif, dressed as Barbie's love interest Ken, accidentally pulls her arm off. The video was also the number one most requested video in the US, having shot from 30 to number one on The Box. Uploaded to YouTube in August 2010, as of February 2022, the video has more than 1 billion views.
In 2009, Mattel released a series of advertisements and a promotional music video of the song, with modified lyrics, as part of a new marketing strategy brought in to revive sales. Despite this, the upcoming Mattel-produced film Barbie will not feature the Aqua song, as stated by Ulrich Møller-Jørgensen, who manages lead singer Lene Nystrøm.
The song has been covered by several artists over the years. Alternative metal band Faith No More covered the song live in 1997 during their Album of the Year tour. Identical twin sisters Amanda and Samantha Marchant, better known as Samanda, released their cover of the song on 8 October 2007, and it entered the UK Singles Chart at number 26. Girls' Generation's Jessica Jung covered this song as her solo performance during the first Asian concert tour Girls' Generation 1st Asia Tour: Into the New World. The Swedish artist Loke Nyberg did a new version of this song for the Swedish radio show Morgonpasset. He interprets the song as criticism of today's beauty ideals. In 2013, Ludacris sampled the song in his single "Party Girls" featuring Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih and Cashmere Cat. In 2016, Caramella Girls released a version called "Candy Girl" on iTunes, as well as a YouTube music video.
There are also many parodies of the song, including a parody called "Ugly Girl", with an unverified author (often wrongly credited to "Weird Al" Yankovic, Adam Henderson, or Jack Off Jill). German duo Lynne & Tessa made a lip-synched Internet video of the song in 2006, and on British Indian sketch comedy show Goodness Gracious Me, where a version titled "Punjabi Girl" was featured in the radio series and later on television. In 2012, the song was parodied in an Australian lamb advertising campaign, relying on the Australian use of the term "barbie" to refer to the outdoor barbecue popularly held in Australia. The advertisement starred Melissa Tkautz and Sam Kekovich. In 2014, the song was used in the South Park episode "Cock Magic". Ava Max recorded a version with new lyrics, titled "Not Your Barbie Girl", in 2018.
No specific reason was given for why "Barbie Girl" isn't going to be included in the Barbie movie. The Variety article speculates that it could be because of the troubled history between Aqua and Mattel, as Mattel is heavily involved in the film. This dates back to when "Barbie Girl" became a smash hit when it was released in 1997, prompting Mattel to file a lawsuit against MCA Records for trademark infringement. At the time, Mattel noted concerns about the song portraying Barbie as "promiscuous" along with a complaint how Ken can be seen "dismembering" Barbie in the music video, referring to a moment with Nystrøm getting her arm pulled off.
Even without appearing in a Barbie movie, Aqua's "Barbie Girl" remains one of the all-time most memorable songs. Its official music video has garnered more than one billion views on YouTube as fans continue to play the song 25 years later. There will undoubtedly be many filmgoers expecting to hear that song playing at some point in the film, but it just wasn't meant to be.
In case you haven't figured this out yet, it takes very little (cough, cough, cute animals, cough, cough, cute animals kissing) to amuse me. So when I saw the music video for Aqua's "Barbie Girl" posted on a friend's Facebook wall, I got excited. Like REALLY excited.
Rasted: Yeah, they were essential. We were doing different kinds of videos for the other bands and shooting them in Technicolor. We had these fun and silly stories, and the colors fitted the music and the production. Sometimes when people ask us why we think we became such a big success, I say it's partly because the videos were great. All the elements were there. The second album, which was not as popular in places like the UK, gave us more of a feeling of respect than the first album. 041b061a72