Let’s Party: Aqua’s Barbie Girl Is Back To Celebrate Her 25th Birthday
If you thought Aqua’s Barbie Girl was the pinnacle of ’90s throwaway pop, think again: To celebrate its 25th anniversary, parent album Aquarium is set to be re-released in September.
Dismissed by many as a Euro-dance novelty, Danish band Aqua nevertheless managed to rack up album sales of 33 million, so the joke certainly wasn’t on them.
With a Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie movie in the works, you might think the re-release came at an opportune time, but Variety reports that Aqua’s song won’t appear in the movie, which stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. and is slated for release in 2023.
In fact, Barbie Girl and Barbie maker Mattel have a little history. In September 1997, six months after the release of Barbie Girl, the toy company sued MCA Records, Aqua’s label, claiming the song violated its trademark and presented Barbie in a way they weren’t at home with. comfortable.
The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed, with a subsequent ruling from 2002 stating that the parody nature of the song meant it was copyrighted.
In 2021, Mattel launches Barbie Music Producer – a special version of the doll that comes with a mixer, laptop (running a DAW) and headphones – with the aim of “highlighting the importance of female participation in the industry”.
Aquarium will be re-released on September 9 and is available for pre-order now (opens in a new tab).