Greta Gerwig's Barbie Will Not Use The Iconic Song
Aqua's 1997 song "Barbie Girl" features the classic lyrics , "Come on Barbie, let's go party!" However, Aqua has been excluded from the upcoming Margot Robbie film.
Despite fan demands, sources at Variety say that the Mattel and Warner Bros. film's soundtrack will not include the Europop song, which has over a billion views on YouTube.
According to Ulrich Mller-Jrgensen, manager of Aqua lead singer Lene Nystrm, “The song will not be used in the movie”.
Aqua's mega-hit "Barbie" won't be sound-tracked by the toy firm Mattel, which invented and owns the Barbie brand.
Mattel sued MCA Records (now part of Universal Music), who distributed "Barbie Girl" in the United States, for trademark infringement after the song became a blockbuster in 1997, selling over 1.4 million copies in the United States and remaining at the top of the U.K. singles charts for four weeks.
According to a lawsuit filed by Mattel, the song's "suggestive lyrics" prompted the company to fear that the Barbie brand would be damaged by its "provocative tone" and the "licentious” Ken doll's response, which included "kiss me here, touch me there." Aqua singer René Dif, who plays Ken, is seen yanking Nystrm's arm out of his body in the accompanying music video. According to Mattel, "the video shows the Ken doll decapitating the Barbie doll by pulling off her arm".
Mattel's response was to sue MCA Records for defamation, claiming that the song was a satire protected by the First Amendment. MCA Records also sued Mattel for slander.
However, "even if we were satisfied with its lyrical content, we would still be filing this suit because the song was published and distributed without our permission or even our notification," a spokeswoman was quoted as saying in an interview. They further added, “This song is described as lively and fun, but it's truly our conviction that unlawful exploitation of another company's IP for one's own economic advantage is neither uplifting nor pleasant.”
A federal judge in California rejected both parties' lawsuits, stating that "Mattel's statements were non-actionable hyperbole" and that the song is a parody which is "poking fun at both her and the plastic values she represents."
Mattel's petition was mostly ignored. Appeals court judge Alex Kozinski again dismissed the trademark infringement and defamation charges, stating, "The parties are advised to chill."
Aqua hasn't been able to get a foothold in the music industry in 25 years.