Composed by Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen, René Dif and Lene Nystrøm (all of Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua) and recorded by the same group for their debut album, Aquarium. The inspiration for the song came from a an exhibit (seen by Søren Rasted) on kitsch culture in Denmark that featured Barbie dolls. The lyrics of the song are about Barbie and Ken, the dolls made by American toy manufacturer Mattel. The song was very successful commercially, reaching No.1 in multiple countries. Genres: Dance, Novelty Song.
The manufacturer of the Barbie doll, Mattel, sued the record label (MCA Records Inc) for copyright infringment and trademark violation. Mattel claimed that MCA Records Inc had turned Barbie into a sex object and impinged on their marketing plan, likening MCA to a bank robber. In response, MCA contested the case and sued Mattel for defamation of character. Both lawsuits were dismissed, with one judge remarking “The parties are advised to chill.” 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.
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|Chart History (1997)||Peak Position|
|Belgium Ultratop 50 Flanders Region Chart||1|
|Belgium Ultratop 50 Wallonia Region Chart||1|
|Canada Dance / Urban Chart||1|
|Canada Top 100 Singles Chart||4|
|Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart||1|
|Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart||2|
|USA Billboard Dance Club Play Chart||21|
|USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart||7|
|Year-End Chart (1997)||Final Position|
|Belgium Ultratop 50 Flanders Region Chart||2|
|Belgium Ultratop 50 Wallonia Region Chart||2|
|Canada Dance / Urban Chart||5|
|Canada Top 100 Singles Chart||67|
|Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart||3|
|USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart||94|
|Year-End Chart (1998)||Final Position|