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"Lady Marmalade"
Lady Marmalade
Single by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and P!nk
from the album Moulin Rouge!
Released
March 27, 2001
Recorded
January 2001
Genre
R&B, hip hop soul
Length
4:24
Label
Interscope
Writer(s)
Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan
Producer(s)
Rockwilder, Missy Elliott
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In 2001, "Lady Marmalade" was featured as part of a medley in the film Moulin Rouge!. For the film's soundtrack album, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and P!nk recorded a cover version; it was released as the soundtrack's first single in spring 2001. Produced by Missy Elliott and writing partner Rockwilder, it features an intro and outro from Elliott. A lyric was changed from the original version, with the song's setting being transferred from New Orleans to the Paris nightclub Moulin Rouge. The song became a number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the second time, reaching number one in its eighth week and spending five weeks at the top of the chart. It was the third song in Billboard chart history (after Aaliyah's 2000 single "Try Again" and Shaggy's 2001 single "Angel" to hit number one without being released in a major commercially available single format such as a CD or CD maxi single. "Marmalade" was Aguilera's fourth U.S. number-one single and first-time number-ones for Kim, P!nk and Mya in the U.S. For Aguilera, the song would be her last Hot 100 number one until 2011's "Moves Like Jagger" collaboration with Maroon 5. It would be P!nk's only number-one hit until 2008, when her single "So What" reached the top. It remained in the U.S. top forty for seventeen weeks, and topped the charts in fifteen different countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia. The single was the best-selling single for Lil' Kim and Mýa. The song was included on non-US versions of Aguilera's first greatest hits album, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits. As of December 2001, the single had sold 5.2 million copies worldwide.

Music videoEdit

The music video, directed by Paul Hunter, features all four performers in lingerie, also rapper Missy Elliott makes a couple of small cameos in the video and was filmed at the end of March 2001 on sets (Los Angeles) built to resemble the actual Moulin Rouge night club around the turn of the century (1890–1910). The video won the MTV Video Music Award for "Best Video of the Year" and "Best Video from a Film"; it was also nominated for "Best Dance Video", "Best Pop Video", "Best Choreography" (Tina Landon), and "Best Art Direction". The song won a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals". It ranks #30 on MuchMusic's 100 Best Videos.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Lady Marmalade" (Thunderpuss Radio Mix) – 4:09
  2. "Lady Marmalade" (Thunderpuss Mixshow Mix) – 6:21
  3. "Lady Marmalade" (Thunderpuss Club Mix) – 9:35
  4. "Lady Marmalade" (Thunderdub) – 8:21
  5. "Lady Marmalade" (Thunderdrums) – 3:42
  6. "Lady Marmalade" (Thunderpuss Tribe-A-Pella) – 7.42

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