Early Reviews Of "Barbie" Are Glowing

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"Barbie" Premiere - Arrivals
Billie Eilish at the premiere of "Barbie" held at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on July 9, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WWD via Getty Images)
The Barbie movie opened last night to rave reviews.

The biggest movie event of the year is right around the corner. Greta Gerwig's Barbie movie premiered yesterday with an absolutely star-studded red carpet. The list of musical stars in attendance is a who's who of superstars. Nicki Minaj, Billie Eilish, HAIM, Dua Lipa, and more all showed up to the bright pink event. But despite all the flair, people had to actually watch the movie and report back on how it is. Early reviews from a number of critics from various different publications had one consensus, it was great. Praise for the film came out in a variety of different ways. The loudest was for director Greta Gerwig. Critics praised her unique vision for the movie and called for her direction to be rewarded come award season later this year. Other praise came for lead performers Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling with multiple outlets calling their performances "Oscar-worthy."

The Barbie film is also coming out with an accompanying Barbie soundtrack. So far six songs have been released from the soundtrack, which releases the same day as the movie. That includes new tracks from pop diva Charli XCX, bedroom pop mainstay Pink pantheress, Latin pop star Karol G, and K-pop group FIFTY FIFTY who teamed up with "Area Codes" rapper Kaliii. The biggest releases have come from some of the biggest stars in pop and rap this year. The first taste of the soundtrack was Dua Lipa's "Dance The Night" which has stuck in the top 40 of the Hot 100 for weeks.

"Barbie" Debuts To Great Reviews

The biggest song from the soundtrack so far came courtesy of Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice. The pair teamed up earlier this year on "Princess Diana" which had a top 10 debut before settling around the middle of the Hot 100. Their Barbie song "Barbie World" appears to be on the same course. It had a high debut inside the top 10, marking Ice Spice's 4th top 10 hit of the year. Though it fell down the charts in week two, nobody would be surprised if it has longevity.

The Barbie soundtrack isn't done yet. They just announced that songs from pop stars Billie Eilish and Sam Smith will also be included in the tracklist. That's on top of a number of big performers like Lizzo, Khalid, and The Kid LAROI who also have songs involved. What do you think of the early reviews for the Barbie movie? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.