Ryan Gosling’s ‘Barbie’ Song ‘I’m Just Ken’ Makes Billboard Charts

Ryan Gosling
Jaap Buitendijk

Ryan Gosling’s Kenergy has earned him his first-ever Billboard Scorching 100 hit tune.

His ballad “I’m Simply Ken” secured a spot on this week’s Billboard Scorching 100 checklist, rating at No. 87 alongside different Barbie soundtrack tunes equivalent to “Pace Drive” by Charli XCX, “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish, “Dance the Evening” by Dua Lipa and “Barbie World” by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice (with Aqua).

Gosling’s tune additionally made its debut on the Billboard Digital Music Gross sales chart at No. 39 and ranks at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, on the Scorching Rock Songs chart and the Scorching Rock and Various Songs chart.

Earlier than Barbie, Gosling, 42, beforehand charted on Billboard’s Jazz and Jazz Digital Music Gross sales charts with the tune “Metropolis of Stars” from the 2016 movie La La Land, however the observe didn’t break the Scorching 100.

Gosling’s musical scene was a success amongst followers — nevertheless it nearly didn’t occur. “He has a fantastic voice, and he’s a fantastic dancer. We obtained there organically,” director Greta Gerwig informed Rolling Stone final month. “I believe if I had mentioned, ‘I would like you to sing and dance on this film,’ he wouldn’t have essentially executed that for me.”

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Gerwig, 40, continued: “But it surely was type of that factor of boiling a lobster. I believe by the point he was singing and dancing, he didn’t even completely understand how we had gotten there. However he’s so fabulous at it.”

“I’m Simply Ken,” penned by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, serves as a abstract of Ken’s (Gosling) emotions all through the movie — which follows him and Barbie (Margot Robbie) as they journey to the true world to find why she is malfunctioning. On the way in which, they be taught issues should not as good in actual life as they’re in Barbieland.

“[Mark and Andrew] didn’t even have all of the lyrics,” Gerwig defined final month, noting that rock stars equivalent to Meat Loaf have been among the many songwriters’ inspirations. “They only had a sense and the skeleton and the lyric ‘I’m simply Ken,’ and it simply developed from there.”

Barbie I'm Just Ken Earns Ryan Gosling Billboard Hot 100 Hit 3

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ryan Gosling, and Ncuti Gatwa
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Gosling sings greater than as soon as within the movie. To impress the Barbies, Gosling and the opposite Kens serenade them with Matchbox Twenty’s 1996 observe “Push.” Lead singer Rob Thomas referred to as the tune’s inclusion within the film “hilarious” throughout an interview with USA In the present day.

“Once I obtained the decision for Barbie, they informed me, ‘Ken’s by the fireplace, he’s enjoying the tune and it’s his favourite band.’ So I did this pondering I’d be the butt of the joke, and I used to be high-quality with that,” Thomas, 51, famous. “I’m fairly thick-skinned. However Julie Greenwald (from Atlantic Data) got here to the Hollywood Bowl a month or two in the past. She had simply seen the film and was like, ‘You come out of it loving Ken and loving ‘Push.’’ And I used to be like, ‘Aww. Alright, actually good!’”

The tune’s position in Barbie was a match made in heaven for Thomas, as he informed the outlet that Gerwig, “has been one among my crushes eternally.” He added: “I used to be on a aircraft one time and I referred to as my spouse [Marisol Maldonado], like, ‘Child, Greta Gerwig simply got here on the aircraft, Oh, my God.’ So simply the truth that it didn’t diminish my crush on Greta, that’s even higher.”

Barbie opened in theaters on July 21 and made $162 million in its opening weekend, changing into the most important opening debut in historical past for a female-directed movie.