Listen: Slash, Wolfgang Van Halen and Ryan Gosling Collab for Barbie Soundtrack


The Barbie movie is out next weekend and it seems like the whole world is talking about it right now, probably thanks to its insane marketing campaign. The soundtrack has gotten some attention, and for good reason; the names involved are pretty big, making it as star-studded an affair as the movie itself. On one newly revealed song, “I’m Just Ken,” Ryan Gosling, who plays Ken in the movie, performs an ’80s-style power ballad with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and Mammoth WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen.

Explaining how they got Slash on the track, soundtrack executive producer Mark Ronson says that he just shot his shot and the top hat-wearing guitarist was into it.

“I was, what, seventh grade when Appetite For Destruction came out. He’s my all-time hero. I had pictures of Slash all over my walls. So when we were getting near this song being done, I was like, ‘It never hurts to ask.’ It seems like such a long shot.

“I sent him the song and he was like, ‘This is a good song.’ I [didn’t] know Slash that well before this, and he was like, ‘Cool, I’ll play on it.’ And he was so cool. He killed it. He plays the solo at the end and the rhythm parts. It’s wonderful.”

Van Halen explained his role on Twitter:

“My buddy @MarkRonson hit me up earlier this year needing my “mammoth guitar sound” and I happily obliged.

“Honored for the opportunity to contribute some guitar playing throughout this hilarious/surreal/heartfelt movie.”

He also broke down some of the technical aspects:

“(If anyone is curious about specifics, I have a lot of textural stuff throughout the film with two major spots where I do some soloing. One in particular is pretty cool because it’s the big song that Ryan Gosling sings and Slash plays on it as well!)

“(There’s a specific moment in this song that’s only in the movie where l’ve got this fun solo with some tapping and stuff lol. Such a cool opportunity. Honored to be a part of it ????)”

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