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Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film

Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film is a soundtrack album to Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film Moulin Rouge!. It was released on May 8, 2001. The album features most of the songs featured in the film. However, some of the songs are alternate versions and there are two or three major songs that are left off. The original film versions and extra songs were featured on the second soundtrack.[3]

Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film
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Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released8 May 2001 (2001-05-08)
RecordedSeptember 2000—March 2001
GenreSoundtrack
Length60:12
Label
ProducerBaz Luhrmann
Moulin Rouge soundtrack chronology
Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film
(2001)
Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film, Vol. 2
(2002)
Singles from Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film
  1. "Lady Marmalade"
    Released: March 27, 2001
Alternative covers
International / Amazon.com cover
International / Amazon.com cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Slant3/5 stars[2]

SongsEdit

The soundtrack consists almost entirely of cover versions—"Come What May", composed by David Baerwald and Kevin Gilbert, is the only original song on the album.[4] The opening track, "Nature Boy", is performed by David Bowie, though in the film the song is performed by actor John Leguizamo as the character Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Originally by American singer-songwriter eden ahbez, the song is reprised as the last song on the soundtrack with performances by Bowie and Massive Attack, along with a dialogue by Nicole Kidman.[5]

"Lady Marmalade", written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, was made famous in the 1970s by the girl group Labelle.[6] The song contains the sexually-suggestive lyric "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?", which translates to "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?"[7] Labelle's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.[8] The version for the soundtrack is performed by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim and Mýa, with production and additional vocal credits by Missy Elliott. The song was well-received, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and earning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals[9][10] (see here for additional information about the Moulin Rouge! version, including additional chart positions and awards).

"Because We Can" is credited to Norman Cook, with performance and production credits given to his stage name Fatboy Slim. The song contains portions of "Zidler's Rap", performed in the film by Jim Broadbent as the character Harold Zidler, and has been called the "'Can Can' for the next generation".[1][5] "Sparkling Diamonds" is performed by Kidman, Broadbent, Caroline O'Connor, Natalie Mendoza and Lara Mulcahy. The song is a medley featuring "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin and introduced by Carol Channing in the Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), and "Material Girl" by Madonna. "Rhythm of the Night" was a hit single made famous in 1985 by the American R&B group DeBarge. The track reached number one on the Billboard Hot R&B chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and is said to have "jumpstarted" the career of songwriter Diane Warren.[11] The soundtrack version is performed by Valeria, and includes a dialogue by Kidman.

Track listingEdit

# Title Performer(s) Length
1 "Nature Boy" David Bowie 3:25
2 "Lady Marmalade" Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil' Kim and Mýa 4:25
3 "Because We Can" Fatboy Slim 3:27
4 "Sparkling Diamonds" Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Caroline O'Connor, Natalie Mendoza and Lara Mulcahy 2:52
5 "Rhythm of the Night" Valeria 3:49
6 "Your Song" Ewan McGregor and Alessandro Safina 3:40
7 "Children of the Revolution" Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer 2:59
8 "One Day I'll Fly Away" Nicole Kidman 3:18
9 "Diamond Dogs" Beck 4:34
10 "Elephant Love Medley" Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Jamie Allen 4:13
11 "Come What May" Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor 4:48
12 "El Tango de Roxanne" Ewan McGregor, José Feliciano and Jacek Koman 4:42
13 "Complainte de la Butte" Rufus Wainwright 3:07
14 "Hindi Sad Diamonds" Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo and Alka Yagnik 3:28
15 "Nature Boy" David Bowie and Massive Attack 4:23
16 "Lady Marmalade" (Thunderpuss radio mix) (bonus track) Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink 4:09
17 "Come What May" (Josh G. Abrahams remix) (bonus track) Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman 4:01

PersonnelEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film debuted on the United States Billboard 200 chart at number five on 16 May 2001.[12] Four weeks later, the album reach its peak position at number three.[13] The soundtrack reached number one on the Top Soundtracks chart[14] and number 33 on the Top Pop Catalog chart.[15] On 23 April 2002, it was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[16]

In Australia, the soundtrack debuted on the albums chart at number four on 11 May 2001. The following week it reached number one and remained there for eleven consecutive weeks and upon the albums chart for 58 weeks.[17] Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film also reached number one in New Zealand, where it remained on the albums chart for 16 weeks.[18] The soundtrack reached the top five in Austria,[19] Denmark,[20] France,[21] and Norway.[22] In Australia it was the highest selling album of 2001 reaching 5x Platinum, it was number 45 in 2002.[citation needed]

In early 2018, the soundtrack re-entered the charts after Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performed a medley of the soundtrack at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where they won gold.[citation needed]

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[42] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Belgium (BEA)[43] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[44] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[46] Gold 100,000*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[25] Gold 15,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[47] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[48] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[49] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[53] 2× Platinum 3,200,000[52]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[54] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format(s) Catalog
United States, Europe 8 May 2001 Interscope Records CD, Digital download, Double Vinyl Album / Year 2017 490507-2[55][56]

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