On This Day in Pink History… 27th March 2001

On This Day in Pink History… 27th March 2001, Lady Marmalade was released.

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Lady Marmalade was featured as part of a medley in the film Moulin Rouge! For the film’s soundtrack album, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink recorded a cover version of the song was it was released as the soundtrack’s first single in spring 2001. It was produced by Missy Elliott and writing partner Rockwilder, it features an intro and outro by Missy 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. “Lady Marmalade” was Aguilera’s fourth US number-one single and first-time number-ones for Kim, Pink, and Mýa in the US. It would be Pink’s only number-one hit until 2008, when her single So What reached the top. It remained in the top forty for seventeen weeks in the US, and topped the charts in fifteen different countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia. As of December 2001, the song had sold 5.2 million copies worldwide.

Music Video

The music video, directed by Paul Hunter, features all four performers in lingerie (rapper Missy Elliott makes a couple of small appearances) 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 at number 30 on MuchMusic’s 100 Best Videos.

Pink History’s favourite performances of Lady Marmalade:

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