Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 8 May 2001 (2001-05-08)
(see Release history)
Recorded September 2000—March 2001
Genre Soundtrack
Length 60:12
Label Interscope
Producer Baz 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)
Alternative covers
International / Amazon.com cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Slant 3/5 stars[2]

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]

Songs

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, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink, 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", made famous 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 listing

# Title Performer(s) Length
1 "Nature Boy" David Bowie 3:25
2 "Lady Marmalade" Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and P!nk 4:25
3 "Because We Can" Fatboy Slim 3:27
4 "Sparkling Diamonds" Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Lara Mulcahy, Caroline O'Connor and Natalie Mendoza 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, Cecilia Weston, London Session Orchestra and Ewan McGregor 4:48
12 "El Tango de Roxanne" José Feliciano, Ewan McGregor and Jacek Koman 4:42
13 "Complainte de la Butte" Rufus Wainwright 3:07
14 "Hindi Sad Diamonds" John Leguizamo, Nicole Kidman 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

Personnel

Charts

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 on the albums chart for 52 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.

Charts (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[17] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[19] 4
Brazilian Albums Chart[23] 4
Danish Albums Chart[20] 4
Finnish Albums Chart[24] 10
French Albums Chart[21] 4
New Zealand Albums Chart[18] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[22] 5
Spanish Albums Chart[25] 56
Swiss Albums Chart[26] 13
US Billboard 200[27] 3

Release history

Region Date Label Format(s) Catalog
United States, Europe 8 May 2001 Interscope Records CD, Digital download 490507-2[28][29]

References

  1. ^ a b "Moulin Rouge".  
  2. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (May 19, 2001). "Moulin Rouge:Original Soundtrack Music Review".  
  3. ^ "Moulin Rouge, Vol. 2". Allmusic. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ de Bloois, Joost; Houppermans, Sjef; Korsten, Frans-Willem, eds. (2004). Discernements. p. 167.  
  5. ^ a b Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film (CD insert).  
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lady Marmalade". Allmusic. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ Schneider, Mary (March 29, 2004). "Minding my language".  
  8. ^ "Grammy Hall of Fame Award".  
  9. ^ "Moulin Rouge: Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ McKay, Mary Jayne (February 28, 2002). "Alicia Cleans Up".  
  11. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Rhythm of the Night". Allmusic. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  12. ^ Cohen, Jonathan. "Destiny's Child Holds Off Wings, Janet At No. 1". Billboard. 16 May 2001. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  13. ^ "The Billboard 200 (Chart Listing for the Week of Jun 16 2001)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  14. ^ "Top Soundtracks (Chart Listing for the Week of Feb 07 2009)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  15. ^ "Top Pop Catalog (Chart Listing for the Week of Aug 16 2003)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  16. ^ "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 3 June 2009. Note: User must define 'Title' search parameter as "Moulin Rouge".
  17. ^ a b "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". Australian-Charts.com. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  18. ^ a b "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". Charts.org.nz. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  19. ^ a b (German) "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". AustrianCharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  20. ^ a b "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". DanishCharts.com. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  21. ^ a b (French) "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". LesCharts.com. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  22. ^ a b "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". NorwegianCharts.com. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  23. ^ "HITS — Os discos mais vendidos da semana". Istoé Gente. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  24. ^ "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". FinnishCharts.com. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  25. ^ "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". promusicae.com.
  26. ^ "Soundtrack - Moulin Rouge (Album)". SwissCharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  27. ^ "Moulin Rouge (Original Soundtrack) > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  28. ^ Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film (CD liner notes). Interscope Records. May 2001.
  29. ^ "Various Artists - Moulin Rouge (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)". iTunes Store. Apple Inc.. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
Preceded by
Lateralus by Tool
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 28 - August 12, 2001
Succeeded by
Bridget Jones's Diary (soundtrack) by Various artists

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