Por los 20 años de Lady Marmalade
entrevistó a varios involucrados (Xtina
incluida) en este proyecto para reconstruir la historia. Missy Elliott, Pink y Lil' Kim, se negaron a ser entrevistadas para este artículo.
[Billboard] Magic in the Chaos: How Christina Aguilera, Mya, Baz Luhrmann & More Revived ‘Lady Marmalade’
by Hilary Hughes / April 06, 2021, 12:11pm EDT
Baz Luhrmann knew that he needed a pop supergroup to sing the signature song for his gamble of a movie-musical. He didn’t know it would take on a life of its own.
Baz Luhrmann was driving through Los Angeles when he heard Christina Aguilera belt the bridge of “Lady Marmalade” on the radio for the first time. It was the spring of 2001, and this version -- produced by Missy Elliott, and featuring the staggering pop/rap supergroup of Mya, P!nk, Lil Kim, and Aguilera -- had been playing on a loop in the head of the Australian director since he popped into the studio while they were recording it.
The hook, “voulez-vous couchez avec mois ce soir?,” was delivered in French, but universally understood thanks to the largesse of the original: first released by R&B trio Labelle in 1974, “Lady Marmalade” was an ode to a New Orleanian prostitute that seduced listeners with an unforgettable proposition -- in English, do you want to sleep with me tonight? -- and an iconic bass line that propelled it to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Later that day, Luhrmann pulled up to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, and Aguilera’s same high notes came blasting out the windows of a car rolling down Sunset Boulevard. He then flew to France to attend the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where his third feature, a jukebox musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor called Moulin Rouge!, was set to premiere. By then, “Lady Marmalade,” Moulin Rouge!’s signature song, was inescapable -- and the movie it was recorded for hadn’t even hit theaters yet.