Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, & Lil Kim’s ‘Lady Marmalade’ Certified Platinum As Divas Celebrate Song’s 20th Anniversary

Published: Tuesday 6th Apr 2021 by Ryan

Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Lil Kim all have a reason to celebrate.

For, their 2001 smash ‘Lady Marmalade’ has just crossed a major milestone 20 years later.

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It’s no April Fool’s joke!  Released at the top of April 2001, the sultry jam has just been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) 20 years later.  This means it’s reached sales equivalence of 1,000,000 units in the United States.

The song was first made popular in 1974 by the legendary group Labelle, before the iconic Pop divas remade it for the 2001 film, ‘Moulin Rouge!’ 

Upon its release, the revamped ‘Lady Marmalade’ was met with copious critical acclaim and went on to top the charts globally, including the US and UK (with it spending five weeks atop the former).

To honor its enduring impact, Xtina took to ‘Vogue’ recently to dish on the behind the scenes action of the song’s recording.

ON WHY ‘MARMALADE’ WAS SPECIAL TO HER:

“We each brought our own interpretations to the table and then just blew it out of water,” Aguilera states. “It was the first time I was able to sing the way I love to sing. I got to really let loose creatively, sing vocals that I truly loved and believed in. I could belt and do my ad-libs and my runs and be as soulful as I wanted to be. I got to have fun.”

ON HOW IT HELPED TRANSITION HER TO HER ‘DIRRTY’ PHASE:

“I was in a transition stage at that point,” Aguilera remembers. “I was coming off the success of my first record, where I was kind of boxed in to sing a certain kind of way. Every time I tried to sing a little more the way I wanted to, it was like, you’re singing too much, you need to be softer, we need to lessen that. It was all about fitting a certain mold. When I went on to work with Rockwilder on ‘Dirrty,’ I got to do the music that I wanted to do; that same gritty, bassy feel that wasn’t thin-sounding, that you can sink your teeth into as a vocalist.”

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ON THOSE EYE-POPPING COSTUMES:

“The costuming was a huge part of the visual aspect of this whole song,” Aguilera explained. “It was about being over the top and feeling comfortable in your own skin, and not worrying about the labeling and double standards that went on at the time around sexuality. We were just living our best life.”

ON THAT UNFORGETTABLE MUSIC VIDEO:

“What I remember best is standing on the stage for that end shot where we’re all marching out in unison together, all singing our parts and belting our asses off, and it just felt so cool,” Aguilera regaled of the Paul Hunter-directed music video. “It was an unforgettable moment, it just felt like it was meant to be. Sometimes you have these things in life where it just felt like the right time and the right place, and this was definitely one of those great moments in my career.” 

Click here to read the entire ‘Vogue’ feature.

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Xtina wasn’t the only one tributing the timeless tune.  Look below to see what P!nk, Mya, and Missy Elliott had to say.

 

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    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) April 7, 2021

      This song is your stripper song. Didn’t u break your neck while you are doing some pole dance??? 💅🏿💅🏿

  1. Susan April 6, 2021

    Just now platinum? 🥴

    • Music Head April 7, 2021

      The song was never released to retail in the US, so it’s only because of streams and downloads over the past 10 years that it is now Platinum. Many artists including Brandy, Beyonce and Usher will be receiving Platinum and Gold certifications this year for songs 15-20+ years old because of streaming.

  2. Slick April 7, 2021

    Crazy how Lil Kim looks nothing like this anymore. I mean she looks like a completely different human being. Pinks always looked very unappealing IMO. Congrats too them all.

  3. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) April 7, 2021

    Mya & pink had the most singing Parts… not fair 💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿

  4. Lisa April 13, 2021

    Legendary collab!

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