Replace, July 21: We’re happy to report that “I am Simply Ken” is now accessible on streaming platforms, so now Ryan Gosling has a good shot at topping your Spotify Wrapped this yr. The monitor dropped together with the remainder of Barbie The Album, which features a bonus music from the actor: a canopy of “Push” by Matchbox Twenty.
Stream Ken’s energy ballad beneath and prepare to really feel the Kenergy.
Authentic story, July 10: Apologies to Taylor Swift, however essentially the most thrilling music drop of the week may simply be from Ken—I imply Ryan Gosling, who stars because the doll in Greta Gerwig’s extremely anticipated Barbie film.
Margot Robbie could have the titular function, however Gosling appears to be the scene-stealer of the movie, at the least if the reactions from final night time’s premiere are any indication. Whereas actual plot factors nonetheless stay high secret (till Barbie hits theaters on July 21, that’s), we do know that the actor has a standout musical quantity, titled “Simply Ken,” which Warner Bros. graciously shared immediately.
It’s a sappy energy ballad, but it surely’s additionally rather more than that. It’s about coming to phrases along with your mediocrity and different existential woes. It’s the brand new Unhappy Boy™ anthem of the summer season. It’s Ryan Gosling’s boy band-worthy vocals and Mickey Mouse Membership coaching on full show. It’s the right evolution from his viral childhood dance recital. It’s camp. It’s a revelation.
The lyrics additionally trace at Ken’s journey within the movie, with traces about him all the time enjoying second fiddle to Barbie (“Doesn’t appear to matter what I do / I’m all the time quantity two”) and having unrequited emotions for her (“The place I see love she sees a pal”). Whereas some early viewers are already calling for Gosling’s Supporting Actor Oscar, his efficiency of “Simply Ken” makes me surprise if we’ll see him carry out as an Authentic Tune contender too. A lady can dream!
Hearken to “Simply Ken” and watch new clips from Barbie right here, and skim the lyrics beneath.
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Doesn’t appear to matter what I do
I’m all the time quantity two
Nobody is aware of how onerous I’ve tried
Oh, oh, I
I’ve emotions that I can’t clarify
Driving me insane
All my life been so well mannered
‘Trigger I’m simply Ken
Wherever else I’d be a ten
Is it my future to reside and die
A lifetime of blonde fragility
I’m simply Ken
The place I see love she sees a pal
What’s going to it take for her
To see the person behind the tan
And battle for me
I’m simply Ken and I’m sufficient
And I’m nice at doing stuff
So, hey, examine me out
Yeah I’m simply Ken
Child, I’m simply Ken
Erica Gonzales is the Senior Tradition Editor at ELLE.com, the place she oversees protection on TV, films, music, books, and extra. She was beforehand an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There’s a 75 p.c probability she’s listening to Lorde proper now.