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June 29, 2001

AustraliaBaz and the girls
On the Australia Top 50 Singles charts 'Lady Marmalade' peaked at #2 on the Australian Urban Top 20 charts. The single has sold more than 140,000 units there, achieving double platinum status.

New Zealand
The song stayed #1 for two weeks and achieved gold status.

'Lady Marmalade'
debuted high on the German charts and eventually reached #1. 'Lady Marmalade' sold 50,000 units on the first day.
The single achieved German platinum status in a record-breaking 4 weeks.

'Lady Marmalade' is first airplay-only track in music history to stay at #1 for more than one week on Billboard's Hot 100

A live-action musical might have a hard road to travel at the mainstream movie box office but 'Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film Moulin Rouge' (Twentieth Century Fox / Interscope Records) proved to have surprising 'legs' thanks to its intriguing - and now history-making - hip-hop-pop teaming of platinum superstars Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink.

Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the fifth consecutive week, their cover of the LaBelle '70s smash 'Lady Marmalade' (produced by Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott and Rockwilder) has become the first airplay-only track in history to stay at #1 for more than one week. Only two other tracks not available as singles have even reached #1 ('Try Again' from Aaliyah and 'Angel' from Shaggy featuring Rayvon). In addition, its outrageously colorful video ranked at the top in spins at MTV and was seen regularly on VH-1 and BET. Meanwhile, the album peaked at #3, and crossed the double platinum plateau with well over 2 million CDs sold.

'Moulin Rouge' is not the first hit album for Luhrmann, the film's director, co-writer and co-producer. The contemporary music soundtrack album to 1996's 'William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet' was certified triple platinum. Two years later, Luhrmann scored an unlikely pop hit of his own with the gold-certified album 'Something For Everybody' and his top-charting spoken word single 'Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen).'

Additional chart info

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UK single

'Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film Moulin Rouge' also features David Bowie, Fatboy Slim, Beck, Massive Attack, Rufus Wainwright, Valeria and others.

Moulin Rouge cover


'Moulin Rouge,' starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in their on-screen singing debuts, released by Twentieth Century Fox, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and its mid-May exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles were sold-out. Its box office take of $65,000,000 for an 'art house' film made it one of the most unusual films in recent history in the Top 10.


• 'Lady Marmalade'
wins Grammy and MTV 'Video of the Year'

• The Making of
'Lady Marmalade'

• Hear 'Lady Marmalade'

• Hear 'Lady Marmalade' Live at the MTV Movie Awards

• 'Lady' Remix 1

• 'Lady' Remix 2

• Play the video

• Buy 'Moulin Rouge'

• Christina's 'Lady'
TRL interview

• MTV Movie Awards Photo Gallery

• MTV Movie Awards red carpet interview

• 'Lady' Live at
Wango Tango Gallery

• 'Moulin Rouge' Premiere Gallery

• 'Lady Marmalade' lyrics

• 'Lady' chart history

• Patti LaBelle interview

• Music Digest, Launch, and InStyle reviews

All news reports by:
Tina Johnson
Teri vanHorn
Al Gomes
Fred Bronson (Billboard)
Associated Press
Billy Johnson Jr.
Neal Weiss
I-Lien Tsay