The Queen of Rock, Tina Turner is turning heads once again. Her signature doll sold out in just one day.
The Tina Turner doll sold out completely online and at stores such as Target and Amazon. Fans have been showing respect to the Queen of Rock & Roll by paying homage to her on social media since Mattel Creations announced the doll was available for purchase. One Twitter user posted of Turner – “Her Barbies are selling out like her concerts.”
The Tina Turner Barbie collector’s item was released last week on October 13th by Mattel Creations commemorating the 40th year anniversary of Turner’s global hit song, What’s Love Got To Do With It. The number-one hit song went on to win 3 Grammy awards in 1985 and spent 28 weeks on the Billboard charts solidifying Turner’s status in the music industry.
The Tina Turner doll retails for $55 (US) and is sold at retail stores, Target, Walmart, and on Amazon.
The designer behind the creation, Bill Greening said “he used a lot of screen grabs to see the hair at all angles in order to achieve her likeness.” He continued “lots of teasing and hairspray was involved.”
Turner’s barbie is perfectly tailored with the exact same attire she wore in the video. Fitted with the video’s signature denim jacket, black shirt combined with a black leather short skirt, fishnet stockings, and black heels, along with a rhinestone/diamond necklace, and pearl drop earrings.
Many of her fans remember when the video for What’s Love Got To Do With It dropped in real-time, and applauded Tina’s blast off into superstardom. Her success story was extraordinary and the foundation for her hard work and struggles had paid off. She had basically started over at the age of 44 in her music career after a tumultuous relationship and divorce from her common-law husband Ike Turner.
What’s Love Got To Do With It was released in 1984 from the massive hit album titled, Private Dancer.
Her triumphant best-seller autobiography – I, Tina: My Life Story was published in 1986. The movie based on the book and also titled ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ was released in theatres in 1993 and starred the very talented Angela Bassett, who went on to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal in the film. A Broadway play Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is based on her life story and debuted in New York City in 2019.
Turner released Private Dancer, her fifth solo album in 1984 which would go on to be her most successful commercial and critical album, selling over 20 million albums worldwide. It was a rebirth of sorts for Turner who had released records in the past as part of a singing group or duo in the 1960s and 70s.
The Private Dancer singer who hails from Nutbush, Tennessee emerged on to the music era in the ’60s. Turner and her partner Ike Turner became a force in the music world as the duo ‘Ike & Tina Turner.’ Ike was known as a songwriter and as a guitarist while Tina was and is still recognized for having one of the strongest iconic female voices in rock history. And when it came to performance – dancing and singing on stage, Tina is simply the best. Tina Turner now calls Switzerland home with her husband, Erwin Bach, a record producer whom she married in 2010.
Tina is not only a legend for her voice but she is highly respected for her concerts as well.
She is regarded all over the world as one of the best performers to ever do it combining dancing and singing with incredible velocity and vocal range.
The 8-time Grammy winner who is now 82 years old, won her first Grammy in 1972 for Proud Mary (with Ike Turner). After several more wins, The Better Be Good To Me singer was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame three times. In 1991 for River Deep/Mountain High, in 2003 for Proud Mary, and in 2012 for What’s Love Got To Do With It.
Her other accolades include twice being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, first in 1991 (with Ike Turner) and as a solo artist in 2021. Turner received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986. She is also a recipient of the iconic award – ‘The Legend Award’ at the 1993 World Music Awards.
The legendary rock singer’s doll was added by Mattel as part of their ‘Barbie Signature Music’ series.
No announcement as of yet on when more orders for the Tina Turner doll will be made available for purchase. Make sure to check the creations.mattel.com website for updates on availability.
Published by Holr Magazine