I didn't read Fifty Shades of Grey. I probably won't see the movie. In fact, I don't even really know what the damn thing is about outside of the sensational BDSM scenes that drove suburban moms so wild. But hot damn, the soundtrack is steamy, as is the new video for The Weeknd's single "Earned It."
This isn't a huge surprise. The insanely successful print run of the slightly pornographic novel practically guaranteed that the book would be optioned. No doubt, the movie's budget was big and attracted all kinds of talent, including the legendary Danny Elfman. It's hard to tell whether Elfman is more famous for his involvement in The Simpsons or incredible soundtracks like Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook. Regardless, Elfman nailed the masochistic mood of Fifty Shades of Grey. Or is it sadistic? I seriously don't know much about this franchise.
So far, a few songs from the Fifty Shades of Grey have blown up. Beyoncé was involved, and the soundtrack includes a terrific cover of her song "Crazy in Love" by Sofia Karlberg. You've also probably already heard Beyoncé's extra special track "Haunted," as it was featured on the film's first trailer:
But if you're eager to get to the sexy stuff, watch the new music video for The Weeknd's "Earned It," featuring very scantily clad women with X's on their butt cheeks:
The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack hasn't been released yet, but it's available for pre-order on iTunes. The Weeknd's new video is available as of today, every sultry second of it. [Spotify, iTunes, Amazon]
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