January 13, 2015

We’re still weeks away from Fifty Shades of Grey hitting theaters, but the soundtrack has already started stoking the fire of fans’ expectations.

The soundtrack includes new or remixed tracks by Annie Lennox, Jessie Ware, Sia and Beyonce (that’s a remix of “Crazy in Love” in the trailer). The film will also feature the classic songs “Beast of Burden” by The Rolling Stones and “Witchcraft” by Frank Sinatra.

Two tracks from the film — from Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd — have already been released and USA Today reports that they’ve both already been a hit with fans.

Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” was released earlier this month and has recorded sales of nearly 80,000 on iTunes:

The Weeknd’s “Earned It” was released in December has been purchased more than 100,000 times on iTunes:

Though the music for the upcoming film — which is an adaptation of E.L. James’ sexy best-seller that was panned by many critics — has been embraced by fans, Mike Knobloch, president of film music and publishing for Universal Pictures, told USA Today that not all the acts approached for the film were eager to jump on board at first. He said, “but as we brought them into the cutting room and they saw sequences and talked to [director] Sam Taylor-Johnson, they learned more about the aesthetic and the story — that it wasn’t just a kinky, sexy thing, that it was really this romance between a young girl and a broken guy.”

The entire Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack goes on sale on Feb. 10 and the film hits theaters on Feb. 13.

[USA Today]

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