Fifty Shades of Grey's soundtrack gave us songs from famous artists such as Beyonce, but also introduced us to new artists such as (then little known artist) The Weeknd, who has gone on to have two top 5 albums and five top 10 hits.
The songs also fit the scenes perfectly: Ellie Goulding’s worldwide hit ‘Love Me Like You Do’ elevated the incredibly romantic helicopter scene, where Ana experiences her first helicopter ride.
So, unsurprisingly, there has been a huge amount of hype for the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, and its soundtrack. Featuring big superstars, as well as artists you may not have heard of, we will take you through the many names featured on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.
Despite the soundtrack not being released until the 10th February (also the movie’s release date), there have already been some songs unveiled.
First off, we have the big one: I Don’t Wanna Live Forever, a duet between former One Direction star Zayn Malik and queen of pop Taylor Swift. This song brings the dark and sombre tone of Zayn’s smash hit debut single ‘Pillowtalk’ and the talented singer-songwriter skills of Taylor Swift, to create a slow and moving tale about a boy and girl waiting for each other to call after a bad relationship.
This is set to fit perfectly with the movie since Ana (Dakota Johnson) faces her own dilemma of whether or not to get back together with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) or leave him and move on.
Other songs include a collaboration between pop/R&B singer Nick Jonas, responsible for such hits as Jealous and Close and rap queen Nicki Minaj. Their song, Bom Bidi Bom, is yet to be released, but with Jonas’ smooth vocals and Minaj’s awesome rapping and melodic voice, we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Suggested songs to get you in the mood: Pillowtalk and Like I Would (Zayn); Wildest Dreams and Everything has Changed (Taylor Swift); Chains and Close (Nick Jonas); Right By My Side and Pills and Potions (Nicki Minaj)
The names you may recognise!
There are many artists on the soundtrack who you might not recognise by their name, but they are instantly recognisable from their songs.
First up we have Halsey, a singer from the USA who, whilst not that well known in the UK, is HUGE in the United States. Her single ‘New Americana’ is a spellbinding pop ballad about being different, but also having fun.
Halsey was also the voice behind The Chainsmokers’ enormous dance song ‘Closer’, in which she dueted with Chainsmoker member Andrew Taggart and spent four consecutive weeks at number one in September last year. Her single for the soundtrack, ‘Not Afraid Anymore’ is a dark, brooding tale about standing up to your fears and spending the night with a mysterious man (kind of like Christian Grey!).
Also on the soundtrack is Corinne Bailey Rae, a previous winner of BBC’s Sound of the Year poll, and the voice behind the soulful acoustic song ‘Put Your Records On’ from 2006. She covers Coldplay’s classic piano ballad, The Scientist, and with her acoustic roots and her soulful voice, we have no doubt she will pull it off.
Suggested songs to get you in the mood: New Americana and Colors (Halsey); Put Your Records On and Like A Star (Corinne Bailey Rae)
First up, we have Frances, a homegrown singer-songwriter from Newbury who has featured on a lot of ‘to watch’ lists and has been nominated for the Critic’s Choice award at the Brits. Her debut single, a piano ballad called ‘Don’t Worry About Me’, captivated music fans and was even used in an episode of the Vampire Diaries.
We can’t wait to hear her new single, a cover of the classic song ‘What is Love?’, on the soundtrack. We also have singer JP Cooper, who is best known for his work with Jonas Blue on their summer smash ‘Perfect Strangers’. He also released his debut solo track ‘September Song’, which is currently storming up the charts. His single for the soundtrack, ‘Birthday’, evidently will be a standout track from the film.
Suggested songs to get you in the mood: Don’t Worry About Me and Let It Out (Francis); September Song and Party (JP Cooper)
Jake Gibbard is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.