The film adaptation of best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey is being released on Feb. 14, 2015 (Valentine’s Day, if you hadn’t noticed), and it’s got a blockbuster soundtrack to match. Today, Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd has released his contribution to the soundtrack, titled “Earned It.” It’s actually a bit understated for Abel Tesfaye, despite the presence of a string section, which does lend the track a bit of ornate majesty. In fact, it’s kind of refreshing after 2013’s Kiss Land, which was a bit of a downer, even by his standards.
The full tracklist for the soundtrack album has not yet been revealed, but Danny Elfman is providing the score for the movie. In the meantime, you can listen to The Weeknd “Earned It” stream below, in the form of a lyric video.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.