Ellie Goulding Shines with Max Martin on ‘Fifty Shades’ Power Ballad

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 01.07.15 in News

It’s beginning to look like the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie will offer as many shades of seduction-themed pop as it will of, um, what the best-selling E L James novel is about. The latest is as gleaming and vibrant-hued as one might expect from an Ellie Goulding song produced by Swedish pop mastermind Max Martin (Taylor Swift’s 1989, Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream). Following the Weeknd‘s waltzing “Earned It” and a preview snippet of Beyoncé‘s “Crazy in Love” remake, Goulding’s Martin-assisted”Love Me Like You Do” is a contemporary power ballad in the mold of Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love,” though with the sensual subtext suggested by its film placement. It doesn’t necessarily reinvent the trope, but with its boomed “What are you waiting for?” and the title phrase, it’s well-concocted enough to fill this particular place in the 2015 pop scene’s color palette.

The movie has a February 13 release date. Soundtrack details have yet to be announced. Goulding’s most recent album was 2012′s Halcyon. The U.K. singer also appears on Calvin Harris’s 2014 album, Motion, and as NME reports she has hinted she might appear on the next album from Drake, who sampled her on Nothing Was the Same‘s Jay Z-guesting “Pound Cake.”