Remember when the first trailer for “Fifty Shades Of Grey” opened with a sultry seductive slowed down remake of “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce’? Queen B’s fans rushed to find a version of the song and the movie’s soundtrack became an instant hit. History is repeating itself in 2018 with the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. Two all-time music classics get sexed up with new interpretations that blend in perfectly with the soft-porn style of the third installment of the Fifty Shades series.
“NEVER TEAR US APART” – Bishop Briggs
Back in 1987, Michael Hutchence and INXS took “Never Tear Us Apart” from their Kick album to the top of the charts. The dramatic strings, the changes in tempo, and those sexy lyrics grabbed our attention thirty years ago and it does the same today. Bishop Briggs is a singer/songwriter from L.A. via the U.K. that used to go by just Bishop. She scored a pop hit, “River” a couple years back but her addition to the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack will be her big breakthrough hit. Her vocal styling on the INXS remake is haunting, powerful, and compares very favorably to how Adele would cover the song. It’s an instant smash!
“I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)” Jessie J
If you’re wondering if this the James Brown standard, you’re 100% right! Like the Beyonce’ remake of “Crazy In Love”, Jessie slows down the tempo, adds a twinkling piano introduction, and oozed out those “I feel nice” lyrics that just draw you in. You won’t be dancing with Jessie J’s version, but that’s not saying you won’t be getting your heart racing during this jazzy reinvention.
The soundtrack for Fifty Shades Freed also contains a couple surprises including actor Jamie Dormer taking on Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed”. The album has two guaranteed Top Ten singles, “Capital Letters” by Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop along with “High” by Dua Lipa and Whethen.