From a certain perspective, the Weeknd, who built his name on mysterious cool, should not be doing anything as uncool as associating himself with the movie version of the vaguely porny bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. From a different perspective, though, that’s exactly what he should be doing, especially as he eases into something resembling stardom. And on the Fifty Shades Of Grey song “Earned It,” Abel Tesfaye very much plays up to his image. With its streaking, soundtracky strings, “Earned It” almost sounds like it could come from one of the ’80s erotic thrillers that clearly inspired Fifty Shades. It’s not a great Weeknd song, but it’s a pretty interesting career move. Listen to it below.
The Fifty Shades Of Grey movie is in theaters 2/14.