Forget champagne and forget roses. Fifty Shades Darker will debut in early February, and people are excited for all the wrong reasons. As eyes fixate on Christian Grey and Ana Steele's passionate reunion, ears tune into their relationship's soundtrack. In particular, the song "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" teases fans with its hypnotic reverie, lusty lyrics, and fervent message.
You can thank musicians Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift.
Malik and Swift deliver a Valentine's Day paragon, and their collaboration is a testament to intimacy. Poignant snaps intertwine with his voice, as he bellows, "I don't wanna live forever/'Cause I know I'll be livin' in vain/And I don't wanna fit wherever/I just wanna keep callin' your name/Until you come back home." Cue the orchestrated whoa-oh-oh-oh, and a Billboard Hot 100 baby is born.
If the pop genre is involved, the queen is usually present. Not even two minutes into the track, Taylor Swift stuns in breathy timbre. She sings, "I'm sittin' eyes wide open/And I got one thing stuck in my mind/Wondering if I dodged a bullet/Or just lost the love of my life." Her pitch intensifies in tandem with her emotions. Before the chorus even drops, the film's melody is set.
Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift enmesh their vocals, and flashes of Christian Grey and Ana Steele play on loop. Unlike Edward Cullen and Bella Swan (from Twilight), the couple's affair revolves around primal copulation. Whips, chains, and blindfolds are part of the game, but will love come into play?
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" hints at a fairy-tale ending. However, the anthem also suggests heartbreak. Taylor Swift relays, "I've been looking sad in all the nicest places/I see you around in all these empty faces." Before Fifty Shades of Grey ends, it leaves audiences in tears. Through the elevator, Ana Steele abandons Christian Grey. Devotees shouldn't despair, though. The partners reunite in the second film, even if it's just for another steamy scene -- in the elevator, obviously.