U.K. singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding released her new single "Love Me Like You Do" on Jan. 7. Her massive love anthem will be included on the soundtrack to the upcoming film 50 Shades of Grey.
"Love Me Like You Do" is Goulding's latest single since contributing "Beating Heart" to the Divergent soundtrack last year. Following the release of her 2012 album Halcyon, Ellie has been focusing her musical talents on features for acts like Calvin Harris and Iggy Azalea, but now she's at the center of the action again on this 50 Shades of Grey cut.
Those hoping for a kinky, Rihanna "S&M"-like track will be disappointed with Goulding's beautiful "Love Me Like You Do." Ellie teams up with pop hit-maker Max Martin (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, PinK) for the first time on this cut that was co-penned by "Habits" singer Tove Lo. An '80s-inspired "Forever Young" glow opens "Love," as Goulding nails down the romance behind lovemaking. Atop swirling synths and booming beats, she sings, "I'll let you set the pace 'cause I'm not thinking straight." Ellie masterfully treads between delicacy and power in her performance on the intimately magnificent 50 Shades single.
"Love Me Like You Do" was released to the iTunes in the U.S. on Jan. 7. According to Goulding, the music video for her new single will be released very soon. The film adaption of 50 Shades of Grey will touch down in theaters just in time for Valentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 13.
Goulding's last album Halcyon was released in Oct. 2012 and it peaked at no. 9 on Billboard's albums chart, her best showing in the states so far. An expanded edition of that record followed a year later and yielded Ellie's U.S. hit "Burn," which peaked at no. 13 on the Hot 100 chart.