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As promised this past Wednesday, Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik dropped the music video for their duet “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” last night and, let us tell you, it did not disappoint.
The video opens with Malik acting as a paparazzi-followed celeb, an easy role for the pop star to take on. The British singer is followed by flashing cameras as he walks in slow motion into a hotel and takes an elevator to his room, the same elevator taken by his (music video) ex and duet partner, Taylor Swift. The two former lovers share the same room, dance club and penchant for expressing their sexual frustration by breaking things, but only appear together in flashing light sequences.
Malik wears a fitted suit for the film, the perfect ensemble to complete his famous brooding, while Swift shows more skin than we’ve yet to see from the singer in a music video. Wearing a lacy bra underneath a trench coat, the pair give subtle nods to the BDSM-loving film the song is part of, including a black masquerade mask that hangs from the hotel door.
Swift and Malik enlisted the help of Grant Singer for the video, a director who knows a thing or two about making slow motion, sexually charged videos with primary colour filters. Singer is best known for his frequent work with The Weeknd, including “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Starboy,” “Tell Your Friends” and the singer’s recently released short film “Mania.”
Swift and Malik surprised fans with the ballad on December 9, when the two hit the studio with producer Jack Antonoff, who Swift collaborated with on her 2015 album 1989.
Swift and Malik will be in good company when the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack drops on February 10. In addition to their new single, the album will also feature new music from John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sia, Tove Lo, Kygo, John Legend and even a Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas collaboration—features that have quickly made Fifty Shades Darker one of the most highly anticipated soundtracks of the year (click here for the full list of soundtracks to get excited for in 2017).
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) January 11, 2017
Singer Halsey, who previously wrote and performed the single “Castle” for The Huntsman: Winter’s War, has also released her new single for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack with the ominous and sultry “Not Afraid Anymore.”
Taking cues from the book trilogy’s sexually explicit content, Halsey sings, “I am not ashamed anymore / I want something so impure / You better impress now / Watching my dress now, fall to the floor.”
Fifty Shades Darker hits theatres February 10.