STORY OF SONG

Story of Song

“Love Me Like You Do” is the original soundtrack for the movie Fifty Shades of Grey and there’s more going on in the simple title than meets the eye. “In the popular movie, when college senior Anastasia Steele steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey for their campus paper, she doesn’t know that her life will take an unexpected turn. Christian, rich and powerful, finds himself attracted to Ana, and she feels the same. Young, beautiful and sexually inexperienced, Ana goes into an affair with Christian and learns that his true sexual desires push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.

Goulding’s lyrics reflect this ambiguity:

“You’re the fear, I don’t care
‘Cause I’ve never been so high
Follow me to the dark
Let me take you past our satellites
You can see the world you brought to life, to life
So love me like you do,
Touch me like you do,
What are you waiting for?”

Ellie Goulding told Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon on the Capital Breakfast show about the video, saying: “I basically have become fascinated with ballroom dancing so I was like, ‘Can I please do some dancing in it?” The video mixes footage from the movie with shots of Goulding dancing in the ballroom, a re-creation of Ana’s first dance with Christian.

Release date

Love Me Like You Do” was released on digital retailers on the 8th of January (Worldwide) and the 15th of February (UK only) and was released as a single before the soundtrack in late-January 2015 via Universal Music.

Songwriter/s

Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya salmanzadeh, Ali Payami, Tove Nilsson

Label

Cherrytree, Interscope, Republic

Chart Rankings

US – 3

UK – 1

GERMANY  – 1

Love Me like You Do” spent 4 weeks at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in various countries including Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Days before the release of the movie (Fifty Shades of Grey), “Love Me Like You Do” became the fastest-selling single of the year and holding the record for the most-streamed track in a single week in the UK for over 2.58 million times knocking Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” from the top spot after seven weeks in the UK charts.

According to the Official Charts Company, the song has achieved a combined chart sales of more than 172,000. This hit was Goulding’s second UK number 1; “Burn” was the first in 2013.

Artist’s age on release date

Ellie Goulding is now 29 years old

Cover Versions

Love Me Like You Do hasn’t’ been remade or mixed until now.

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