I’m at a very weird place in my life right now where I have not and will not ever be watching the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, yet I can’t get enough of the franchise’ soundtrack music. This is probably all Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik‘s doing with their “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” mega-hit from Fifty Shades Darker. But now I’m over here losing my mind over Liam Payne and Rita Ora‘s collaboration “For You,” from Fifty Shades Freed.
I cannot (and like I said, will not) keep track of these movies: I will leave that task to a devoted fan, someone else who is appropriately invested. And I don’t want to pit two totally different songs against one another (sorry, no Zayn vs. Liam “Who Did It Better” drama from me.) But what I will do is keep careful tabs on the industry comings and goings of my One Direction favorites. And the music video for “For You” is a true cinematic masterpiece, any way you look at it.
My favorite thing in the world is seeing my 1D guys thriving — and this is a big opportunity for Liam’s solo work. Working on a movie soundtrack means a completely new audience of theater viewers will be exposed to his sound, and there’s a big studio budget involved with the production and promotion. I’m not going to argue with any project that gets my guys the recognition they deserve.
I don’t think I would have paired Liam with Rita in my wildest dreams, yet their vocals work wonderfully together. Their music video really tells a story on its own, and it brings the song to life.
Make sure to check out Rita and Liam’s latest video above, and let us know if you’re digging it too by sharing your reactions below.