You won’t find the teaser trailer for one of 2015’s most anticipated films in any movie theatre. Instead, head to Beyoncé’s Instagram page. The singer subtly revealed her Fifty Shades of Grey involvement last night, posting a video that shows brief clips from the film accompanied by what sounds like a goth rendition of Yonce’s 2003 hit “Crazy In Love” and the hashtag #fiftyshades. We’ll probably hear more from Bey when the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer formally arrives this Thursday, July 24th.
Beyoncé’s connection with the adaptation’s soundtrack was initially hinted back in March when Beyoncé‘s “Haunted” popped up in Fifty Shades footage that premiered at CinemaCon. While Beyoncé didn’t elaborate on more details last night regarding her contribution to the Fifty Shades soundtrack – she didn’t even confirm whether or not she’d be on the disc – it’d be strange if Beyoncé wasn’t involved and was simply getting fans hyped for the film’s trailer by posting the teaser. Or maybe Yonce, like every soccer mom in America, is just really eager for Fifty Shades of Grey to hit theatres around Valentine’s Day 2015. Rita Ora, who will appear in the film, also reposted the same clip.
Beyoncé is no stranger to soundtracks, but Fifty Shades of Grey is a rare instance where the singer contributes a track to a film that she doesn’t also appear in. In 2002, Beyoncé recorded for “Work It Out” and “Hey Goldmember” to accompany her big screen debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember, and for 2006’s The Pink Panther, Knowles offered up “A Woman Like Me” and the Number One single “Check On It.”
She also lent her vocals to the Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records and Obsessed soundtracks, three more films where Beyoncé had a starring role. Only twice has she given a new track to a Beyoncé-less movie’s soundtrack: “Wishing On a Star” for Roll Bounce and a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” for 2013’s The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which was executively produced by Jay Z.