Much hotter than the film.
Since striking out to work under her own name, Julia Michaels
has captivated audiences around the world in a breakout year that saw her get two Grammy nods last month, though she she'll have to wait another year to bring home the hardware. Regardless, Michaels has gone from a key background piece of mainstream music to a force to be reckoned with in her own right, and to further cement her legacy, she's been getting into the crossover market by lending her musical stylings to the soundtrack of Fifty Shades Freed
Michaels actually wrote two songs for the film's soundtrack, though it's the track "Heaven" that has received the most acclaim and today, its own Fifty Shades
-themed music video to go along with it.
Though I haven't seen the new movie, or the second one from the trilogy for that matter, I did watch the original while drunkenly stranded in a house with no wifi or other DVDs during a snowstorm, so I can at least say that the new music video is leagues better than the original film itself. The music video, while as darkly sensual as the films, focuses primarily on Michaels herself, so we're spared from having to listen to contrived attempts at dirty talk, and while there's some questionable attempts at trying to make eating ice cream with your hands seem sexy, the video does a great job at revitalizing the sultry-pop aesthetic from the late 90s and early aughts that seemed to fizzle out of modern pop culture right around the time that Justin Timberlake claimed to be bringing it back.
But part of what makes Julia Michaels so entrancing and her work so appealing, is that she doesn't need sex to sell it. As someone who spent the majority of her professional career thus far behind the scenes, Michaels knows how to put her talents first and her image second, but with the video for "Heaven" and her continued forays into pop culture, we're getting a full taste of just how much she can accomplish.
Fifty Shades Freed
is screening in limited locations now, with a full release February 9.