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Raunchy Box Office Hit '50 Shades of Grey' Movie Score by Danny Elfman, of 'Nightmare Before Christmas' and 'American Hustle,' Released for Purchase

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Feb 24, 2015 10:27 AM EST

Who knew that classical music could be so sexy? The Nightmare Before Christmas's and American Hustle's Danny Elfman did, of course. Four-time Oscar nominee and Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner Elfman’s original score album for the hit book-to-movie franchise Fifty Shades of Grey has been released for purchase.

Elfman has a long history of scoring popular flicks. He has composed work for Silver Linings Playbook and Mission Impossible. He has also won awards for his work on the television show Desperate Housewives and his Batman theme for the 1989 movie. He has skyrocketed to popularity for his Tim Burton compositions, having scored all the director's major motion pictures but two: Ed Wood and Sweeny Todd.

The music of Fifty Shades of Grey features 16 tracks of original score composed for the film by Elfman.

“I was intrigued to score Fifty Shades of Grey because it was a genre of film that for the most part really didn’t exist and needed a fresh musical vocabulary,” said Elfman in a press release. “The absence of preconceptions provided a uniquely blank canvas for which to create. With director Sam Taylor-Johnson I discovered a strong and receptive collaborator who was extremely open to musical exploration. We tried to create a score that was not a traditional love theme. It had to be romantic, but at the same time more about loss, or the inability to connect. That made it more interesting for me.”

Since its release, the Fifty Shades trilogy has been translated into 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print -- making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever. It is currently No. 1 at the box office since its opening last weekend.

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