Let it be known: sex sells—it even sells books and classical music.
Recently some genius had the idea of putting together a Spotify playlist made up of all the tunes referenced in the softcore grocery porn. Turns out the label imprint EMI Classical had the same idea, except they’re stripping out all the Britney Spears and Kings of Leon to bring you the fully highbrow aural sensation, “50 Shades of Grey: The Classical Album.”
I would say what’s the point of stripping out all the dirt if you’re going to release a soundtrack for something as smutty as “50 Shades of Grey,” but apparently the book has ignited a special passion for classical music. From the press release: “The books’ various references to classical music have spurred sales of the pieces mentioned – even going so far as to cause ‘Spem in Alium,’ a 16th century motet for 40 voices by Thomas Tallis, to jump to the top of the classical charts in the UK.”
Better yet, the collection is curated by by EL James herself, who is laughing all the way to the bank as the three books in her “50 Shades” trilogy—her first published works—have sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Good for her.