Rita Ora & Liam Payne Cozy Up For A Romantic Bop On “For You”

Mike Nied | January 5, 2018 2:21 am

Rita Ora and Liam Payne have rolled out one of the first certifiable bops of 2018. The pair joined forces on “For You” for the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Freed. Considering that the franchise has spawned a handful of hit singles including Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” the surprise collaboration was highly anticipated. Released today (January 5), the romantic banger is a fiery love song that exceeds expectations.

On the track, they soar to unexpected heights buoyed solely by the power of love. “In your eyes I’m alive. Inside you’re beautiful, something so unusual. In your eyes I know I’m home,” Rita declares over racing synths on the opening lines. The “Anywhere” siren steals the show with her impassioned delivery. However, she graciously shares the stage with Liam. “Skin to skin, breathe me in. Feeling your kiss on me. Lips are made of ecstasy. I’ll be yours for a thousand nights,” he vows.

Compared to Taylor and Zayn’s moody release, this is shaping up to be a bright spot on the soundtrack. If they play their cards right, Rita and Liam could have something massive on their hands. With the right music video and a handful of promotional performances, “For You” could easily climb the Billboard Hot 100 and become a breakaway hit.

While Rita is riding high on the back of three UK top 10 hits, she still hasn’t made a dent on the Billboard Hot 100. Liam got off to a good start with “Strip That Down,” which cracked the top 10 and sold double platinum. However, he hasn’t had much luck with “Bedroom Floor.” The 24-year-old’s second solo single has stalled at number 98 despite being a vast improvement on his smash hit debut. Perhaps their collaboration will give them the final boost to break through the American market. Give “For You” a spin below!

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