The Weeknd's New Video Is 'Fifty Shades'-Lite

by Kenya Foy

With only a few weeks remaining until Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters, it's perfectly normal to have developed a bit of an obsession with any and everything related to the film because, let's face it, we've been teased for far too long. I mean, there's absolutely no need to feel bad for repeatedly contributing to the record-breaking amount of YouTube views the Fifty Shades trailer has amassed. Also, don't be embarrassed about staring at the film's sexy poster art so hard that it appears to start moving, er, suggestively. And if you've had The Weeknd's "Earned It" on repeat for the past month, feel no shame. Besides, there's an appropriately hot and steamy music video for The Weeknd's "Earned It," which will make you completely defenseless against the urge to obsess over the movie.Now about this video, guys: If 2014 was the year of the booty, then the "Earned It" visuals make it apparent that The Weeknd isn't quite ready to abandon last year's theme. Set in a dimly lit theater, a chorus line of scantily clad, dominatrix-like burlesque dancers strut around on stage doing a seductive chair routine that vaguely resembles a few scenes from Beyoncé's "Partition" video. Anyway, the women are wearing barely there underwear, with their partially exposed breasts and derrieres only covered by black tape in the form of an 'X'. They appear to be auditioning for the affection of The Weeknd, who coyly observes from the audience, only he doesn't remain seated for long. At one point, he makes his way onstage and — um — gets pretty up close and personal with the women. The video becomes increasingly racy, but the highlight has to be the cameo by Fifty Shades star Dakota Johnson, who gives us yet another preview of what's to come from Anastasia Steele: She's suspended in mid-air, bound by ropes and wearing flesh-colored underwear that, along with some strategically placed blurriness, provides the illusion of nudity.

Basically, this video is one huge, seductive flesh-fest.As was previously announced, "Earned It" is the first single off the official Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack that comes out on Feb. 10 and will also include songs by The Rolling Stones, Ellie Goulding, Annie Lennox and (Queen) Beyoncé.Check out the video for "Earned It" below: