EMI Classics has just announced that it will release a classical album containing the 15 classical music pieces found in E.L. James’ “50 Shades” book trilogy. James will curate and select the tracks herself. The sultry soundtrack will be released digitally on Aug. 21st and in CD format on Sept. 18th.

James has already curated soundtracks to all three of her steamy books on her website, though those collections feature both contemporary pop and rock songs as well as classical numbers.

The various classical music references within the “50 Shades” trilogy has caused increased sales of the mentioned masterpieces—“Spem in Alium,” sung by The Tallis Scholars, experienced a sharp jump in sales and chart position as a result of the song’s mention in the novels.

“I am thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades Trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy,” James said in a statement.

Some of the 14 tracks include the aforementioned “Spem in Alium,” Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

Wendy Ong, Vice President of EMI Classics said in a statement that “The Fifty Shades books are a bona fide cultural phenomenon, and they offer an exciting new way to present this timeless music to audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to it.”

Though the official album release is still over a week away, it currently sits at number 5 on iTunes’ top classical albums list.

Of course this album is classical and will feature no racy beats, but one can’t help but wonder why James never included Rihanna’s “S&M” on any of her own soundtracks.


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