I Don’t Wanna Live Forever unexpectedly appeared in the US iTunes Store just before midnight Friday US eastern time. iTunes described it as “two of pop’s brightest stars [teaming up] for a passionate duet”.
The song, the first to be released from the soundtrack for the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker film, is a suitably smokey mid-tempo number that sees Malik and Swift swapping verses.
Malik takes the chorus in trademark falsetto: “I don’t want to live forever, ‘cause I don’t want to be living in pain/I don’t want to fit wherever, I just want to keep calling your name/’Til you come back home.”
Swift shared news of the single with her 82.2 million Twitter followers, with only the obtuse comment: “Z | T | 50”.
It had been retweeted nearly 15,000 times in an hour.