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The chord progression for a part of the music in the trailers for both 47 Ronin (around :49) and 50 Shades of Grey (around 1:00) is the same. I recognize it from somewhere; does anyone know the origin of that chord progression?

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closed as off-topic by CGCampbell, GµårÐïåñ, default locale, Crow T Robot, Tom Aug 10 '14 at 0:48

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about music. –  CGCampbell Aug 9 '14 at 18:34
So if a question about the soundtrack is off-topic because it's "music", does that mean that so is the script because that's "writing", and so are the scenes because that's "photography", and so is the plot because that's "drama", and so is... –  user13162 Aug 9 '14 at 19:18
But it is not a question about the soundtracks. It is a question about a chord progression (music) contained within a song or songs (music) which just happen to be used in the soundtracks of two movies. You are not asking about how or why the soundtrack was developed, or how or why the music was chosen for the soundtracks in question. You are simply using the soundtracks to identify music, which is to be used to further identify the chord progression, which is what you are asking us to identify where it came from. I stand by my closure request. –  CGCampbell Aug 9 '14 at 19:22
All that is to say your question (in the body) is "what is the origin of a chord progression" which would require historical knowledge of music, not the movies in which it appeared. If you asked what movie it first appeared, assuming it was used previously in (an) earlier soundtrack(s), then I would not be asking for closure. –  CGCampbell Aug 9 '14 at 19:25
And lastly--and I don't mean this as a jab--if the distinctions you draw concerning what is on- and off-topic are valid and accepted by this site, then that is an extremely narrow view of something so multi-faceted as movies and TV, and is perhaps why this site has not taken off like some of the other SE sites have. (Well, maybe that was a little bit of a jab. I guess I'm just 'alright'. :-) ) –  user13162 Aug 9 '14 at 19:55

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47 Ronin uses Superhuman Kill the Fear by Def Con. Right at about 1:36 you can hear the chord progression used in the trailer at the point you specified.

50 shades of Grey uses Beyonce's Crazy Right Now. I won't link that, just because I won't. Both the music and the movie are not my cup of tea.

However, the chords sound different to me. I am not a musician and I cannot tell if either or both sampled someone else.

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Yes, that's the music used in the 47 Ronin trailer. That's not the full answer I'm looking for, but thanks for that part--everywhere else on the Internet has even that part wrong. I feel like I recognize that from somewhere--either another movie, or song, or something. –  user13162 Aug 9 '14 at 20:01
I am a musician, an the chord progressions may sound similar but they're actually different. They both "move" in the same direction (down by a significant amount between the first & second chord, and the second & third chord, then back up for the 4th chord), but the intervals between chords is different. I did like listening for the similarities though! :) Interesting question! –  BrettFromLA Aug 10 '14 at 4:22