Adele has made quite a splash with her new Bond theme 'Skyfall' after its release in the early hours of this morning (5 October, 2012), climbing to No.1 on the iTunes chart ahead of new releases from Rihanna and One Direction.
'Skyfall' was premiered at 0:07am today, and has rocketed to the top of the download charts, effectively ending any competition between Rihanna and One Direction, who were previously front-runners to take the No.1 spot from Korean star Psy this week.
Adele's eagerly awaited Bond theme premiered today following an unscheduled leak earlier this week. A 90-second clip appear online on Tuesday this week, giving fans an early taste of the comeback track from the 21 star.
Adele recorded the track with a 77-piece orchestra at the iconic Abbey Road studios, and producer Paul Epworth described Adele's performance on the track as 'jawdropping'.
"The initial chords happened quite quickly," Epworth told the BBC earlier this week. "We spent a few months shaping it, tweaking it. A song like this has to have a gravity and dynamic rather than [be] an instant pop song. Hopefully it's got lasting value.
"It's a total honour. Until you're asked to do it and the possibility is put in front of you, you don't realise what pressure comes with it, and the degree of pride in being asked. But then you've got to deliver.
"You’ve got to switch off from the pressure and do something that's true to the artist you're working with and to the story. The best Bond songs feel like they're part of the film – they're part of the narrative."
Listen to 'Skyfall' below.