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Adele’s “Skyfall” Theme Hits the Airwaves—And the Charts

Can we all just agree right now that all future James Bond movie themes should be performed by Adele?

Since “Skyfall,” the opening theme from the upcoming James Bond film of the same name, was officially released to the public and started getting immediate radio airplay just five days ago, Billboard estimates that the single sold up to a quarter of a million downloads as the weekend came to a close, putting it on track for a strong debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week.

Celebrity appearances on James Bond theme songs have been kind of a thing, although their relative popularity has been a matter of debate. Case in point: a Movieline blogger recently put the Jack White/Alicia Keys collaboration on Quantum of Solace in last place among the 22 James Bond themes, while a new chart of UK sales puts it near the top. (A-ha’s theme for The Living Daylights did fairly poorly on both lists, by the way.)

Regardless of who you think did better on what James Bond title theme, it’s obvious that Adele’s “Skyfall” is destined to be at or near the top of many lists. Granted, the superstar has created sort of a supply-and-demand situation for herself since going on hiatus earlier this year (translation: we are very hungry for new Adele music). Be that as it may, it would appear that slightly jazzy, loungey, spy movie music is tailor-made for Adele’s voice. The song has a sound that differs slightly from what you’d hear on a typical Adele record, but the voice is unmistakable. I personally love it.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to the lyric video below, and decide for yourself.

Skyfall comes to movie theaters November 9.

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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