Adele’s theme for new Bond film Skyfall shot to the top of the iTunes chart within hours of its release.
The track is hotly tipped to become the first 007 theme to make it to number one in the official chart when it is announced tomorrow.
Adele’s song, which shares its title with the movie, was given its full premiere on her website at 0.07am yesterday and made available to download. Fans had been given a taster of the track earlier in the week when it was leaked online, then swiftly removed.
The song – for which she teamed with Paul Epworth, who co-wrote her massive hit Rolling In The Deep – is her first new material since her career exploded following the success of second album, 21, early last year.
Previous Bond theme artists who failed to hit the top of the charts include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones and Madonna, while Duran Duran made it to number two in 1985 with A View to a Kill.
Bookmaker William Hill has made her 1/2 on to top the charts and retailer HMV is expecting huge sales.
The track, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, displaced Rihanna’s Diamonds from the top of the iTunes chart, but the Official Charts Company said the Sunday No1 slot would be a close-run thing with other popular acts.
The film, with Daniel Craig as Bond, premieres on October 26.