Moody theme tune wins bigtime
From the BBC
Skyfall, the new Bond theme sung by Adele, has topped the iTunes chart after being released online in the early hours of Friday morning.
It was number one within 10 hours of being released, overtaking last week's official UK number one Gangnam Style.
The full single was released at 00:07 BST, after a 90 second clip was apparently leaked online this week.
The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall - Daniel Craig's third outing as 007 - is released in UK cinemas on 26 October.
Adele ended months of speculation over her involvement on Monday, when she posted a picture on Twitter, featuring the cover page of the sheet music for the Skyfall theme, bearing her name alongside that of longtime producer and co-writer Paul Epworth.
Epworth told BBC 6 Music that the "dark and moody" theme was intended to echo the narrative of the film.
"The [Bond theme] songs seem to fall into groups, in terms of subject matter," said Epworth. "Some of them have a romanticism to them, and some of them are very much about the narrative of the film.
"We went very much with the narrative of the film. We talk a lot about Bond's relationship to the country... and to MI6.
"There's a little bit of that in the lyrics, and I guess we were trying to find a way to almost make that romantic, you know?