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Billie Eilish lands quantity one with James Bond theme

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No Time To Die by way of Billie Eilish has change into best the second-ever James Bond theme track to achieve the highest of the United Kingdom singles chart.

Sam Smith had the one different 007 chart luck, when Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre went best in 2015.

Eilish, who grew to become 18 in December, is the youngest artist ever to document a monitor for the Bond franchise.

The megastar carried out No Time to Die reside for the primary time this week, on the Brit Awards in London.

She additionally picked up the prize for splendid world feminine on the rite.

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No Time To Die racked up 90,000 an identical chart gross sales in its first week; together with 10.6 million streams.

That makes it the most important monitor of the 12 months to this point and likewise the Bond track with the most important opening week gross sales.

Smith’s theme shifted 70,000 copies in its first week, whilst Adele’s Skyfall bought 84,000.

Alternatively, Adele’s monitor used to be launched on a Wednesday, which means it used to be best on sale for two days ahead of the chart figures had been compiled. In it is moment “week” at the charts, it bought 92,400 copies.

‘Insane creator’s block’

Speaking to BBC Breakfast this week, Eilish mentioned that her brother and musical spouse Finneas O’Connell had suffered an “intense quantity of creator’s block” once they got the nod to supply the monitor.

Having made an unsuccessful try at writing it in a standard recording studio, they ultimately got here up with the products whilst at the highway.

“We wrote and recorded the Bond track on a excursion bus in Texas,” defined O’Connell.

A gathering with the Bond movie boss Barbara Broccoli in Eire, following one in their reside presentations, helped the writing procedure as she gave then “a little bit trace of the primary scene”.

Broccoli adopted that up by way of sending the pair the script for the hole collection.

“It used to be so cool to learn that,” mentioned Eilish. “It used to be in point of fact useful, it in point of fact wrote the track for us, I believe”.

The completed track is a dramatic, unsettling ballad that hints the plot will centre round the name of the game agent’s betrayal, the BBC’s Mark Savage noted last week.

The lyrics to No Time To Die reference lies and deceit, as Eilish sings: “You had been by no means on my aspect.”

Daniel Craig’s ultimate trip as the sector’s most renowned British undercover agent arrives in cinemas in April, and Eilish mentioned the actor had a “large say” in who wrote the movie’s opening monitor.

She admitted they might already noticed a “half-done” model of model of the movie (minus their monitor), which seemed “wonderful”.

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Symbol caption Licence to win: Eilish used to be issued along with her quantity one trophy by way of the Authentic Charts Corporate

The megastar carried out the brand new track along an orchestra, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and composer Han Zimmer at Tuesday’s Brit Awards.

Talking to the BBC’s Colin Paterson behind the scenes, she devoted the efficiency to her enthusiasts.

“It used to be in point of fact great that there have been enthusiasts proper up entrance that I may take a look at and smile at. I think like that used to be the height of it for me,” she mentioned.

“They at all times turn out to me each and every time I doubt myself that I do not want to, as a result of they’re there.”

She added: “They in point of fact make me really feel higher about myself and make me really feel like the whole thing I do is worthwhile… I am human, guy!”

Eilish additionally printed that her personal favorite ever Bond track is… Adele’s Skyfall.

“I dunno, Adele is simply Adele,” she laughed. “You’ve gotten gotta give it to her.”

How produce other Bond subject matters fared within the charts?

Whilst Eilish and Smith each reached the chart summit, two different reputable songs from the film franchise have taken the quantity two spot.

Duran Duran’s A View To A Kill peaked at quantity two in 1985, as did Adele’s Skyfall in 2012.

Regardless of successful an Oscar and a Golden Globe, Adele’s effort used to be denied the highest spot by way of Swedish Space Mafia’s Do not You Fear Kid.

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Symbol caption Billie Eilish wrote the brand new track along her brother and musical spouse Finneas O’Connell

Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger, in 1964, may best succeed in quantity 21 and when the Welsh singer returned in 1971 stating Diamonds Are Ceaselessly, she went to quantity 38.

Sir Paul McCartney and his post-Beatles band Wings faired moderately higher two years later with Are living and Let Die achieving 9th position.

The worst acting Bond track used to be Rita Coolidge’s All Time Prime which reached quantity 75 within the charts in 1983.

Since 1994, when the Authentic Charts started gathering gross sales information, Skyfall has been the preferred track from the franchise, promoting 1.1m copies up to now.


Eilish’s 2019 album, When We All Fall Asleep The place Do We Pass?, went to quantity one on its free up in April remaining 12 months, making her the youngest-ever female solo artist to top the album chart.

Nearly a 12 months on, the indefatigable document remains to be putting round in fourth spot within the album charts, the place this week Justin Bieber snatched his moment quantity one with Adjustments.

Renewed pastime in Lewis Capaldi following his Brits double win ensured he driven Bieber the entire means, whilst Tame Impala’s new album The Sluggish Rush – the week’s best-selling album on vinyl – went in at quantity three.

Fewer than 1,200 chart gross sales separated the highest three.


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