Thursday, May 30, 2024

Adele “Skyfall” Download Goes to Number 1 Overnight


UPDATE: “Skyfall” was released at 7:07pm Eastern and it’s already number 1 on iTunes this morning. It may be the fastest trip to number 1 on the downloading service ever. Numbers aren’t in yet for how many people plunked down $1.29 for Adele’s first new record in almost two years.

Earlier: We’re just a few hours away from Adele’s “Skyfall” premiere on her This column broke the original story of Adele and “Skyfall” last spring on We reconfirmed it a couple of times, and published some of the lyrics. A few people wrote in saying they didn’t believe those were the lyrics. But you know, they are–and it’s a tribute to Adele and Paul Epworth that they made a song around the word “Skyfall.” My guess is that the download of “Skyfall” at 7:07pm Eastern tonight on iTunes and from Adele’s site will set a record and cause problems. It’s going to be huge. My Sony sources are being more conservative. But they’ll be thrilled. If only they had B side or an extra track to go with it. Unfortunately, they don’t.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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