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Smith’s 007 theme tops British charts

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LONDON, Oct 3, (AP): Sam Smith’s 007 theme has gone straight to No. 1  –  the first James Bond song to top the UK singles chart. “Writing’s On the Wall” features in spy thriller “Spectre,” released later this month.

The Official Charts Company, which compiles the best-seller list, said Friday that the song moved 70,000 copies in sales and streaming in its first week, beating Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” to the top spot. It is Smith’s fifth No. 1 single in Britain.

Previous Bond films have featured songs by Adele, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Shirley Bassey and others. None has been a British chart-topper, although Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill” and McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” were top 10 hits. Adele’s “Skyfall” theme won both a Grammy and an Academy Award.

R City featuring Adam Levine stayed in third with “Locked Away” with former number one, “Easy Love”, by London-based DJ Sigala in fourth.