October 2, 2015

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Sam Smith’s James Bond theme makes UK chart history –
Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall has made history by becoming the first Bond theme to reach number one in the UK. The track achieved combined chart sales and streams of 70,000 copies – 13,000 ahead of its closest competitor, Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean? The previous highest-charting Bond themes were Adele’s Skyfall and Duran Duran’s View To A Kill, which both reached number two. Smith said he was “so proud” of the song and being number one was “crazy”. He told BBC Radio 1: “Out of all the songs I’ve brought out in my life, I was not expecting this to even chart in the top 10, let alone number one. It’s unbelievable.” [BBC] See List of the Day
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Janet Jackson puts the breaks on her Unbreakable world tour –
Janet Jackson has postponed her upcoming concert in Las Vegas and this isn’t the first time the pop icon has hit a road block along the way on her Unbreakable World Tour. The 49-year-old singer and performer announced her comeback this past June but it has been a series of highs and lows for the pop icon since. She has planned to reschedule this stop for next May 2016 when the venue will move to a new arena that can accommodate 20,000 fans. [Daily Mail] Today also saw the release of her new album “Unbreakable”, the first studio album from Jackson in seven years. See Video of the Day
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Switzerland ‘could house 50,000 refugees in Cold War bunkers’ –
Switzerland can accommodate up to 50,000 refugees in nuclear bunkers, the country’s defence minister has said. During the Cold War, Switzerland began a policy of building enough fallout shelters that the entire country could safely retreat underground if there was a nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the West. Today, while theoretically still available in a doomsday scenario, many of the bunkers are put to other uses. One in the small town of Sevelen was run as a “zero-star hotel” for some years, while the city of Geneva has used its bunkers as homeless shelters. Mr Maurer said around one-third of Switzerland’s public bunkers were currently in a position to take in refugees, with space for 50,000. [Daily Telegraph]

American wingsuit flier Johnny Strange dies in Switzerland accident –
Johnny Strange, an American adventurer who was the youngest person to climb the world’s seven tallest summits, has died in a wing suit accident in the Alps, Swiss police confirmed on Friday. The 23-year-old, who crashed shortly after jumping from Mount Gitschen in central Switzerland, is the latest casualty in what is regarded as one of the world’s most deadly extreme sports. He died on impact with the ground, likely after losing control mid-jump, according to authorities in the Swiss canton of Uri. Mr Strange, from Malibu, California, became the youngest person to scale the tallest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents in 2009, when he was 17. [Daily Telegraph]

Video of the Day –

Janet Jackson – BURNITUP! Feat. Missy Elliott (Lyric Video)

List of the Day –

James Bond Movie title themes [Wikipedia]

Film Year Score composer Title song Composed by Performed by U.K. peak
U.S. peak
Dr. No
1962 Monty Norman James Bond Theme Monty Norman John Barry & Orchestra; Monty Norman
“Kingston Calypso” Byron Lee and the Dragonaires
From Russia with Love
1963 John Barry “Opening Titles: James Bond Is Back/From Russia with Love/James Bond Theme” John Barry, Lionel Bart, Monty Norman Matt Monro
1964 Goldfinger Leslie Bricusse
Anthony Newley
John Barry
Shirley Bassey 21 8
1965 “Thunderball” John Barry
Don Black
Tom Jones 35 25
You Only Live Twice
1967 You Only Live Twice Leslie Bricusse
John Barry
Nancy Sinatra 11 44
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1969 “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” John Barry
Hal David
The John Barry Orchestra
We Have All the Time in the World” – Secondary Theme Louis Armstrong
Diamonds Are Forever
1971 “Diamonds Are Forever” John Barry
Don Black
Shirley Bassey 38 57
Live and Let Die
1973 George Martin Live and Let Die Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
Paul McCartney & Wings 7 2
The Man with the Golden Gun
1974 John Barry “The Man with the Golden Gun” John Barry
Don Black
The Spy Who Loved Me
1977 Marvin Hamlisch Nobody Does It Better Marvin Hamlisch
Carole Bayer Sager
Carly Simon 7 2
1979 John Barry “Moonraker” John Barry
Hal David
Shirley Bassey
For Your Eyes Only
1981 Bill Conti For Your Eyes Only Bill Conti
Michael Leeson
Sheena Easton 8 4
1983 John Barry All Time High John Barry
Tim Rice
Stephen Short
Rita Coolidge 75 36
A View to a Kill
1985 A View to a Kill John Barry
Duran Duran
Duran Duran 2 1
The Living Daylights
1987 The Living Daylights John Barry
Pål Waaktaar
A-ha 5
Licence to Kill
1989 Michael Kamen “Licence to Kill” Narada Michael Walden
Jeffrey Cohen
Walter Afanasieff
Gladys Knight 6
1995 Éric Serra GoldenEye Bono
The Edge
Tina Turner 10 102
Tomorrow Never Dies
1997 David Arnold Tomorrow Never Dies Sheryl Crow
Mitchell Froom
Sheryl Crow 12
The World Is Not Enough
1999 The World Is Not Enough David Arnold
Don Black
Garbage 11
Die Another Day
2002 Die Another Day Madonna
Mirwais Ahmadzaï
Madonna 3 8
Casino Royale
2006 You Know My Name David Arnold
Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell 7 79
Quantum of Solace
2008 Another Way to Die Jack White Jack White
Alicia Keys
9 81
2012 Thomas Newman Skyfall Adele
Paul Epworth
Adele 2 8
2015 Writing’s on the Wall [[Sam Smith (singer)|Jade Thurbon]
Jimmy Napes
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