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Adele recorded vocals for 'Skyfall' in 10 minutes

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So, how long did you wait in line for coffee at Starbucks this morning? Probably just long enough for Adele to record a Golden Globe-winning song or two.

In an interview with Hollywood.com, trusty Adele producer and collaborator Paul Epworth spilled the beans on the creative process behind the singer’s James Bond theme “Skyfall,” which not only snagged a Golden Globe nod yesterday, but also made the Oscar “short list” for Original Song contenders. And, as Epworth tells it, the process was a very quick one.

For her at least. Epworth himself delved into the James Bond catalog of themes, trying to figure out what the producers wanted for Skyfall as well as deciphering the “musical code” of past songs.

“[The producers] said they wanted a dramatic ballad basically,” Epworth said. “With having read the script and trying to set the whole thing up in that context, where it happens in the film, there was really only one thing it could be. It was interesting to want to do something that was simultaneously dark and final, like a funeral, and to try and turn it into something that was not final. A sense of death and rebirth.”

So he sat down, wrote the song, and then called Adele to come listen. And when she did? “Within 10 minutes, she put down most of the vocals,” he says. “She had the lyrics ready in her head when she drove over. It was the most absurd thing. She’s fast, but it was really quite phenomenal.”

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