The Beatles returned to the top of the UK music charts on Friday with the song “Now And Then”, which broke several records and made the group with the longest gap between their first and last single at number one.
Billed as the Beatles’ last song, “Now And Then” featured John Lennon’s voice and artificial intelligence for its production. Additionally, there are features recorded by living members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the late George Harrison.
It is the 18th UK No. 1 by the group and returned The Beatles to the top of the Official Singles Chart 60 years after the first No. 1 of the group, “From Me to You.”
The feat also extended the Beatles’ record as the British group with the most number 1s in official chart history.
“Wonderful. “It blew my mind,” McCartney said in a statement. “It’s also an emotional moment for me. I love it”.
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The song is Britain’s fastest-selling single so far this year, with 48,600 physical and download sales in its first seven days, according to the Official Charts Company.
It is also the fastest-selling vinyl single in the United Kingdom so far this century, with over 19,400 copies sold on vinyl, and the most streamed Beatles song of the week, with 5.03 million streams, he added.
The group is also the one that allowed the longest time to pass between number 1 singles – 54 years – and the oldest band to reach number 1 in the United Kingdom, according to the Official Charts Company. McCartney is 81 years old and Starr is 83 years old.
“Beatlemania is back this week,” said Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company.
“The return of John, Paul, George and Ringo with the Beatles’ latest single (…) cemented their legend by breaking one record after another, and in doing so underscored the remarkable achievement of their appeal, to all generations.” he added.
With information from Reuters