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The Last Beatles Song: Now And Then


The Beatles are back with their first single in decades, “Now And Then.” The tune, which was recorded as an unfinished demo in 1977 started by legendary singer, John Lennon when he died, was finally completed decades later by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. George Harrison’s guitar parts were also included and incorporated in the final track.

Released on November 2nd, 2023 it’s become a hit on a number of Billboard charts, even helping the band reach one they’ve never appeared on before. “Now and Then” debuts on this week’s edition of the Streaming Songs chart, Billboard’s ranking of the most-streamed tracks in the U.S. The tune launches at No. 28 this time around. The track racked up around 11 million streams in its first full week. The track draws in many ways on group’s signature style and features emotional chorus where McCartney and Lennon’s voices sing, “I miss you.” Though many people hate using AI, “Now and Then,” in part, used artificial intelligence to separate out Lennon’s original vocals before incorporating McCartney and Starr’s musical additions in the studio last year.

The Beatles dominated the 60s, 70s, and even today with their influence through music. A lot of artists we know and love today wouldn’t be who they are if it wasn’t for the legacy these 4 men left behind. Though The Beatles may be the most successful band of all time in many respects, there are still quite a few Billboard charts they haven’t reached. The group’s songs all came out long before the introduction of a number of lists, especially those that focus on online consumption. It’s not entirely shocking that they only appear on the Streaming Songs chart for the first time this week, but it’s still amazing to see an act so famous only find their way to an important tally now.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two remaining members of the band, have stated that this will be the last song from the group. Fans of the group, as well as many who were simply curious regarding what this comeback cut of sorts would sound like, contributed to its quick success across the Billboard charts, with streaming playing a big part. I never really thought I’d get to see the day The Beatles released one last song together, especially in 2023.

In a recent interview, McCartney goes on to say, “All those memories came flooding back…My God, how lucky was I to have those men in my life? To still be working on Beatles music in 2023? Wow.” Drummer Ringo Starr added, “It was the closest we’ll ever come to having John Lennon back in the room … Far out.” At 81 and 83 years old, respectively, McCartney and Starr have continued to make music as solo artists, and in collaborations with other performers, through the years. Though, them coming together after so long is truly groundbreaking, and I’m glad to be witnessing this history of music. Their legacy still lives on, and influences many great artists we know and love today.

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Ariana Bruno, Writer
Hi! My name is Ariana Bruno and I'm currently a senior at Winthrop High School. This is my 4th year on the staff, and I'm looking forward to continue writing this year. Other than newspaper, I am also apart of MUN. Aside from school, I enjoy painting, exploring music, and reading. I am excited to be contributing to the newspaper club again this year!

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