For the first time in 54 years, the Beatles have topped the British charts with Now and Then, which brings together the legendary English group thanks to artificial intelligence, the organization which establishes the rankings said this Sunday, November 5. Released on Thursday, the song, recorded by John Lennon and completed after his death by the other members of the group, is currently outperforming its competitors, Official Charts said.
In view of this trend, he is therefore on track to occupy first place in the next weekly ranking published next Friday, thus dethroning American superstar Taylor Swift.
It is the Liverpool band's 18th single to top the charts, the first being From Me to You in 1963 and the previous one being The Ballad of John and Yoko in 1969, shortly before the band split in April 1970.
Now and Then was born from a demo recorded in the late 1970s by John Lennon in his New York apartment. After his assassination in 1980, his widow Yoko Ono handed over the band, voice and piano, to the other members of the group in 1994. AI technologies recently made it possible to isolate Lennon's voice and mix it with recordings of other singers, including George Harrison before his death in 2001. The song was completed and released by both living members , Paul McCartney, 81, and Ringo Starr, 83.