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The Beatles release the last song they recorded






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The Beatles have released their last song. It is called "Now and Then". It was written by John Lennon in 1977. The other Beatles members added to the track over the years. Sound engineers used AI to bring the song to life. It sounds like the Beatles recorded it together in a studio. The song has been released as a single. The other side of the single is a new mix of "Love Me Do" – the band's first single in 1962. "Now and Then" will also be the final track on a new edition of the Beatles' greatest hits "blue" album. This is a collection of their classic songs from 1967-1970.

Beatles member Paul McCartney said recording the new song was "quite emotional". He said: "It's a genuine Beatles recording." He spoke about how exciting it was to still be working on Beatles music in 2023. He said: "To release a new song the public haven't heard is an exciting thing." McCartney was also excited about hearing John Lennon's "crystal clear" voice. Lennon was shot dead by a fan in New York in 1980. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr said the song was, "the closest we'll ever come to having [John Lennon] back in the room". He said it was, "very emotional for all of us".

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