Beatles to release new and final record through AI

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In this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo, The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr on drums, and John Lennon perform on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York. The Beatles made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” America’s must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, and officially kicked off Beatlemania. (AP Photo, File) Anonymous

Beatles to release new and final record through AI

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It may have been over 50 years since the Beatles broke up, but the world’s most iconic group is set to release its final record with the assistance of artificial intelligence, Paul McCartney announced Tuesday.

McCartney, 80, confirmed that “the final Beatles record” will release in 2023 and will use AI to capture the voice of the late John Lennon from a prior demo recording, according to a report.

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“We just finished it up and it’ll be released this year,” McCartney said.

The name of the track has not been confirmed, but it will be the group’s first release of original material since the 1995 and 1996 releases of “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” the report noted.

Film director Peter Jackson used artificial intelligence to restore the old audio used for the new song to produce an improved sound.

AI has been the subject of controversy in the music industry, and it has been the tool behind the re-creation of a myriad of works relating to different bands and genres, including the Beatles.

“All that is kind of scary but also exciting because it’s the future,” McCartney said. “And [Jackson] he was able to extricate John’s voice from a ropey little cassette that had John’s voice and a piano. He could separate them with AI — he could tell the machine, ‘That’s the voice, that’s the guitar, lose the guitar.’ And he did that. So, it has great uses.”

“So, when we came to make what will be the last Beatles record, it was a demo John had, that we worked on and just finished it up. It’ll be released this year. We were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this AI so then we could mix the record as you would normally do.”

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Beatles fans are looking forward to the release, and many anticipate it will be titled “Now and Then,” which comes from the works off of a cassette tape given to McCartney by Yoko Ono in 1994, according to the report.

The only two living members of the iconic group are McCartney and Ringo Starr, and it is unconfirmed if the new track will feature a contribution from the late George Harrison.

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