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The Beatles are set to add one more feather to their cap as their latest track is hours away from becoming the No. 1 single on the UK chart.
“Now and Then” is set to be their 18th No. 1 single after their last recorded song outsold the rest of the top five combined in its opening weekend.
Yes, the last song from John, Paul, George, and Ringo would become their landmark 18th UK chart-topper, and their first in 54 years, since The Ballad of John and Yoko in 1969.
“Now and Then” debuted at Number 42 in the UK last week based on just 10 hours of sales, but is now expected to jump 41 places to the top of the Official Singles Chart when Friday’s chart is announced on BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart.
Martin Talbot, Chief Executive Officer of Official Charts, says, “What a week it will be if The Beatles return with a Number 1 in the Official Singles Chart. The Fab Four are a key part of the history of British music and the UK’s charts, so to have returned with such a huge impact is incredible.”
On the day of its release last Thursday, “Now and Then” was named BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record.
The song is all-love, McCartney told Radio 1. “Just a loving feeling,” he said of the recording, “because that’s often what we were trying to do with our records, we were trying to spread love. And in this one, it is very poignant. It’s John talking about ‘I miss you’ and stuff like that so, I think emotion, that would be the keyword for people to take away from it, ‘emotion’.”
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