Paul McCartney To Release One Final Beatles Song, And It's All Thanks To AI Technology

He got by with a little help from AI...
Paul McCartney on stage at Glastonbury last year
Paul McCartney on stage at Glastonbury last year
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While some celebrities have turned their backs on artificial intelligence tech to help make their work, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has leaned into it to create the group’s “final” song.

In a new interview, the singer has revealed that he has used the technology to “extricate” the late John Lennon’s voice from an old demo to finally complete the track.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Sir Paul explained: “We just finished it up and it’ll be released this year.”

While he didn’t divulge the name of the song, it is expected to be a 1978 composition from John called Now And Then.

Sir Paul was given the demo by John’s widow Yoko Ono in 1994, and it is said to be of a number of songs on a tape labelled “For Paul” that he had made before his death in 1980.

In the mid-90s, Sir Paul, Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison worked together unsuccessfully to try and finish their former bandmate’s Now And Then demo, to no avail.

“George didn’t like it,” the former Wings frontman told Q magazine in 1997. “The Beatles being a democracy, we didn’t do it.”

The Beatles in 1967
The Beatles in 1967
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This isn’t the first time Sir Paul has turned to AI, as he used the same process to be able to duet “duet” with John during a recent tour.

″[The Beatles: Get Back director Peter Jackson] was able to extricate John’s voice from a ropey little bit of cassette,” he continued to the radio show.

“We had John’s voice and a piano, and he could separate them with AI. They tell the machine, ‘That’s the voice. This is a guitar. Lose the guitar’.

“So when we came to make what will be the last Beatles record, it was a demo that John had [and] we were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this AI.

“Then we can mix the record, as you would normally do. So, it gives you some sort of leeway.”

Sir Paul’s exciting revelation comes days after Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker said his attempt at using artificial intelligence to write an episode of the hit sci-fi series didn’t go quite so well.

In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, the Emmy-winning writer revealed that he turned to ChatGPT to write an episode for the Netflix show but that the final product wound up going totally off the rails.

“I’ve toyed around with ChatGPT a bit,” Charlie said. “The first thing I did was type ‘generate Black Mirror episode’ and it comes up with something that, at first glance, reads plausibly, but on second glance, is shit.”


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