Paul McCartney surprised fans of The Beatles last month when he announced that the band would be releasing a record featuring the late John Lennon’s vocals, with the help of artificial intelligence. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today show, McCartney explained that they had used AI to make John’s voice sound pure and then mixed the record as they normally would.

Some fans expressed their disappointment and anger on social media, questioning why The Beatles would resort to such a measure. Ringo Starr later clarified in an interview with Rolling Stone that the group would “never” fake Lennon’s voice. George Harrison, who passed away in 2001, had recorded his own part for the song before his death, according to Starr.

In response to the backlash, McCartney took to Twitter to assure fans that Lennon’s vocals were not artificially generated. He explained that they had cleaned up existing recordings, a process that had been ongoing for years. McCartney also mentioned that the upcoming record aimed to replicate the techniques used by Peter Jackson in the production of the documentary “The Beatles: Get Back.”

McCartney’s announcement came while promoting a book of photographs he had taken of the band throughout their career. The book, titled “1964: Eyes of the Storm,” provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of the iconic group. With the passing of Harrison and Lennon, McCartney and Starr are working on what will be the final track featuring all four members of The Beatles.

When asked about the impact of artificial intelligence on the music industry, Robert Weil, the editor of McCartney’s book, expressed his belief that while AI can replicate predictable and formulaic elements, it cannot recreate the nuance and emotions that artists like McCartney and The Beatles brought to their work.

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