The Beatles Are Back With ‘Now and Then’ — But Is This Truly Their ‘Last Song’?


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Fans of The Beatles are getting gift after gift this month, starting with the arrival of the yet-unreleased song “Now and Then” late last week and followed by a cheeky Peter Jackson-directed music video for the track. And later this week, expanded reissues of the group’s greatest-hits compilations — known as the Red (1962–1966) and Blue Albums (1967–1970) — will be released.

“Now and Then” is being billed as “the last Beatles song,” and on the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, Katie & Keith are wondering: Is this truly it? After seeing artists like Prince with a seemingly endless vault of unreleased material, it’s hard to fathom a world that doesn’t include any future unheard Beatles music.


Listen to our conversation about that and much more on the latest episode:

Also on the show, we’ve got oodles of chart news on Taylor Swift’s huge debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as her last re-recorded album, 1989 (Taylor’s Version), launches with the biggest week for an album in nearly a decade. Plus, on the Billboard Hot 100, one of the album’s “From the Vault” songs debuts straight in at No. 1, replacing Swift’s own “Cruel Summer” and garnering Swift her 11th leader.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard‘s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard‘s executive digital director, West Coast, Katie Atkinson and Billboard’s managing director, charts and data operations, Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)

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