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Sir Ringo Starr was surprised that the Beatles’ streaming numbers fell far short of Drake’s.
The iconic drummer of the Liverpool group has explained how proud he is of the legacy of the ‘Let it Be’ hitmakers in a new interview on the Disney + docuseries ‘The Beatles: Get Back’.
And the 81-year-old stickman admitted he thought his group was doing pretty well with around “five billion” combined streams in 2020 – but then saw that the “God’s Plan” rapper had a lot more than them.
The 35-year-old hip-hop megastar recently made history as the first artist to air more than 50 billion times.
Ringo said: “I am so proud of the music that we [The Beatles] actually, i love the other three guys, but every generation listens to us.
“As soon as they become teenagers, if they like music, they listen to us. So every generation has its Beatles moments. That’s how we continue.
“I thought we were doing great because we sold and streamed, I think it was about five billion last year. Five billion streams. Get off. Then I look at Drake and he does that one day. . “
Ringo reunited with former band member Sir Paul McCartney, 79, on a cover of “Grow Old with Me”, the late frontman of “Eleanor Rigby” band John Lennon, on which Macca sings and plays bass. He was featured on Ringo’s 2019 studio album, “What’s My Name”.
And the music legend hinted that he was always ready to collaborate with his compatriot Beatle.
Speaking on Jason Peverett’s blog The Peverett Phile, he said: “When he comes, and I do songs, I will say I have this song, I would like you to play bass and he will say : ‘I’m coming to LA’, and he’ll come and play bass and he’s the most melodic. “
About John and the late guitarist George Harrison, he added: “John was the most amazing guitar beat, he got too crazy sometimes and lost his place but amazing.
And George, most of George’s solos are on this record. If you only hear the intro, oh, this is it. So we all did our best. That’s all we can do. It was like a fact. But I miss the other two, I loved them and I loved Paul. “