Arctic Monkeys’ Beatles Cover Racing Up Download Charts
If you didn’t catch Friday’s Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London (directed by Danny Boyle), you missed quite a show: James Bond and the Queen parachuting down to the stadium, Mr. Bean nearly screwing up a performance of “Chariots of Fire” and the legendary Paul McCartney bringing the house down.
But the musical moment that appears to have garnered the most attention was Arctic Monkeys’ version of The Beatles’ “Come Together” (you can hear it yourself in the video below). The live performance – led by frontman Alex Turner on vocals and a pretty Les Paul – is currently sitting at #14 on the iTunes download chart, according to NME.
In addition, Boyle’s soundtrack to the whole ceremony (featuring songs by The Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, The Jam, Muse, Queen and more) is currently at #1 on the iTunes album charts in Great Britain, Spain, France and Belgium. It has hit #5 in the U.S.