The Beatles were a pop and rock group of musicians from Liverpool, England, whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They are one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music. In the United Kingdom, The Beatles released more than 40 different singles, albums, and EPs that reached number 1. This success was repeated in many other countries and their record company, EMI, estimated that by 1985 they had sold over 1 billion discs and tapes worldwide. The Beatles are the best-selling musical act of all time in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.