The title of the first album in the popular “Now That’s What I Call Music” series was released in the United Kingdom on November 28, 1983. The album was a compilation of hit singles from the UK charts at the time.
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The history of the “Now That’s What I Call Music” series
Now That’s What I Call Music is a series of various artists compilation albums released in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Sony Music and Universal Music (Universal/Sony). These are released in a number of differing formats including CD, digital download and now vinyl.
The first album in the series was released on 28 November 1983, titled Now That’s What I Call Music. It reached No. 1 in the UK Compilation Chart and stayed there for nine weeks. The following albums in the series were also similarly successful, with many of them reaching No. 1 on the UK chart.
The concept behind the series was to compile a album which would feature hits from various chart genres all on one record. The aim was to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and make buying a compilation album more appealing than purchasing multiple records or CDs which would typically only feature one or two tracks from each artist.
Now That’s What I Call Music has been hugely successful since its launch over thirty years ago, with over 100 million albums sold worldwide. In 2014, the brand celebrated its 30th anniversary with a greatest hits album featuring fifty-two tracks from across the series’ history.
How the series has evolved over the years
Now That’s What I Call Music is a series of various artists compilation albums released in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Sony Music and Universal Music. The first album in the series was released on 28 November 1983, titled Now That’s What I Call Music. The albums are currently released twice annually, with various artists compilations released under the title Now That’s What I Call Music!, with a number indicating the album’s volume in the main series. In 2001, a second series was launched in the UK, titled Now That’s What I Call Music!, which focused on contemporary hits, rather than containing songs from a particular era or genre. In 2007, a third series was launched in the UK. This was followed by a fourth edition on 2 March 2009. A fifth edition was released on 26 April 2010 and a sixth edition on 21 June 2011. A seventh edition, featuring two discs of songs from 2012 and 2013 respectively, was released on 9 December 2013. An eighth edition, featuring two discs of songs from 2014, was released on 17 November 2014. A ninth edition featuring two discs of songs from 2015 was released on 23 November 2015. The tenth edition, featuring two discs of songs from 2016, was announced on 21 October 2016 and released on 18 November 2016.
The first three Now! albums were compiled by Paul Du Noyer and published by BPI Communications Ltd/W H Allen & Co Ltd. The first (two-disc) album in the series was subtitled “Now That’s What I Call Rare Grooves”.
The popularity of the series
Since the first volume was released in the UK on 28 November 1983, a total of 112 Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation albums have been released, including 96 in the main series. Volume 70 was released on 30 September 2013 and became the fastest-selling album of all time in Ireland after selling over 105,000 copies in its first week. In total, the brand has generated sales of over £1 billion in the UK alone.
The series began in the United States on 16 November 1998, with 33 albums issued through the present day.
The music featured on the series
The music featured on the series is a mix of chart hits, love songs, party anthems and ballads. There are also some hidden gems and forgotten classics included in the set lists.
The artists who have been featured on the series
featuring some of the most well-known and popular artists of the time, the first instalment in the series topped the UK Albums Chart upon release and went on to become the fastest-selling album of all time in the UK.
The artists who have been featured on the series are:
Cheryl Cole Craig David Daniel Bedingfield Destiny’s Child Diana Ross Enrique Iglesias Eva Cassidy Girls Aloud Jennifer Lopez
The impact of the series on the music industry
The first volume in the now iconic series was released on October 28, 1983 on compact disc, cassette tape, and vinyl record. The album included hits from artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Duran Duran, and is credited with popularizing the compact disc format. In the years that followed, the series became known for its accurate representation of current musical trends and its ability to spearhead commercial success for artists. To date, there are 100 volumes in the series in North America alone.
In addition to boosting sales for individual artists, the series has also had a significant impact on the music industry as a whole. Albums that are included in the Now That’s What I Call Music! series tend to sell better than those that are not. This is likely due to the fact that being featured in the series exposes an album to a wider audience, as well as giving it a level of legitimacy. As a result, record labels have become increasingly interested in getting their artists featured on Now albums.
The Now That’s What I Call Music! series has undoubtedly had a profound effect on both the individual artists who have been featured on its albums and on the music industry as a whole. It remains to be seen what impact it will have in the future, but there is no doubt that it has left its mark on pop culture.
The future of the “Now That’s What I Call Music” series
Now That’s What I Call Music is a series of various artists compilation albums released in the United Kingdom. The series began in 1983 with the aim of showcasing the current hits of that time. The series has been released annually since its inception and has become one of the U.K.’s biggest selling album series.
In recent years, the Now That’s What I Call Music brand has expanded to include a number of other countries, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.
The U.K. version of the Now That’s What I Call Music series is currently on its 100th release, which was released on November 18th, 2016.
It is unclear what the future holds for the Now That’s What I Call Music series, but it seems likely that it will continue to be a success in the years to come.
9) “Sledgehammer” – Peter Gabriel
10) “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House