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I used to buy these Now What I Call Music compilations when I was a teenager and they introduced me to a lot of new music. My interest in the albums waned a little as I got older though and until recently I didn't think that the latest albums could offer me much.
Now That's What I Call Music compilations have been around since 1983. They feature the best of recently released chart music and popular songs from current artists. The standard format tends to be a double CD album which is available as an actual CD or a digital download.
I was introduced to 'Now...76!' by my neice who noticed I had a lot of top chart hits on my ipod and commented that she also had the same songs but that she had ripped hers from her Now! Cd albums. She told me these albums were really worthwhile buying as they feature all of the hits you hear on the radio and songs that you have probably heard playing on the radio.
It's true that the Now! compilation albums are like little time capsules and capture the essence of the mainstream music scene as it's just happened or happening. The Now...76! album was released in July 2010 and features 46 songs in total - a huge bundle and their biggest bundle to date. An impressive fact is that the alum features ten songs that were UK number one hits too.
I find the first half of the double album to be superior to the second album. Kicking off with the lively 'California Gurls' by Katy Perry then following with songs from artists I know well such as Enrique Iglesias, JLS, Usher, Lady Gaga, Cheryl Cole, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Pixie Lott, Miley Cyrus and Bruno Mars. There are some really great tracks here although they are all of a particular musical genre. I'd expect to hear all of these tracks on Radio 1 and they are all songs that would appeal to youth. I actually like a lot of chart music and young artists so I'm even happy to hear Bieber's 'Baby' and 'Eenie Meenie' but other older listeners may find this a bit too young for them!
The second album is not as good in my opinion as I am not that familiar with a lot of the tracks on it. I was surprised to find Alicia Keys 'Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart' as track 5 as it seems totally out of place among the other high energy, youth-orientated tracks. I do like that there are a lot of new and upcoming artists on this half of the album though such as Diana Vickers and Alexander Burke.
Overall I think that the Now..76! compilation is probably packed with just a little too many fast paced pop and disco tracks or those by 'cool' artists rather than portraying an accurate representation of musical tastes. The album is really one to listen to if you want to feel good and enjoy a sense of being in the moment. It sounds great playing in my car CD player, when I'm exercising or enjoying time with friends.
I also really love that the album has a informative CD booklet which shows a picture of each artist from their album or single covers. There is also some text alongside each picture explaining the history of the song and the artist. It's helpful if you want to find out more about the artist and discover their other works.
Ultimately this is a great collection of songs and it's probably your best bet if you are the type of person who tends to download or buy popular singles. The CD also features bonus content which you can unlock if you play the CD which includes access to interviews, live performances and more.
You can visit the website for more information on the latest Now That's What I Call Music release - they release about three albums a year, I believe.
If you are looking for a good compiliation album to stick on whilst cooking the barbecue or doing the housework then this is definitely the album for you. Those of you who have read my previous reviews will know that I am a huge music fan and there's not one genre that I don't like. I've purchased many of the 'Now That's What I Call Music' albums in the past, and I have to say that overall I have not been very impressed with the tracks on any of them. However, with this album I was pleasantly surprised. There isn't actually one track on the whole album that I can honestly say that I don't enjoy.
If you have purchased any of these albums in the past then you'll probably know that the majority of the music on the CD's are pop music, usually with a little bit of dance music thrown in there somewhere. If you are not a fan of pop music then this is an album to avoid, but it is definitely one that will please the majority of listeners. There are over forty tracks on both CD's. Of course, there are some tracks that some people will not enjoy *COUGH* Beiber...I'll say no more. Sorry to those who enjoy Justin Beiber's music!
On the first CD there are tracks by all the most popular artists at the moment such as Pitbull, katy Perry, Usher, Professor Green, Cheryl Cole etc. i have to say that the majority of the tracks are actually really good, and as I mentioned above, if you're going to have a barbecue in what is left of Summer then this is the perfect background CD and it will please everyone.
The 'Now Thats What I Call Music' compilation CDs have been running since 1983 and each release is filled with chart topping hits. Now 76 is no exception!
Now 76 is one of the best compilation CDs out there at the moment. It includes massive hits including Katy Perry's 'California Gurls', JLS 'The Club Is Alive', Usher's 'OMG', Lady Gaga's 'Alejandro', Dizzee Rascal's 'Dirtee Disco', and Justin Bieber's 'Baby' just to name a few of the 23 tracks found on this CD.
When released on 19th July 2010, it topped the compilation album charts, and the digital download charts, and is still currently a great seller.
California Gurls - Katy Perry
I Like It (feat Pitbull) - Enrique Iglesias
The Club Is Alive - JLS
OMG (feat Will.I.Am) - Usher
Gettin Over You (feat Fergie and LMFAO) - David Guetta
All The Lovers - Kylie Minogue
Just Be Good To Green - Professor Green
Nothin On You (feat Bruno Mars) - B.o.B
Alejandro - Lady Gaga
Parachute - Cheryl Cole
Te Amo - Rihanna
Good Times - Roll Deep
Commander - Kelly Rowland
Dirtee Disco - Dizzee Rascal
We No Speak Americano - Yolanda B Cool
Hot - Inna
Stereo Love - Edward Maya
Eenie Meenie - Sean Kingston
Can't Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus
Turn It Up - Pixie Lott
Baby - Justin Bieber
Solo - Iyaz
Carry Out (ft Justin Timberlake) - Timbaland
She Said - Plan B
This Ain't A Love Song - Scouting For Girls
Wavin' Flag - K'naan
Ridin' Solo - Jason Derulo
Try Sleepin With A Broken Heart - Alicia Keys
She's Always A Woman - Fyfe Dangerfield
Hey, Soul Sister - Train
Fire With Fire - Scissor Sisters
Once - Diana Vickers
Kickstarts - Example
One - Swedish House Mafia
Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas
All Night Long - Alexandra Burke
Candy (feat Kimberly Wyatt) - Aggros Santos
Dirty Picture (ft Ke$ha) - Taoi Cruz
Until You Were Gone (feat Esmee Denters) - Chipmunk
Rescue Me - Skepta
We Dance On - N Dubz
Dancing On My Own - Robyn
You've Got The Dirtee Love - Florence and The Machine and Dizzee Rascal
Acapella - Kelis
Frisky - Tinie Tempah
Watercolour - Pendulum
If you're a big fan of chart topping hits, then this is certainly a CD or digital download worth buying. I maintain that this is one of the best Now CDs to ever be released!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
2 Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull - I Like It
3 JLS - The Club Is Alive
4 Usher feat. will.i.am - OMG
5 David Guetta feat. Chris Willis, Fergie & LMFAO - Gettin’ Over You
6 Kylie Minogue - All The Lovers
7 Professor Green feat. Lily Allen - Just Be Good To Green
8 B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars - Nothin’ On You
9 Lady Gaga - Alejandro
10 Cheryl Cole - Parachute
11 Rihanna - Te Amo
12 Roll Deep - Good Times
13 Kelly Rowland feat. David Guetta - Commander
14 Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco
15 Yolanda B Cool & D Cup - We No Speak Americano
16 Inna - Hot
17 Edward Maya feat. Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love
18 Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber - Eenie Meenie
19 Miley Cyrus - Can't Be Tamed
20 Pixie Lott - Turn It Up
21 Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris - Baby
22 Iyaz - Solo
23 Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake - Carry Out
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Plan B - She Said
2 Scouting For Girls - This Ain’t A Love Song
3 K'NAAN - Wavin' Flag
4 Jason Derulo - Ridin’ Solo
5 Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
6 Fyfe Dangerfield - She's Always A Woman
7 Train - Hey, Soul Sister
8 Scissor Sisters - Fire With Fire
9 Diana Vickers - Once
10 Example - Kickstarts
11 Swedish House Mafia feat. Pharrell - One (Your Name)
12 Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body
13 Alexandra Burke feat. Pitbull - All Night Long
14 Aggro Santos feat. Kimberly Wyatt - Candy
15 Taio Cruz feat. Ke$ha - Dirty Picture
16 Chipmunk feat. Esmée Denters - Until You Were Gone
17 Skepta - Rescue Me
18 N-Dubz feat. Bodyrox - We Dance On
19 Robyn - Dancing On My Own
20 Florence + The Machine & Dizzee Rascal - You've Got The Dirtee Love (‘Live’ 21. At The Brit Awards 2010)
21 Kelis - Acapella
22 Tinie Tempah feat. Labrinth - Frisky
23 Pendulum - Watercolou