A Decade of #1 Hits for NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!

The world’s best-selling CD compilation series, NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!, celebrates 10 chart topping years with a special anniversary CD THE BEST OF NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 10TH ANNIVERSARY containing hit songs from the past decade. The album will be released on CD and digitally on November 11th.

Since its debut in 1998, the series has sold over 70 million CDs in the USA and has become one of the best known music brands of all time. The CD tracks on the special anniversary album include smash hits by artists including: U2, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, P!nk and Kanye West and has classic #1 songs including U2’s “Beautiful Day,” Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back,” Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”

The NOW series has been called the “most successful brand in music” and has sold millions of copies all over the world. Every recent NOW release has debuted in one of the top slots on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. In addition, NOW’s collective releases sell more than any other music property each year.

Says Bob Mercer, Chief Executive of NOW, “We’re enormously proud of the sustained success of this brand and equally ambitious for its future.”

The NOW series was originally launched 25 years ago in the UK and has topped their charts for a quarter of a century. A worldwide phenomenon, NOW has succeeded in territories as diverse as South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

The 10th anniversary collection is released the same day as the latest in the NOW series, NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! VOLUME 29. This must-have CD is packed with current chart topping hits, including songs by Leona Lewis, Katy Perry, P!nk, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, T.I., Pussycat Dolls and Rihanna.

The NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! series is a compilation joint venture from EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and the Zomba Label Group. The series debuted in the United States in 1998 after the NOW brand had been an enormous, multi-platinum international success for nearly 20 years. To date, the NOW series has generated sales of over 200 million albums worldwide, and has sold over 70 million copies in the United States since its debut, remaining the only non-soundtrack, multi-artist series to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

NOW 10TH ANNIVERSARY — Track Listing

1. P!nk – “Get The Party Started” (ZOMBA)**
2. Katy Perry – “I Kissed a Girl” (EMI)*
3. Rihanna featuring Jay-Z – “Umbrella” (UMG)*
4. Kanye West – “Stronger” (UMG)*
5. Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack” (ZOMBA)
6. Lil Wayne featuring Static Major – “Lollipop” (UMG)
7. Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule – “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” (SONY)***
8. Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean – “Hips Don’t Lie” (SONY)*
9. Amy Winehouse – “Rehab” (UMG)*
10. Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together” (UMG)*
11. Christina Aguilera – “Beautiful” (SONY)*
12. Alicia Keys – “Fallin'” (SONY)*
13. Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way” (ZOMBA)*
14. Avril Lavigne – “Complicated” (SONY)*
15. Lenny Kravitz – “American Woman” (EMI)
16. Maroon 5 – “This Love” (UMG)*
17. Nickelback – “How You Remind Me” (RR)
18. The Fray – “Over My Head (Cable Car)” (SONY)
19. Coldplay – “Clocks” (EMI)
20. U2 – “Beautiful Day” (UMG)

* – Track appears on NOW series for first time (note: artist may have been on previous releases)

** – Remix version included on previous NOW release, this is the hit single version

*** – Album version included on previous NOW release, this is the single version

NOW 29 — Track Listing

1. P!nk – “So What” (ZOMBA)
2. Katy Perry – “Hot N Cold” (EMI)
3. Pussycat Dolls – “When I Grow Up” (UMG)
4. Rihanna – “Disturbia” (UMG)
5. Ne-Yo – “Closer” (UMG)
6. Chris Brown – “Forever” (ZOMBA)
7. Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon – “Dangerous” (UMG)
8. T.I. – “Whatever You Like” (WMG)
9. Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain – “Got Money” (UMG)
10. Savage featuring Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – “Swing” (UMG)
11. Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West – “Put On” (UMG)
12. Yung Berg featuring Casha – “The Business” (SONY)
13. Jordin Sparks – “One Step at a Time” (ZOMBA)
14. Leona Lewis – “Better in Time” (SONY)
15. Boys Like Girls – “Thunder” (SONY)
16. Saving Abel – “Addicted” (EMI)
17. Daughtry – “What About Now” (SONY)
18. Matt Nathanson – “Come On Get Higher” (EMI)
19. Darius Rucker – “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” (EMI)
20. Keith Anderson – “I Still Miss You” (SONY)

NOW chart & sales history:

NOW 1 (October 1998, platinum)
NOW 2 (July 1999, double platinum)
NOW 3 (December 1999, double platinum)
NOW 4 (July 2000, first compilation ever to debut #1 on the Billboard Top
200, double platinum)
NOW 5 (November 2000, quadruple platinum)
NOW 6 (April 2001, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, triple
platinum)
NOW 7 (July 2001, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, triple
platinum)
NOW 8 (November 2001, triple platinum)
NOW 9 (April 2002, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, double
platinum)
NOW 10 (July 2002, platinum)
NOW 11 (November 2002, double platinum)
NOW 12 (March 2003, platinum)
NOW 13 (July 2003, platinum)
NOW 14 (April 2004, triple platinum)
NOW 15 (May 2004, double platinum)
NOW 16 (July 2004, triple platinum)
NOW 17 (November 2004, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, double
platinum)
NOW 18 (March 2005, platinum)
NOW 19 (July 2005, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, double
platinum)
NOW 20 (November 2005, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, double
platinum)
NOW 21 (April 2006, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, double
platinum)
NOW 22 (July 2006, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, platinum)
NOW 23 (November 2006, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, double
platinum)
NOW 24 (March 2007, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, platinum)
NOW 25 (July 2007, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, platinum)
NOW 26 (November 2007, platinum)
NOW 27 (March 2008, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, certified
platinum)
NOW 28 (July 2008, debuted at #2 on Billboard Top 200, certified platinum)
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS! (October 2001, quintuple platinum)
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS! VOL. 2 (The Signature Collection)
(Sept. 2003, double platinum)
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS! VOL. 3 (October 2006, platinum)

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