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Now That's What I Call Music! Volume 44

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Mayer appears on Now 28 twice—on his own song “Say” and as the featured artist on a cursed cover of “Beat It” by Fall Out Boy that I had erased from my memory.

If compilation albums were included in list of the UK's best-selling records, it would take ninth place, nestling between Michael Jackson's Bad and Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms. The latter contains a new retro-70s Now logo design and artwork which complements its 80s sister Yearbook series. Although the Ann Lee track to me is opposite: I actually couldn’t listen it wholly back then, but today I can’t get enough of it!But this has been a long article, and you’re probably ready to move on, so here are just a few highlights on an album that is 100 percent full of them: an anthemic, all-girl, four-song run featuring Katy Perry ( “Firework”), Pink ( “Raise Your Glass”), Kesha ( “We R Who We R”), and Rihanna; “LIKE A G6” (emphasis mine) by Far East Movement; “No Hands” by Waka Flocka Flame; and freakin’ “Stereo Love” by Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina. There’s no doubt that the opening salvo is extremely impressive – despite the age of some of the tracks.

The first Now is a glorious, clear mission statement, perfectly encapsulating what music was in 1998. Twenty years ago, a brave soul decided to define music for a generation—by releasing bizarre and wildly popular compilation albums. Initially, a special edition of a Now compilation was quite rare, and between 1994 and 2002, there weren't any released at all.

They are also notable as being the first time a Now series had released a compilation of hits from the years 1980 to 1982. Thanks for that info – the total sales of Now 44 are over 2M according to one source – but very impressive.

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