Tuesday, August 7, 2012


The world’s best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW That’s What I Call Music!, celebrates summer’s hottest hits with NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 43 and NOW That’s What I Call Party Anthems, released today.  Both new titles are available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 43 features 16 major current chart hits from today’s hottest artists, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, David Guetta featuring Sia, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, Usher, Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Cher Lloyd, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Alex Clare, M83, Neon Trees, and Luke Bryan, plus four free up-and-coming “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview tracks. 

The "NOW What's Next" bonus track program featured on each numeric NOW release continues to preview hot new artists with tomorrow's biggest hits.  NOW 43 showcases up and coming tracks from Halestorm, Tristan Prettyman, Cady Groves, and Eva Simons.

NOW That’s What I Call Party Anthems is a new companion collection of 18 huge singles and remixes specially selected to keep your celebration rocking.  NOW Party Anthems’ amped-up jams include LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock’s “Party Rock Anthem,” The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E’s “Tonight (I'm Lovin' You),” Chris Brown’s “Forever,” Usher’s “More” (RedOne Jimmy Joker Remix), Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki featuring Lil Jon’s “Turbulence,” Gotye featuring Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (4FRNT Remix), Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg’s “California Gurls,” Cobra Starship featuring Sabi’s “You Make Me Feel...” (Futurecop Remix), Jessie J’s “Domino” (Myon And Shane Remix), P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass,”  David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj’s “Turn Me On,” Ke$ha’s “Blow,” Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends,” Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer’s “Give Me Everything,” Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera’s “Moves Like Jagger,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (Nicky Romero Radio Mix), and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” (Skrillex Remix).

The NOW That’s What I Call Music! series is a joint venture from EMI Music North America, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group.  NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 43 and NOW Party Anthems will be distributed by EMI Music North America.   NOW and NOW That’s What I Call Music! are registered trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

Following 15 years of multi-platinum international success, the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series debuted in the U.S. in 1998. The series has generated sales exceeding 200 million albums worldwide, including more than 84 million copies in the U.S.  Every album in the numeric U.S. series has reached Billboard’s Top 10, and 15 NOW releases have reached #1, second only to The Beatles in chart history.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 43 [CD; digital]
1. Carly Rae Jepsen                              Call Me Maybe
2. Katy Perry                                         Part Of Me
3. Maroon 5                                          Payphone
4. David Guetta featuring Sia                 Titanium
5. Ellie Goulding                                    Lights
6. Justin Bieber                                     Boyfriend
7. Usher                                                Scream
8. Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo              Let’s Go
9. Pitbull                                               Back In Time (featured in Men In Black III)
10. Cher Lloyd                                       Want You Back
11. One Direction                                  One Thing
12. Demi Lovato                                    Give Your Heart a Break
13. Alex Clare                                        Too Close
14. M83                                                Midnight City
15. Neon Trees                                      Everybody Talks
16. Luke Bryan                                      Drunk On You
BONUS TRACKS: “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview
17. Halestorm                                        Here's To Us
18. Tristan Prettyman                             My Oh My
19. Cady Groves                                   Love Actually
20. Eva Simons                                     I Don't Like You

NOW That’s What I Call Party Anthems [CD; digital]
1. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock         Party Rock Anthem
2. The Black Eyed Peas                                                 I Gotta Feeling
3. Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E     Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)
4. Chris Brown                                                               Forever
5. Usher                                                                        More (RedOne Jimmy Joker Remix)
6. Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki featuring Lil Jon              Turbulence
7. Gotye featuring Kimbra                                              Somebody That I Used To Know - (4FRNT
8. Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg                              California Gurls
9. Cobra Starship featuring Sabi                                                You Make Me Feel... (Futurecop Remix)
10. Jessie J                                                                  Domino (Myon And Shane Remix)
11. P!nk                                                                        Raise Your Glass
12. David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj                            Turn Me On
13. Ke$ha                                                                     Blow
14. Britney Spears                                                         Till The World Ends
15. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer                  Give Me Everything
16. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera                        Moves Like Jagger
17. Kelly Clarkson                                                         Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) (Nicky Romero
                                                                                    Radio Mix)
18. Lady Gaga                                                              Bad Romance (Skrillex Remix)
My Thoughts:
 I received these CDs yesterday, and have already listened to them a few times through.  I have been a fan of "Now That's What I Call Music" CDs since picking up previous volumes beginning in 2000.  In the past when buying CDs was popular, I would be buy artist's entire albums, only to find myself listening to their popular chart topping hits.  I would hate spending the money, only to listen to 1-2 tracks.  So, when iTunes became popular, I found myself buying singles again, which was great.  But, when I was traveling back and forth to work, I would not have anything to listen to in the car.  That was until I bought and brought these CDs along.  What I loved most about these CDs was that they contained all the singles I had purchased through iTunes, all in one place.  The convenience of having these popular tracks made the long commutes more bearable and enjoyable.  
And, now with two young children and being a busy mom on the go, I find myself back in the car, driving to playgroups, to visit the grandparents, or just day tripping.  Usually within 10 minutes of beginning our journey, the girls fall fast asleep, leaving me the remainder of the time with "me time" to enjoy.  This is when I pop in "Now That is What I Call Music" CDs to enjoy. On those off days when we stay in, I love listening to the CDs while doing the laundry or preparing dinner.  They are so fun to sing and dance along to, and are great stress relievers.  My daughter, Savannah, gets in on the fun, as she dances and twirls around, while pretending to sing along.  

It was hard to decide on a favorite of the two CDs set to me for review, as I loved each and every song these discs contained.  I especially loved the 4 additional tracks on the ,which featured music from up and coming artists.  I can see these singers making it big, as their songs were enjoyable to listen to. 

If you haven't had an opportunity to buy and listen to "Now That is What I Call Music" volumes, you really need to pick up these recent releases, or past releases, as you, too, will find yourself singing and dancing along to all the hit songs contained on each CD.


Both new titles are available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers.

Disclosure:  I was sent copies of CDs to review, in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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