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“Now! That’s What I Call Music: Volume 50” Dropped Today

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We knew this day would come, but my God, I don’t think we could have ever been ready for this.

The 50th edition of “Now That’s What I Call Music!” dropped on Tuesday, somehow having survived the zeitgeist of iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Napster, and literally every other way to either instantly buy music or not pay for music at all.

The First edition of “Now That’s What I Call Music!” released in October 1998, and blew my freshly-turned eight-year-old mind with such timeless hits as “As Long As You Love Me” by the Backstreet Boys, “The Way” by Fastball, “Say You’ll Be There” by the Spice Girls, “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo, “Barbie Girl” by Aqua and “Mmmmbop” by Hanson. The album hit #10 on the Billboard 200 Charts and went certified platinum, as did the 28 volumes that followed it. 15 “Now” albums hit number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Unfortunately, recent “Now” Albums haven’t sold as well. “Now 34!” from 2010 only sold 66,000 albums in its first week, compared to “Now 7!,” which sold 621,000 in its debut week.

Ready for some fun facts? Here’s the top 5 artists who have the most hits in “Now!” albums:

5. Rihanna: 12
4. Nickelback: 12
3. Katy Perry: 13
2. Chris Brown: 15
1. Britney Spears: 18

Now I don’t know about you, but that list is bad and makes me feel bad, and should do the same to you. Nickelback beats Beyonce AND Destiny’s Child, not to mention the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, J.Lo, Justin Timberlake, and EVEN K-Ci & JoJo! ESPECIALLY K-CI & JOJO. I would rather listen to “All My Life” over and over for a week straight than listen to a single Nickelback CD.

But congratulations to “Now!” on such an incredible achievement, and somehow managing to stay profitable enough in a world that seems to have completely phased out CDs. 984 songs by 583 artists later, we’ve hit the big 5-0. Here’s to the next 50, “Now,” terribly cheesy commercials and all. If you want to see every single song ever featured in the “Now!” series, click HERE.

I think I may buy “Now! 50” out of nostalgia…if only I still owned a CD player.

[via The Washington Post]

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