A ton of hits… Now That’s What I Call Music 100

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HOT RIGHT NOW: Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left To cry will feature in Now 100

Over the last 35 years the classic collections of tracks, famous for capturing a snapshot of the charts, have featured 2,000 artists and chalked up UK sales of 120million.

And the new compilation will feature current stars such as Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa as well as Liam Payne, Ariana Grande, plus lots of classics from yesteryear for fans to enjoy.

Here JAMES MOORE enjoys some NOW-stalgia with 15 fab facts about the music phenomenon…

1. THE first Now That’s What I Call Music was released on vinyl and cassette in December 1983 featuring 30 hits from bands including Culture Club, Kajagoogoo and UB40.

It sold 1.1million.

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CLASSIC: Spice Girls

“Each UK household is reckoned to own an average of four NOW albums and more than half of us have either bought or been given one.”

2. THE original pig in sunglasses logo, which is making a comeback for NOW 100, was inspired by a poster for Danish bacon bought by Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson.

3. NOW albums were soon released three times a year and 98 went on to reach No1 in the charts.

4. EACH UK household is reckoned to own an average of four NOW albums and more than half of us have either bought or been given one.

5. THEY’VE found success across 60 countries from South Korea to New Zealand with overseas sales hitting more than 130m.

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FRESH: Calvin Harris is in Now 100

6. ROBBIE Williams has a record 30 NOW appearances with Take That chart-toppers such as It Only Takes A Minute and solo hits including Angels.

Rihanna is second with 27 and Calvin Harris is third with 26.

7. THE most successful regular edition was 1999’s NOW 44 which sold 2.3m copies, but Now That’s What I Call Christmas has sold 4.3m.

8. THE first CD version was launched for NOW 4 and has been two discs since NOW 10. Vinyl sales stopped in 1996 and cassettes ceased in 2006. The first download version was NOW 62 in 2005.

9. GIRLS Aloud have clocked up the highest number of consecutive appearances at 13 albums.

10. IT would take more than 250 hours to listen to the 100 NOW albums.

11. THE series has featured 602 No1 hits, while Oasis’s Songbird was the shortest song at 2.04 minutes and the longest was Don McLean’s American Pie at 8.34 minutes.

12. TOP actors who have appeared on NOW tracks include Will Smith, Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman and Brittany Murphy.

13. THERE are currently two TV channels, NOW 90s and NOW 80s as well as a NOW app.

14. OVER the years spin-offs have included everything from Now Karaoke to quiz DVDs and a Wii computer game: Now That’s What I Call Music! – Dance And Sing.

15. NOW 100 will be issued on CD, cassette and vinyl on July 20.

Five new hits from Now 100:

CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA – One Kiss

GEORGE EZRA – Shotgun

ARIANA GRANDE – No Tears Left To Cry

DAVID GUETTA & SIA – Flames

LIAM PAYNE & J. BALVIN – Familiar

Five classic hits from Now 100:

SPICE GIRLS – Wannabe

OASIS – Wonderwall

ROBBIE WILLIAMS – Angels

BRITNEY SPEARS – Baby One More Time

JAMES BLUNT – You’re Beautiful

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