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As of November 2023, the most featured artists are Kylie Minogue with 32 followed by Robbie Williams with 31 singles, Calvin Harris with 30, David Guetta with 28, Rihanna with 27, Katy Perry with 22 and Girls Aloud with 21. The Australian series is a single disc edition and began in 2002, as a replacement for the long-running 100% Hits brand. The compilation series was conceived in the office of Virgin Records in London and took its name from a 1920s British advertising poster for Danish bacon featuring a pig saying "Now. The tie-in television programmes are a month by month video playlist of tracks, from one year previously featured on a Now Yearbook album, with Bruno Brookes presenting. The Now series started in the Netherlands back in 1984 as Now This Is Music and a couple of spin-offs, such as Now Dance, a Christmas compilation ( Now This Is Xmas) and several year-end compilations.

The tune is nice and anthemic, if extremely overplayed, but the theme and lyrics are really problematic. They are also notable as being the first time a Now series had released a compilation of hits from the years 1980 to 1982. November 2020) David Bowie, Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald, and the Real Roxanne are the tracks that are missing. For those who seek out these pop albums with multiple hits then this is an excellent purchase and also good for boring old DJs.

The rate of release settled very quickly to three per year: one release around late March/early April, another around late July and a third around late November. The two series co-existed for the rest of the 1980s, and when Universal (formerly PolyGram from Now 8 in 1986 through to Now 42 in 1999) joined the collaboration, the Now! These compilations are very similar to the anniversary series, however, they contain a lower amount of tracks and retailed much cheaper than the former series. This time around the 'Now' collection team has had a pretty good selection of decent songs to choose from, and they've chosen well! One of the many things I learnt from José, who was not the most passive of cats, was the art of cat-wrangling.

The frequency in which they were released also varied from year to year; initially, and most frequently across the series, there would be one Now Dance volume per year, but in 1994 for example, there were four volumes released, and in 1996, there weren't any Now Dance compilations released. Since the release of Now 102 in Easter 2019, the corresponding Now album from 100 volumes ago has been re-compiled and re-issued on 2-CD sets on the same day. The series is then moved forward again, with the release of Now Yearbook 1992 in July 2023 (an Extra followed in August). Other songs I love and still regularly listen to on this edition are Push The Button, Biology, All About Us, Baby Goodbye (better than anything Blazin' Squad ever did imo), Lay Your Hands, Nine Million Bicycles, Hollaback Girl, Don't Lie and Getaway.At least two different series of year-by-year "retrospective" compilations, covering 1983 to 1995 and 1980 to 1999, respectively were issued in the 1990s with the latter series known as Now!

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