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NOW 43

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2012 release, the 43rd installment in the American version of this popular series. Features 20 tracks including cuts from Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber, Usher, David Guetta, Maroon 5, Pitbull, M83 and many others.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NOW
  • ASIN: B008BCH9NU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dear Music Appreciators,

If you don't already know most of these songs, then welcome to the world of popular music during the second decade of the twenty-first century. What kind of music is popular these days you ask? Well, it's mostly big, thumping, tricked-out electro pop songs performed by sexed up solo acts (just five out of the twenty tracks are from a "band" in the traditional sense of the word). These are songs primarily about relationships, self-affirmation, and sex delivered in a top forty style that is great for dancing, working out, or driving fast.

But this collection isn't purely corporate hit machine pop music - refreshing diversions from the typical sounding, thumping hit pop songs include "Lights," "Too Close," Midnight City," "Drunk On You," "Here's to Us," and "My Oh My." It's also notable that this collection includes contributions from a country star, a few rock bands, and a number of singer-songwriter types.

If you listen regularly to top forty type radio stations, then whether you know it or not you will already be familiar with most of the tracks here. Although every track here has appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, just two have made it all the way to number one.

For those who are interested, here are some details about the origin of each song. Single release dates are not considered, except where a studio album has not been released yet.

1. "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen - from the studio album (EP) CURIOSITY released on 02/14/12
2. "Part of Me" - Katy Perry - from the studio album TEENAGE DREAM: THE COMPLETE CONFECTION released on 03/26/12
3. "Payphone" - Maroon 5 - from the studio album OVEREXPOSED released on 06/26/12
4. "Titanium (feat.
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As always, this is a great sampler of today's music and of course there's something for everyone here. It features some newcomers such as Carly Rae Jepsen, M83 and Alex Clare along with familiar names like Maroon 5, Usher and Katy Perry among others and a few of the tracks here are still currently climbing the charts. The last four tracks are fine but again time will tell if any of them break through. An enjoyable collection overall.

Billboard Hot 100 peak positions (first 16 tracks):

Call Me Maybe-#1
Part Of Me-#1
Payphone-#2
Titanium-#7
Lights-#2
Boyfriend-#2
Scream-#9
Let's Go-#17
Back In Time-#11
Want You Back-#12
One Thing-#39
Give Your Heart A Break-#16 This Week
Too Close-#15 This Week
Midnight City-#72
Everybody Talks-#6 This Week
Drunk On You-#16 (#1 Country)

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This is a good volume. Lots of song I like from the radio and my CD plays much clearer than the radio, plus I don't have to listen to people talk about nonsense and I can choose the song I want to listen to. My only complaint really is that I was disappointed that the Maroon 5 song "Payphone" didn't have Wiz Kahlifa's verse. I know it didn't list his name, as a previous NOW listed Lil Jon and STILL left him out of the song, but the radio plays his verse and I just expected to hear it. I'm still not a fan of "NOW WHAT'S NEXT". I still think it's a way to rip people off by giving you less good current songs but what can you do? I suppose it's good for the artists since lots of people will hear their songs, but I wonder how many of them actually make it big afterwards? In short, purchase this album if you, like me, collect the NOW series (even the horrible ones - however, I only collect the numerical ones. I do not collect spin off's such as NOW #1s.) or you really like the songs on the radio right now and don't want to buy individual albums. I've grown tired of individual albums. I can't listen to one artist that long, especially in the car where I play most of my CDs. I suppose there are always MP3 downloads, but I am still stuck in the past listening to CDs.
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I started buying the Now! series a while back and have been very happy with it. I continue to buy each new release as they come. If you enjoy Pop music or have kids that do, this is a great collection.

I am generally against compilation albums, but there are several reasons I like this compilation:

Music is edited versions where necessary making the disks family friendly
The songs are the real artists
The mixes are generally the one you are used to.
The quality of the recordings are consistent and the disks are well mastered.
The disks consistently have great songs that have significant airplay
Pop artists seem to have very few good songs on their albums beyond those that are hits in my opinion. It is as though they had come up with 8 other songs fast in order to publish an album with the one good song. There are of course exceptions and other genres I much prefer to collect the artists CD's and often find music I enjoy better than the hits, not so much with pop.

This all matters to me because I have children who listen to music and want digital copies for their devices. For some unknown reason MP3 versions cost the same or more as they do on CD and they are inferior copies of the original on the disc. As such rather than paying $2 a song for mp3s, I buy the disc. With Amazon.com AutoRip I automatically get the MP3 version as well.

Making the MP3 versions of these songs available to my kids means that they are not out browsing the web, in unscrupulous areas trying to download illegally copied versions of this music. Kids these days will get the music they want one way or another. I prefer a safe method.

I am seldom impressed by the "Free Tracks", but then again they are "Free Tracks".
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