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Editorial Reviews

2014 release, the 49th installment in the amazingly popular Now series, the most successful 'various artist' brand in the world. Includes tracks from Lorde, Miley Cyrus, One Direction. Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and many others.
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by Pitbull
3:22
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by Lorde
3:08
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3:41
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3:47
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4:04
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3:47
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2:54
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4:15
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by Drake
3:45
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3:45
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4:06
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3:49
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by Zedd
3:34
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TKO
4:46
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3:58
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3:22
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by ZZ Ward
3:29
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4:18
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by G.R.L.
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3:02
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4:22
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Digital Booklet: NOW That's What I Call Music Vol. 49
Digital Booklet: NOW That's What I Call Music Vol. 49
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NOW
  • ASIN: B00HHYGF1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I purchase every Now album the moment they become available. I do this because I am a DJ and even though I may own digital copies of Top 40 hits as soon as they release, I like to have physical copy backups. Also, the Now series always offers clean versions of the songs, if not the radio-edit clean versions. For this reason, the Now series is a staple of my music collection.

Now 49 is the February 2014 release of the NOW music US series. While I would love to see the Now series more on the forefront of what is popular and what is soon to be popular, this release is clearly struggling to catch-up with the mainstream Top 40 charts with songs like Britney Spears' 'Work Work', Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' and Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' already dating the album on release day. Most of the tracks here were released in 2013 and many have already worked their way off of the current Billboard charts. There are notable exceptions - Pitbull/Ke$ha's 'Timber', OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars', A Great Big World/Christinia Aguilers' 'Say Something', and Lorde's Grammy-winning 'Royals' still sitting in the current Top 10.

Now 49 is another great grab-bag of pop songs, but I really wish the Now series would do a little more forward thinking with their releases. I used to buy these albums to pick up a few tracks I didn't yet have (or was unable to get the clean version), now I'm picking them up as backup hard copies since I already have all the songs. With how fast the pop music industry moves, it would be nice to see Now planning accordingly - maybe releasing a double album every so often in order to keep up, so they don't have catch-up releases like this one.
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If you listen to a lot of Top Forty radio, you probably know most of the tracks here already. Perhaps some may even be tired of hearing them already. Still, this is a great summary as usual of what's out there featuring a lot of familiar names. J.T. and Bruno Mars appear once again here but their respective tracks aren't really among their stronger songs. And for the first time, an additional Now What's Next track has been added bringing the total track count to 21. All 5 of those tracks sound good but again it's wait and see. Both casual and die hard fans will enjoy this collection.

Billboard Hot 100 peak positions (first 16 tracks):

Timber- #1
Royals- #1
Wrecking Ball- #1
Unconditionally- #14
Story Of My Life- #6
Say Something- #4
Demons- #6
Counting Stars- #2
Hold On, We're Going Home- #4
Do What U Want- #13
Work Work- #12
Burn- #13
Stay The Night- #18
TKO- #36
Gorilla- #22
Drink A Beer- #33

Running time- 1 hr 19 min
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I ordered this CD from Amazon & I rec'd it on March 20, 2014. This CD contains Top 40 hit singles from the Autumn of 2013 & some are STILL appearing on the TOP 40 Charts, for the week ending March 15, 2014. "Now 49" has 5 BONUS Tracks, just like "Now 33" from 2010 did. I'd like to offer my song by song review, as follows:

1. "Timber"...This song is STILL in the TOP 10, as of 03/15/2014. This song is pretty good.

2. "Royals"...I feel that THIS song is rather OLD & should have been incl., on "Now 48", instead. This song is okay, but I prefer THEIR current hit single "Team" much more. I saw "Royals" performed on The Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

3. "Wrecking Ball"...I first heard this song in October 2013, but I NEVER got tired of THIS song, because it's just that good, in my opinion. I think that this song was performed on Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve on December 31, 2013. And I definitely saw this song performed on The Grammy Awards on January 26, 2014.

4. "Unconditionally"...I was rather surprised that THIS song DIDN'T hit the #1 spot, like a lot of Katy Perry's OTHER hits did. This song is pretty good, by the way.

5. "Story Of My Life"...This song is currently in the TOP 10 & it's pretty good.

6. "Say Something"...This song is ALSO in the Top 10 & I rate it as ONLY okay!

7. "Demons"...This song is okay.

8. "Counting Stars"...This song is ALSO in the TOP 10 & I like it a lot.

9. "Hold On, We're Going Home"...Just like "Wrecking Ball", this hit, by Drake, I first heard in October 2013 & it's STILL in the TOP 30. I never got tired of this song, either. And I really like this song a lot.

10. "Do What U Want"...
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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.
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