Now 86 and 48 [2013]

On November 28, 1983, the very first Now That's What I Call Music compilation showed up in shops across the UK. Despite being more than 5000 miles away, HERC got his mitts on a copy of that first volume and never let it go. HERC celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Now series with the first of three weekly posts leading up to NOW-vember 28th. Each post will focus on a recent pair of releases in the Now series and today's post features the latest issues in the UK and US series, respectively: Now 86 and Now 48.

Scheduled to be released November 18, 2013, the eighty-sixth volume in the original Now UK series features 86 the 44 TOP CHART HITS listed above, eight of which have topped the UK singles chart: 
  • Katy Perry - "Roar" 
  • OneRepublic - "Counting Stars"
  • Jason Derulo feat 2 Chainz - "Talk Dirty"
  • Miley Cyrus - "We Can't Stop"
  • Avicii - "Wake Me Up"
  • Storm Queen - "Look Right Through"
  • Ellie Goulding - "Burn"
  • Lorde - "Royals"

According to HERC's sources (and also mentioned on wikipedia), that mystery TBC track is actually Lily Allen's cover of Keane's beautiful "Somewhere Only We Know", one of two tracks along with Lawson's "Juliet" that aren't yet listed on Spotify so HERC is giving us their videos below.

HERC was unable to uncover the names of the bear and rabbit in Lily's video but the woman in the Lawson video is the famed British model, Kelly Brook.

Meanwhile, over here in the States, Now 48 was released on November 11, 2013.  Unlike Now 86 above, only two of the 20 songs on Now 48 were #1 songs, albeit on the US Hot 100:

As they've done for several volumes now, the last four tracks of Now 48 are reserved for up and coming songs and artists rather than chart-worn hits.


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