If it’s anything to go by, you haven’t lived if you haven’t owned a NOW cd or downloaded from one of its many playlists.
So was it any surprise when the Now That’s what I call 100 album outsold The Arctic Monkeys by more than double in its first week? Let’s look at some stats.
The Arctic Monkeys are a UK based Indie Rock band. They consist of four members- Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O’Malley. Together they have achieved 37 awards including 7 Brit Awards and even an Ivor Novello. Their debut album That’s What I’m Not became the fastest selling debut album in British history before Leona Lewis’ Spirit selling 363,735 copies in the first week.
What’s grabbing the most attention is their new song Tranquility base hotel and casino which has given them their sixth number one in a row in the UK album chart and are estimated to smash through over 86,000 sales in the combined charts
NOW is a music company who compile the best music of each year into one CD. They have a huge fan base and have turned into collectors’ items for many people (the rarest of the CD’s are Now 1-10). It has taken NOW 35 years to compile their new album. Not only does it collect music from the past year and a half, it has added many old favourites including Britney’s baby one more time, Justin Timberlake’s Cry me a river and I’m pretty sure you’ll be as surprised as I was to hear some re-makes of beloved songs (such as Livin’ on a prayer by Bon Jovi and Believe by Cher)
So when you compare the two albums side by side, it makes sense that one of the longest running companies might just trump one of the most beloved Indie Rock groups of all time.
Words By: Melina Zachariou