Now 101 released.

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Following the compilation album series landmark 100th album back in July, issue 101 was released on November 23.

The album features many songs currently played on Moorlands radio including three UK Number 1 singles: Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s Promises, Benny Blanco’s Eastside ft. Halsey & Khalid and Dave & Fredo’s Funky Friday.

Top 10 singles are also amongst the tracklisting, including Rita Ora’s Let You Love Me, Maroon 5’s Girls Like You, Marshmello & Bastille’s Happier and DJ Khaled’s No Brainer ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo.

A handful of brand new singles also feature, such as Clean Bandit’s Baby ft. Marina & Luis Fonsi, Sigrid’s Sucker Punch and Cheryl’s Love Made Me Do It.

For those of you new to the now series here are some facts.

When are now albums released?
For the last 25 years or so there has consistently been three albums  every year, one in either March or April, one in July and one in November which is usually a popular Christmas present.

When was the first?
The first Now was released on 28 November 1983, it featured 30 UK hit singles from that year & was available on a double LP or Cassette tape.

What was before the now albums?
The compilation album of recent hit songs was not a new idea, K-Tel and Ronco for example, had been issuing various artists’ compilations for some years before now albums came along, the now series however was unique as it’s a joint venture between record companies to create the series.  Shortly after the Now series was released, the Hits album series came along, although since the mid 90’s the albums have usually been released as an annual compilation rather than a numerical series with names like “Big hits” or “huge hits” followed by the year or genre featured.

What about Now Dance, Now Running, Now Christmas etc
In addition to the main “Now That’s What I Call Music” series, there have been a number of spin-off compilations under the “Now music” banner.

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