Anyone who grew up as a lover of music in the early-to-mid ‘00s can’t help but remember the ubiquitous compilation series Now That’s What I Call Music!, often known by the short name Now. In these compilations, the biggest hits of the day were compiled into one convenient disc, giving listeners a veritable tasting plate of the music of the moment. This series stuck with the public, too: the Now series is second only to the Beatles in chart history; all 52 of the Now albums have broken into the Billboard 200‘s top ten, with 18 of those taking the number one spot. Well, we’re not but a month into 2015 and Now is already getting the party started with Now53, which features chart dominators such as Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (“Uptown Funk)”, Sam Smith (“I’m Not the Only One”), Charli XCX (“Boom Clap”), and Usher feat. Juicy J (“I Don’t Mind”).
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Though will.i.am has been most creatively active in the world of music, whether as a solo artist or through his worldwide popular group the Black Eyed Peas, he has a new artistic partner from the realm of auto design. Will.i.am and Lexus have teamed up together following the announcement of Lexus’ latest model, the premium mid-size SUV Lexus NX.
For a real music lover, choosing headphones or earphones is no easy task. Genuine audiophiles will never be satisfied with pulling the cheapest earbuds off the rack; we want something that brings the best out of our music, because music is no small matter.