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Now 5

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America’s biggest selling multi-artist album series, Now That’s What I Call Music! (NOW) is back with it’s latest collection, NOW 5. Since its’ debut in the United States in 1998, the series has been phenomenally successful with each of the four previous volumes having been certified double-platinum, while consistently holding down spots in the Top 10. The NOW 4 collection made history earlier this year when it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts—the only compilation disc to ever accomplish such a feat.


NOW 5 is the series’ latest installment. The disc features 19 recent and current hits from today’s biggest pop, R&B and rock acts. The diverse collection features #1 hits by ‘N Sync (“It’s Gonna Be Me”), Janet (“Doesn’t Really Matter”) and Sisqo (“Incomplete”), not to mention danceable ditties by Destiny’s Child (“Jumpin’ Jumpin’”), 98 Degrees (“Give Me Just One Night”), Aaron Carter (“Aaron’s Party”) and Jessica Simpson (“I Think I’m In Love With You”).


The disc also features NOW vets Britney Spears (“Lucky”), Backstreet Boys (“Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely”) and Mandy Moore (“I Wanna Be With You”), as well as an equal representation of rock acts like Nine Days (“Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)”), 3 Doors Down (“Kryptonite”), Everclear (“Wonderful”) and Bon Jovi (“It’s My Life”). Other artists featured are Kandi, Souldecision, Mystikal, Mya and BBMAK.


While NOW 5 should provide teeny-pop fans with endless hours of hit-listening pleasure, it also serves as a great musical snapshot of what was chart-hot in the latter portion of 2000. And with new installments released about every six months, you might as well take out your camera, put it on zoom and start snappin’.

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