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 News Pop / Rock 30/10/2007

'NOW Vol. 26' & 'NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!' To Be Released On November 13, 2007



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (Top40 Charts/ EMI Music/ Sony BMG Music Entertainment/ Universal Music Group/ www.nowthatsmusic.com) - The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, "NOW That's What I Call Music!," will ring in the holiday season with the November 13 release of two scorching collections of today's hottest tunes. "NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26" features 20 chart-topping Pop, Modern Rock, Rap and R&B smash hits, and "NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!" celebrates with 20 of the hottest roof-raising tracks from a who's-who of today's top artists.

"NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26" spotlights 20 of today's hottest chart hits, including Soulja Boy Tell'Em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," J. Holiday's "Bed," Justin Timberlake's "Lovestoned," Rihanna's "Shut Up And Drive," Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)," Plain White T's' "Hey There Delilah," Nickelback's "Rockstar," Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo's "Make Me Better," and many more.

The 20 hits on "NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!," selected and sequenced to keep every celebration jumping from start to finish, include MIMS' "This Is Why I'm Hot," Chris Brown's "Run It!," Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx's "Gold Digger," Chingy's "Right Thurr," Amerie's "1 Thing," Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland's "Promiscuous," Rihanna's "SOS," Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On," and many more.

NOW 26 and NOW Party Hits! are a compilation joint venture from EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and the Zomba Label Group. NOW 26 and NOW Party Hits! will be distributed by EMI Music Marketing.

The "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series debuted in the United States in 1998 after the NOW brand had become an enormous, multi-platinum international success beginning 15 years earlier (No 67 was issued in July). The U.S. series has sold more than 65 million copies and the NOW brand continues to show its longevity and strength from release to release. Every album in the U.S. NOW series has reached the Billboard Top 10, and it is the only non-soundtrack, multi-artist series to reach No 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The series' latest volume, NOW 25, shipped more than 1.1 million units (certified platinum) and debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, selling more than 222,000 copies in its first week.

"NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26"
1. Soulja Boy Tell'Em - Crank That (Soulja Boy)
2. Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson & D.O.E. - The Way I Are
3. Justin Timberlake - Lovestoned
4. Rihanna - Shut Up and Drive
5. Chris Brown - Wall To Wall
6. Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing
7. Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo - Make Me Better
8. Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls
9. J. Holiday - Bed
10. Baby Bash featuring T-Pain - Cyclone
11. Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)
12. P!NK - Who Knew?
13. Avril Lavigne - When You're Gone
14. The Last Goodnight - Pictures Of You
15. Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
16. Daughtry - Over You
17. Nickelback - Rockstar
18. Three Days Grace - Never Too Late
19. Lifehouse - First Time
20. Good Charlotte - I Don't Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem)

"NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!"
1. Shop Boyz - Party Like A Rock Star
2. MIMS - This Is Why I'm Hot
3. Chris Brown - Run It!
4. Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
5. Chingy - Right Thurr
6. Dem Franchize Boyz featuring Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat & Bow Wow - I Think They Like Me
7. Cherish featuring Sean Paul of Youngbloodz - Do It To It
8. Kelis - Milkshake
9. Amerie - 1 Thing
10. The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes - Don't Cha
11. Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland - Promiscuous
12. Sean Paul - We Be Burnin'
13. Rihanna - SOS
14. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On
15. Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
16. Outkast - Hey Ya!
17. Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
18. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
19. Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend
20. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Every NOW volume has been certified platinum or better by the RIAA:
NOW 1 (October 1998, platinum)
NOW 2 (July 1999, double platinum)
NOW 3 (December 1999, double platinum)
NOW 4 (July 2000, the first compilation ever to debut at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, double platinum)
NOW 5 (November 2000, quadruple platinum)
NOW 6 (April 2001, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, triple platinum)
NOW 7 (July 2001, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, triple platinum)
NOW 8 (November 2001, triple platinum)
NOW 9 (April 2002, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, double platinum)
NOW 10 (July 2002, platinum)
NOW 11 (November 2002, double platinum)
NOW 12 (March 2003, platinum)
NOW 13 (July 2003, platinum)
NOW 14 (April 2004, triple platinum)
NOW 15 (May 2004, double platinum)
NOW 16 (July 2004, triple platinum)
NOW 17 (November 2004, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, double platinum)
NOW 18 (March 2005, platinum)
NOW 19 (July 2005, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, double platinum)
NOW 20 (November 2005, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, double platinum)
NOW 21 (April 2006, debuted at No 2 on the Billboard Top 200, double platinum)
NOW 22 (July 2006, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, platinum)
NOW 23 (November 2006, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, double platinum)
NOW 24 (March 2007, debuted at No 2 on the Billboard Top 200, platinum)
NOW 25 (July 2007, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top 200, platinum)
"NOW That's What I Call Christmas!" (October 2001, quintuple platinum)
"NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2" (The Signature Collection) (September 2003, double platinum)
"NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 3" (October 2006, platinum)






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