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> REVIEW: Now That’s What I Call Music! 69, Released 14th March 2008 | 42 Tracks | 4 #1 Singles
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Released: 17th March 2008
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Universal
Format: Double CD, Digital MP3 Download
Duration: 2:26:23 (146 minutes 23 seconds)
Tracks: 42
#1’s: 4
Chart Peak: #1 (1 weeks)
Sales: TBC (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Duffy – Mercy 3:41 {1}
2. Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music 4:29 {4}
3. Basshunter feat. DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz – Now You’re Gone 2:34 {1}
4. Girls Aloud – Call The Shots 3:44 {3}
5. Nickelback – Rockstar 4:15 {2}
6. OneRepublic – Stop And Stare 3:39 {4}
7. David Jordan – Sun Goes Down 3:17 {4}
8. Kelly Rowland – Work (Freemasons Radio Edit) 3:10 {4}
9. Soulja Boy Tell’em – Crank That (Soulja Boy) 3:43 {2}
10. Britney Spears – Piece Of Me 3:32 {2}
11. T2 feat. Jodie Aysha – Heartbroken 2:59 {2}
12. H “two” O feat. Platnum – What’s It Gonna Be 3:04 {2}
13. Taio Cruz – Come On Girl 3:19 {5}
14. Kylie Minogue – Wow 3:13 {5}
15. Robyn – Be Mine! 3:26 {10}
16. Cascada – What Hurts The Most 3:41 {10}
17. Booty Luv – Some Kinda Rush 3:31 {19}
18. Samim – Heater 3:01 {12}
19. Mary J. Blige – Just Fine 3:59 {16}
20. Jay Sean – Ride It 3:09 {11}
21. Shayne Ward – Breathless 3:45 {6}
22. Leon Jackson – When You Believe 4:13 {1}
23. Adele – Chasing Pavements 3:30 {2}
24. Timbaland pts OneRepublic – Apologize 3:07 {3}
25. Alicia Keys – No One 4:05 {6}
26. MIKA – Happy Ending 3:32 {7}
27. Kanye West feat. Chris Martin – Homecoming 3:23 {9}
28. The Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr A 3:47 {4}
29. The Feeling – I Thought It Was Over 3:33 {9}
30. Alphabeat – Fascination 3:02 {6}
31. Scouting For Girls – Elvis Ain’t Dead 3:49 {8}
32. One Night Only – Just For Tonight 4:18 {9}
33. Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor 3:22 {6}
34. Bloc Party – Flux 3:35 {8}
35. Utah Saints – Something Good ‘08 2:42 {8}
36. Mark Brown feat. Sarah Cracknell – The Journey Continues 3:39 {11}
37. Amy MacDonald – This Is The Life 3:04 {28}
38. Kate Nash – Pumpkin Soup 2:59 {23}
39. Sugababes – Change 3:19 {13}
40. Goldfrapp – A&E 3:17 {10}
41. Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game 2:37 {46}
42. Eva Cassidy & Katie Melua – What A Wonderful World 4:19 {1}

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Tracks highlighted red were official UK #1’s.
Tracks with an asterisk (*) next to their title have also been included in special releases from the series.
The track duration has been highlighted cyan.
Bracketed numbers refer to highest chart position reached.
    Miscellaneous Facts
Track Most Weeks At #1: Duffy – Mercy / Basshunter feat. DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz – Now You’re Gone (5 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game {46}
Longest Song: Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music 4:29
Shortest Song: Basshunter feat. DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz – Now You’re Gone 2:34
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: In its first week of release, it sold 382,759 copies, at the time the biggest ever first week sale of any UK Now volume beating the previous record of Now 57 in early 2004.
Now 69 is the second fastest selling volume after Now 70.
It was the first in the series to include bonus music videos from iTunes.
    On This Day In History
Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.
Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group ABBA, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He was found dead in his garden after trying to seek help. The 62 year old musician had played on every ABBA album and had toured with the group.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
Everyhit
Brandt Animation Archive
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    Andrew's Review
Now That’s What I Call Music! 69 otherwise known as Now 69 showcased the best of what was in the charts at the time of late 2007 and early 2008. It broke a 4 year old sales record in its first week which was impressive. This volume featured 42 tracks and 4 UK #1 singles, which was the total of available #1 singles from this era. It was this volume which introduced us to some very big names like Duffy, Basshunter, OneRepublic, Kelly Rowland (as a lead artist), Soulja Boy Tell’em, Taio Cruz, Adele, Alicia Keys and Alphabeat.

There are very little notable omissions from this volume, in fact, only two Top 10 singles are left out from this era, and they came from British groups Westlife and Wet Wet Wet. Perhaps the most noteworthy omission though come from the reunited girl group Spice Girls whose comeback single just missed out on the Top 10 in late 2007.

Moving on to the one hit wonders from this volume, we have David Jordan, T2, H “two” O, Samim, Leon Jackson, One Night Only, Hot Chipm and Mark Brown.

Artwork Rating: 4/10 Very Poor
Unoriginal design which once again for a Spring volume shows the logo high in the sky surrounded by multi-coloured objects, which on this occasion, happens to be various aircrafts. A very poor and thoughtless idea once again.

Disc 1 Favourite: Basshunter feat. DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz – Now You’re Gone
Introducing the sound of 2008, Basshunter went on to storm the charts with his dance production and this song managed 5 weeks at the top which is still impressive by today’s standards. This and his follow up single were superb.

Disc 2 Favourite: Utah Saints – Something Good ‘08
A remix of a 90’s dance anthem which worked very well and sounded just as fresh as when the original was released. A wonderful job by Utah Saints keeping Kate Bush’s vocals sharp and raw.

Disc 3 Tracklist:
(A concept of what a third disc might look like if other hits from the era were used)

1. Westlife – Us Against The World 3:58 {8}
2. Spice Girls – Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) 3:29 {11}
3. Wet Wet Wet – Weightless 3:29 {10}
4. Michael Buble – Lost 3:40 {19}
5. MIKA – Relax, Take It Easy 3:45 {18}
6. Mark Ronson feat. Phantom Planet – Just 3:51 {31}
7. Michael Jackson feat. will.i.am – The Girl Is Mine 2008 3:10 {32}
8. Sean Kingston – Me Love 3:24 {32}
9. Paramore – Misery Business 3:31 {17}
10. Avril Lavigne – Hot 3:23 {30}
11. The Wombats – Moving To New York 3:30 {13}
12. We Are Scientists – After Hours 3:52 {15}
13. Arctic Monkeys – Teddy Picker 2:43 {20}
14. Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place 4:08 {30}
15. Editors – The Rating Rats 4:17 {26}
16. Elbow – Grounds For Divorce 3:41 {19}
17. Courteeners – What Took You So Long? 3:37 {20}
18. Biffy Clyro – Who’s Got A Match? 2:22 {27}
19. Simple Plan – When I’m Gone 3:49 {26}
20. Pendulum – Granite 4:43 {29}
21. Delinquent feat. KCAT – My Destiny 3:18 {19}
22. Out Of Office – Break Of Dawn 2008 2:50 {41}
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Total time: 1:18:30

Overall Rating: 5/10 Poor
The sheer lack of quality in the charts at the time doesn’t make this volume a memorable one, but it does contain the best of what was available and there is little that could be changed to improve it greatly. There’s a notable amount of free space on Disc 2 which could have been used for 2 or 3 more tracks.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of December 2017)
1. Basshunter feat. DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz – Now You’re Gone
2. Utah Saints – Something Good ‘08
3. Alphabeat – Fascination
4. Samim – Heater
5. T2 feat. Jodie Aysha – Heartbroken

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of December 2017)
1. Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game
2. Kate Nash – Pumpkin Soup
3. Shayne Ward – Breathless
4. David Jordan – Sun Goes Down
5. Eva Cassidy & Katie Melua – What A Wonderful World
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    Other Omissions
Panic At The Disco – Nine In The Afternoon {13}
Morrissey – That’s How People Grow Up {14}
Elliot Minor – Still Figuring Out {17}
Futureheads – The Beginning Of The Twist {20}
Shaun The Sheep – Life’s A Treat {20}
The Enemy – We’ll Live And Die In These Towns {21}
Dizzee Rascal – Flex {23}
Madness – NW5 {24}
Oystar – I Fought The Lloyds {25}
Foals – Cassius {26}
White Stripes – Conquest {30}
British Sea Power – Waving Flags {31}
Gallows – Staring At The Rude Bois {31}
Malcolm Middleton – We’re All Going To Die {31}
Adele – Hometown Glory {32}
J Holiday – Bed {32}
Stereophonics – My Friends {32}
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – Find The Time {33}
Lahayna – In The City {33}
Bullet For My Valentine – Scream AIM Fire {34}
Urbnri – Young Free And Simple {34}
Mystery Jets – Young Love {34}
Foo Fighters – Long Road To Ruin {35}
Hard-Fi – I Shall Overcome {35}
Doug Walker – The Mystery {36}
30 Seconds To Mars – From Yesterday {37}
Jimmy Eat World – Always Be {37}
Chris Brown feat. T-Pain – Kiss Kiss {38}
Craig David – 6 Of 1 Thing {39}
Foals – Balloons {39}
Filo & Peri feat. Eric Lumiere – Anthem {39}
Celine Dion – Taking Chances {40}
Hercules & Love Affair – Blind {40}

Due to the lack of high charting omissions, I’ve included everything from the Top 40 this era.
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More first year uni memories! Almost everything out was on this volume, very much cataloging all the big hits of the time. Mercy and No One are my picks here.
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post Dec 31 2017, 11:38 PM
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Basshunter feat. DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz – Now You’re Gone is my favourite from disc 1 and the whole album.

Didn't like it at the time but love it now, the buildup and drop is fantastic!

I am not a big fan of Something Good 08 it is nowhere near as good as the original one from 1992 imo.

Heartbroken and Whats It Going to Be are brill though, especially the former!

My fave from disc 2 was one I liked from the time, The Journey Continues.




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post Jan 1 2018, 05:32 PM
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Decent volume, went for Duffy and Goldfrapp.
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post Jan 1 2018, 10:12 PM
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This album just reminds me of when I moved house at the start of 2008. I didn't have internet for 2 months and so radio/music channels were my go to. Literally every song here I heard so much so it all seems a bit tired for me! laugh.gif

Went for Basshunter and Alphabeat
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post Jan 1 2018, 10:32 PM
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One thing that winds me up about this volume is that they put the One Republic version of Apologise on instead of the Timbaland version.

I loved that Booty Luv track so much at the time! Such a bop!
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I like the idea of having biplanes on a Now! cover, but the execution here is terrible laugh.gif

Voted for One Republic on both because why not wub.gif Although there is a few others I love here too! I think the amount of good tracks outweigh the crap ones here, but 6-7 songs from the second half of each Disc could easily be removed and I wouldn't care tongue.gif

Paramore, MIKA, Spice Girls, and Adele are the only omissions I'd wish were here sad.gif
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This is the first one I ever got so I have a lot of memories attached wub.gif
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