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Released: 25th March 2013
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Sony Music Entertainment / EMI / Universal
Format: Double CD, Digital Download
Duration: 2:36:50 (156 minutes 50 seconds)
Tracks: 43
#1’s: 11
Chart Peak: #1 (9 weeks)
Sales: TBC (2x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. One Direction – One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) 2:38 {1}
2. will.i.am feat. Britney Spears – Scream & Shout 4:12 {1}
3. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble 3:38 {2}
4. P!nk feat. Nate Russ – Just Give Me A Reason 4:03 {2}
5. Rihanna – Diamonds 3:45 {1}
6. Bastille – Pompeii 3:34 {2}
7. James Arthur – Impossible 3:27 {1}
8. Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida – Troublemaker 3:04 {1}
9. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven 3:54 {2}
10. Ke$ha – Die Young 3:36 {7}
11. Bridget Mendler – Ready Or Not 3:22 {7}
12. Little Mix – DNA 3:55 {3}
13. The Saturdays feat. Sean Paul – What About Us 3:42 {1}
14. Girls Aloud – Something New 3:20 {2}
15. Nicole Scherzinger – Boomerang 3:18 {6}
16. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – Latch 4:16 {11}
17. Rita Ora – Radioactive 4:12 {18}
18. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire 3:45 {5}
19. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years 4:00 {13}
20. Emeli Sandι – Clown 3:42 {4}
21. Gabrielle Aplin – The Power Of Love 4:07 {1}
22. Avicii vs. Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One 3:29 {1}
23. Bingo Players feat. Far East Movement – Get Up (Rattle) 2:47 {1}
24. Pitbull feat. TJR – Don’t Stop The Party 3:27 {7}
25. Calvin Harris feat. Tinie Tempah – Drinking From The Bottle 4:00 {5}
26. Dizzee Rascal – Bassline Junkie 3:23 {10}
27. Wiley feat. Chip – Reload 3:14 {9}
28. Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare – Not Giving In 3:38 {14}
29. Conor Maynard feat. Wiley – Animal 3:25 {6}
30. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise 3:37 {2}
31. Devlin feat. Diane Birch – Rewind 3:47 {10}
32. Lawson – Standing In The Dark 3:22 {6}
33. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier 4:05 {14}
34. Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) 3:08 {5}
35. McFly – Love Is Easy 3:42 {10}
36. Ben Howard – Only Love 4:10 {9}
37. The Lumineers – Ho Hey 2:42 {8}
38. One Direction – Little Things 3:39 {1}
39. P!nk – Try 4:08 {8}
40. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me 3:00 {6}
41. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere 3:43 {15}
42. Ellie Goulding – Explosions 4:04 {13}
43. The Justice Collective – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother 4:35 {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: James Arthur – Impossible (3 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Rita Ora – Radioactive {18}
Longest Song: The Justice Collective – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother 4:35
Shortest Song: One Direction – One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) 2:38
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: None
    On This Day In History
No music news to report for 25th March 2013.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
Polyhex
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    Andrew's Review
Now That’s What I Call Music! 84 or Now 84 had its release in time for Easter 2013. It contained 43 tracks with 11 UK #1 singles. It became the first volume in the series to include music from Bastille, James Arthur and Disclosure.

Of the other available songs that did not make the final cut for this volume, one was a UK #1 single and this was Thrift Shop which was the debut single by Macklemore. Along with this, there were omissions from Justin Timberlake, Baauer, David Bowie, 50 Cent, Amelia Lily, Ed Sheeran and David Guetta along with a host of other artists. Also, it is worth pointing out that with double appearances on this volume from One Direction, P!nk, Disclosure and Gabrielle Aplin, it was unlikely that there would also be a double appearance for the likes of Olly Murs, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Lawson, Bruno Mars or Rihanna who all had other hits in this era.

This was the only volume to feature music from Bridget Mendler, Gabrielle Aplin, Bingo Players, Ben Howard, The Lumineers, Fleetwood Mac and The Justice Collective.

Artwork Rating: 2/10 Awful
If it weren’t for playing my “The Worst Now Artwork Ever” card earlier in the series I would certainly have saved it for this one. I mean, if their target audience for this volume was for children then I’d say it was ok at best, but this is a compilation of various genres including harder genres like rock, rap, grime and drum & bass, so the idea of sticking loads of bunny rabbits on the cover to sell the volume is the cheapest tactic ever used by the design team in the whole series. It’s cheap, childish and off-putting and it’s just a poor on so many levels. Utterly awful.

Disc 1 Favourite: Bastille – Pompeii
The song that got me into Bastille, and it wasn’t actually a favourite of mine at the time, but I think as I’ve listened to much more music from Bastille over the years I have come to appreciate this single more. A great inclusion to this otherwise unimpressive disc.

Disc 2 Favourite: Avicii vs. Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One
An easy choice really. The first #1 single by Avicii was a good one and despite it not being his most universally recognised single, it certainly hasn’t aged badly and it is still a great song to have on any electronic music playlist.

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

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – Thrift Shop 3:55 {1}
2. 50 Cent feat. Eminem & Adam Levine – My Life 3:59 {2}
3. Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – Suit & Tie 5:26 {3}
4. Rita Ora – Shine Ya Light 3:30 {10}
5. Little Mix – Change Your Life 3:21 {12}
6. One Direction – Kiss You 3:02 {9}
7. Olly Murs – Army Of Two 3:45 {12}
8. Lawson – Learn To Love Again 3:25 {13}
9. David Guetta feat. Taped Rai – Just One Last Time 3:48 {20}
10. Zedd feat. Foxes – Clarity 4:31 {29}
11. Matrix & Futurebound feat. Baby Blue – Magnetic Eyes 3:31 {24}
12. Droideka – Get Hyper 2:17 {29}
13. DJ Fresh – Gold Dust (Shy FX Re-Edit) 3:02 {22}
14. One Pound Fish Man – One Pound Fish 2:27 {28}
15. Baauer – Harlem Shake 3:16 {3}
16. Vato Gonzalez vs. Lethal Bizzle & Danae’o – Not A Saint 2:30 {20}
17. Flo Rida – Let It Roll 3:14 {17}
18. Ne-Yo – Forever Now 3:41 {31}
19. Amelia Lily – Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got) 2:24 {11}
20. Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt 3:58 {26}
21. Foals – My Number 4:09 {23}
22. David Bowie – Where Are We Now? 4:00 {6}
23. Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man 3:33 {2}
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Total time: 1:19:56

Overall Rating: 3/10 Extremely Poor
There is just so much wrong with this volume, from the abysmal artwork to the overly edited versions of tracks from Dizzee Rascal and will.i.am. The longevity of this volume was short as the majority of tracks get little or no airplay today and have been forgotten. This was a poor era of music in general, and despite no songs on this volume peaking below #18, it would have been a good idea to reach a little lower down the charts for better quality music as what is on this volume is not what I call music.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of May 2018)
1. Avicii vs. Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One
2. Calvin Harris feat. Tinie Tempah – Drinking From The Bottle
3. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise
4. Bastille – Pompeii
5. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – Latch

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of May 2018)
1. Dizzee Rascal – Bassline Junkie
2. Bridget Mendler – Ready Or Not
3. Devlin feat. Diane Birch – Rewind
4. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
5. James Arthur – Impossible


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    Other Omissions
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko – Stay {4}
Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love {18}
K Koke feat. Rita Ora – Lay Down Your Weapons {18}
Tulisa – Sight Of You {18}
The Script – If You Could See Me Now {20}
Anne Hathaway – I Dreamed A Dream {22}
Kanye West feat. Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique {22}
Daley feat. Jessie J – Remember Me {24}
Alex Day – Stupid Stupid {25}
Drake – Started From The Bottom {25}
Willy Moon – Yeah Yeah {26}
AC/DC – Back In Black {27}
Stereophonics – Indian Summer {30}
Laura Mvula – Green Garden {31}
BURNS – Lies {32}
HAIM – Don’t Save Me {32}
Lana Del Rey – Ride {32}
The Script – Six Degrees Of Separation {32}
Ellie Goulding – Figure 8 {33}
Rihanna feat. David Guetta – Right Now {36}
Example – Close Enemies {37}
Imagine Dragons – Hear Me {37}
Blake Lewis – Your Touch {38}
Bon Jovi – Because We Can {38}
Nickelback – How You Remind Me {38}
Tyler James – Worry About You {38}
Ladywell Primary School – O Holy Night {39}
Paramore – Now {39}
AC/DC – Highway To Hell {40}
Athlete – Wires {40}
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I've been reading these but need to catch up with the comments! anyway..

this is a rather bleh edition then, well there are at least a few great songs to save it

disc 1 top 10:
1 Latch wub.gif [such a great breakthrough for Disclosure, I'd kinda heard of them before but was really surprised to see this suddenly become a hit, really deserved though, shame what became of the featured artist...]
2 Diamonds [one of her best, perhaps her greatest out of her mid tempos, which are quite hit and miss]
3 Pompeii [great to see this become a modern day indie anthem, deserves it and they never got near to topping this]
4 Scream & Shout [so trashy but it's a jam]
5 Girl On Fire [prefer it with Nicki but I'll take the solo version too, her best for me]
6 Impossible [odd that I like this but dislike pretty much everything else he's done, but it brings back memories of X-Factor being great to watch]
7 I Knew You Were Trouble [ahh back when Taylor was kinda good, even if she did kill dubstep with this]
8 Radioactive [shame this seems to be completely forgotten in Rita's discography, it ain't her best but it deserved more than say Shine Yer Light]
9 What About Us [good that this finally got The Sats a number one, they'd have been really unlucky to never have got one and it's one of their good songs too]
10 Die Young [says a lot that this is in my top ten, it's okay but I haven't gone out of my way to listen to it]

disc 2 top 10:
1 I Could Be The One wub.gif wub.gif [absolutely LERV this!!! one of Avicii's best and I was so happy to see it enter at #1]
2 White Noise [yess for double Disclosure dance.gif another top tune of theirs]
3 Drinking From The Bottle [standard Calvin banger, that's good for me!]
4 Get Up (Rattle) [better without that vocal but still bangs and at least we got the music video with the ducks from it *.*]
5 Don't Stop The Party [gotta love a bit of Pit over a banging house beat]
6 Bassline Junkie [now this was, ahem, bonkers!]
7 Everywhere [good sang, and we gotta play the pony advert on plug too *.*]
8 Not Giving In [decent follow-up but Feel the Love puts this to shame]
9 My Songs Know What You Did... [the last good song FOB ever did]
10 Reload [well it was good to see Wiley still getting hits, this wasn't quite as great as Heatwave and Can You Hear Me though]

bottom 5:
1 Just Give Me A Reason [Omg Screech puke.gif They played it in the supermarket yesterday n I didn't reaρise at first What it was as wasn't payin attention n I said to the cashier What kind of utter aqful vocal hell garbage is this!! It was Screeeech!! What a fookin peel of radio caρσn fodder slosh snot Screech tryna be Adele!! Even thinkin aboot how my eara were polluted like that with that comercial Adele wannabe Screech, I just can't!]
2 One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) [way to maul a song, no one asked for this]
3 Ready Or Not [annoying and way too Disney for my liking]
4 Clown [booooooring]
5 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother [good cause and all but lawd this was a dire cover version]

"shoutout" also to Lawson for being beige as ever, One Direction again with some of Ed Sheeran's corniest writing, and Ho Hey, which isn't that bad but really got on my nerves from refusing to ever leave the chart.

quite a few good songs on Disc 3 as ever, shame Macklemore didn't license Thrift Shop for this edition. Would've liked to see Zedd here too with the brilliant 'Clarity' and Baauer just to document the short-lived phenomenon that was 'Harlem Shake'.

I must've blanked that cover art from my memory, I didn't remember it being that awful. No thanks to CGI bunnies.
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Disc One
1. Bastille – Pompeii 3:34 {2}
2. James Arthur – Impossible 3:27 {1}
3. P!nk feat. Nate Russ – Just Give Me A Reason 4:03 {4}
4. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – Latch 4:16 {11}
5. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven 3:54 {2}
6. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble 3:38 {2}
7. will.i.am feat. Britney Spears – Scream & Shout 4:12 {1}
8. Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida – Troublemaker 3:04 {1}

Disc Two
1. Avicii vs. Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One 3:29 {1}
2. Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) 3:08 {5}
3. Bingo Players feat. Far East Movement – Get Up (Rattle) 2:47 {1}
4. The Lumineers – Ho Hey 2:42 {8}
5. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise 3:37 {2}
6. Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare – Not Giving In 3:38 {14}
7. Dizzee Rascal – Bassline Junkie 3:23 {10}
8. Calvin Harris feat. Tinie Tempah – Drinking From The Bottle 4:00 {5}

Artwork: 7/10
Fairly dull and a non-event of an artwork.

Overall: 8/10
Despite the crappy artwork this is a really great Now album from a really great era of music. The end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 was full of so many amazing songs, many of which have become favourite songs of mine over the years for good reason. Pompeii is in my Top 5 all time favourite singles, and I Could Be The One is brilliant.

Thrift Shop, My Life, Suit & Tie, Army Of Two, Just One Last Time, Clarity, When I Was Your Man, Stay, If You Could See Me Now, Started From The Bottom, Six Degrees Of Separation, Right Now, Hear Me, and Now are all great songs that would've been nice inclusions. The first 5 there especially, Army Of Two is my favourite Olly Murs song and the rest are just 11/10's wub.gif
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Not bad this one,

Favourites:
Not Giving In
White Noise
Radioactive
Scream & Shout
Die Young
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Not one I revisit much sadly. There are a few goodies on here though.

Here's my Top 5:-

1) Avicii vs Nicky Romero - I Could Be The One
2) Disclosure feat. Sam Smith - Latch
3) Biffy Clyro - Black Chandelier
4) P!nk - Try
5) Calvin Harris feat. Tinie Tempah - Drinking From The Bottle
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Went for Pink on both discs, naturally.

Just a couple of notes though. Just give Me A Reason peaked at no.2 not no.4. And there is at least one other artist to have a double appearance on their only Now-Artful Dodger on Now 45.
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QUOTE(T Boy @ May 14 2018, 06:33 PM) *
Just a couple of notes though. Just give Me A Reason peaked at no.2 not no.4. And there is at least one other artist to have a double appearance on their only Now-Artful Dodger on Now 45.

T Boy thank you for pointing this out, I’m surprised with Artful Dodger that despite having many other hits only the first couple were on the series. I am glad you spotted this, please continue to correct me if ever something doesn’t look right! laugh.gif
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QUOTE(awardinary @ May 14 2018, 06:57 PM) *
T Boy thank you for pointing this out, I’m surprised with Artful Dodger that despite having many other hits only the first couple were on the series. I am glad you spotted this, please continue to correct me if ever something doesn’t look right! laugh.gif


No problem! The Artful Dodger thing has always stuck with me-I hadn’t even noticed about Gabrielle Aplin tbh!
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