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This week Now That’s What I Call Music 100 was launched! Who would have thought when I bought the very first Now That’s What I Call Music (it wasn’t actually given a number!) back in 1983 that 35 years later I would be buying my 100th of the collection?
It is the biggest selling compilation series in the world, with in excess of 120 million copies sold and all but one going to the top of the album charts. They originally adapted to a format invented by K-Tel and Ronco but Now (as they became known) decided that they would not cut or edit tracks, unlike their rivals.
Of the 2,100 plus artists that have appeared over the years then U2 have longevity on their side having first appeared in 1984 and are still appearing this year. Kylie Minogue has appeared since 1988 through to date. Robbie Williams first appeared in 1996 but has the honour of actually appearing the most times overall with 30 appearances.
So where did that name come from? It came from a 1930s poster that was hanging on the wall behind the co-founder of Virgin Records, Simon Draper. Richard Branson had given it to him as a gift!
Fancy listening to all 100 albums? It would take you nearly 11 days of continuous play – not actually as long as I thought!!