The series of big hits all on one disc, known as “Now That’s What I Call Music” consistently top the charts, including the latest volume, “#17,” which is No. 1 on Billboard this week. The problem is that they come out months behind the time that these songs actually ruled the charts.
Examples from Volume 17, released on November 2nd:
• “Let’s Get it Started” by The Black Eyed Peas – major hit last Spring during the NBA finals
• “Lean Back” by Terror Squad – still at the clubs but biggest in June
• “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand – great song but from May
• “Ch-Check it Out” by the Beastie Boys – not a great song but also from May
• “Angels” by Jessica Simpson – Never a big hit in any time frame or any galaxy
• “Pieces of Me” by Ashlee Simpson – Suddenly en vogue again because of the “SNL” scandal; but still from July.
This might seem nit picky or that it is easy to be an armchair DJ when you don’t have to worry about securing music rights and producing and distributing millions of discs. But in the music world, time moves very fast and what was “now then” is not “now now.” If anyone should know this, the labels should.