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Sign Of The Times, Department of Popular Music

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 28, 2006

The good news is, there is one musical act that reliably delivers platinum CD sales with a minumum of promotion.

The bad news, as Slate’s Jody Rosen points out, is that act is called Various Artists—specifically the “Now That’s What I Call Music” series, which in its 22nd volume is closing in on its 22nd platinum record.

Reader Comments


August 7, 2006 2:53 PM

The issue I have with the "Now!" series is that the structure of the comp cds is no different than K-Tel's efforts to strip hits from One Hit Wonders signed to Less-than-capable labels and put them together for a party album. Not innovative, just successful.


Jon Fine

August 7, 2006 6:40 PM

Absolutely, Don. I'd say it's successful precisely because it's not innovative--which underscores the problems of the music business right now.

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