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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


The world's best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, is proud to announce all of the major hits selected for NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 51, to be released August 5. Also released that day is NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems 2.  Both new titles will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers.
NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 51 features 16 major current chart hits from today's hottest artists, including Katy Perry, Ariana Grande (Feat. Iggy Azalea), MAGIC!, Iggy Azalea (Feat. Charli XCX), MKTO, Justin Timberlake, Pitbull (Feat. G.R.L.), Paramore, Demi Lovato (Feat. Cher Lloyd), Sia, Kongos, 5 Seconds of Summer, Rixton, Sam Smith, Idina Menzel, and Luke Bryan, plus five free up-and-coming "NOW What's Next" New Music Preview tracks. 
The "NOW What's Next" bonus track program featured on each numeric NOW release continues to preview hot new artists with tomorrow's biggest hits. NOW 51 showcases up and coming tracks from Jamie Scott, A Great Big World, Seven Lions with Myon & Shane 54 (Feat. Tove Lo), Jacob Latimore (Feat. T-Pain), Teyana Taylor (Feat. Pusha T & Yo Gotti).
NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems 2 is a new companion collection of 18 huge singles and remixes specially selected to keep your celebration rocking. NOW Party Anthems 2's amped-up jams include Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," Pharrell Williams' "Happy (From Despicable Me 2)," Icona Pop (Feat. Charli XCX)'s "I Love it," DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down For What," Nicki Minaj's "Starships," Pitbull (Feat. Ke$ha)'s "Timber," Robin Thicke (Feat. T.I. & Pharrell)'s "Blurred Lines," Bruno Mars' "Treasure (Cash Cash Radio Mix)." Justin Timberlake's "Take Back The Night," Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)," David Guetta (Feat. Sia)'s "Titanium," Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights," Avicii's "Wake Me Up," Flo Rida's "Good Feeling," Lady Gaga's "Applause," Martin Garrix's "Animals," Zedd (Feat. Hayley Williams)'s "Stay The Night (Henry Fong Remix)," and John Legend's "All Of Me (TiĆ«sto's Birthday Treatment Remix)."
NOW That's What I Call Music! debuted in the U.S. in 1998, following 15 years of multi-platinum international success. The series has generated sales exceeding 250 million albums worldwide, including more than 92 million in the U.S. alone. Second only to The Beatles in chart history, 18 of NOW's numbered editions have hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, including the most recent volume, NOW 50, released in May. 
All 50 volumes released to date in NOW's numeric U.S. series have reached Billboard's Top 10, and NOW Music has also enjoyed Top 10 chart success with five of its non-numbered editions, including NOW That's What I Call Christmas! (Vols. 1 and 3), NOW That's What I Call Music! #1's, and NOW That's What I Call Country! (Vols. 1 and 2).
The NOW That's What I Call Music! series is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. NOW and NOW That's What I Call Music! are registered trademarks of Universal Music Group and its affiliates.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Several years ago, I was walking near the, Universal Studios Studio Store on the lot. Hoffman,wearing his trademark black suit and Satan red tie walks-by me. I stop,turn and say "Excuse me, Are you the guy from Cellular?" He also played a fey,mean-as-a-snake lawyer in that flick, as well. 

Rick Hoffman (smug, but pleased smile): "Yeah. That's me."

I go to shake his hand. When he returns to the favor, (Honest to God) he goes in does- a early 80s, ultra Black handshake with me. I felt trapped in an episode of Different Strokes or something. Afterwards, we finish with a modern Fist bump complete with daps. He looked so proud of himself.

I'm not sure whether: to be offended or impressed he knew Black handshakes, better than me. So I tell him, "Great to meet you man" and he responds "Yeah, Me too." Apparently, the handshaking took a lot out of him- as he appears to be breathing heavily, as we turn to go our separate ways. 



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