The compilation album shot straight to number one
It’s been revealed that the ‘Now That’s What I Call Music 100’ compilation album outsold Arctic Monkeys ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ by more than double.
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The album features the latest hits of the moment plus a selection of popular tracks from the last 35 years, since the first NOW was released in 1983. It included Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s ‘One Kiss,’ Post Malone‘s ‘Better Now’ along with UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’, Spice Girls’ breakthrough hit ‘Wannabe’, Cher’s ‘Believe’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’.
‘Now That’s What I Call Music 100’ sold 176,000 copies in its first week, while ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ sold 86,000 during its release week.
The compilation album’s sales figures have secured it as the biggest selling album of the year. The title was previously held ‘Now 99’, which sold 115,000 in its opening week back in March.
During its release week, it was revealed that Robbie Williams is the most featured artist on the compilation series.
He’s had a total of 30 tracks featured across the series – the first was ‘Old Before I Die’ from the LP ‘Life thru a Lens’ on 1997’s ‘NOW 37’.
Last week, Arctic Monkeys played a gig in Detroit and honoured hometown heroes The White Stripes by covering ‘The Union Forever’.
The band were performing at the Masonic Temple Theatre when six songs in, they dropped in a surprise rendition of the fan favourite track from ‘White Blood Cells’.
Arctic Monkeys’ tour for their acclaimed 2018 album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino‘ will hit the UK later this year. For tickets and information visit here.