BBC Radio 2 to explore Now Music albums

As Now That’s What I Call Music prepares to release its 100th album, Radio 2 will ask what the future holds for compilation albums in the age of streaming.

A documentary, hosted by Gary Davies and produced by Wise Buddah, will look at the past, present and future of Now That’s What I Call Music.

The first album was released in 1983 and was backed up by a national TV ad campaign voiced by Tracey Ullman. More recently they have been promoted by Wise Buddah’s Mark Goodier, also a presenter on Radio 2.

The programme has contributions from Westlife’s Mark Feehily, Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, Ali Campbell from UB40, Kylie, Heaven 17, Limahl, The Thompson Twins, Anne-Marie and Calum Scott, as well as compilation creators and compilers, music managers and journalists.

Now That’s What I Call Music – 4th July 9pm till 10pm on BBC Radio 2. See more programme highlights here.

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  1. Len Groat says

    What an incestuous concoction of a programme !

    While half the Radio 2 ‘presenters;’ are off working on tv or making money (BECAUSE they are on Radio 2….)

    .. the over-paid Radio 2 producers, desperate to think of something new to justify their existence (rather than let one of the few DJs they have just choose the music from the albums ) commission an outside company (well, an ‘around the corner’ company) to make a show any good DJ could do live..

    .. and all for ONE hour – when most people are watching their tv !

    What a WASTE of the licence-fee! But then again the do this EVERY day……

    Sorry this is not completely ‘nice’ – criticism does not have to be!!

  2. Sheila says

    Something better suited for BBC Four. It would be at lease 90 minutes and narrated by Mark Goodybags.

  3. Mark Phillips says

    I notice that they are re-reissuing volume 1 on CD again, but for completists like me, how about issuing the ones that has still never been on CD. That’s pretty much volumes 2 through 10 (yes there were a couple of single CD releases at the time, but never the full double albums.

    And how can they fit even a snippet about all 100 volumes into 57 minutes.

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