Now That's What I Call Music! 73 [UK]

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Now That's What I Call Music! 73 [UK] Review

by Jon O'Brien

Featuring eight number ones and 44 Top 40 singles, Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 73, the series' second hits compilations of 2009, is just as hit-packed as ever. Opening with four of the biggest singles of the year, Lady GaGa's infectious "Poker Face," David Guetta's summer anthem "When Love Takes Over," Calvin Harris' '90s trance-inspired "I'm Not Alone," and Cascada's synth-heavy "Evacuate the Dancefloor," the first disc only confirms how successful the dance-pop genre has recently become. Elsewhere, Chipmunk and Tinchy Stryder represent the emerging British hip-hop scene with their breakthrough hits, the feisty rock-pop of P!nk's "Please Don't Leave Me" is matched by newcomers the Veronicas and Katy Perry, while tracks from Take That and Girls Aloud only highlight why they are currently the U.K.'s two premier pop groups. The stand-out tracks, however, are Pussycat Dolls' Bollywood crossover "Jai Ho!," Jordin Sparks' epic power ballad "Battlefield," and La Roux's surprise electro-pop hit "In for the Kill." The second disc is dominated by American R&B with Black Eyed Peas' minimal techno number one "Boom Boom Pow," Ciara and Justin Timberlake's funky "Love Sex Magic," and Flo Rida's-Eiffel 65 sampling "Sugar" the highlights. Elsewhere, 3OH!3 and Kasabian provide the album's only rock-led tracks, Florence and the Machine,Little Boots, and Noisettes all justify their initial critical acclaim, while the triple whammy dance chillout of Empire of the Sun, DeadMau5, and Chicane is the perfect way to close a much more varied second half. Now 73 may not be as eclectic as some of its predecessors, but as dance-pop and R&B are currently conquering the upper reaches of the charts, it's undoubtedly a fair representation of 2009's musical climate.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Lady Gaga 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
2 Cascada 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
3 David Guetta 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
4 Calvin Harris 03:31 SpotifyAmazon
5 La Roux 04:08 SpotifyAmazon
6 Tinchy Stryder 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Pussycat Dolls / A.R. Rahman 03:42 SpotifyAmazon
8 Chipmunk 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
9 Lily Allen 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
10 Pixie Lott 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
11 P!nk 03:52 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Veronicas 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
13 Katy Perry 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
14 Girls Aloud 03:48 SpotifyAmazon
15 Agnes 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
16 Freemasons 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
17 Alesha Dixon 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Saturdays 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
19 Take That 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
20 Britney Spears 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
21 Jordin Sparks 04:01 SpotifyAmazon
22 Shontelle 03:02 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Beyoncé 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
Merriweather 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
3 Keri Hilson 04:11 SpotifyAmazon
4 Ciara 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
5 Black Eyed Peas 03:39 SpotifyAmazon
Soulja Boy 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
7 Akon 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
8 Flo Rida 04:01 SpotifyAmazon
9 Ironik 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
10 Pitbull 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
11 Armand Van Helden / Dizzee Rascal 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Prodigy 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
3OH!3 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
14 Kasabian 04:11 SpotifyAmazon
15 Florence + the Machine 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Noisettes 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
17 Little Boots 03:28 SpotifyAmazon
18 James Morrison 03:55 SpotifyAmazon
19 Paolo Nutini 03:39 SpotifyAmazon
20 Empire of the Sun 04:06 SpotifyAmazon
21 Deadmau5 / Kaskade 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
22 Chicane 03:42 SpotifyAmazon
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