Now That’s What I Call Music turns 40: Forty facts about the compilation giant

40) If everything goes to schedule, Now 120 will arrive in March 2025, with Now 200 due in time for Christmas 2051. But in 1995, the numbers were almost dropped altogether. According to EMI executive Barry McCann, the label was concerned that people would think that double digits would make the series seem outdated, as no compilation series had run that long. In fact, the numbers became an asset. Everybody has a favourite Now album. What’s yours?