NOW! changed a lot from the last 21 years. More songs that were flops were being mixed in again.
The newly released NOW compilation album was kind of “better” than the last release, but DaBaby’s “Suge” and Khalid & John Mayer’s “Outta My Head” were not even HITS! Those songs did not appear either on the Hot 100 or Mainstream Top 40 at all.
But there were a lot more hits than there were before.
It finally included songs such as Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello’s “Señorita”, “Panini” by Lil Nas X, which currently had radio airplay on Top 40 radio, Jonas Brothers’ “Only Human”, and other summer/early fall hits of 2019, including Max & Quinn XCII’s “Love Me Less”, and Panic! At The Disco’s “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”.
It had some songs that were flops/or starting their chart runs, including Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD’s “Hate Me”, Zara Larsson’s “All The Time”, and Normani’s “Motivation”. There was also a new song burnin’ up the charts recently, increasing in airplay on Top 40 radio, Marshmello & Kane Brown’s “One Thing Right”.
Some songs that were left out/missing from this release of NOW! included Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”, Kygo & Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love”, SHAED’s “Trampoline”, and Saweetie’s “My Type”.
I hope NOW! 73 will include Ariana / Miley / Lana’s song “Don’t Call Me Angel”, Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey”, Selena Gomez’s “Lose You To Love Me”, Charlie Puth’s “Mother” and other future hit singles mixed in. It’d better not have any songs that are flops, such as Katy Perry’s new song “Harleys In Hawaii”.
For NOW What’s Next!, I also hope it will include CXLOE’s “I Can’t Have Nice Things”, and Dove Cameron’s “So Good”.
The album wasn’t really horrible, but other people listening to the album said it had a “lack of cohesion”, and that the NOW What’s Next! tracks were “throwaways” and a waste of disc space.
The NOW! compilation albums started including the “What’s Next!” tracks when it was around 2011 (NOW! 31), nearly a decade ago. Spotify and other similar streaming services & setups started including a similar feature for discovering new songs from new & emerging artists, Spotify had “Discover Weekly” a personalized playlist which included songs that listener should discover.
Spotify also did include “Daily Mixes” as well, but other listeners were able to find new songs that were better than the ones offered on “NOW What’s Next”. I was also able to discover a song from Australian singer CXLOE, which was “I Can’t Have Nice Things”. That song sounded like it should have been a hit and on the radio in the United States.