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Last week, the latest in the Now! series (the 83rd, to be precise) became the fastest-selling "album" of the year so far. Nothing else is likely to beat it either, given that it shifted 295,000 copies in seven days, dwarfing the highest first-week sales of artist-led albums in 2012 by almost 200,000. But why do the public, in an age where they can download exactly what they like, when they like - for as little as 59p in some cases - buy a full compilation record? We've looked at some reasons below: The Now! series appeals to those who don't regularly buy music anymore.

As single sales continue to grow, so does the amount of new songs released each week. For those who struggle to follow the weekly goings-on in the charts every week, the Now! compilation serves as a handy summary of the most popular songs released over the last few months »

- By Robert Copsey

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