Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 59

By UMG Sony

Genre: Pop

Interest Level: 7th-12th grade+

Teaser: Listen to all the newest hit songs in one CD!

Summary: Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 59 is a CD that contains hit songs from various contemporary artists. Popular songs by well-known artists such as Justin Timberlake and Selena Gomez make for a good party mix that everyone will want to sing along with.

Information about the CD: On Amazon, the description says, “NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 59 features 16 major current hits from today’s hottest artists, including Justin Timberlake, The Chainsmokers, Sia, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Desiigner, Kent Jones, Mike Posner, Gracy, Selena Gomez, Zara Larsson, P!nk, Maren Morris, Lukas Graham, plus six free up-and-coming ‘NOW What’s Next’ New Music Preview tracks.”

Critical Evaluation: The fact that this CD contains songs from multiple artists is both a positive and a negative. Having variety, especially with music, is important so that the listener can be exposed to more artists and figure out what kind of music that they like. However, it also means that sometimes the artist is a good choice, but the song that they chose to include for that artist was not. This CD contains more upbeat, party songs than it does ballads which suggests what type of songs popular culture wants to listen to.  My favorite songs on the album are Meghan Trainor’s “NO” and “Close” by Nick Jonas.

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Booktalk Ideas: N/A

Challenge Issues: Sexuality, Language

Challenge Resources: Rationale for choosing this book (see “Why Did I Pick This”), Engage students and parents in discussions about intellectual freedom, ALA Library Bill of Rights,Challenge Resources from the American Library Association

Why Did I Pick This: I included this in my collection because teens who do not have an ipod or some way to access music on the internet can benefit from getting a multi-artist CD such as this one. I think that it’s important for teens to stay up to date with popular culture. They don’t have to like pop culture, but to be aware of the trends and popular music gives teens to have something to talk about.

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