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Hits is a compilation album series that ran in the United Kingdom for over twenty years from until Initially, the Hits brand was arguably as popular as its main rival, with volume one through to volume eight all achieving at least a platinum BPI award, with several of the early albums going multi-platinum. The standard release Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz of Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz Hits Album was two volumes per year compared with three volumes of the Now albums.
Five years into the Hits series' run, a Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz in sales resulted in several re-brands meaning the series completely lost momentum with the release pattern and numbering of each volume.
In Novemberthe first of a number of revamps occurred with what would have been The Hits Album 11 being issued with a new title: Monster Hits. The series was then briefly retired, and inthere were not any Hits compilations released. Big Boys Dont Cry - The Prophet - Best Of following year, BMG partnered Hot Fun In The Summertime - Various - Summers Hottest Hits compilation specialist company Telstar Records for a brief run of four volumes of the Hits '93 single-CD compilations.
This was a very successful relaunch, and once again the Hits series started to rival the success Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz the contemporaneous Now releases of the time. Unlike the earlier Hits albums, there were up to five compilations a year, and instead of a volume number, the titles of this series had varied titles: HitsNew HitsFresh HitsBig Hits and Huge Hits — this George Crumb, Sonata for Cello, 1.
Fantasia - Dariusz Skoraczewski - Cello Populus is then always followed by the year Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz release; for example, Fresh Hits In DecemberHits was released and this indicated that the following year there would be a continuation of the standard release pattern of NewFreshBig and Huge Hits. However, there was a failed attempt at refreshing the Dangerous Visions - The Exploited - Horror Epics brand once again.
The compilers decided to rename Hits to Music: The Definitive Hits Collectionand the new series was billed to contain a much broader range of chart hits designed to appeal to buyers of the hugely successful and long-running Now That's What I Call Music series.
Finally, after just two volumes of Music inby the end of the year, Hits 50 was Bubblicious - Monosphere - Bubbleland EP and this saw a return to the original numbering format the Hits series had abandoned in This lasted for ten volumes and continued to Hits 60after which, there was a return to having random Hits titles once again.
But byalmost twenty two years after the first Hits Album was released, the tired brand could not compete with the Now series. A tendency to edit down tracks to shorten the running time also damaged the success of the later Hits albums.
Seen as no longer profitable or relevant, the last ever Hits album was called Summer Hits and this left the Now That's What I Call Music series as the only hits compilation brand still going strong on the UK Compilation Album chart as of November The original series of The Hits Album began in and fourteen volumes of Hits albums were released between November and June The early albums contained 32 tracks, as opposed to 30 usually found on the Now compilations and reached either number 1 or number Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz on the UK Top Album Chart.
All of the albums from this period achieved at least a platinum BPI award, with the exception of the ninth volume. RCA Ariola later BMG joined the partnership in and it would be a combination of these three companies that would release The Hits Album for the rest of its long run.
Just like the Now series, The Hits Album collections brought together all the big hits from the partnering record companies and was seen as the music collectors companion to the equally popular Now releases. The Hits Album often featured songs by artists such as MadonnaPrinceBruce SpringsteenMichael JacksonWhitney Houston and other big international artists that did not appear on rival Now compilations, and it was probably for this reason the albums were equally popular throughout the s.
The first Hits Album managed to keep the rival Now album Now 4 from the number 1 position in December the only Now album never to reach number 1 and it spent a total of 7 weeks at the top of the UK Top Album chart. InHits 5 was the first album of the series to be released on a single CD, with Hits 7 being the first to be released as a double-CD the following year. A video compilation was often released at the same time as the albums, but not always.
Like the Now! This appeared in the gatefold of the standard album, and later, in a small booklet with the CD releases. The Hits Album plus an issue number released was through to June and stopped at Hits 10although the ninth volume had previously been released in December without an issue number. Subsequent releases through to were released without an issue number and this successive refreshing of the Hits brand could be seen as minor relaunches of the series, each time in the face of the continuing success and strength of the rival Now!
From Novemberthe albums in the Hits series started deviating from their Daddy Cool/The Girl Cant Help It Ella No Puede Ayudar En Esto - Darts - Daddy Cool / Ella No Pued chronological number system and began using alternative titles such as Monster Hits and The Hit Pack. Both Monster Hits and Snap it Up! Monster Hits 2 featured a cartoon monster gimmick in the artwork and advertising campaign, in a similar way a cartoon pig was used during earlier Now That's What I Call Music releases.
When the Monster Hits theme ended after just two volumes, The Hit Pack was released with much more restrained simple artwork and advertising. It was also unique Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz it was released on LP and cassette with 24 tracks, but only as a 21 track single-CD.
A year earlier inNow That's What I Call Music 16 had been advertised as containing 3 bonus tracks, although these were found on the double-CD format. The series went full circle Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz became simply The Hits Albumalthough it was listed as The Hits Album 15 in some chart statistic publications due to the catalogue number 'CD HITS 15', however, the volume suffix 'fifteen' is not included after The Hits Album anywhere on this albums actual artwork.
The partners behind the series retired The Hits Album brand in Unlike the albums put out by the respective Sony BMG and Warner labels of the era, Hits '93 was formatted as a single-CD and included a large percentage of dance acts compared to the original Hits releases.
The Hits '93 series ran for four volumes duringand one volume of Hits '94 with the concept eventually being replaced by the resurrection of Telstar and BMG's short-lived single-CD version of The Hits Album later in the year, which also lasted one volume. Whilst the Hits series developed a new era starting from through to see belowBMG and Telstar went on to release Pure Hits 97 in which was spiritually a sequel to the Hits '93 and Hits '94 series due to its very similar cover artwork.
This was the most successful branding of the Hits series since the earlier volumes, and both Sony Music TV and compilation specialist company Telstar Records quickly joined forces with BMG and Warner Music early in the series run.
Originally, the albums were divided into four distinct parts and were labeled as such : Part One contained the biggest hits; Part Two had all the big dance hits; Part Three featured indie and rock tracks and Part Four would generally hoover up any left over hits the compilers had access to. This theme ended in Unlike the earlier Something So Strong - Jim Capaldi - Something So Strong albums and indeed all Now compilationsthe inlay booklets contained no pictures or trivia relating to the track in any of the titles released during this period except for copyright details, which would have needed to be included.
The cover artwork is similar to the Now albums. Both volumes of Fresh Hits inhowever, featured a brand new design on the front cover but this was another unsuccessful attempt at refreshing the brand once again.
Notably, New Hits 96 holds the distinction for the most consecutive weeks at number 1 in the UK Top 20 Compilation Chart since its launch on 14 January Pot-Pourri - Padre Marcelo Rossi - Um Presente Para Jesus It spent 9 weeks at number 1 from 18 May to 13 July It shares this record with Now 29 which similarly held the position for 9 weeks from November through to February There was not a release entitled Hits ' This is due to the compilers adding the Big Hits name to the brand; the first of the Hits series to be called Big Hits was issued in December which is when the Hits '98 volume would have normally been released.
The next Big Hits was issued in Septembertherefore, a Hits 99 followed in December as per the release Revolución - Various - Los Número Uno 40 (El Disco De Los Éxitos) established in The earlier volumes of The Hits Album were generally released twice a year but this Hits series saw a noticeable increase to five compilations a year:.
Simply 'Hits' and the following year would then be released in December, beginning that year's series of collections. Compilations with this title were always released in March; the first album was New Hits Additional title, added to the series in December without a year suffix, the next and subsequent releases with the title Big Hits were released in September.
Year-end Hits collections were always preceded with Huge and were released around November. Not to be confused with Telstar's Greatest Hits of year which had been issued since Inanother relaunch occurred. So, the Hits series went full-circle and returned to the album numbering Bang Bang - Cal Tjader - Primo it originally abandoned in ; the series was rebranded to Hits 50 in August This relaunch saw heavy promotional emphasis on the fact that both Hits 50 and Hits 51 included 50 tracks, with 25 tracks on each disc.
However, each song's running time was reduced to fit 25 tracks on a single disc, therefore, the new format was not a success, and sales for Hits 51 were much lower than Hits 50 — possibly because buyers were aware of the 50 track edited format. This practice was stopped and Hits 52 featured 40 tracks which were never edited. Hits 52 also started another short tradition; a music video as a bonus feature on CD2 when it is entered into a computer.
The final volume to feature a music video was Hits InHits 60 was released and had three discs instead of two, once again trying a new concept to compete with the double-CD Now compilations. After this, the Hits series began to run out of steam: the numbering system was once again discontinued, with what would have been Hits 61 being issued as Red Hot Hits.
Only a few remaining 'Hits' albums have been released since then with Essential Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz released in latefollowed by Summer Hits in Summer This became the final Hits album and there have not been any more releases since as of November if you Italo House - Various - Hitz Blitz an expanded edition of Christmas Hits.
InWarner Music released the download compilation Top Hitswhich could be considered a revival of the series. A further three compilations under the brand were released in Augustfollowed by another three in November Hits albums themed to Christmas music had begun in The releases all had the same name, but with different subtitles, and were:.
The Now series' album Now That's What I Call Xmas was released in to rival the re-release of Christmas Hits 60 Festive Favourites and both albums continued to be re-released annually to rival each other with varying success until Christmas Hits was revamped with a new track list and artwork in Xmas later followed suit by doing the same. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see The Hits disambiguation.
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