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The World’s Greatest Hits: Laundry Service – Shakira
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Laundry Service – Shakira

Laundry Service  – Shakira – 2001 Claimed Sales: 13m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Shakira was already well established as one of Latin music’s brightest stars by the time that her first English language single Whenever Wherever was released. She had won a Grammy award, scored a series of #1 Latin hits and was on the verge of … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket – Blink-182
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket – Blink-182

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket  – Blink-182 – 2001 Claimed Sales: 14m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Blink-182 are one of those bands that I am aware of, know people who grew up loving them, could probably name a couple of songs from, but have never felt any urge to listen to before this series. American ‘Pop … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Black & Blue – Backstreet Boys
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Black & Blue – Backstreet Boys

Black & Blue  – Backstreet Boys – 2000 Claimed Sales: 24m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Let’s start with addressing the elephant in the room first off. The official album artwork for Black & Blue, an album that sold 1.6 million copies in a single week in the US; an album that was the follow up to … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: A Day Without Rain – Enya
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The World’s Greatest Hits: A Day Without Rain – Enya

A Day Without Rain – Enya – 2000 Claimed Sales: 16m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Enya is back again with another 40 minutes of New Age choral vocals for us to enjoy. I’m not sure what’s more impressive, her initial breakout success or her sustained success over a decade following her breakthrough as the 90s began. A … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: No Strings Attached – NSYNC
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The World’s Greatest Hits: No Strings Attached – NSYNC

No Strings Attached – NSYNC – 2000 Claimed Sales: 15m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music When I make the selections for The World’s Greatest Hits I look at the total worldwide sales for the albums. No Strings Attached the long awaited second album from NSYNC manages to fall into a second category of big sellers as one … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera – 1999 Claimed Sales: 14m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Ask any pop fan what Christina Aguilera’s biggest album is and I’m pretty sure that 90% of people would assume that the 2002 album Stripped would take the crown. Instead it’s Aguilera’s debut that has managed to sell the most copies, thanks in … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Californication  – Red Hot Chili Peppers – 1999 Claimed Sales: 15m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication for the first time back to back in a series like this does a lot to explain the development of Red Hot Chili Peppers over the 8 years that separated their two biggest albums. … Continue reading