'NOW 18' Mixes Rock, Pop, R&B, Country

With 20 hits from the likes of U2, Snoop Dogg, Good Charlotte and Ashanti, the 18th volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" follows firmly in the footsteps of its predecessors.

With 20 hits from the likes of U2, Snoop Dogg, Good Charlotte and Ashanti, the 18th volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" follows firmly in the footsteps of its predecessors.

A joint venture featuring top hits from EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and the Zomba Group of labels, "NOW 18" is due March 15 through Epic Records, a Sony BMG label. Each edition in the series is issued by a different imprint selected from among those in the various groups.

Among the well-known songs filling up "NOW 18" are rock favorites like U2's "Vertigo" and Hoobastank's "Disappear" and R&B/hip-hop hits such as Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell and Chingy's "Balla Baby."

Country is represented by the hit crossover "Over & Over" by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw and Keith Urban's "You're My Better Half," while popsters Sky Sweetnam ("Tangled up in Me") and Lindsay Lohan ("Rumors") are also present.

Even with all of that talent, "NOW 18" has a lot to live up to, as each of the 17 previous editions have been at least certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 1 million copies. One of the discs ("NOW 5") reached the quadruple platinum level, while seven have been certified triple platinum and seven more double platinum. One of the two holiday collections, 2001's "NOW That's What I Call Christmas!" has been certified quintuple platinum by the RIAA.

Five of the past compilations -- 2000's "NOW 4," 2001's "NOW 6" and "NOW 7," 2002's "NOW 9" and 2004's "NOW 17" -- have debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

Here is the "NOW 18" track list:

"Vertigo," U2
"What You Waiting For?" Gwen Stefani
"Rumors," Lindsay Lohan
"Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
"Soldier," Destiny's Child
"Only U," Ashanti
"Balla Baby," Chingy
"Used To Love U," John Legend
"Over & Over," Nelly featuring Tim McGraw
"Obsession," Frankie J featuring Baby Bash
"O," Omarion
"Collide," Howie Day
"Disappear," Hoobastank
"Vitamin R," Chevelle
"Home," Three Days Grace
"Lady," Lenny Kravitz
"I Just Wanna Live," Good Charlotte
"Jessie's Girl," Frickin' A
"Tangled up in Me," Skye Sweetnam
"You're My Better Half," Keith Urban