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December 2nd, 2007 11:00am EST
Vols 1The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, rings in the holiday season with the digital release debut of two of its multi-platinum holiday collections, NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 1 and NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2, and the digital return of last year's NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 3. Now all three of NOW's festive 36-track holiday collections are now available for purchase from most major digital service providers.

NOW's Christmas volumes present the most comprehensive collections of holiday favorites from the superstars of yesterday and today. NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vols 1, 2 and 3 each feature 36 tracks. Collectively, the 2-CD volumes have sold an astounding five million copies since Vol. 1's release in 2001. Last October, Vol. 3 debuted on iTunes' Top 10 chart upon its physical and digital release.

Vol. 2NOW! That's What I Call Christmas (2-CD released in October 2001, certified quintuple platinum) features signature holiday classics from America's favorite artists, including Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song," Dean Martin's "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas," The Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick," and Britney Spears' "My Only Which This Year."

NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2 (The Signature Collection) (2-CD released in October 2003, certified double platinum) includes a treasure trove of holiday gems such as Chuck Berry's "Run Run, Rudolph," Tom Jones' "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Luther Vandross' "Please Come Home For Christmas," Wham's "Last Christmas," and Norah Jones' "Peace."

NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 3 (2-CD and digital album released in October 2006, certified platinum) rounds out the stellar holiday series with Christmas hits including Thurl Ravenscrofts' "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Bing Crosby's "Silver Bells," Louis Armstrong's "Winter Wonderland," Johnny Cash's "Blue Christmas," Brenda Lee's "Jingle Bell Rock," Ne-Yo's "Home," Christina Aguilera's "Merry Christmas, Baby," and Rihanna's "It Just Don't Feel Like Christmas (Without You)."

Vol. 3NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vols. 1, 2 and 3 are part of the NOW That's What I Call Music! series, which debuted in the United States in 1998. Begun in England 15 years before the series was launched in the U.S., the NOW brand has long been an enormous, multi-platinum international success. The U.S. series has sold more than 65 million copies and NOW continues to show its longevity and strength from release to release.

The series' latest volumes, NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 and NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!, were both released on November 13. NOW 26 features 20 chart-topping Pop, Modern Rock, Rap and R&B smash hits and NOW Party Hits! celebrates with 20 of the hottest roof-raising tracks from a who's-who of today's top artists.

The NOW series is a compilation joint venture from EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and the Zomba Label Group. Every volume in the U.S. NOW series has reached Billboard's Top 10, and it is the only non-soundtrack, multi-artist series to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.