HERC knew it was bound happen sooner or later. Some anonymous yahoo viewer would write in, requesting a K-Tel Scale rundown of the latest volume of Now That's What I Call Music!  As always, HERC is glad to oblige... But first a little housekeeping.  The Cashbox and WLS charts do not exist in 2014 and therefore do not apply.  A few other newer Billboard charts do apply, so HERC added them to the scale. Here are the Top 40 Charts used in calculating the new Now Scale:
  • POP = Hot 100
  • ROC = the highest ranking achieved on any of these five Rock charts: Hot Rock Songs, Rock Airplay, Rock Digital Songs, Rock Streaming Songs and Mainstream Rock Songs
  • COU = the highest position attained on any of these four Country charts: Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Songs and Country Streaming Songs
  • RHY = Rhythmic Songs
  • CLUB = Dance Club Songs
  • AC = HERC is sticking with the original Adult Contemporary chart though there are a few new Adult charts (see below)
Although this isn't the one you explicitly asked for Mr. or Ms. Anonymous, here's how Now 51 scored on the newly created Now Scale.

NOW 51 (2014)
K-tel Scale:
Billboard Top 40s
BirthdayKaty Perry1725129
ProblemAriana Grande211221
FancyIggy Azalea111
Not A Bad ThingJustin Timberlake848
Wild Wild LovePitbull30
Ain't It FunParamore10111
Really Don't CareDemi Lovato261
Come With Me NowKongos311
She Looks So Perfect5 Seconds Of Summer24
Me And My Broken HeartRixton147
Stay With MeSam Smith29481
Let It GoIdina Menzel519
Play It AgainLuke Bryan141

Since Now 39 in the U.S. edition of the Now series, the labels have been tacking on "What's Next", four to six songs "from up and coming artists."  The sad reality is that very few of these songs ever actually chart.  Track 5 on Now 51 - "Classic" by MKTO, a recent Top 20 song - was one of the "What's Next" songs back on Now 47, which came out just over a year ago.  For the purposes of the Now Scale, the "What's Next" songs are left off the playlist.

Currently, Billboard lists the following Adult charts in addition to Adult Contemporary:
  • Adult Pop Songs
  • Adult Alternative Songs
  • Adult R&B Songs

This is the album that was kind of requested, Now 50: "...can you run the latest Now album, Now 50, though the K-Tel Scale and tell us how it fared..."  As asked, HERC did run Now 50 and Now 51 through the K-Tel Scale.  Neither disc fared very well so HERC came up with the Now Scale. (Conversely, running Music Machine, the highest scoring K-Tel album, through the Now Scale also yielded a much lower score.)  

NOW 50 (2014)
K-tel Scale:
Billboard Top 40s
HappyPharrell Williams11141
Dark HorseKaty Perry1116
The ManAloe Blacc810
Hey BrotherAvicii161
Talk DirtyJason Derulo3117
SelfieThe Chainsmokers16238
Turn Down For WhatDJ Snake & Lil Jon41
Show MeKid Ink131
La La LaNaughty Boy1918
Young GirlsBruno Mars321917
Adore YouMiley Cyrus21
All Of MeJohn Legend111
Let Her GoPassenger511
Best Day Of My LifeAmerican Authors1122

Unless there is sufficient non-anonymous interest, HERC will not be using the Now Scale in the future. 

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