July 31, 2001, may not seem like a special date to many, but some Top 40 aficionados will remember it as the day Now That’s What I Call Music 7 hit shelves and enlivened music lovers of all tastes with their favorite summer jams. Released just a few months before the arrival of the first iPod, this is the last Now album to find its home solely in the slot of Walkmans and CD players across the country.
Thirteen years later, we’re up to Now 51 and can get any song we want on our smartphones, but that doesn’t mean we should forget the pre-selected simplicity Now 7 brought to teen drivers, road trippers and daily commuters back in 2001. To celebrate this compilation’s birthday, we checked up on each of the 19 artists that contributed to this mix of boy bands and pop queens.
Below, enjoy all the songs from Now 7 (listed as they appeared on the album), and see what these hitmakers are up to today – including drumming for Miley Cyrus.
1. "Survivor" by Destiny’s Child
Where Are They Now?: This clothing-coordinated girl group went on hiatus in 2002. The group reunited in 2004 to release its fourth album Destiny Fulfilled, before formally disbanding. Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland have remained close friends and still treat fans to the occasional reunion, with the most recent one being for Williams’s new music video.
2. "All for You" by Janet Jackson
Where Are They Now?: Well, there was Nipplegate. Scandal aside, Jackson has kept busy, working in both music and film. In 2013, she married for the third time and started dropping hints about a new album. We’re still waiting for those new beats, Janet – Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty.
3. "Baby, Come on Over (This Is Our Night)" by Samantha Mumba
Where Are They Now?: In 2001, Mumba was primed for a Rihanna-esque road to success … until she went on hiatus. The singer left music to focus on film, earning a role in 2002’s The Time Machine and not much else. In 2014, Mumba attempted to revive her music career with a new single, “Only Just Begun,” which only sold 40 copies upon its release.
4. "In My Pocket" by Mandy Moore
Where Are They Now?: Moore, who spent the early ’00s battling Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera for pop stardom, has spent the past several years in marital bliss. The Walk to Remember star recently celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary with singer Ryan Adams. Moore is set to appear on her husband’s 2014 album and told CBS News she is working on a record of her own.
5. "Play" by Jennifer Lopez
Where Are They Now?: She’ll always be “Jenny from the Block,” but Lopez has been up to a lot in the past 13 years. 2014 has been especially good to the singer, who released her eighth studio album in June, performed the official song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and recently celebrated her 45th birthday.
6. "The Call" by Backstreet Boys
Where Are They Now?: Backstreet’s back, all right! In 2013 the group reunited to release their eighth studio album titled In a World Like This and to go on tour. 2014 is set to be another great year for BSB fans, with a tell-all documentary about the Backstreet Boys set for release this year.
7. "Playas Gon’ Play" by 3LW
Where Are They Now?: 3LW disbanded in 2008 due to image disputes about the group’s third album and two of the members’ involvement in The Cheetah Girls. Today, Adrienne Bailon is arguably the most recognized member of 3LW, due to her solo work, movie projects and former relationship with Rob Kardashian.
8. "Ride Wit Me" by Nelly featuring City Spud
Where Are They Now?: Nelly continues to keep it hot in here, releasing a new album every few years, his most recent venture being 2013’s M.O. The rapper is also set to play an officer in the 2014 thriller A Fall from Grace.
9. "Danger (Been So Long)" by Mystikal featuring Nivea
Where Are They Now?: Now that everyone knows how to Dougie, Mystikal is introducing a new move to the rap game. The performer recently partnered with Cupid to release “Wham Dance,” a song that comes complete with an instructive music video, so you can be the big hit at your next party (or dance battle).
10. "Fiesta Remix" by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti
Where Are They Now?: In December 2013, it appeared R. Kelly was ready to come back in a big way with his new album Black Panties and collaboration with Lady Gaga. These moves in his music career were overshadowed by a Village Voice interview with music journalist Jim DeRogatis, which exposed the number of sexual assault charges against the rapper and those cases which never made it to court. R. Kelly is currently working on a sequel to his newest album, titled White Panties.
11. "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
Where Are They Now?: In June, Eve married British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper in Ibiza, Spain. She has also been working on her musical unions and released her fourth album, Lip Lock, in 2013.
12. "What Would You Do?" by City High
Where Are They Now?: City High’s bright R&B star only shined for a brief moment. The group broke up in 2003. City High became news again in 2010, when one of the group’s members was featured on an episode of Intervention for his struggles with alcoholism.
13. "Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know" by Britney Spears
Where Are They Now?: One of Now 7‘s most recognizable names, Spears is spending her time entertaining Sin City. The pop star began her two-year-residency show Britney: Piece of Me in December of 2013, where she is hitting fans – one more time – with all her biggest hits.
14. "This I Promise You" by ‘NSYNC
Where Are They Now?: Let’s take a moment of silence to remember that ‘NSYNC is no more, having disbanded in 2002. The group briefly reunited – for, like, a minute – at the 2013 MTV VMAs. All of the guys have moved on from their boy band days. Let’s just say, some of their solo projects are weirder than others.
15. "Never Had a Dream Come True" by S Club 7
Where Are They Now?: The English group created by the same mind that gave us the Spice Girls petered out in 2003. It must be hard to quit that sweet pop sound, because four of the former members recently reunited to play events and pubs as S Club 4.
16. "Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse
Where Are They Now?: If you are a true Lifehouse fanatic, you know the group is still making music. While the band has never quite topped the catchy success of “Hanging by a Moment,” Lifehouse’s singles continue to find their way onto the Billboard Hot 100 list. The group released their sixth album, Almeréa, in December 2012.
17. "Jaded" by Aerosmith
Where Are They Now?: Hardly newcomers to the music scene when Now 7 dropped, Aerosmith has continued to rock. The group is currently touring with Guns ‘N Roses alum Slash, making mischief along the way. You may recall that Mila Kunis starred in the music video for “Jaded.”
18. "From My Head to My Heart" by Evan and Jaron
Where Are They Now?: Twins Evan and Jaron Lowenstein gave us this hit and “Crazy for This Girl” before disbanding so Evan could focus on his family. Jaron returned to music in 2010 as country act Jaron and the Long Road to Love, whose debut album made it onto the Top 40 charts.
19. "Flavor of the Weak" By American Hi-Fi
Where Are They Now?: The band’s frontman, Stacy Jones, spent most of this year acting as the music director and touring drummer for Miley Cyrus on her Bangerz tour, but he didn’t forget about his band in the flurry of flying hot dogs. The group announced its first album in four years, Blood & Lemonade, which is set for a September 2014 release.