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WOW HITS 2012 Deluxe Edition [edit]
by Various Artists - "WOW" Series | Genre: AC/Inspo | Release Date: September 27, 2011
 

EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment announce their continuing partnership in the WOW brand with the September 27th release of WOW Hits 2012. With 14 #1s, 8 top 5, and 4 top 10 Christian radio songs, WOW Hits 2012 marks the 17th two-disc release and the second Hits Deluxe Edition release of the platinum-selling series that compiles the best songs from Christian radio at an incredible value for the consumer. The entire WOW branded series (Hits, Worship, Gospel, and specialty releases) tops 26 MILLION units in sales.

Featuring 30 songs on two CDs, the WOW Hits 2012 compilation provides Christian music fans hit songs from today’s top Christian artists including Casting Crowns’ “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me),” Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Follow,” Francesca Battistelli’s “This Is The Stuff,” Third Day’s “Children Of God,” Skillet’s “Awake And Alive,” Jeremy Camp’s “Jesus Saves,” Tenth Avenue North’s “You Are More,” Chris August’s “Starry Night,” TobyMac’s “Tonight,” Brandon Heath’s “Your Love,” Sidewalk Prophets’ “You Love Me Anyway,” and David Crowder*Band’s “SMS (Shine).”

This year’s WOW Hits 2012 Deluxe Edition includes even more hit songs as requested by WOW’s fans on Facebook. The additional 6 songs include Hillsong UNITED’s “Search My Heart,” Kerrie Robert’s “Outcast,” and Jason Castro’s “You Are.”

Both versions also include 3 bonus tracks from up and coming radio artists, making this year’s edition among the biggest WOW collections ever with WOW Hits 2012 containing a total of 33 tracks and the WOW Hits 2012 Deluxe Edition boasting 39 tracks.

Also releasing September 27th is WOW Hits 2012: The Videos DVD, featuring 22 selections from the year’s top Christian artists and music video hits including Chris Tomlin’s “I Lift My Hands,” Casting Crowns’ “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) (Live),” Francesca Battistelli’s “This Is The Stuff,” Sanctus Real’s “Lead Me,” Brandon Heath’s “Your Love (Live),” and NEEDTOBREATHE’s “Something Beautiful.” Both the CDs and DVD are major traffic drivers for retail during the crucial Christmas shopping season.

Marketing efforts include prime retail positioning throughout the holiday season at all Christian, mainstream and digital retail outlets, radio spots & contests, a strong online presence including ad buys at Christian music sites, Facebook & Google, and a brand new website design that will feature the latest releases from the entire WOW brand.

The website, WOWilovechristianmusic.com, is set to re-launch in late September in time for the release of WOW Hits 2012 and WOW Christmas (2011). The vision of the site is to introduce all the WOW brands to consumers who may traditionally only purchase one of the brands. It will also serve as a portal for new fans of Christian music to dive deeper into the genre by connecting them with the artists and content providers, like HearItFirst.com.

The EMI Christian Music Group distributed release is part of the multi-platinum WOW brand series. Created through the partnership between the three largest Christian music/entertainment companies in the industry, including EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment, the marketing and distribution of WOW projects are shared among the companies, with EMI Christian Music Group leading efforts for WOW Hits 2012.

WOW Hits 2012 Track Listing
DISC ONE
1. Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) - Casting Crowns
2. I Will Follow - Chris Tomlin
3. This Is The Stuff - Francesca Battistelli
4. Starry Night - Chris August
5. Lead Me - Sanctus Real
6. Beautiful - MercyMe
7. Your Love - Brandon Heath
8. Stronger - Mandisa
9. I Refuse - Josh Wilson
10. Jesus Saves - Jeremy Camp
11. Strong Enough - Matthew West
12. You Love Me Anyway - Sidewalk Prophets
13. Christ Is Risen - Matt Maher
14. Your Great Name - Natalie Grant
15. Love Has Come - Mark Schultz
BONUS
16. Jesus I Am Resting - Tricia Brock
17. What Was I Fighting For - Patrick Ryan Clark
DELUXE EDITION ONLY TRACKS
18. Search My Heart - Hillsong UNITED
19. I’m With You (Ruth & Naomi) - Nichole Nordeman & Amy Grant
20. Only You Can Save - Chris Sligh

DISC TWO
1. Tonight - TobyMac
2. Light Up The Sky - The Afters
3. Something Beautiful - NEEDTOBREATHE
4. Children Of God - Third Day
5. You Are More - Tenth Avenue North
6. Hanging On - Britt Nicole
7. Awake And Alive - Skillet
8. SMS (Shine) - David Crowder*Band
9. Reach - Peter Furler
10. Faceless - Red
11. Listen To The Sound - Building 429
12. Hold Me Together - Royal Tailor
13. Walking On The Stars - Group 1 Crew
14. Suitcases - Dara Maclean
15. Everything I Need - Kutless
BONUS
16. I Wonder - Leeland
DELUXE EDITION ONLY TRACKS
17. Outcast - Kerrie Roberts
18. You Are - Jason Castro
19. Can’t Shut Up - Anthem Lights

WOW Hits 2012: The Videos Track Listing
1. Something Beautiful - NEEDTOBREATHE
2. SMS (Shine) - David Crowder*Band
3. This Is The Stuff - Francesca Battistelli
4. Light Up The Sky - The Afters
5. Children Of God - Third Day
6. I Lift My Hands - Chris Tomlin
7. Headphones - Britt Nicole
8. Can’t Get Over You - Anthem Lights
9. Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) (Live)- Casting Crowns
10. Lead Me - Sanctus Real
11. You Are More - Tenth Avenue North
12. 7x70 - Chris August
13. Your Love (Live) - Brandon Heath
14. Stronger (Live In Studio) - Mandisa
15. I Refuse - Josh Wilson
16. My Own Little World - Matthew West
17. Live It Up - Group 1 Crew
18. Listen To The Sound - Building 429
19. You Love Me Anyway - Sidewalk Prophets
BONUS
20. Suitcases - Dara MacLean
21. Make A Move - Royal Tailor
22. Feel It In Your Heart - Abandon

Track Listing
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0. SMS (Shine) - David Crowder*Band
01. Glorious Day- Casting Crowns
02. I Will Follow- Chris Tomlin
03. This is The Stuff- Francesca Battistelli
04. Starry Night- Chris August
05. Beautiful- MercyMe
06. Lead Me - Sanctus Real
07. Your Love - Brandon Heath
08. Stronger - Mandisa
09. I Refuse - Josh Wilson
10. Jesus Saves - Jeremy Camp
11. Strong Enough - Matthew West
12. You Love Me Anyway - Sidewalk Prophets
13. Christ Is Risen - Matt Maher
14. Your Great Name - Natalie Grant
15. Love Has Come - Mark Schultz
16. Tonight - TobyMac
17. Light Up The Sky - The Afters
18. Something Beautiful - NEEDTOBREATHE
19. Children Of God - Third Day
20. You Are More - Tenth Avenue North
21. Hanging On - Britt Nicole
23. Awake & Alive - Skillet
24. Reach - Peter Furler
25. Faceless - Red
26. Listen To The Sound - Building 429
27. Hold Me Together - Royal Tailor
28. Walking On The Stars - Group1Crew
29. Suitcases - Dara Maclean
30. Everything I Need - Kutless

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The Best WOW in 5 years! | Posted August 27, 2011

It's been a while since the annual WOW Hits series had the usual 15 songs per disc plus bonus tracks (totalling around 16 or 17 songs per disc). In fact the last time was in 2007 for WOW Hits 2008. In WOW Hits 2009, WOW Hits 2010, and WOW Hits 2011, for an unknown reason that was not explained, 15 tracks per album now included the bonuses. Also during those years, WOW Hits became notoriously famous for including double up songs from previous years. Examples included 'Set the World on Fire- Britt Nicole' (Wow Hits 2008 and 2009), 'The Words I Would Say- Sidewalk Prophets' (Wow Hits 2010 and 2011), and 'Love is Here- Tenth Avenue North' (Wow Hits 1 and 2009). In fact it was during these times where I boycotted WOW Hits, as, apart from last year's edition, half the songs on WOW these days are overplayed and underrated artists never are appreciated. However this year's WOW, while far from perfect, is a step in the right direction.

 

Disc 1 of WOW Hits 2012, from a glance, is the standard adult contemporary formula used on previous years disc 1 of WOW's, with little or no surprises. However, a much closer look reveals a more thought out and refined list that first thought.

 

What is good about this disc is that there are songs for the worship leader, and songs for the radio listener. Radio favourites 'This is the Stuff' (Francesca Battistelli), 'Your Love' (Brandon Heath), 'I Refuse' (Josh Wilson) and 'Stronger' (Mandisa) all make the cut, which should please the avid fan of Christian pop radio, as well as the casual listener, as these songs have all garnered praise and acclaim since their airplay. Worship favourites 'I Will Follow' (Chris Tomlin), 'Christ is Risen' (Matt Maher)  and 'Your Great Name' (Natalie Grant) are included as well, and it's no secret that worship leaders would use these anthems in churches in the coming months. The two bonus tracks 'Jesus I am Resting' (Tricia Brock) and 'What Was I Fighting For' (Patrick Ryan Clark) are also welcome additions onto the WOW roster- these songs give an indication that these 2 artists will have extremely acclaimed music careers in front of them. And MercyMe, after joining Fair Trade Services, have made a long awaited comeback with 'Beautiful', a worthy addition, particularly since their music video was quite popular this year also. Matthew West's 'Strong Enough' and Sidewalk Prophet's 'You Love Me Anyway' inclusion also give a rousing and heartfelt message to listeners everywhere that God is strong enough to help us through our problems and that he loves us despite of what we have done. However, I want to draw special praise to my favourite on the disc- 'Lead Me' from Sanctus Real, a song that, in my opinion, should have won 'Song of the Year' at the GMA Dove Awards, seeing that the song made such an impact that it topped the Christian Billboard charts. Sung from the point of view of a father praying to God about him leading his family in their Christian walk, this song has such an inspiring message and relevant lyrical content, and every time I listen to it, the song never ceases to amaze me.

 

Disc 2 typically contained the more rockier and edgier tunes, more built for radio than disc 1, and a quick glance through the list, and one can find quite a few gems. The Afters appear back on the list after 5 years in the wilderness, and what a song to come back to WOW... 'Light Up The Sky' gives me chills when I listen to it, it's that anointed by the Hoy Spirit! Building 429 is another artist who also comes back into the fold after 5 years also, and their offering 'Listen to the Sound' is worthy, vibrant, and makes you want to praise God, especially in the hymn-like bridge. It's a pity David Crowder Band are calling it quits, but 'SMS (Shine)' is a great way for them to bow out, and their video for their song (made from LEGO) is truly innovative, creative and well made. Tenth Avenue North's 'You Are More' is like the 'Lead Me' on the first disc- this song speaks volumes to me. Well done Mike Donehey for writing this song and impacting so many people's lives. And Peter Furler's debut single 'Reach' after parting with the Newsboys, is another treat, for Newsboys fans and others. How I have missed that Aussie sound! Third Day's 'Children of God' and Kutless' 'Everything I Need' are also commendable selections, each with an important message and great music to rock out on. And there are even songs for the worship leader and songwriter, with Leeland's 'I Wonder', and NEEDTOBREATHE's 'Something Beautiful' both exemplary and praiseworthy additions that have honest and yearning lyrics and a tone that just tells the listener to worship Jesus. Newcomers Dara Maclean and Royal Tailor are dark horses in their additions, yet somewhat refreshing and energising- it's been a while since a new artist has come with a song that one can say that 'They're going to make it BIG!', but that is the case for these two. Dara's soulful voice brings an uncanny resemblance to Francesca Battistelli, and Royal Tailor's infection for praise and worship as shown through their video for 'Make a Move' brings a smile to my face, and I'd be tipping those two for New Artist of the Year at next year's Doves', and runner-up.

 

Last year, in WOW Hits 2011 Deluxe Edition, six songs were made into remixes, the result was mixed. This year, instead, there were six radio hits in WOW HITS 2012 Deluxe. Anthem Lights 'Can't Shut Up', Kerrie Roberts' 'Outcast', Hillsong United's 'Search My Heart', Chris Sligh's 'Only You Can Save', Jason Castro's 'You Are' and Nichole Nordeman's 'I'm With You' from The Story CD releasing the same day, are the inclusions. At first glance these are all worthy, yet looking deeper, maybe Chris Sligh and Jason Castro's songs were a bit dated. I would have replaced them with no hesitation with Matt Hammitt's 'All of Me' and Brittany Hargest's debut single (from Jump5 fame) 'Love All The Way'. Nevertheless, the idea of more radio hits than remixes is a good idea, as many people may not have heard the originals of the remixes before, and I say exposure to Christian music should be done with original songs, not with songs given a musical makeover.

 

All in all, this year's WOW is a step up from last year's WOW, which was a step up from the year before. It seems like something is being done right. However there are a few queries from me as well as double ups, as well as notable artists missing. Casting Crowns' 'Glorious Day' may look a bit dated but this song was a hit this year (I would have preferred 'Courageous' though). Chris August became an instant fan favourite with his 'Starry Night', which is no surprise that it is repeated on this year's WOW, and after his 'Candy Wrap' single and video, I am sure Chris August is going to be a name even the mainstream market will recognise. However 'Love Has Come' by Mark Schultz, already on last Year's WOW, makes no sense appearing this year also, and RED's 'Not Alone' is more well deserving than 'Faceless'. Britt Nicole's 'Hanging On' was a single last year, and I would've expected Jeremy Camp's 'The Way' over 'Jesus Saves'. Notable absences were also Mikeschair's 'Someone Worth Dying For', Steven Curtis Chapman's 'Do Everything', Hawk Nelson's 'Crazy Love' and the ever reliable Michael W Smith with 'I'll Wait For You'. Even Newsboys was sorely missed on this WOW ('Save Your Life'...anyone?) Yet, despite these hiccups, I would buy this WOW in a heartbeat over the previous years...

 

Final thoughts: The best WOW in 5 years, even if you have all the songs from elsewhere, I would recommend you to buy the CD and listen to it, as the order of the songs does have an impact on how you view them and the meaning you get out of them. A must have album for this coming year!

 



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