Bon Jovi's country influenced CD "Lost Highway" goes numero uno
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
– Bon Jovi enjoyed the first number 1 debut of their career on the Billboard 200 with "Lost Highway" on opening week sales of more than 291,000 copies - their biggest-ever one-week sales total. The disc has a country influence, although it is not being listed on the Billboard country charts.
"Lost Highway is a career-defining collection of new songs that is resonating with Bon Jovi fans in a way that established a new standard of success for the band," said Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. "Bon Jovi has once again proved that their loyal following not only transcends any changes in the marketplace, but in fact has grown in numbers. 2007 is shaping up as a monumental year in Bon Jovi's history."
This is not Bon Jovi's first brush with country. The New Jersey rockers became the first rock group to go number one on the Billboard country song chart with "Who Says (You Can't Go Home") with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles helping on vocals.
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