Bon Jovi Rides The Highway To The Top Spot

Jun 27th, 2007 // 9 Comments

losthighway.jpgBon Jovi’s countrified Lost Highway became the band’s third No. 1 album this week; the record, which is the band’s first to be co-released by Mercury Nashville, sold 288,000 copies and beat out the White Stripes and Brad Paisley on this week’s chart. The 81 readers who picked Highway to finish at the top should pat themselves on the back; the only aspect of this result that’s surprising to us is the fact that only 1987′s Slippery When Wet and 1988′s New Jersey had previously topped the charts for the Jersey boys before this. (Perhaps SoundScan undercounts the New York suburbs?)

Biggest Debuts: Coming in at No. 2 were the White Stripes, whose Icky Thump sold 223,000 copies; behind Icky was Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear, which shifted 197,000 units. The Shop Boyz, who are responsible for the enforced-partying jam “Party Like A Rockstar” debuted at No. 11, selling 52,000 copies of Rockstar Mentality and paving the way for their inevitable partnering with Rockstar Energy Drinks; Lifehouse–remember them?–entered at No. 14, selling 49,000 copies of Who We Are. Huey’s Notebook Paper debuted at No. 26 (29,000 copies sold), Chrisette Michelle’s I Am came in at No. 29 (26,000 sales), and finally, down at No. 30 is Mandy Moore’s Serious Album, Wild Hope, which was purchased by 25,000 Harp readers in its first week.

Charting The Decline: Despite three six-figure debuts, album sales were down 7.1% from last week, topping out at 8.9 million units. The current year-to-year total is down 15% from last year–but there’s a glimmer of hope in that statistic. As Coolfer notes, that represents a two-percentage-point increase from two months ago.

Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: Yes, Linkin Park is still holding on in the top 10 this week; Minutes To Midnight is at No. 6 for the second straight chart in a row. But we’re going to switch it up a bit and give this award to the arched-eyebrow marketing steamroller Fergie; The Dutchess skids back into the top 20 this week, going from 23-15 on the strength of her mushmouthed ballad “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal).” If you haven’t heard this track yet, it’s an absolutely terrible, half-enunciated track with a title inspired by Lindsay Lohan’s floptastic second album. And it’s a huge, huge hit. Are we just not drinking from the right water supply?

Bon Jovi Scores First No. 1 Album Since 1988 [Billboard]

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  1. Chris Molanphy

    The SoundScan era launched at the worst possible time for Bon Jovi: May 1991, a few months before Nevermind dropped and a full year before BJ’s first post-grunge album, Keep the Faith – a near-total flop. BJ basically spent the rest of the ’90s rebuilding their fanbase and having to overcome the fact that young fans would likely consider them outré and embarrassing. The huge hit ballad “Always” in ’94 helped, but that was a slow grower, and so BJ’s mid-’90s albums (also the one with “This Ain’t a Love Song”) did respectable but not blockbuster business.

    Have I mentioned lately how richly they deserved all this after bullshitting their way through the late ’80s? Nothing – nothing - made me happier in the ’90s than seeing Nirvana make them instantly uncool. (I know, I sound a lot like a nerd who didn’t get laid in high school getting his belated revenge. Um…)

    While we’re hatin’, bless you for calling out Fergie. I was ashamed of Kelefa Sanneh at the New York Times for
    softening on her this past week. Now more than ever, she needs to be stopped.

  2. Al Shipley

    Yeah, I’d been noticing the weird persistence of the Fergie on the iTunes album charts lately, higher even than I remember it being when “Glamorous” and “Fergalicious” were all over the radio. She might be the first serious benefactor that iTunes “bought the single? complete the album” feature, people going to buy their 3rd or 4th single of hers and finally giving in. I can’t blame them, either; as much as I hate to admit it, that hideous woman’s got some fucking jams. I can’t think of any mainstream album in the past year with 3 singles I liked as much as The Dutchess‘s first 3. Even “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is starting to grow on me, when I can look past the dippy “I need to be with myself in center, clarity, peace, serenity” lyrics.

  3. Aleb

    I like “Fergalicious” because of the YouTube parody, and also “Glamorous”, but her latest is. complete. and. forgettable.crap. Makes me wonder why people are buying the song AND the album instead of neither.

  4. Juancho

    I picked Bon Jovi. Do I get an Idolator no-prize?

    I’m a little surprised The White Stripes sold so well. For all the media exposure, they’re not exactly a mainstream band. (I’m a media librarian by trade- I’ve never had anyone who wasn’t a hipster, let alone over the age of 30 or a person of color, ask for one of their records.)

    I also can’t figure out which I can understand less: The choruses of “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (they make no sense), the lyrics (halfway unintelligible), or why the director decided to cast Milo Ventimiglia as a tatted-up thug in the video.

  5. antistar

    I’m pretty disgusted by this. It’s the last thing BJ(what a proper abbreviation) needs for his ego.

  6. cstmr srvc

    what exactly would the difference be between the nashvillian hard rock of bon jovi and the hard rocking nashvillian sounds of lucero?

  7. katie_a_princess

    @cstmr srvc: lucero has a much hotter frontman?

    i love “big girls don’t cry.” it’s sickly addictive. also, peter petrelli is in the vid. “fergalicious” and “glamorous” are both lame.

  8. Maura Johnston

    @katie_a_princess: don’t you mean jess mariano?

  9. katie_a_princess

    @maura:
    sssshhhh… he’s always peter to me.

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