Crush (Bon Jovi album)

Crush is the seventh studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on June 13, 2000, by Island Records. It was produced by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Luke Ebbin. The album marks the longest timespan between studio albums for the band, with five years between the release of These Days (1995) and this album. After the initial plan to team up with producer Bruce Fairbairn fell through because of his death a year earlier,[2] Bon Jovi and Sambora hired Luke Ebbin[3] to update their sound with a smattering of loops and impressive arrangements.

Despite the long break, the album was just as successful as their previous releases and helped introduce the band to a new generation of fans. It became the band's sixth and fifth consecutive number-one album in Australia and the United Kingdom, respectively, and certified double platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America. The success of the album was largely due to the lead single "It's My Life" which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, while the album itself was nominated for Best Rock Album. Crush was the first Bon Jovi album ever to be nominated for a Grammy Award.

Crush
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Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released June 13, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre
Length 58:20
Label Island
Producer
Bon Jovi chronology
These Days
(1995)
Crush
(2000)
One Wild Night Live 1985–2001
(2001)
Singles from Crush
  1. "It's My Life"
    Released: May 23, 2000
  2. "Say It Isn't So"
    Released: July 21, 2000
  3. "Thank You for Loving Me"
    Released: November 16, 2000
  4. "Save the World (Japan promo)"
    Released: 2000

Background

After a five-year hiatus, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora released solo albums. In 1999, Jon Bon Jovi was planning to release a third solo album but the band started work on their new album in the summer of 1999. Its working title was Sex Sells[4]. Posters using this title are seen in and around New York in the video for "Real Life" – the band's then most recent single. Another working title was One Wild Night. The latter was resurrected for a live compilation the following year.

An initial plan to team up producers Bob Rock and Bruce Fairbairn fell through because of the latter's death.[2] An audition process was set up, but the band was uninterested by the producers interviewed. Eventually Bon Jovi asked A&R executive John Kalodner if he knew up-and-coming producers, and he recommended Luke Ebbin. He was brought to Bon Jovi's home studio in New Jersey, and took a demo with only vocals and acoustic guitar to add programming, string and background vocal arrangements. On his return, Ebbin was hired.[3] The choice was fortuitous as it allowed Bon Jovi to update their sound with a smattering of loops and impressive arrangements.

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]

Crush debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200[7] on the issue dated July 1, 2000 with 115,000 copies sold in contrast to their last set, These Days (1995), which debuted with 73,000 units, it stayed at number nine for a week before dropping to number 29 and spent 51 weeks on the chart.[8][9][10] It was certified two times platinum by the RIAA, deonoting shipments of two millions in the US.[11] As of March, 2009 the album has sold 2,071,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[12] Crush debuted at No. 1 in the UK on June 10, 2000 and became the band's fifth consecutive UK No. 1 album, it stayed at the top of the chart for a week before dropping to number four, it remained on the chart for thirty nine weeks.[13] It was certified platinum by the BPI on September 1, 2000 for shipments of 300,000 units.[14] The album also topped the European Top 100 Albums chart for seven weeks, spent fifteen weeks in the Top 10, and received double platinum certification by the IFPI Europe.[15] The album was No. 6 on the 2000 Europe Year-End albums chart and No. 7 on the 2000 worldwide year end albums chart. The first single also featuring a music video, "It's My Life" was the No. 3 best-selling single worldwide in 2000 and topped the European singles chart for 4 weeks. "Say It Isn't So" and "Thank You For Loving Me" were also released as singles for the album featuring music videos.

Crush was mostly well received by critics, it was the first Bon Jovi album ever to be nominated for a Grammy. In a review for Allmusic, Steve Huey expressed the opinion that Crush was a "solidly crafted mainstream rock record that's much better than most might expect."[1] Rolling Stone Magazine gave the album 3 stars out of 5 and described "It's My Life" as "a Britney track shot through the heart with Richie Sambora's voice-box guitar."[6] Entertainment Weekly gave it a B and said that "if the Jersey rockers haven't matured much, it hardly matters. Crush — for all its sappy ballads and suburban pop fairy tales — is classic Bon Jovi. And that's not an oxymoron."[5]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It's My Life" Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Max Martin 3:44
2. "Say It Isn't So" Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon 3:33
3. "Thank You for Loving Me" Bon Jovi, Steve Mac, Wayne Hector 5:09
4. "Two Story Town" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Dean Grakal, Mark Hudson 5:10
5. "Next 100 Years" Bon Jovi, Sambora 6:19
6. "Just Older" Bon Jovi, Falcon 4:29
7. "Mystery Train" Bon Jovi, Falcon 5:14
8. "Save the World" Bon Jovi 5:31
9. "Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen from Mars" Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:31
10. "She's a Mystery" Bon Jovi, Peter Stuart, Greg Wells 5:18
11. "I Got the Girl" Bon Jovi 4:36
12. "One Wild Night" Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:18
13. "I Could Make a Living Out of Lovin' You" (Bonus track) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Falcon 4:40
14. "Neurotica" (Bonus track in Australia and Japan) Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:45
Japanese Special Edition Bonus CD: Live from Osaka
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Runaway" (Live, slow version) Jon Bon Jovi, George Karak 5:46
2. "Mystery Train" (live) Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon 5:36
3. "Rockin' in the Free World" (Live) Neil Young 5:50
4. "Just Older" (Live) Bon Jovi, Falcon 5:20
5. "It's My Life" (Live) Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Max Martin 3:50
6. "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" (Live) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 8:31
2010 Special Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "It's My Life (Live)" 3:57
14. "Just Older (Live)" 5:29
15. "Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars (Live)" 5:18
  • At the end of the album, the band can be heard discussing what would happen if James Brown were there, which then follows into 30 seconds of silence before a bonus track, "I Could Make a Living Out of Loving You", can be heard.

Personnel

Bon Jovi
Additional personnel

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Argentinian Albums (CAPIF)[16] 3
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 4
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 4
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 1
European Albums (Music & Media)[24] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 6
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[28] 3
Irish Albums Chart[29] 3
Italian Albums (FIMI)[30] 1
Japanese Albums Chart[31] 2
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[32] 23
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[33] 4
Portuguese Albums Chart[34] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[35] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[36] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[37] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[38] 1
US Billboard 200[10] 9

Year-end charts

Chart (2000) Position
Australian Albums Chart[39] 27
Austrian Albums Chart[40] 3
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[41] 6
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[42] 31
Danish Albums Chart[43] 56
Dutch Albums Chart[44] 15
German Albums Chart[45] 2
Italian Albums Chart[46] 18
Japanese Albums Chart[47] 36
Swiss Albums Chart[48] 2
US Billboard 200[49] 83

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[50] Platinum 60,000^
Australia (ARIA)[51] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[52] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[53] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[54] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[55] Gold 25,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[56] Platinum 62,506[56]
France (SNEP)[57] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[58] 5× Gold 750,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[59] Gold  
Italy (FIMI)[60] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[61] 3× Platinum 673,000[62]
Mexico (AMPROFON)[63] Platinum 150,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[64] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[65] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[66] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[67] 3× Platinum 150,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[68] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 2× Platinum 2,071,000[12]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[69] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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