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Bon Jovi Biography

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Birth Place: Sayreville, New Jersey, United States
Years Active: 1983–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal

Bon Jovi is an American hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald. The band's line-up has remained mostly static during their history, the only exception being the departure of Alec John Such in 1994, who was unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald.

Bon Jovi's first commercial release was the single "Runaway" in 1983. It was taken from their 1984 self-titled debut album “Bon Jovi” which made a small impact in the U.S. Their second album, “7800° Fahrenheit,” achieved even less success than its predecessor, except in Japan where it reached the Tp 5 on the album chart.

The band's first major success came with the release of their third studio album “Slippery When Wet.” Released in 1986, the album became Bon Jovi's best-selling album worldwide, selling over 28 million copies. It reached #1 in Australia, Canada, and the U.S., where it spent 94 weeks on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. The first two singles from the album, "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer,” both reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

The follow-up album to “Slippery When Wet” was “New Jersey,” which shared similar global success. The album produced five Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Bon Jovi the record for the most Top 10 singles spawned by a hard rock album. No other hard rock album has yet equaled or broken this record. Two of the hits, "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You,” managed to reach #1.

Bon Jovi's fifth studio album “Keep the Faith” released in 1992 marked a change in the band's sound. The album managed to reach double platinum status by the RIAA and debuted at #1 in both U.K. and Australia. In U.S., it produced the Top 10 hit "Bed of Roses" while the title track hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.

In 1994, Bon Jovi released a greatest hits album with two new tracks, titled “Cross Road,” which was the best selling album in U.K. for 1994. The first single off the compilation, “Always,” spent six months on the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, was certified platinum in the U.S. and became Bon Jovi's highest selling single. The compilation album would be the last release to feature bass player Alec John Such.

Despite the departure of Such, the band released their sixth studio album, “These Days,” a year later in 1995. “These Days” was a huge commercial success, especially in the Asian and European markets. The album debuted at #1 in U.K. on the U.K. Albums chart and spent four consecutive weeks at #1. In Japan, the album topped the Oricon chart becoming the second fastest selling album in the history of the country's chart. The lead single “This Ain't A Love Song” reached #14 in the U.S., and was the only significant U.S. hit from the album, however, the album produced four U.K. Top 10 hits.

Five years later, Bon Jovi returned in 2000 and released their seventh studio album, “Crush.”

Despite the long break, the album was just as successful as their previous releases. It became the band's sixth and fifth consecutive #1 album in Australia and the U.K., respectively, and reached double platinum in the U.S. 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, while the album itself was nominated for Best Rock Album.

The band soon returned with an eighth studio effort in 2002, “Bounce.” It’s the band's only studio album not to be certified platinum in the U.S. However, it debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, making it Bon Jovi's highest debut in the band's 20 year history.

This record was beaten, however, with the band's ninth studio album “Have a Nice Day” in 2005. The title track was an international hit, reaching the Top 10 in Australia, Europe and the U.K. Another track, "Who Says You Can't Go Home,” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs after being remixed into a country duet with Jennifer Nettles. With success of the single, the band also became the first rock band ever to have reach the #1 spot on both the rock and country Billboard chart. The duet earned Bon Jovi a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

The single gave way to the band's tenth studio album in 2007, “Lost Highway,” which was a Nashville-influenced record. The album became the first Bon Jovi album to debut at #1 in the U.S., making it the band's first #1 in their home country since the late eighties. Although the album achieved great success, including a Grammy nomination for best Pop Vocal Album, the band returned to their rock roots in 2009 with their eleventh studio album, “The Circle.”

The album also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's fourth #1 in the U.S. The lead singles from both “Lost Highway” and “The Circle” received Grammy Award nominations for Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The lead singles were "(You Want to) Make a Memory" and "We Weren't Born to Follow,” respectively.

In November 2010, the band released their second major greatest hits album titled “Greatest Hits.” The compilation album was released as both a single disc version and an ultimate double disc version. It did particularly well in Australia, reaching 3× platinum in two months. The double album release contained four new songs with the first single being "What Do You Got?”

To date, Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.