Crush (Bon Jovi album)

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Crush
Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released June 13, 2000 (2000-06-13)
Recorded October 1999–February 2000
Genre Hard rock
Length 58:20
62:10 (With track 13)
66:50 (Japanese version)
Label Island
Producer Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
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 (2000-05-23)
  2. "Say It Isn't So"
    Released: July 21, 2000 (2000-07-21)
  3. "Thank You for Loving Me"
    Released: November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16)

Crush is the seventh studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on June 13, 2000 through Island Records the album was produced by Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

Commercially, Crush became an international success, reaching the top of the charts in multiple territories. The album was certified double platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album helped introduce the band to a new generation of fans. Crush was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

Three singles were released from the album internationally: "It's My Life", "Say It Isn't So" and "Thank You For Loving Me", as well as a new, updated rendition of "One Wild Night" released a year later with the live album One Wild Night Live 1985–2001. "It's My Life" became one of the band's most well-known songs, and one of their most successful singles, reaching number one in several countries and becoming the third best selling single of 2000.

Background[edit]

After a five-year hiatus, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released solo albums. In 1999, Jon Bon Jovi was planning to release his third solo album but the band started to work on their new album in summer of 1999. The working title of the album was "Sex Sells". Posters of this album are seen advertised in and around New York in the "Real Life" music video. Another working title was "One Wild Night". The name was dropped but later used for the live compilation album the following year.

After the initial plan to team up hard-rock producers Bob Rock and Bruce Fairbairn fell through because of the latter's death,[1] an audition process was set up, but the band was uninterested by the top producers interviewed. Eventually Bon Jovi asked A&R executive John Kalodner if he knew up-and-coming producers, and he recommended Luke Ebbin. Ebbin 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 "so I could show him some of my abilities." Upon his return, Ebbin was hired.[2] The choice was a fortuitous one as it allowed Bon Jovi to update their sound with a smattering of loops and impressive arrangements.

Release and reception[edit]

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

Crush debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200[6] and spent 51 weeks on the chart. According to Nielsen Soundscan, it has sold 2,071,000 copies in the U.S as of 2009. Crush debuted at No. 1 in UK and became the band's fifth consecutive UK No. 1 album. The album also topped the European album chart for seven weeks, spent fifteen weeks in the Top 10, and received double platinum certification by the IFPI Europe. The album was No. 6 on the 2000 Europe Year-End albums chart and No. 7 on the 2000 world wide year end albums chart. The first single, "It's My Life" was the No. 3 best-selling single worldwide in 2000 and topped the European singles chart for 4 weeks.

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."[3] Rolling Stone 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."[5] 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."[4]

Track listing[edit]

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, Sambora 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, Desmond Child 4:43
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
  • 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[edit]

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[39] Platinum 60,000x
Australia (ARIA)[40] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[41] Platinum 50,000x
Belgium (BEA)[42] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[43] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[44] Platinum 62,506[44]
France (SNEP)[45] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[46] 5× Gold 750,000^
Hungary (Mahasz)[47] Gold  
Italy (FIMI)[48] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[49] 3× Platinum 673,000[50]
Mexico (AMPROFON)[51] Platinum 150,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[52] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[53] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[54] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[55] 3× Platinum 150,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[57] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[58] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

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

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Preceded by
The Greatest Hits by Whitney Houston
UK number one album
June 10, 2000 – June 16, 2000
Succeeded by
Reload by Tom Jones
Preceded by
Mad Season by Matchbox Twenty
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
June 5, 2000 - June 11, 2000
Succeeded by
In Blue by The Corrs