Lost Highway (Bon Jovi album)

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Lost Highway
Lost Highway.jpg
Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released June 19, 2007 (2007-06-19)
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Country rock
Length 49:57
Label Island, Mercury
Producer Dann Huff, John Shanks, Desmond Child
Bon Jovi chronology
Have a Nice Day
Lost Highway
The Circle
Singles from Lost Highway
  1. "(You Want To) Make a Memory"
    Released: May 18, 2007
  2. "Lost Highway"
    Released: September 9, 2007
  3. "Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore"
    Released: November 30, 2007
  4. "Summertime (Canada only)"
    Released: 2007
  5. "Whole Lot of Leavin'"
    Released: May 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (64/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
BBC Online (positive)[8]
Blender 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
The New York Times (positive)[9]
Now Magazine 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Yahoo! Music UK 7/10 stars[3]

Lost Highway is the tenth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on June 19, 2007 through Island Records. Produced by John Shanks and Dann Huff, the album was recorded at Black Bird Studios, Nashville and NGR Recording, Hollywood.

The album influences the band's rock sound with that of country music following the success of a country version of the band's 2006 single "Who Says You Can't Go Home", a duet with Jennifer Nettles, which reached No. 1 on the U.S. country chart in May 2006.[10] Following the success had with the duet version of "Who Says You Can't Go Home", there are two songs on the album produced in collaboration with other artists, namely "We Got It Going On" featuring Big & Rich and the single "Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore" featuring LeAnn Rimes.

Described by Jon Bon Jovi as a "Bon Jovi album influenced by Nashville", the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200,[11] becoming Bon Jovi's first ever album to debut at No. 1 and their third album to reach that position in the United States.[12] The album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards.


In the summer of 2006., Jon Bon Jovi revealed that he and Richie Sambora were planning to go in Nashville, Tennessee to record the next Bon Jovi album. Their intention was to write songs and record duets with famous country songwriters and artists. Jon explained: "I'm thinking of a Nashville sessions record. I'd like to knock out a quick record with a few country writers and artists and me and Richie. I'd like to get two or three artists to do duets with. I'd like to give a couple of Nashville songwriters a chance to shine, and Richie and I would write a few songs to prove we could hold our own with these guys."[13] Band members went to Nashville in September 2006. and by December they had written, recorded and prepared for mixing ten out of twelve songs. In early 2007, Jon Bon Jovi pulled back the album and wrote five more songs and two of them made the album.[14]

Release and reception[edit]

After its first week on sale, Lost Highway entered the Dutch, German, Swiss, and Japanese album charts at No. 1, and the UK Album Chart at No. 2, below The Traveling Wilburys Collection. It entered the Irish and Australian charts at No. 5, although after the conclusion of Bon Jovi's Australian tour the album climbed to No. 2. In Japan, the album debuted at No. 1 and sold 73,212 copies in its first week of release on Oricon charts. This is the fourth such time, breaking The Beatles and the Bay City Rollers' record as a Western band (under Oricon's definition) of having three number one albums in the country.[15] In the UK the album sold 79,000 copies in its first week, an improvement on Have a Nice Day's first-week sales of 54,000. In Denmark, the album debuted at No. 5, but went to number one after five weeks on the charts. In the U.S., the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 292,000 copies sold in its first week.[12] The album was certified platinum by the RIAA in October 2008, it has sold 1,221,000 copies in the United States and over 4 million copies worldwide.


Jon Bon Jovi served as a keynote speaker at 2007 Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville. As a part of the seminar, band performed private concert at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom for about 400 invited country programmers. Band performed many songs from the album "Lost Highway" along with their hits.[16][17] Song "We Got It Going On" was chosen as a theme song for the Arena Football League's weekly programming which debuted on March 4, 2007 at 12:30 ET on ABC and it was also used in show-opening video which took fans inside an Arena Football League arena. The footage aired before games between the Dallas Desperados and the New York Dragons, and the Chicago Rush and the Kansas City Brigade. Jon Bon Jovi has recorded team-specific lyrics for every one of the AFL franchises that aired throughout the season.[18] Title track "Lost Highway" also appeared in a film Wild Hogs (2007). Album title, first single and their release dates were announced on March 19, 2007. First single of the album, "(You Want to) Make a Memory", was released on radio stations on March 20, 2007. and on the same day it was put on a stream on a band's official website.[19][20] Pre-orders for the album started on May 10, 2007. iTunes Store pre-orders offered the instant download of the first single "(You Want to) Make a Memory" and live versions of "(You Want to) Make a Memory" and "Lost Highway" recorded at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville.[21] On June 5, 2007. Bon Jovi played three and a half hour set with 20 songs in Steiner Studios. The band taped this show for an Unplugged special which was broadcast on MTV, VH1 and CMT. On June 22, MTV broadcast a half hour version of the concert, VH1 broadcast a one-hour version of the concert on June 23, while CMT broadcast an hour and a half long version of the concert on June 24, 2007.[22] On June 12th, 2007. VH1 put on a preview the entire album on their official website.[23] On June 24, 2007, Bon Jovi opened The O2 Arena in London and played concert which coincided with the release of this album.[16] Tickets for this concert went on sale on April 20, 2007. at 9 a.m. and were sold in one minute because it was the only Bon Jovi concert in United Kingdom in 2007.It was, also, the first time in 15 years that Bon Jovi played indoors in United Kingdom.[24][25]


Main article: Lost Highway Tour

In the summer of 2007, Bon Jovi performed ten concerts around the world as part of the Lost Highway promotion, with plans for a full greatest hits world tour in 2008. However, after Lost Highway did better than expected, the world tour was moved forward to the fall of 2007, and was renamed the Lost Highway Tour. The tour so far consists of ten dates in New Jersey, followed by Canadian and Japanese tours, as well as the band's first stadium concert in New Zealand since the These days tour. The tour also saw them play Australia for the first time since their brief appearance at the Rumba Festivals in 2002, playing sold out shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The band then toured the U.S. and Europe in spring and summer 2008, before returning to North America for a few more summer shows, including a free concert in Central Park in New York City.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Lost Highway" Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; John Shanks Shanks 4:13
2. "Summertime" Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; John Shanks Shanks 3:17
3. "(You Want To) Make a Memory" Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; Desmond Child Dann Huff 4:36
4. "Whole Lot of Leavin'" Jon Bon Jovi; John Shanks Shanks 4:16
5. "We Got It Going On" (featuring Big & Rich) Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; Kenny Alphin; John Rich Huff 4:13
6. "Any Other Day" Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; Gordie Sampson Huff 4:01
7. "Seat Next to You" Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; Hillary Lindsey Huff 4:21
8. "Everybody's Broken" Jon Bon Jovi; Billy Falcon Shanks 4:11
9. "Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore" (featuring LeAnn Rimes) Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; Brett James Huff 4:43
10. "The Last Night" Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; John Shanks Shanks 3:32
11. "One Step Closer" Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; John Shanks Shanks 3:35
12. "I Love This Town" Jon Bon Jovi; Richie Sambora; Billy Falcon Huff 4:36


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Charts and certifications[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[44] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[45] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[46] Gold 15,000^
Germany (BVMI)[47] Platinum 200,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[48] Gold 3,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[49] Gold 7,500^
Japan (RIAJ)[50] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[51] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[52] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[53] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[54] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[55] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Germany June 8, 2007 (2007-06-08)
United Kingdom June 11, 2007 (2007-06-11)
Japan June 14, 2007 (2007-06-14)
World June 18, 2007 (2007-06-18)
United States June 19, 2007 (2007-06-19)


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