New single "Have a Nice Day" set for July 18 release
|New Bon Jovi Album Due In September
Bon Jovi is preparing for the Sept. 20 North American release of its next studio disc. The as-yet-untitled Island Records album will be led by the single "Have a Nice Day," set for July 18 delivery to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration. The album will be released Sept. 14 in Japan and Sept. 19 internationally.
"Have a Nice Day" was co-produced by singer/guitarist Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora with John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff), who in February won the Grammy for producer of the year (non-classical).
Originally expected in the spring, the new disc was described to Billboard as a "loud guitar, big rock record" by Jon Bon Jovi in October. "We're very excited about it, and I'm very confident it's going to be a big record for us."
The songs reflect "personal and introspective views on issues I may have had growing up that I certainly would have never discussed publicly before. I've always kept this 'chin up, glass is half-full' kind of optimism, and [now] I showed some chinks in the armor."
The album will be the follow-up to 2002's "Bounce," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 712,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2003, the group released acoustic re-recordings of some of its best-known songs as "This Left Feels Right," which debuted at No. 14 and has sold 418,000. A four-CD, one-DVD box set, "100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong," arrived last year.
As previously reported, Bon Jovi will take part in the Philadelphia edition of the July 2 global Live 8 concerts organized by Live Aid mastermind Bob Geldof to aid Africa.
Here is the Bon Jovi album track list:
"Have a Nice Day"
"I Wanna Be Loved"
"Welcome to Wherever You Are"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home?"
"Last Man Standing"
"Bells of Freedom"
"One Last Cigarette"
"Story of My Life"
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