Published Nov 26, 2009In a bit of shocking news for a band that have slowly and surprisingly been making a somewhat credible name for themselves, legacy rockers Bon Jovi have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. The band's new album, The Circle, recently experienced a brutal 70-percent decline in sales between two weeks on the Billboard charts.
Last week, the disc debuted at number one on the charts, with 163,000 copies sold. This week, it sits at No. 19, with 50,153 copies sold, The Screen Door reports. This makes it the third largest drop in history from the pole position of the Billboard charts.
The weird thing is the two bands that have experienced even bigger dips - Marilyn Manson and Incubus - are more the types of groups that have fly-by-night fans and waves of popularity. Bon Jovi are, well, Bon Jovi. This isn't exactly '92 anymore, where people were flocking away from this stuff in droves. By now, BJ fans are lifers.
But maybe that explains the drop, as all the Bon Jovi fans grabbed the disc in the first week and, well, that's that. On the other hand, it still makes us scratch our collective noggins a bit, with Bon Jovi having had three platinum albums in the 2000s so far, and sales for their last disc, 2007's Lost Highway, were 33 percent better than those of The Circle. This is doubly weird considering the new album was only $3.99 for its first week of sale at Amazon.
You can check out some evidence of its quick death here.