Bon Jovi Back On Top

Bon Jovi caps the celebration of their 25th year on record with a second consecutive no. 1 debut, as their 11th studio album The Circle--released November 10th--sails into the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart on the strength of first week sales of 163,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Coming after their #1 selling tour of last year, this #1 chart debut for Bon Jovi once again proves they have a loyal fan base that transcends every change in popular music," said Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. "After two and a half decades of uninterrupted success, Bon Jovi continues to stay at the top of their game, with no signs of slowing down."

The new album's success--which includes #1 chart debuts in Japan, Canada and Germany, and a #2 debut in the UK--is fueled by the band's current worldwide single, "We Weren't Born to Follow." Bon Jovi performed the song live at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on November 9th, at the gala 20th Anniversary commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. "We Weren't Born to Follow" is currently sitting inside the Top 10 at Hot AC radio formats, and the video is in its 4th week on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown.

Bon Jovi's appearance in Berlin capped two weeks of international promotion in advance of THE CIRCLE's arrival. On Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th (the day after the album's U.S. release), NBC Television "Artists-In-Residence" Bon Jovi performed live at the Today Show's Rockefeller Plaza site. Two days later on Friday the 13th, Bon Jovi launched the opening of the new Best Buy store on Union Square in Manhattan.

Upcoming live television performances include: Bravo's Inside The Actors Studio with James Lipton (Nov. 16); The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Nov. 23); NBC's The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (Nov. 20); a return to the Today Show (Nov. 25); Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Dec. 9); and Saturday Night Live (Dec. 12).

"We Weren't Born to Follow" was written and co-produced by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, and was produced by John Shanks, who worked with Bon Jovi on their last two albums: Have A Nice Day (2005), which featured the Grammy-winning single "Who Says You Can't Go Home"; and Lost Highway (2007), which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. and around the world.

Bon Jovi's "The Circle World Tour," promoted by AEG Live, will kick off in Seattle on February 19, 2010.

February 19 Seattle, WA KeyArena
February 22 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
February 24 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
February 26 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
March 2 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
March 4 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
March 6 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 8 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
March 9 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
March 11 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
March 13 Fargo, ND Fargodome
March 15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 17 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
March 19 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
March 20 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
March 23 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
March 24 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
March 26 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 27 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 29 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
April 7 St. Paul, MN Xcel Center
April 10 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
April 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
April 15 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
April 17 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
April 18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
April 21 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
April 22 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
May 26 East Rutherford, NJ New Meadowlands Stadium
May 27 East Rutherford, NJ New Meadowlands Stadium
May 29 East Rutherford, NJ New Meadowlands Stadium
July 14 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
July 15 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium
July 17 Winnipeg, MB Canad Inns Stadium
July 20 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
July 24 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
July 28 Regina, SK Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field
July 30 Chicago, IL Soldier Field

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