Damn you Bon Jovi!
Before this week, it had been nearly two decades since an album from the Garden State's Bon Jovi topped the Billboard albums chart. And few might have guessed that drought would end with Lost Highway, the band's 10th studio LP, with the White Stripes releasing their latest, Icky Thump, on the very same Tuesday.
But according to the latest SoundScan figures, Jon and the boys beat the odds, shattering everyone's expectations as Lost Highway clocked sales of more than 291,500, giving Bon Jovi the third #1 debut of their nearly 25-year career. The LP brought in the group's biggest one-week take since Nielsen began tracking sales back in 1991; the band's only other #1 openers were 1988's New Jersey and its 1986 breakthough, Slippery When Wet.