This Day in 1988, Bon Jovi scored their first UK No.1 album with 'New Jersey', their fourth release.
New Jersey is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Bon Jovi, It was released on 19 September, 1988 through Mercury Records. The album produced by Bruce Fairbairn and recorded at the Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, Canada.
The album was the follow-up to the band's 1986 breakthrough Slippery When Wet, reaching at #1 on the Billboard 200 and producing five Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album. "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You" both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album also debuted at #1 in UK and became the band's first UK #1 album. New Jersey was released by the Soviet state-owned record company Melodiya, being the first foreign album ever released in USSR.
The album was recorded very shortly after the Slippery When Wet Tour, because the band wanted to prove that they were not just a one hit wonder. The album was initially meant to be a double album; however, this idea was rejected by the record company because they got nervous about the higher price point and decided they would only release a single album. One working title for the album was Sons of Beaches, which parodied the title of their previous album Slippery When Wet.
New Jersey debuted at #8 on Billboard 200, the following week reached #1 and spent four weeks at #1. It eventually sold 7 million copies in the United States. The album also debuted at #1 inCanada, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia. New Jersey also holds the record for the hard rock album to spawn the most Top 10 singles, with five singles charting on the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in United States. No other hard rock album has ever equaled or broken this feat. "Bad Medicine" and the ballad "I'll Be There for You", both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100. "Born to Be My Baby", "Lay Your Hands on Me", and "Living in Sin" reached the Top 10. New Jersey was the first American album released on the Russian state-owned record company Melodiya.