Bon Jovi is back

Photograph: Startraks Photo / Rex Features/Startraks Photo / Rex Features
Bon Jovi have announced their departure from Mercury Records after 13 studio albums and more than 30 years with the label – and have done so via an angry song on their final record for Mercury.
The title track of the new odds-and-sods album Burning Bridges features the lyric: “After 30 years of loyalty, they let you dig the grave / Now maybe you can learn to sing or strum along / Well I’ll give you half the publishing / You’re why I wrote this song.”
The band’s singer said the new album had originally been intended as a fan souvenir record to accompany a tour of south-east Asia. Instead it was refashioned into a collection to fulfil the group’s contractual obligation to Mercury.
Over their career with Mercury, Bon Jovi recorded more than 80m certified album sales, with estimated total sales of around 100m, making them more commercially successful than Fleetwood Mac, Guns N’ Roses, Prince and Paul McCartney.
Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard he had been working towards a new album, which is likely to be released in spring 2016. “Believe me, the new record is good. It’s pointed,” he said. “It is something we are going to be very proud of in the spring when we put it out.”

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