These Days (Bon Jovi album)

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These Days is Bon Jovi's sixth studio album, released on June 27, 1995. This was the first album Bon Jovi released after the departure of bassist Alec John Such. Hugh McDonald unofficially replaced Such as bassist. The album, produced by Peter Collins, was an overall darker album in contrast to the band's usual brand of feel-good, inspiring rock songs and love ballads. At the time of release, the album was a huge commercial hit, particularly in Europe and Japan, but failed to impress the audience in the United States. In the UK, the album was particularly notable for producing four Top 10 hit singles. The high sales of the album in Europe warranted a re-issue of the album under the name of These Days Special Edition a year after its original release.

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Commercial reception

These Days was a huge commercial success, especially in the Asian and European markets. In Japan, the album topped the Oricon chart with sales of 379,000 copies in first week, becoming one of the fastest selling albums by a non-Japanese band in history of the country's chart.[1]

In the UK the album was highly anticipated. It replaced Michael Jackson's album HIStory at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spent four consecutive weeks at #1.[2] The album spawned four Top 10 singles for Bon Jovi in the UK Singles Chart ("This Ain't a Love Song", "Something for the Pain", "Lie to Me", and "These Days") - the band's highest number of UK singles from one album. The album also topped the European Albums Chart for seven weeks and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry certified "These Days" three times platinum, denoting three million shipments within the continent. In 1995, the album was ranked number 2 on Q magazine's list of the Top 50 albums of 1995.[3] In 2006 the album featured in the Classic Rock & Metal Hammer's The 200 Greatest Albums Of The 90's.[4]

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