By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
When someone asked Bon Jovi when they wanted their next No. 1 album, they obviously responded “What About Now?” The New Jersey rockers have officially landed at the top of the charts for the fifth time, selling 96,000 units of their new album in its debut week, according to Billboard and Nielsen Soundscan.
What About Now? hitting No. 1 also marks the band’s third album to debut in the top slot, with 1986’s Slippery When Wet and 1988’s New Jersey having shared the same honor.
But the good news for Classic Rock fans doesn’t stop there!
Pulling himself out of a nearly decade-long hiatus, rock icon David Bowie’s latest studio album The Next Day has debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Charts, selling 85,000 units in its first week. Subsequently, the album has marked a career high for the UK rocker, who’s last highest honor was 2002’s Heathen, which debuted at No. 14 and sold 55,000 units in its first week.
Bowie shocked fans with the announcement a new LP back in January when he released the single “Where Do We Go From Here?” on his 66th birthday, having kept the project completely under wraps. The Next Day is Bowie’s seventh studio album to hit the top ten, and his first since 1983’s Let’s Dance peaked at No. 4.
Congratulations to Bon Jovi and David Bowie! As the battle ensues between these two rock legends, we’ll have to wait and see who ends up coming out on top next week.
For more on this story, head to Billboard.com.