Looking For That Crossover Hit: Aerosmith & Bon Jovi

“WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN LOVE” Aerosmith

What Could Have Been Love Aerosmith70’s era, Aerosmith, were the epitome of decadence: Drugs, alcohol, scorching Joe Perry guitar riffs, and Steven Tyler’s wild screams and rip-roaring harmonica solos. During the 80’s, Aerosmith found a new crossover market when their power ballads like Angel, Crying, and Amazing brought new fans to their concerts. For Aerosmith’s latest CD, Music From Another Dimension, which version of the band would we see? There were some rockers, lead single “Legendary Child” and “Oh Yeah”, but their biggest success came once again from the power ballad. “What Could Have Been Love” barely cracked the Top 40 Rock charts, but actually scored much higher on the Adult Contemporary (AC) Charts. This is normally reserved for artists like Celine Dion, Richard Marx, and Alicia Keys. Even pushing the crossover boundaries even more, Aeromsith teamed up with country’s Carrie Underwood on the pop hit, “Can’t Stop Loving You”.

“WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T GO HOME” Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles

Who Says You Can't Go Home Bon JoviIn 2005, Bon Jovi released their CD, Have A Nice Day. The title track was an upbeat rock track full of positive energy. They followed it with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”, a sing-along lighthearted pop track. The song was doing OK on the charts but Bon Jovi wanted to crossover into the country music market. A second version of the song saw the band trading verses with Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland. Interestingly, the duet partner was originally going to be Keith Urban but it was deemed that his vocals were too similar to Jon’s. The new duet version raced to #1 on the Hot 100 Country Charts. Who would have guessed in 2006 that Bon Jovi would be winning a Country Music Award for Best Collaborative Music Video!

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