Song hits No.1 on the Billboard Country Music Chart
AMERICUS, Ga. (May 3, 2006)- Marking the first time a rock band has ever had a No. 1 song on the Billboard Country Music Chart, Bon Jovi’s duet with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” has hit No. 1.
The song highlights an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Bon Jovi began building homes with Habitat in 2005 and since then has worked with his Arena Football League team, The Philadelphia Soul, to build six homes in Philadelphia.
Jon Bon Jovi, a Philadelphia-area resident known for his community involvement, approached Habitat in June 2005 with a proposal for a local build. To fund the build, Bon Jovi pledged the majority of the band’s video budget from Island Records, contributed funds from the Bon Jovi Family Foundation and secured additional sponsorship through pre-existing relationships in the private sector. The band then planned a music video with a “think global, act local” theme.
Last October, Bon Jovi, Habitat, Philadelphia Soul team members, local volunteers and families, and corporate sponsors (Comcast, SAP, Sprint, and The Strober Organization) gathered on a build site in Philadelphia to formally announce a partnership to build two duplexes consisting of four homes The site also served as the location for Bon Jovi’s music video, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which highlights the efforts of Habitat families and local volunteers to build simple, decent homes. The video emphasizes the band’s support for Habitat for Humanity and its core mission of eliminating poverty housing.
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” was performed live at the Country Music Awards in New York in November in 2005. The song has not only topped the Country chart, it has been in top rotation on CMT, GAC and VH1. The video has earned the band their first CMT Award for “Collaborative Video of the Year.” The collaboration is also nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award.
Bon Jovi’s work with Habitat, along with his other humanitarian efforts, has inspired HELP USA - which aids and mentors the homeless - to name Jon Bon Jovi one of the recipients of their annual HELP Heroes Award, along with director Martin Scorsese, at an awards banquet on May 4.
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, the songwriting team responsible for some of the most recognizable rock and pop hits of the past 20-plus years. “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” is the second single from the band’s ninth studio album, “Have A Nice Day,” which was released in September 2005. The album debut earned a career-high sales week for the band in the United States, as well as debuting at No. 1 in Japan, Australia, Holland, Austria, Germany and Canada. The album has currently sold more than three million albums worldwide.
About Bon Jovi
Over the last two decades, Bon Jovi has earned the respect of the music industry and the loyalty of legions of fans around the globe. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide and, since forming in 1984, Bon Jovi has performed more than 2500 concerts in 50 countries before more than 32 million people. On September 20th, ‘05, Bon Jovi released their ninth studio album, “Have A Nice Day” (Island Records), which has currently sold over 3 million copies worldwide. In November 2005 the band embarked on the “Have A Nice Day” World Tour.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .