Although his legendary band has hit the ‘top 10 rock’ charts on iTunes in multiple countries, Jon Bon Jovi isn’t very happy with the founder of the franchise, Steve Jobs:
Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it. God, it was a magical, magical time… I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am [he’s 49], and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: ‘What happened?’ Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.
NOTE: Bon Jovi was clearly not making a statement on illegal downloading specifically, but rather the download/mp3 format and the way that music is consumed.
Bon Jovi has released 11 studio albums since 1984 (most recently in 2009). All of them were released on Mercury/Island Records (both are owned by Universal Music Group). Most hit #1 on multiple Billboard charts. Their third, Slippery When Wet, is certified diamond and one of the highest selling studio albums of all time.