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Bon Jovi depart label with song dissing label

By | Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

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Bon Jovi have fulfilled their contractual commitments to Mercury Records with a song dissing, well, Mercury Records.

The aptly named title track of their new album ‘Burning Bridges’ includes the lines: “After 30 years of loyalty, they let you dig the grave / Now maybe you can learn to sing or strum along / Well I’ll give you half the publishing / You’re why I wrote this song”.

Which isn’t the most explicit of rock disses ever, but Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard: “This hits it right in the head and tells you what happened. Listen to the lyrics because it explains exactly what happened. And that’s that”.

So there you go. As that there lyric states, Bon Jovi had been signed to Mercury Records for thirty years, though Universal Music has been busy winding down the label brand in recent years, merging the UK division in with Virgin EMI, and shifting Mercury-signed artists in the US over to other labels within the group. Which might be what pissed Bon Jovi off.

The slightly slap dash ‘Burning Bridges’ was originally intended as a souvenir CD to be dished out on the band’s tour of south-east Asia, but they seemingly decided to release it proper this week to fulfil their most recent record contract with Universal, so they are free agents when they get round to releasing their next new album proper next year.