“Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars” is part of the Crush album which is the seventh studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on June 13, 2000, by Island Records. It was produced by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Luke Ebbin. The album marks the longest timespan between studio albums for the band, with five years between the release of These Days (1995) and this album. After the initial plan to team up with producer Bruce Fairbairn fell through because of his death a year earlier, Bon Jovi and Sambora hired Luke Ebbin to update their sound with a smattering of loops and impressive arrangements.
Despite the long break, the album was just as successful as their previous releases and helped introduce the band to a new generation of fans. It became the band’s sixth and fifth consecutive number-one album in Australia and the United Kingdom, respectively, and certified double platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America. The success of the album was largely due to the lead single “It’s My Life” which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, while the album itself was nominated for Best Rock Album. Crush was the first Bon Jovi album ever to be nominated for a Grammy Award.
Crush debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 on the issue dated July 1, 2000 with 115,000 copies sold in contrast to their last set, These Days (1995), which debuted with 73,000 units, it stayed at number nine for a week before dropping to number 29 and spent 51 weeks on the chart. It was certified two times platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of two million in the US. As of March, 2009 the album has sold 2,071,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Crush debuted at No. 1 in the UK on June 10, 2000, and became the band’s fifth consecutive UK No. 1 album, it stayed at the top of the chart for a week before dropping to number four, it remained on the chart for thirty-nine weeks. It was certified platinum by the BPI on September 1, 2000 for shipments of 300,000 units. The album also topped the European Top 100 Albums chart for seven weeks, spent fifteen weeks in the Top 10, and received double platinum certification by the IFPI Europe. The album was No. 6 on the 2000 Europe Year-End albums chart and No. 7 on the 2000 worldwide year-end albums chart. The first single also featuring a music video, “It’s My Life” was the No. 3 best-selling single worldwide in 2000 and topped the European singles chart for 4 weeks. “Say It Isn’t So” and “Thank You For Loving Me” were also released as singles for the album featuring music videos.
Crush was mostly well received by critics, it was the first Bon Jovi album ever to be nominated for a Grammy. In a review for Allmusic, Steve Huey expressed the opinion that Crush was a “solidly crafted mainstream rock record that’s much better than most might expect.” Rolling Stone Magazine gave the album 3 stars out of 5 and described “It’s My Life” as “a Britney track shot through the heart with Richie Sambora’s voice-box guitar.” Entertainment Weekly gave it a B and said that “if the Jersey rockers haven’t matured much, it hardly matters. Crush — for all its sappy ballads and suburban pop fairy tales — is classic Bon Jovi. And that’s not an oxymoron.”
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