Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Yorker Springsteen Piece

A few weeks ago, the New Yorker ran an excellent piece titled "Bruce Springsteen at 62".  Inside, was mention of his recent album Wrecking Ball.  How it sold well its first week and then faded.  Because, let's face it, Springsteen isn't much of  a chart presence anymore.  He still has enough fans to skirt Gold record status, but that's about it.
Wrecking Ball might just be his best in some time.   But it doesn't matter.  Even the ones attending his sold out 2012 tour probably never bought it.
Yet, Springsteen isn't about record sales anymore, at least for new product.  In fact, no heritage act is.  It's all about touring.  That's where the money is.  But good on him and any other classic act that wants to keep putting out music.  I know there are some, like Bob Lefsetz, who say these acts should just tour and never release any more records.  But I disagree.  It's not their fault these new records don't move.  It's the fractured, monstrous record industry set up that has done them in.  Itunes has created the atmosphere of people not wanting singles but albums.  And when albums do sell it's comfort food type ones.  Lionel Richie's  duet remake album with Country stars is 2012's biggest selling albums.
Of course there's always an Adele that sneaks in and grabs the public's attention.
Below is the link to the Springsteen article:
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