New Bruce Springsteen Album Hits Amazon Two Week Early - Then Pulled
Fans are wondering if there was a colossal mistake made which resulted in Bruce Springsteen's new album High Hopes becoming available two weeks early on Saturday (December 28th) -- or whether it was some type of interest grabbing marketing ploy. The Springsteen fan community was buzzing as word of mouth spread the news that the album was available on the Amazon.com mobile website as separate MP3 downloads. The album -- which has a street date of January 14th -- has since been pulled and there has been no official word from either Springsteen's camp -- or his label Sony -- as to why the album was on the site ahead of its street date, or why it was pulled.
Multiple torrent and download sites have upload the album since, with numerous pundits throwing around massive numbers regarding the damage the Amazon upload may have cost Sony and "The Boss." According to a post on the Backstreets.com message board, various sites offering downloads of the album have been served DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notices.
Bruce Springsteen says that he's not consciously trying to reach new listeners every time out -- but that he's mainly writing for his longtime followers who've made the journey with him over the years: "You generally have a core group of people who have followed you all along, and that's sort of the audience that I sort of write for and that I play for. Y'know, I'm not out there watchin' if it's goin'' up or down, I'm trying to write music that's meaningful that has some commitment to it, some passion, some soul to it that connects people to their friends to their families, their world that they live in. And whatever happens after that -- that's icing on the cake."
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