Clear Channel Drops Bruce Springsteen's New Album

Say it isn't so! Crooks and Liars has the details. Apparently, a Clear Channel memo went out .

Shorter version: Old Springsteen tunes are fine but not the new ones. Some speculate his age is behind the decision. Also missing from Clear Channel:

There is no sign at major radio stations of new albums by John Fogerty or Annie Lennox, either. The same stations that should be playing Santana’s new singles with Chad Kroeger or Tina Turner are avoiding them, too.

Like Springsteen, these "older" artists have been relegated to something called Triple A format stations — i.e. either college radio or small artsy stations such as WFUV in the Bronx, N.Y., which are immune from the Clear Channel virus of pre-programming and where the number of plays per song is a fraction of what it is on commercial radio.

Are they going to play the new Eagles' album? Are Tom Petty or the Rolling Stones too old? The age excuse is hard for me to believe -- it sounds like speculation to me.

Howie Klein, who should know if anyone does, doesn't buy the age excuse either. In an update, he points out the story isn't totally right as some independent-minded Clear Channel stations, like Boulder's great KBCO, are playing it.

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    Funny (none / 0) (#1)
    by scarshapedstar on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 07:21:36 PM EST
    You'd think that people would want to hear the #1 album on Billboard.

    Evidently Clear Channel thinks otherwise. Say, do you think they're exercising due diligence? Do their advertisers think so?

    Simple: Anti-war stance (none / 0) (#2)
    by MsAnnaNOLA on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 08:29:01 PM EST
    He is very adamantly anti-war.

    Clear Channel is right wing, see Dixie Chicks.


    Thanks Bruce Springsteen for standing up.

    number one on billboard (none / 0) (#3)
    by diogenes on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 09:36:22 PM EST
    Albums by oldtimers debut high because baby boomer fans with high disposable incomes buy them because they have "every Bruce album".  Do sixty year old baby boomers really listen to rock radio for new stuff, as opposed to "Classic Rock".
    Bruce has great name recognition; if he has a great album then people will buy it or download the songs from I-tunes.  

    I hope so (none / 0) (#6)
    by scarshapedstar on Wed Oct 31, 2007 at 10:04:46 AM EST
    Do sixty year old baby boomers really listen to rock radio for new stuff, as opposed to "Classic Rock".

    I mean, I like Black Dog as much as the next college student, but playing it 58 times a day gets old. I'd like to think that even the Boomers can recognize what a crappy format "Classic Rock" is.


    Isn't it illegal to discriminate (none / 0) (#4)
    by Electa on Wed Oct 31, 2007 at 07:08:00 AM EST
    based on age?  Would Clear Channel be able to get away with not hiring or promoting a 60s something because they're 60 something?

    springsteen (none / 0) (#5)
    by Deconstructionist on Wed Oct 31, 2007 at 07:31:04 AM EST
     is not in an employee-employer relationship with CC (or any other entity other than possibly a corp or LLC he controls), so no discrimination laws apply.

      Even if age discrimination laws did apply, CC would argue its decisions are not based on his age but on his music and the market for it.

      Look at all the stations with narrow playlists (almost all of them). No discrimination law would require a country station to play music by black artists or an R&B station to play country artists. That is a good thing. The bad thing is how radio (and record labels) use their freedom.


    CC (none / 0) (#7)
    by lgseiferth on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    It's another example of self-immolation by terrestrial radio.  Despite having the advantage over satellite in terms of local programming, they are virtually all syndicated.  Now, the music is even formulated by a corporate office.  How many ways can terrestrial radio say, "We don't deserve any listeners."

    Four letters (none / 0) (#8)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 06:05:35 PM EST