Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bruce Springsteen regrets Wal-Mart deal

Bruce Springsteen isn't the first (or last) to release a record exclusively through the Wal-Mart chain of stores, but he's the first to openly regret it.

"We were in the middle of doing a lot of things, it kind of came down and, really, we didn't vet it the way we usually do," said the musician.

"It was something that if we'd thought about it a little longer, we'd have done something different.

"Fans will call you on that stuff, as it should be."

Read the ful article in The New York Times on Sunday or check out the BBC news item here.

Here's what the Wal-Mart Greatest Hits CD cover looks like. It went on sale just a couple of weeks ago.

1. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
2. Born To Run
3. Thunder Road
4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
5. Badlands
6. Hungry Heart
7. Glory Days
8. Dancing In The Dark
9. Born In The U.S.A.
10. The Rising
11. Lonesome Day
12. Radio Nowhere


Cris Cohen said...

In some ways it is just one step above having your album distributed solely through Al-Qaeda.

angel said...

I personally think Bruce could have done lots worse in this world, then having his record come out at Walmart, only...but that's just me.

I remember Gina asking me to pick up a CD for her at Target a few years ago. The performer had a similar deal with that artist. I did what she asked and wondered to myself why artists did that. But, whatever.

Per-Gunnar said...

Why they do it? To sell records I guess.
As far as I know it's mostly ... ahem, "mature" artists who have done these things. Probably because a Walmart or a Target is the place where the CD-buying fan can be found these days.

And an exclusive CD in itself will get the artist mentioned in media quite a bit more than just a regular release. And Walmart/Target is expected to sell more records as a result of the deal between store and artist.

Slightly frustrating for those too far away from Walmart, but then again these exclusives can appear as ordinary releases overseas.

Business ... business ... ;)