Clear Channel Bans The Boss

It would appear that The Boss is back on top. Bruce Springsteen’s politically charged release Magic has claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 charts not once, but twice. The record has reached gold status and will likely be platinum within the next couple weeks. His sold-out live shows with the E Street Band have grossed millions of dollars and many believe that the new album is a shoe-in for a Grammy nominee for “Album of the Year.” Bruce seems to be hitting homeruns at just about everything he does lately.

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There is one corporate entity, however, that would love it if nobody heard the new Bruce Springsteen album. Clear Channel, the same company that banned the Dixie Chicks for saying they were ashamed to be from the same state as George W. Bush, are now telling their radio stations not to play any material off of Magic.

Other media outlets and blogs are citing “ageism” as the reason for the Clear Channel exclusion of the Boss (now 58). Clear Channel hasn’t been spinning anything from the most recent John Fogerty release or Annie Lennox’s new release.

Whatever the reason, is banishing good music from America’s airwaves the way to save the already troubled music industry?

Looks like you’ll have to buy the album to listen for yourself


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