Clear Channel Sends Edict to Not Play Springsteen’s ‘Magic’

Bruce Springsteen currently has the No 1 album in the charts, he’ll probably be up for a Grammy for the Best Album of the Year, and his tour is sold out across the country, but even still Republican owned, censor machine Clear Channel is out to pull The Boss from the airwaves. Readers here know, I’m a big Springsteen fan and I have written about him here more than a few times over the years, so I gotta say, this really ticks me off. Big time.

Clearly Bruce Springsteen’s latest, ‘Magic’ has got the Noise Machine in a huff. Could it be because of this cut of the album, Last To Die, inspired by John Kerry:

I long ago gave up listening to mainstream radio, but this is wrong, just wrong, as DownWithTyranny reports:

If you look for Springsteen in Google News, you get one rave review of his live sold out tour after another. Last Thursday and Friday he wowed ’em at the Oakland Coliseum. Last night he was in L.A. […]

A couple weeks ago the new album was #1 on the Billboard album chart. Kid Rock’s new album knocked it down a peg and this week, Springsteen disposed on Kid Rock and is back at #1. The album is already gold and headed right towards platinum and he’s got a great shot to win a Grammy for Best Album of the Year. Magic’s reviews virtually everywhere are over the top and the intro to his latest interview in Rolling Stone refers to the album’s subject matter as “weighty stuff like the direction of our democracy and party stuff that recalls the days when sparks first flew on E Street more than three decades ago.”

Republican radio network Clear Channel, a monopoly in many cities and a dominant player in most of the rest, isn’t interested. Is it because Springsteen has been an outspoken campaigner for Democrats and progressives? Clear Channel has taken a political stand with its programming in the past. Just think back to their boycott of the Dixie Chicks.  

Even FAUX News is on to the Clear Channel boycott of The Boss and asks what’s up with that:

In fact, sources tell me that Clear Channel has sent an edict to its classic rock stations not to play tracks from “Magic.” But it’s OK to play old Springsteen tracks such as “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born to Run” and “Born in the USA.”

Just no new songs by Springsteen, even though it’s likely many radio listeners already own the album and would like to hear it mixed in with the junk offered on radio.

Why? One theory, says a longtime rock insider, “is that the audience knows those songs. Of course, they’ll never know these songs if no one plays them.”

“Magic,” by the way, has sold more than 500,000 copies since its release on Oct. 2 and likely will hit the million mark. That’s not a small achievement these days, and one that should be embraced by Clear Channel. […]

Clear Channel seems to have sent a clear message to other radio outlets that at age 58, Springsteen simply is too old to be played on rock stations. This completely absurd notion is one of many ways Clear Channel has done more to destroy the music business than downloading over the last 10 years. It’s certainly what’s helped create satellite radio, where Springsteen is a staple and even has his own channel on Sirius.

Clear Channel is Radio Nowhere:

Turn Clear Channel off – and if you don’t own Magic yet – buy it. Send Clear Channel a clear message. The bottom line here folks, as DownWithTyranny notes:

You want to see Bruce back on the radio? Stop listening to Clear Channel stations– and stop voting for Republicans.


  • Springsteen: Silence Is Unpatriotic
  • The Paradox of ‘Magic’
  • Bruce Springsteen: “Last To Die”
  • Late Night Music: Springsteen’s Radio Nowhere
  • Music Notes, Part 2: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Magic’
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    Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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    2 Responses to Clear Channel Sends Edict to Not Play Springsteen’s ‘Magic’

    1. Outrageous. On the one hand, the Boss doesn’t need Clear Channel or it’s much vaunted markets. On the other hand, it’s still outrageous that these goons could get away with something like this.

      I linked this post over at AoF and echo Pamela’s call to respond by buying a copy of “Magic”. I may even buy a second.

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