NYC Radio Jumps The Gun On Springsteen Single
New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuted the title track from Bruce Springsteen's upcoming Columbia album "The Rising" at 8:15 a.m. ET this morning (June 21), only to be immediately served with a ceaseNew York radio station WPLJ-FM debuted the title track from Bruce Springsteen's upcoming Columbia album "The Rising" at 8:15 a.m. ET this morning (June 21), only to be immediately served with a cease and desist order from the label. The track is due to make its authorized debut Monday via the AOL Music First Listen program, where it will be available for streaming for 48 hours. As previously reported, "The Rising," due July 30, is Springsteen's first studio album since 1995's "The Ghost of Tom Joad."
Immediately after DJ Scott Shannon spun the anthemic, melodically memorable track, calls came pouring into the station, some from listeners who pulled their cars off the highway so they could concentrate. "People are so excited for new Springsteen music," says a station source. "The response was nothing but favorable." But due to the cease and desist order, the source says, "you won't be hearing the song again until Monday."
Along with Monday's debut of the title cut, three additional songs from "The Rising" will be unveiled in the coming weeks via AOL Music First Listen and Netscape Music: "Lonesome Day" on July 8; "Into the Fire" on July 15; and "Mary's Place" on July 22.
Meanwhile, plans are moving forward for a Springsteen/E Street Band tour in support of the record. Sources tell Billboard.com the trek will begin Aug. 9 in an undetermined North American city and play dates in the region and internationally through Dec. 15. A live television special is in the works for the day of the album's release, likely emanating from somewhere on the New Jersey shore and possibly presented in conjunction with NBC's "Today" show.
Springsteen's official Web site has also revealed details of a specially packaged edition of "The Rising," which will include a 40-page full color booklet with photos and the artist's handwritten lyrics. It is unknown what the retail cost of the special edition will be.