'High Hopes' album debuted at the #1 spot in 10 Countries in the week of its release: US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Holland, Canada, and Spain.
There's been a lot of interesting debate about the decision by Springsteen's management to begin releasing concert recordings via the sale of USB Wristbands at $40 (or 30 Euros)
This news sparked a whole heap of fury from Bruce fans across the board as it seems that if you wanted more than one show you would have to fork out $40 per show and you'd end up with a whole pile of USB wrist bands.
One fan was so fed up with this news that he recorded a parody of 'Born to Run' entitled 'Bruce Springsteen Downloadable USB Scam'.
It seems that 'fan power' has helped change some things with regard to getting hold of recordings of the shows from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand because it has also been announced that these shows in addition to the USB wristband sales model, Springsteen will also be offering direct audio downloads through his official Live Nation online store following each show on the upcoming leg, with no physical purchase required (meaning you don't have to purchase the USB wristband). There will be two options for audio formats: MP3 (320 kbps) or FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec). Pricing will match Pearl Jam's, at $9.99 for MP3 or $14.99 for FLAC.
This news I'm sure will be greeted more favourably.
This is how Rolling Stone Magazine reported on the change.
It will be interesting to see how this new course of action takes off and whether it will be the death knell for Bruceleggers!