Bruce Springsteen’s Magic has an official release date of Oct. 2, but the vinyl version of the album is now in stores, which one can either see as a tribute to the format (a la Pearl Jam’s week-early vinyl release of Vs. back in the day) or a sneaky way for the album to get Grammy consideration (because the album is available before Sept. 30, it’ll be eligible for the 2007 edition of the awards). Either way, I’m quite curious to see what sort of numbers Magic will put up on next week’s SoundScan chart–the Times piece on Magic‘s vinyl release says that copies of the album are available at the indie store Amoeba, but will superstores like Best Buy and Wal-Mart clear shelf space for the album? And what will those numbers say about Springsteen’s fanbase, and where–or whether–its members are buying records these days?
Bruce Springsteen Works ‘Magic’ With Grammy Deadlines
September 26th, 2007 // 11 Comments