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Bruce Springsteen Signs Deal With CBS To Stream His New Album
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.02.2014

USA Today reports that Bruce Springsteen has signed a deal with CBS that will see his eighteenth studio album High Hopes stream here. Clips of three of his songs from the album will air during the January 12 episode of The Good Wife. High Hopes will be released on January 14, so the album will be streaming for a little over a week, as it will be available starting Sunday at 10 PM ET. The songs on the episode include "High Hopes", "Hunter of Invisible Game" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad", a new version of the 1995 song from the album of the same name.

The deal was made between Springsteen's label Columbia Records and CBS, who paid a customary fee to license the songs for the episode.

Michelle King, co-creator and executive producer of the series (with her husband Robert), said: "Of course we were incredibly excited by the potential; we're huge Springsteen fans."

The deal happened after the twelfth episode "We the Juries", was written and filmed but not edited. The writer, Keith Eisner, is "from New Jersey, and when he heard Bruce Springsteen songs were being used, he literally jumped up and down."

Springsteen recorded versions of the 12 songs on the album before his 2012 album Wrecking Ball, but only three were released as earlier versions: "High Hopes" (a Tim Scott cover on his 1995 EP), "American Skin (41 Shots)" (from a 2001 live album) and "The Ghost of Tom Joad". All were re-recorded for the new album, which also includes covers of The Saints' "Just Like Fire Would" and Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream".

Springsteen said: "This is music I always felt needed to be released. I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing."

Robert King said producers had a "super secret" listening session a few weeks ago. While they planned on using one song, "we got greedy" and selected three.

He added: "The one that obviously jumped out at us was High Hopes; it has that driving momentum."

The episode features Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and former partner Will (Josh Charles) separately representing each side of a couple accused of drug smuggling, and they insist on separate jury pools. Musicians commonly offer previews on iTunes or other websites. Making an entire album available on a broadcast TV network website has never been done. Some of the songs have already leaked after Amazon's mobile site sold them briefly. They were pulled but some fans purchased and uploaded the songs to file sharing sites. Early reviews are mixed.


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