Bruce Springsteen "Working" on a new hit

Fri Dec 5, 2008 9:30pm EST
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Triple A radio, a format targeted at older rock fans, has been kind to Bruce Springsteen in the past decade.

The good vibes continue this week for "Working on a Dream," the first single and title track from the Boss' upcoming album, which comes out on January 27 via Columbia. "Dream" debuted at No. 13 on trade publication Radio & Records' Triple A chart, making it only the fifth title to debut in the top 15 since the chart expanded to 30 positions in August 2006.

Springsteen is also the only artist to achieve that distinction twice; "Radio Nowhere" debuted in the same position in 2007 and eventually climbed to No. 2. Since the chart launched in 1996, Springsteen has notched five top 10s, including a No. 1 with "The Rising."

Springsteen debuted "Working on a Dream" during a November 2 rally for Barack Obama in Cleveland. Excerpts from the studio version soundtracked a package of NFL highlights that aired November 16 on NBC, while the full track hit digital retailers November 24. In its debut week, the song sold 8,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

A second new track from the album, "My Lucky Day," went live December 1 on Amazon and MySpace. Fresh off winning the top tour honor at the Billboard Touring Awards, Springsteen and the E Street Band will return to live duty February 1 as part of the Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla.


<p>Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at Veterans Park in celebration of the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 30, 2008. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson</p>