kung-fu carl

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  1. It's official....it's on bruce's site now...the high hopes track part I mean.
  2. I haven't seen the Hard Rock Calling gig among Billboard's Boxscores yet. Maybe it'll turn up next week. Springsteen's UK 'Hard Rock Calling' show stats have just been released by Billboard Boxscore...plus 3 of the South American gigs Jun 30............London, UK.............................33,670 / 33,670.............SELLOUT............USD$ 3,080,399 Sep 12...........Santiago, CHILE........................5,256 / 10,000.............53%...................................481,791 Sep 14...........Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA......7,095 / 12,000..............59%..................................729,946 Sep 18...........Sao Paulo, BRAZIL....................5,359 / 7,500..............71%...................................670,466 Seems to explain why he doesn't go to South America much....
  3. Was hoping the new Collection: 1973-2012 album would end up number one just 'cause...oh well. I think it was number 2 earlier, and given that it's all already-available stuff, that strikes me as quite good.
  4. I don't know much (at all) about the financial end of the record business, but it seem to me that the cost of actually producing this album would be about nothing since the material was already recorded. It seems like, given that, being able to sell about 100,000 copies of a record with the only real promotion being a tour that's already going on is probably a pretty good deal for both the artist and the record company. Seems impressive, to my untrained eye at least.
  5. I'm hoping someone will get around to certifying the Essential set and WB in the US...they're due for certification.
  6. Assuming your sales figure for the US is correct, I'd say the only reason we don't have ourselves a gold certification is that somebody's slackin' off...JLM or Sony perhaps....
  7. Maybe the exposure from the Sandy telethon will put us over the mark.
  8. And his appearances with Obama will not hurt too. Let's hope it helps Wrecking Ball to reach 500K in the USA. If campaign exposure doesn't, hopefully some grammy nods will.
  9. So Bruce is playing the Sandy Benefit thing tonight; good on the man for taking the time to play for a good cause; how likely is it that his tv appearance will spur some record sales?
  10. Ok but his sales have shrunk with each new (Rock, ie, "commercial albums") album. You can't tell me that Bruce hasn't suffered some fallout over his political endorsements. Too much of a dip. WOAD was a weaker album than Magic so that's part of it, true but in half???.....none of these albums had a hit single so that's not a factor: MAGIC (2007)...........................................1,100,000..........1,550,000...........2,650,000 Barrack Obama elected in 2008 WORKING ON A DREAM (2009).................600,000.........1,120,000............1,720,000 WRECKING BALL (2012).............................466,000............974,000............1,440,000 Well remember that a lot of people also thought that WOAD was a much weaker album in terms of quality (I'm not offering an opinion one way or the other, but reviews for it were not as good). I also think Bruce's versatility hurts him with sales...I mean...the fact that he goes into so many genres is one of the things I like most about him, but casual fans are likely to be turned off a bit when he goes from a rock album like The Rising to a contemporary folk record like D&D to a traditional folk album like WSO then back to rock in the form of Magic, then to WOAD which seem in some ways to defy categorization. I always thought that might be part of what ACDC outsells Bruce even in the US....there records are so much the same that they can appeal to the same audience over and over again...not so much the case if you're Bruce and you change it up.
  11. It's crystal clear why Bruce's album sales are down. Tens of thousands of bitter Republicans stopped supporting him. I seriously doubt Bruce will ever have another platinum album. I still find it incredible that such a hook-filled song like "We Take Care Of Our Own" didn't even chart! Your conclusion does not follow; lots of people don't want politics intermixed with their music...even dems...some folks just aren't Bruce fans. In order not to buy Bruce's records, one need not be bitter or republican. He had a platinum album in 2007, and his politics were quite well-known at that point.
  12. Even now, when he is on tour in the USA, the albumsales are just not picking up. I m afraid we ll have to face the fact that after 1 year after the releasedate Wrecking Ball might still not have achieved Gold status! Very, very strange in such an large country! Please come back to the Netherlands Bruce and pick a fine stadium; the Dutch will fill it to the rafters (just as long as it is not the Amsterdam Arena). The one-year thing is a possibility, but remember we also have grammy nominations coming up in december; I heard Bruce's album mentioned as a possible contender for album of the year; it's it's nominated, that'll be a sizable sales boost, even more so if it wins. I'm sure Bruce will get nominated for at least some grammies, even if not the album of the year....hopefully that'll spur sales.
  13. 200,000 shipped in the UK is platinum certification right? We ought to be reaching that milestone quite soon...
  14. So given that Bruce has now sold about 445,000 copies of WB in the US, do you think he's nearing gold certification in the United States? I mean....there must be a fair number of copies left on store shelves throughout the country that would count toward the 500,000 shipped, yes?
  15. Magic actually sold like 335,000 copies the week it came out. It then spent a week at number two, then returned to number one; only when it returned to number one for a second week did it sell seventy-something thousand copies. Bruce's record in this century was set with the Rising, which sold 526,000 copies the first week.