The music of Bruce Springsteen reaped the biggest bounce from the political conventions of the past two weeks.
As President Obama wrapped up his big speech in Charlotte last week, the Time Warner arena was filled with Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care Of Each Other" (a cut from Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" album released in May of this year). Billboard Magazine is reporting that the song and the album benefitted from the airplay on virtually all of the major networks that night and on radio over the next few days.
According to Billboard's tracking, the single for "We Take Care Of Our Own" experienced a 409% increase in sales as more than 2000 online downloads were registered.
Sales for the entire album spiked 37% -- jumping from #199 to #121.
As our own Becket Adams previously reported, Springsteen has been a sort of anti-Wall Street crusader, wielding the album as a sword:
During a Berlin concert on Wednesday, he [Springsteen] played songs from his new album, “Wrecking Ball,” wherein he repeatedly blasted financiers and bankers.
“In America, a lot of people have lost their jobs,” Springsteen said to a sold out crowd of Berliners. “But also in Europe and in Berlin, times are tough.”
“This song is for all those who are struggling,“ he said and launched into ”Jack of All Trades,” a song that includes the lines: “The banker man grows fat, working man grows thin.”
In another song titled “Shackled and Drawn,” the Jersey boy (the original!) sings: “Gambling man rolls the dice, working man pays the bill. It‘s still fat and easy up on banker’s hill. Up on banker‘s hill the party’s going strong, down here below we’re shackled and drawn.”
You can listen to "We Take Care of Our Own" below: