Wal-Mart deal a mistake, says Springsteen

If the stretch pants and the soul-crushing feeling of the place didn’t tip him off, the actual experience did it. Bruce Springsteen admits that signing a deal with Wal-Mart for an exclusive distribution of his greatest-hits CD was a mistake,

In an interview with The New York Times, Springsteen said he shouldn’t have made a deal. Fans criticized him for signing because the musician has supported worker’s rights in the past and Wal-Mart isn’t exactly a bastion of worker-friendly policies. Unless you consider union-busting worker-friendly.

Springsteen’s team didn’t vet the issue as closely as it should have, and that he “dropped the ball on it,” he told the Times.

“It was a mistake. Our batting average is usually very good, but we missed that one. Fans will call you on that stuff, as it should be,” Springsteen said.

“Millions of Springsteen fans have counted on Wal-Mart over the years to deliver his music into their lives, and we it will continue to offer those fans this ‘Greatest Hits’ exclusive and his other popular albums at unbeatable prices,” Wal-Mart said in a statement, adding: “We are proud of the good jobs, benefits and career opportunities we provide to more than 1.4 million U.S. associates who choose to work at Wal-Mart and serve our customers every day.”

Springsteen released his new CD “Working on a Dream” this week and is performing the halftime show at the Super Bowl Sunday.

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