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New Bruce Springsteen Song To Debut During NFL Game Sunday

November 11, 2008 11:07 AM ET

Bruce Springsteen's new "Workin' On a Dream" will make its official debut this Sunday night on NBC during the broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys/Washington Redskins football game. The song, which debuted in acoustic form when Bruce was on the road stumping for Barack Obama, will reportedly feature on Springsteen's follow-up to 2007's Magic. The new album is expected out January 2009. The "Workin'" that will appear on NBC is the finished studio version and will be used to soundtrack "a video of NFL highlights" from Sunday's action, so it's probably best to catch the pre-show and halftime coverage to ensure a listen. Of course, the "Workin'" debut begins a partnership with Bruce and the NFL that will culminate on February 1st when Springsteen and his E Street Band headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

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