Entertainer Of the Month: January

Entertainer of the Month: Bruce Springsteen

His new album ''Working on a Dream,'' his title track for ''The Wrestler,'' and his inauguration performance make the Boss our pick for January

Sixteen studio albums that have gone 60 times platinum, 18 Grammys — heck, he's even got an asteroid belt named in his honor — and the Boss is still putting out top-quality material, like this week's soaring, joyful Working on a Dream.

For his old buddy Mickey Rourke's triumphant comeback vehicle, The Wrestler, he penned the elegiac, Golden Globe-winning title track, proving once again — see 1994's ''Streets of Philadelphia'' from (yep) Philadelphia — that he's the master at soundtracking cinematic heartbreak.

Missed the stirring performance of his 9/11 anthem ''The Rising'' on the National Mall over inauguration weekend? You'll just have to catch his next gig: the Super Bowl halftime show, coming up on Feb. 1. Guaranteed it won't take a wardrobe malfunction to keep you riveted.

Originally posted Jan 23, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints

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