Bruce Springsteen's chart-topping new album has come under fire from conservative American retailers who are offended by a song dealing with the taboo sex act of sodomy.

DEVILS + Dust debuted at the top of the US Billboard chart last weekend (ends01MAY05) but coffee house giant STARBUCKS have refused to sell the disc because of the contentious song Reno, even though the CD carries a parental warning sticker.

The lyrics for Reno - which details an encounter with a prostitute - feature a graphic description of anal sex and the price the lady of the night charges to degrade her body.

Starbucks' importance as a music retailer has grown over recent years, and patrons can currently purchase music by the late Ray Charles, Tina Turner and Norah Jones.

05/05/2005 17:26