John Mellencamp Prepping New LP For Fall, Signs 'Lifetime' Deal With Republic Records
John Mellencamp has signed a "lifetime" recording deal with Republic Records via Universal Music Group and plans to release his next album his 22nd -- some time this fall. The Hollywood Reporter posted that the next album will be titled, Plain Spoken. The terms of the new deal were not made public.
Republic co-founder and chief executive Monte Lipman said in a statement, "Not only has he served as an ambassador of social consciousness in America, but he has also provided the soundtrack of a generation. We’re thrilled to be working with John Mellencamp as part of this historic deal."
Mellencamp's last album, No Better Than This, was released in August 2010 and peaked at Number 10 on the Billboard 200.
John Mellencamp admitted to us that he's realistic as to why he writes and releases new projects: "I've come to the conclusion that any record that I put out now, is really just a calling card. I don't really anticipate sellin' a bunch of 'em, because people don't buy 'em anymore! They're calling cards to let people know that I'm still writing songs, and I'm still current and I'm not an oldies act and I will never be and oldies act and there won't be any 'Happy Together' tour for John Mellencamp."
June 20, 21 - Thackerville, OK - WinStar Casino
July 3 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino
July 5 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 6 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Event Center
July 18 - Cheyenne, WY - Frontier Nights
July 19 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair
July 30, 31 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama
August 1 - Windsor, ON - Caesars Windsor Casino
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