John Mellencamp is back at Number One on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart with the chart debut of his latest collection, Other People’s Stuff. The new album, which debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200 albums chart, sold 44,000 units according to Nielsen music — which posted that nearly all the sales of the set came from “traditional album sales.” The set, which is Mellencamp’s 24th album, features covers of older material recorded over the course of his career, includes such highlights as the well-worn civil rights anthem “Keep You Eyes On The Prize,” Merle Travis’ “Dark As A Dungeon,” the great American ballad, “Wreck Of The Old ’97,” and Stevie Wonder’s “I Don’t Know Why I Love You.”
This is Mellencamp’s fifth appearance on the Top Rock Albums chart, which Billboard launched in 2006. Most recently, Mellencamp’s 2017’s album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies peaked at Number Three. Billboard reported, “(Other People’s Stuff) also represents Mellencamp’s 11th Top 10 on the Billboard 200, his first since 2010’s Nothing Better Than This.
John Mellencamp admitted to us that he’s realistic these days as to why he writes and releases new music: “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.”
John Mellencamp kicks off his 2019 dates on February 7th in South Bend, Indiana at Morris Performing Arts Center.
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