Republic Records Announces Historic Lifetime Recording Contract With John - New Album Plain Spoken Available Fall 2014
Today, Republic Records announced an unprecedented "lifetime" recording contract
with John Mellencamp. “The Voice of the Heartland” has touched the hearts and
souls of music listeners and influenced American culture with enduring songs. He
will release his 22nd full-length album this fall, Plain Spoken, a
stunningly elegant and soul-searching gem.
Republic Records co-founder and chief executive Monte Lipman commented, “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 continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken—the first new
music from the artist since 2010's critically acclaimed No Better Than This,
which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and received the honor of
being on Rolling Stone's "Best Albums of 2010" list. The Grammy Award-winning
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has created an important body of work that has
earned him both critical respect and an enormous audience.
An authoritative and eloquent storyteller who speaks to the sensibilities of the
nation, Mellencamp is also one of the most successful live concert performers in
the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to
advocate for an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members
of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the
loss of the family farm. The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $45 million to
promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.
Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist's prominent
catalogue. Mercury/UME will also release his new live album John Mellencamp
Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall on July 8, 2014.
Republic Records proudly welcomes John Mellencamp to the family.