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John Mellencamp: 'I won't be moving in with Meg Ryan'

December 4th, 2013 8:30pm EST
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Rocker John Mellencamp is refusing to give up his home in Indiana and move in with his girlfriend Meg Ryan in New York because he insists he's "too sensitive" for the Big Apple's Mean Streets.

The Jack & Diane singer admits he wasn't made for the big city and prefers life miles away from the noise, the trash and the paparazzi.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm too sensitive to live there (in New York). I can't see poor people. I can't see the suffering. I can't see the trash on the streets.

"I'm not leaving Indiana. I'm going to die here."

And as for the cameramen who seem to follow...

Meg Ryan signs up for sitcom

October 11th, 2013 6:20pm EDT
Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan is set to star in her own sitcom.
The 51-year-old actress is the latest movie actress to move into TV after signing up to star in and produce a comedy for US channel NBC.
Meg will play a one-time hotshot editor-turned soccer mum who returns to the New York City publishing house she once worked at, only to find her former intern is now her boss.
The character decides it is time to re-join the workforce after separating from her husband and tries to juggle all of the responsibilities in her life, including pleasing her neurotic employer, looking after her kids, going through a divorc...

15 Celebrity Baby Names Worse Than North West

June 25th, 2013 12:21pm EDT
In case you haven’t heard, the most important baby of our time has been born. That’s right, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have bestowed upon the huddled masses their perfectly combined genes in the form of one blessed bundle of joy – a beautiful baby girl named North West.

Did you expect anything less from these two? Though many outlets had previously reported that the chosen one had been given the name “Kaidence Donda West,” Kim and Kanye went with the much-speculated North instead, and will call their little girl “Nori” as a nickname. Kanye has helpfully explained the unusual name’s orig...

John Mellencamp's Teen Son Gave Him A Black Eye: 'He Got A Punch In And I Didn't'

June 6th, 2013 8:47pm EDT
John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp made an appearance on Wednesday night's Late Show With David Letterman sporting a black eye -- something he received during a bust-up with his teenage son.

The singer guested on Letterman's show along with horror novelist Stephen King to promote their new collaboration, stage musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," for which King wrote the story and Mellencamp wrote the music.

Letterman joked about the singer's shiner, asking, "Was there trouble backstage because you look like you have a [black eye]?".

King jumped in, saying,"The collaboration is not always easy!" be...

John Mellencamp Launches Art Exhibition

May 24th, 2012 9:25am EDT
 John Mellencamp
Singer/songwriter John Mellencamp has opened up his own art exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Hurts So Good hit-maker has put a total of 49 paintings, created over the last four decades, on display at the Tennessee State Museum.

The collection features character pieces, self-portraits and several autobiographical works, including images of his children and his actress girlfriend Meg Ryan, but Mellencamp admits his art isn't always well-received.

He tells People magazine, "Most people I do portraits of hate them. I'm aiming for a more emotional reflection. If you want a perfect l...

Willie Nelson Receives Planet Defender Award

April 25th, 2012 11:21am EDT
Willie Nelson
Country music icon Willie Nelson has been hailed a green hero after picking up a Planet Defender award for his environmental work.

Nelson was honored at Rock The Earth's Seventh Annual Planet Defender Awards on Monday. The prize is given out to those who have made a difference protecting the planet.

The singer's philanthropic work first began in 1985, when he set up the Farm Aid charity concert series with fellow rockers Neil Young and John Mellencamp, while his other charitable ventures include building two sustainable biodiesel plants and organizing several fundraisers.

Nelson says...

Happy 50th Birthday, Meg Ryan!

November 19th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan might not be the star she once was when she was breaking our hearts in classic romantic comedies like "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless In Seattle," but there's no doubt she deserves her place in Hollywood history.

Nowadays, she's more famous for her private life and her romances than she is for film roles, but she has already amassed some iconic characters including orgasm-faking Sally Albright ("When Harry Met Sally"), Annie Reed ("Sleepless in Seattle"), Alice Green ("When a Man Loves a Woman") and Kathleen Kelly ("You've Got Mail").

Away from the big screen, she's a mom o...

John Mellencamp's Divorce Finalized

August 15th, 2011 10:40pm EDT
John Mellencamp
Rocker John Mellencamp is officially single - his divorce from model Elaine Irwin was finalized on Friday.

The veteran musician, 59, split from Irwin, 41, last year and filed papers in Indiana to legally end their 18-year marriage in January.

The former couple reached "an amicable settlement" regarding the separation of property and will share joint legal custody of their two sons, Hud, 17, and Speck, 16, who will live primarily with their mother.

It is Mellencamp's third divorce. He is currently dating actress Meg Ryan.

Meg Ryan & John Mellencamp Cuddle & Kiss In Romantic Rome (Photos)

July 13th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Meg Ryan & John Mellencamp
Meg Ryan and boyfriend John Mellencamp enjoyed a romantic evening together in Rome, Italy, last night.

The couple strolled arm in arm and shared a kiss as they sat on a bench. The pair, however, refused a rose from a flower seller, reportedly saying romance is dead. It doesn't like that to us!

Meg stars in the upcoming film "Long Time Gone" about a broken family that finds their relationships to one another changed by a new arrival in the household.

Spotted: Meg Ryan & John Mellencamp Getting Cozy While Shopping

April 5th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Meg Ryan & John Mellencamp
Odd couple Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp spent the day together shopping in Los Angeles yesterday. At one point the pair put their arms around each other while looking at men's clothing.

Meg might have had a hand in John's recent divorce, thanks in part to her new partnership with the singer for a musical they are working on.

Meg's personal life has been slightly controversial. It appears she likes to get involved with the men she works with. In 2000, she had a fling with "Proof of Life" co-star Russell Crowe while she was still married to Dennis Quaid. Ryan divorced Quaid a year later.


Stephen King & John Mellencamp's Play To Debut In Atlanta

April 2nd, 2011 4:32pm EDT
StepheN King
Horror author Stephen King's new play collaboration with rocker John Mellencamp has a start date - it will open in Atlanta, Georgia next April.

The odd couple has been working on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County for years, and now they're ready for previews.

The play will open at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, which is where Broadway shows Aida and The Color Purple, got their start.

King wrote the play's book, while Mellencamp added the music and lyrics.

Oscar winner T-Bone Burnett is the production's musical director.

Did Meg Ryan Instigate John Mellencamp's Divorce?

January 3rd, 2011 3:00pm EST
John Mellencamp
The New York Post is reporting that Proof of Life star Meg Ryan may have had a hand in John Mellencamp's recent divorce, thanks in part to her new partnership with the singer for a musical they are working on.

Ryan and Mellencamp were together on the red carpet at TriBeCa, and a source told the New York Post "Meg has been to a couple of recent shows" to support John on his musical tour.

Mellencamp announced his split from his wife on New Year's Eve, releasing the following through his spokesman: "John and Elaine Mellencamp are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with the...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: December

January 2nd, 2011 7:00pm EST
Miley Cyrus
December saw a series of scandals as the stars brought a touch of sex and drugs to the festive season - and wildchild Miley Cyrus led the way. The former Disney star ended 2010 by reminding us all she's a grown up now after she was caught on camera smoking legal hallucinogenic Salvia from a bong, and hit headlines again days later when she was pictured in a girl-on-girl clinch and exposing her bra while surrounded by hunky men.

Her pal Demi Lovato joined the Hannah Montana star in scandal when provocative photos which appeared to show her partly-exposing her breasts leaked on the internet,...

John Mellencamp Splits From Wife

December 31st, 2010 12:17am EST
John Mellencamp
Rocker John Mellencamp has split from his wife of 18 years.

The veteran songwriter's spokesperson announced on Thursday that the star and his supermodel wife Elaine had parted ways.

The statement reads, "John and Elaine Mellencamp are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family. They will continue to raise their two children in Indiana but have decided to call it a day as a couple."

The pair met when Elaine was hired to appear on the cover of his 1991 album "Whenever We Wanted" and they wed the following year. The couple ...

John Mellencamp: 'The Internet Is Dangerous'

August 18th, 2010 8:51am EDT
John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp is convinced the internet has "destroyed" the music business, branding the web the "most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb."

The veteran rocker is adamant the rise in online music sales and the decline of CDs, combined with a sharp increase in internet piracy, will be detrimental to the industry in the long term, and he's even convinced digital tracks don't sound the same as hard copies.

He tells Reuters, "I think the internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb. It's destroyed the music business. It's going to destroy the movie busine...

John Mellencamp's Fans Push For Political Run

February 18th, 2010 7:00pm EST
John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp's fans in his native Indiana are pushing for the veteran singer to run for the U.S. Senate in a new online campaign. The Jack and Diane hit-maker campaigned for President Barack Obama in 2008 and now Democrats in his hometown want Mellencamp to break from music and pursue politics full-time.

After Indiana Senator Evan Bayh announced he will not run for re-election, liberal bloggers have been calling on the rocker to fill his seat, reports the New York Post. Almost 1,000 people have joined the "Draft John Mellencamp for Senate" group on, to back Mellencamp.

Bruce Springsteen Receives Kennedy Center Honors

December 7th, 2009 9:02am EST
Bruce Springsteen Receives Kennedy Center Honors
Bruce Springsteen was celebrated by President Barack Obama, Sting and John Mellencamp as he was presented with Kennedy Center Honors at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday.

Along with Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, jazz great Dave Brubeck and opera singer Grace Bumbry, Springsteen received America's highest accolade in recognition of his contributions to popular culture at a White House reception and special gala in Washington, D.C.

Mellencamp kicked off a musical tribute to The Boss with a rousing version of Born in the U.S.A., while Jennifer Nettles sang Glory Days, Melissa Etheridge b...

The Bob Dylan Show Announces All-Star Roster For The 2009 'Ballpark Tour'

April 24th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has just announced an ambitious line-up for this year's summer concert tour. Along with fellow troubadour Willie Nelson, this summer The Bob Dylan Show will also feature John Mellencamp, marking just the second time in the past 24 years that these three performers have shared the concert stage.

Since first embarking on a tour of minor league baseball parks in 2004, over a half-million fans have come together to spend a night under the stars. With free admittance for children*, these tours draw a multi-generational fan base rarely seen on the concert circuit, causing one re...

John Lennon Songs To Be Featured Exclusively In March Ep Of 'Cold Case'

February 19th, 2009 2:26pm EST
John Lennon
Several to-be-announced hits by the legendary John Lennon will be the only songs featured throughout the episode of Cold Case, to be broadcast Sunday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

In the episode, titled "Mind Games," Rush (Kathryn Morris) and the team investigate whether or not a currently homeless and delusional paranoid schizophrenic killed his psychiatrist in 2004, while a freshman in college, after his incriminating notes are discovered. Billy Lush and Jacqueline Obradors guest star as the paranoid schizophrenic and his slain psychiatrist.

Past single-artist episod...

Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

January 27th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Colbert Report on Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. McCartney's appearance will be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, Electric Arguments, released under The Fireman alias used by McCartney and producer/musician Youth.

Other musicians who have previously appeared on the show include Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., The Roots, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencam...

TV On The Radio Top Rolling Stone's Best Album Poll

December 11th, 2008 8:34am EST
TV On The Radio
New York indie band TV On The Radio has beat icon Bob Dylan and rockers Coldplay to top Rolling Stone magazine's Best Albums of 2008 poll. The group's fourth studio album Dear Science triumphed over Dylan's second place LP Tell Tale Signs - The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 and Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, ranked seventh, in the publication's top 50 hitlist.

Lil Wayne's multi-million-selling album Tha Carter III was the highest-placing hip-hop album at three, beating Nas' untitled LP - which sits at number 43, and rap duo The Knux, whose album Remind Me in Three Days…i...

John Mellencamp Fights For Obama In Indiana

October 24th, 2008 3:08pm EDT
John Mellencamp
Rocker John Mellencamp is joining the U.S. presidential debate - by recording a radio ad in his native Indiana, urging the public to vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Indiana is traditionally a Republican state, but recent poll figures show Obama has gained ground on his rival Senator John McCain - and stands a chance of stealing it for the Democrats. And Mellencamp wants to help. In a radio commercial now airing, Mellencamp criticizes current president George W. Bush's two terms in office - and insists electing McCain won't bring about change.

He says, "I've seen a lot of small ...

Reel Busy 2009 In Store For Reel Big Fish, New Album Of Covers Due Jan. 20

October 21st, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Reel Big Fish
OC'S original skanking pranksters Reel Big Fish have finished mixing and mastering the tracks that will make up their new album, a 10 song serving of high-energy covers which they've dubbed, Fame, Fortune and Fornication.

The release is set to include the band's signature ska take on such classics as Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me", Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", John Mellencamp's "Authority Song", and The Eagles "The Long Run." For good measure, Reel Big Fish pay tribute to their early ska/reggae forefather's with versions of Desmond Dekker's "Keep A Cool Head" and Toots and The Maytals...

Coldplay Wins Twice At Q Awards

October 6th, 2008 2:32pm EDT
Coldplay have triumphed at the 2008 Q Awards in London - the rockers picked up

two prizes at Monday's ceremony, including the Best Act In The World

Today award.

The Violet Hill hitmakers were also presented with the award for Best Album for their latest LP Viva La Vida.

Coldplay were originally nominated in four categories, but lost out on Best Track to British band Keane for their single Spiralling, and Best Video to Vampire Weekend for A-Punk.

Meanwhile, Welsh soul star Duffy was named Breakthrough Artist; Kaiser Chiefs

took home Best Live Act; The Last Shadow Puppets...

Matthew McConaughey Takes Baby Son To A Concert

August 8th, 2008 9:15am EDT
Matthew McConaughey
Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey has taken his baby son Levi to his first rock concert - just weeks after the newborn enjoyed his first surfing trip.

The star's girlfriend Camila Alves gave birth to Levi at a California hospital on July 7th and the couple is eager to give the tot an action-packed childhood. And McConaughey introduced his son to music by taking him along to a John Mellencamp gig.

He tells, "We took Levi to a John Mellencamp concert. (We want to make sure he's) equipped to be around the sights and sounds of people. Everyone talked about how, oh, you ...

Nas Replaces Lil Wayne As Rap Still Rules U.S. Album Chart

July 24th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Rap still rules at the top of the U.S. album charts - Nas has replaced Lil Wayne at number one. Nas' controversial new Untitled release sold 187,000 copies in its first week to claim the top spot on the new Billboard countdown, scoring the rapper his fifth number one.

Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III slipped to two with impressive fifth week sales of 105,000.

The Mamma Mia! soundtrack jumps up four spots to number three on the chart, while Coldplay's Viva La Vida slips to four.

The soundtrack to Disney's Camp Rock rounds out the top five at five.

Also in the new chart, John Me...

Stars Join Billy Joel For Shea Stadium Farewell

July 17th, 2008 11:25pm EDT
Billy Joel
Billy Joel turned the first of two fond farewell concerts at New York's Shea Stadium into a star-studded affair on Wednesday with a string of top guests.

Tony Bennett, John Mayer, John Mellencamp and Don Henley joined Joel for the first of his two Last Play at Shea concerts.

Joel will become the last artist to perform at the baseball stadium before it is demolished. The venue's musical legacy began in 1965 with the Beatles.

More than 60,000 showed up for the Joel concert. The rocker, who performed baseball anthem "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" as part of his hits set, will r...

John Mellencamp's 'Life, Death, Love and Freedom' Out July 15

June 11th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp's eagerly anticipated new album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom, produced by T Bone Burnett, will be released July 15 by Hear Music at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional music retail.

Mellencamp has characterized the album as a collection of "modern electric folk songs." With backing from his legendary touring band, the album's 14 tracks were recorded at his studio in Bloomington, Indiana and mixed in Los Angeles with Burnett behind the boards for all of the sessions. Mellencamp cites Burnett's production as key to "find...

Battle Of The Campaign Songs: How Music Affects The Presidential Race

March 25th, 2008 11:23am EDT
John Mellencamp
Music is a universal hobby. It's one that everyone can - and likely does - share. You don’t have to know a whole lot about it to like it, and you don’t have to be "good at it" to listen to what it has to say. Thus, music is a powerful way for politicians to speak to their voting public. And where words and speeches fail, a campaign song can intervene and convey the message.

John Mellencamp must have been very aware of these facts when he asked GOP frontrunner John McCain to remove his anthem "Our Country" from his political campaign (after McCain usurped the song from campaign drop-out...

Joan Jett To Honor Dave Clark Five

March 5th, 2008 7:45pm EST
Joan Jett
Rocker Joan Jett will pay a musical tribute to the Dave Clark Five when the British group is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next week. According to a source at the Hall of Fame, Jett will join Iggy Pop & The Stooges, John Mellencamp, Damien Rice and Patti LaBelle among the performers at Monday's New York City gala.

As previously announced, Dave Clark Five superfan Tom Hanks will officially induct the band into the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

The "Glad All Over" hitmakers recently suffered the tragic death of singer Mike Smith, who passed away last week, while prep...

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