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Christie Brinkley Spotted On A Date With A Famous Rocker

9/16/2015 8:51am EDT
Christie Brinkley Dating Rocker John Mellencamp? Pair Spotted On
It appears that Christie Brinkley, 61, has a thing for rock stars. Billy Joel's ex-wife was just spotted on what appeared to be a date with John Mellencamp in New York City.

The pair was photographed leaving The Bowery Hotel after having dinner together. The former supermodel had a wide smile on her face when snapped by photographers.

According to "Entertainment Tonight," Mellencamp arrived at the venue alone and met the model there. They spent an hour at the hotel before leaving together in the singer's chauffeured car.

Both stars share the same publicist -- so perhaps that's how they ...

Is It Really Over For Meg And John This Time -- Again?

6/18/2015 2:21pm EDT
John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan seen holding hands during an evenin
Can we all just get along? Apparently so – or not – depending on what source you hang your hat on.

The latest news on John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan is rife with rumors on their mercurial relationship. On the one hand, the Sleepless In Seattle actress has kicked her Small Town rocker boyfriend to the curb. On another super-secret insider side, all is well on the home front with Jack and Diane, ehem, Meg and John, according to a Daily Mail celebrity gossip report.

An unnamed doom and gloom insider close to Ryan and Mellencamp say they have parted ways – for good this time; the couple split a...

Singer's Family Has Some Anger Management Issues

4/12/2015 11:28am EDT
John Mellencamp's Two Sons Sentenced Over 2013 Assault In Indian
John Mellencamp's two sons stood before an Indiana judge on Friday and were sentenced for their part in a 2013 fight after a party that left a 19-year-old in the hospital.

The singer's sons pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery charges for their part in the Bloomington, Indiana, fight, and Mellencamp's youngest son Speck, 19, was sentenced to spend one year in jail (he'll only serve five days). Mellencamp's other son, Hud, 20, was handed a suspended sentence and 50 hours of community service. Both men received a year of probation as well.

The two avoided longer sentences when felony batte...

Mariah & Nick Cannon Are Splitting & More Celebrity Break-Up News

8/21/2014 7:39pm EDT
Mariah & Nick Cannon Are Splitting & More Celebrity Break-Up New
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have been living separately in New York City for months and are in the middle of divorce proceedings, according to

The couple call it quits back in May and have been working on dividing up their property and creating a custody agreement regarding their 3-year-old twins, daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.

The point of contention between the couple occurred back in March when Cannon named five women he had sex with, including Kim Kardashian. Carey was reportedly furious about the reveal and felt humiliated about the public disclosure.

The songstress a...

These Celebrity Baby Names Are Just Terrible

6/25/2013 12:21pm EDT
18 Terrible Celebrity Baby Names
Rapper Lil' Kim just welcomed her first child, and of course she had to be creative with her daughter's name. The singer stunned fans with her pregnancy back in February and now she has stunned us again with the moniker Royal Reign.

We wouldn't expect any less from one of the most powerful women in hip hop. She's bold and larger than life. Even though her daughter wasn't royal bred doesn't mean she can't be Royal, right? Just ask Lorde.

Now, before you get all Judgey McJudgerson and claim this to be the worst celebrity baby name of all time, take a look at 16 famous offspring who are wal...

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

6/6/2013 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

5/24/2012 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

4/25/2012 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!

11/19/2011 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

8/15/2011 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)

7/13/2011 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

4/5/2011 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

4/2/2011 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?

1/3/2011 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

1/2/2011 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

12/31/2010 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'

8/18/2010 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

2/18/2010 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.

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

4/24/2009 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'

2/19/2009 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

1/27/2009 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...

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

10/21/2008 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...

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

6/11/2008 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

3/25/2008 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...

The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 1

1/31/2008 2:46pm EST
Simon and Garfunkel
I recently started thinking about the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. This project became a bit of a labor of love since there were two important, sometimes conflicting, considerations: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. Ultimately, I had to pick songs that struck the best balance between these two considerations.

A: Amie by Pure Prairie League. A nod to Angie by The Rolling Stones, but if he's dumping her she couldn't have been that great.

B: Bernadette b...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 7

10/7/2007 3:00am EDT
Simon Cowell
Happy Birthday to Notebook star Rachel McAdams (1976), singer Toni Braxton (1968), American Idol nice-guy Simon Cowell (1959), Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith (1957), Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (1956), cellist Yo-Yo Ma (1955), singer/songwriter John Cougar Mellencamp (1951).

Nirvana To Be Featured Exclusively Throughout Fifth Season Premiere Of 'Cold Case'

9/11/2007 10:22am EDT
Eight original songs by Grammy Award-winning seminal grunge band Nirvana will be featured throughout the fifth season premiere of Cold Case, Sunday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

The featured songs are: "All Apologies," "Stay Away," "If You Must," "Lithium," "Drain You," "Heart Shaped Box," "Something in the Way" and "Come as You Are."

"We're thrilled to be featuring Nirvana songs exclusively throughout this chilling episode about two seemingly nihilistic male teens who may have been falsely accused and convicted of murdering three 10-year-old boys," said "Cold Case" Exe...

John Mellencamp To Premiere New Album on Satellite Radio Jan. 17

1/5/2007 10:34am EST
John Mellencamp
Multi-platinum rock artist John Mellencamp will premiere his new album "Freedom's Road" exclusively on host Meg Griffin.

He wrote and produced all of the songs on "Freedom's Road," his 21st album to be released in a career that now spans four decades. "Freedom's Road" is his first album of original material in more than five years, and will be available from UMe/Universal Republic on January 23.

"Freedom's Road," the culmination of a year's worth of composing, arranging, recording and mixing, is a collection of songs that reflect the climate and concerns of present day America. ...

John Mellencamp Finishing First New Album In Five Years

11/27/2006 11:02am EST
John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp is putting the finishing touches on "Freedom's Road," the new album that includes the current single "Our Country." To be released worldwide on January 23 through UMe/Universal Republic, "Freedom's Road" is the first album of all new John Mellencamp songs in more than five years.

"Freedom's Road," the culmination of a year's worth of composing, arranging, recording and mixing, is a collection of songs that reflect the climate and concerns of present day America. The recording process began early last spring when Mellencamp's band members gathered at Belmont Mall, the stud...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 7

10/7/2006 3:00am EDT
Simon Cowell
Happy Birthday to Notebook star Rachel McAdams (1976), singer Toni Braxton (1968), American Idol nice-guy Simon Cowell (1959), Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith (1957), Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (1956), cellist Yo-Yo Ma (1955), singer/songwriter John Cougar Mellencamp (1951).