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Mellencamp signs lifetime deal

Friday, May 30, 2014 – John Mellencamp signed a "lifetime" recording contract with Republic Records, it was announced Thursday.

Mellencamp will release his 22nd full-length album this fall.He is working once again with T Bone Burnett, who produced his last two albums, 2008's "Live, Death, Love and Freedom" and 2010's "No Better Than This."

Republic Records co-founder and chief executive Monte Lipman said, "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."

The release will be Mellencamp's first since "No Better Than This" in 2010.

Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent Mellencamp's catalogue. Mercury/UME will also release his new live album" John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall" on July 8. The disc is from a concert Mellencamp performed on July 31, 2003 at Town Hall in New York City where he performed every song on "Trouble No More."

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