Man sentenced to 10 years for watching child porn on bus
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man who previously was the first child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to watching...
Man arrested for breaking into Mellencamp’s Indiana home
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indianapolis man has been arrested after ramming his SUV through a security gate at the home of rocker John Mellencamp and kicking in a door.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Department says 48-year-old Robert P. Carter was arrested about 6 a.m. Thursday by officers responding to an alarm at Mellencamp's home outside Bloomington. No one was home at the time.
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John Mellencamp, "Other People's Stuff" (Republic Records)
In his youth John Mellencamp was known to be cocky. That brashness carried him to the big stage, where he became a stadium-scale rocker with an adventurous spirit.
He mostly fell short of the stature attained by contemporaries named Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, but he sometimes took bigger risks.
Meg Ryan announces engagement to John Mellencamp
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here's a little ditty 'bout John and Meg.
Singer John Mellencamp and actress Meg Ryan are getting married.
The 56-year-old announced her engagement to the 67-year-old musician on Instagram . "ENGAGED!" is what she wrote. The post included a drawing of what appears to be the two holding hands. He's also holding a guitar.
First-ever child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen.
Farm Aid festival benefits Connecticut farmers for 1st time
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Farm Aid music festival is taking place this year in Hartford.
The annual event, which raises money and awareness for family farms, takes place Saturday at the Xfinity Theater, the first time in its 33-year history it has been held in Connecticut.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are scheduled to perform.
Art museum to feature paintings by rocker Mellencamp
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art museum has announced a new exhibition of paintings by rocker John Mellencamp, known for his expressionistic oil portraits and other works.
"John Mellencamp: Expressionist" opens Sept. 20 at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown and runs through Nov. 18. It will include portraits and mixed-media pieces.
The show is Mellencamp's second show with the Butler after his 2013-14 exhibition at the museum's Trumbull Branch in suburban Howland.
Singer John Mellencamp awarded Woody Guthrie Prize
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Rocker John Mellencamp has been awarded the Woody Guthrie Prize.
The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced Wednesday that Mellencamp will be presented with the award during an Aug. 30 ceremony. He is the fifth recipient.
The annual prize is given to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate and serving as a positive force for social change.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton is joining performers for the 33rd annual Farm Aid in Connecticut.
Organizers announced Monday the benefit for farmers will take place Sept. 22 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford.
Stapleton won a Grammy for best country album in February. He'll join Farm Aid regulars Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.
Diamond shines at Songwriters Hall of Fame
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Diamond may have retired from touring due to Parkinson's disease, but the singer didn't let that stop him from giving a cheery and memorable performance at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony.
Diamond, who was officially inducted into the Hall in 1984, earned the Johnny Mercer Award on Thursday and closed the multi-hour event in New York City with a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline."
NEW YORK (AP) — The Weeknd, Jason Mraz, Fantasia and Tony winner Brandon Victor Dixon will appear at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony this month.
The organization announced Friday that Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Leon Bridges, Stephen Dorff, Chad Elliott, Bob Gaudio, Nora Guthrie, Keith Stegall and Steve Wariner will also attend the June 14 event in New York City. The newly announced attendees will either perform or present an award.
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APNewsBreak: Mellencamp, Dupri heading to Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame class will include John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and Jermaine Dupri, who will become the second hip-hop act inducted into the prestigious organization.
John Mellencamp takes a knee for Black Lives Matter
NEW YORK (AP) — Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the "Late Show With Stephen Colbert."
Mellencamp son Speck gets probation after Indiana arrest
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A son of rocker John Mellencamp has been ordered to serve about six months of probation and perform 25 hours of community service after pleading guilty to public intoxication following his July arrest in Indiana.
APNewsBreak: Mariah Carey, N.W.A. up for Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey, the artist with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, is one of the nominees for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Carey, who co-wrote 17 of her 18 No. 1s, earns her first nomination for the prestigious prize. The Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press the list of nominees Monday, a day ahead of its official announcement.
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Mellencamp son Speck arrested after fight in Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A son of rock star John Mellencamp has been arrested in Indiana on charges of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.
Police say 22-year-old Speck Mellencamp was arrested early Sunday after he and his 23-year-old brother, Hud, were involved in a fight outside a Bloomington restaurant.
Police say Speck Mellencamp was "very belligerent and uncooperative" with officers and medical personnel trying to treat him for injuries at the scene and at a hospital.
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming back to Pennsylvania for just the third time since it began in 1985.
It will be held Sept. 16 at KeyBank Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Burgettstown about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Pittsburgh. The festival was first held in Pennsylvania at the same venue in 2002, though it operated under a different name at that time. It also was held in Hershey in 2012.
Sting to play summer home of Boston Symphony Orchestra
LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Sting will be making his debut at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The 16-time Grammy winning musician, actor and human rights activist has been added to Tanglewood's Popular Artists series on Aug. 29 in support of "57th & 9th," his latest album, released last November.
Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, more to honor Merle Haggard
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The late country star Merle Haggard will be honored a year after his death with an all-star concert featuring his longtime friend and duet partner Willie Nelson as well as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp and more.
"Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard" will be held in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on April 6, which would have been the songwriter's 80th birthday.
Alabama, John Mellencamp to perform at Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The legendary country group Alabama and classic rock star John Mellencamp will be among the performers at this year's Illinois State Fair.
Fair officials announced Tuesday five of the 11 headliners for the 2017 fair in Springfield.
Alabama will play Aug. 16. The trio has 43 number one singles and nearly 200 industry awards, with hits including "Song of the South" and "If You're Gonna Play in Texas." Country music performer Neal McCoy will open for Alabama.
John Mellencamp added to Tanglewood’s summer lineup
LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is among several new performers who have been added to Tanglewood's popular artist series this summer.
Mellencamp will join with fellow singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter for a July 1 performance.
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A Grammy award-winning artist will take the stage at the Champlain Valley Fair this year.
John Mellencamp will be performing at the state's largest fair this fall. He's been performing for more than 30 years and he's even in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Tom Waits, his wife, John Prine receive songwriting awards
BOSTON (AP) — Luminaries from the film, music and writing worlds have honored Tom Waits and folk singer John Prine for their songwriting at a ceremony filled with words and song.
Waits' wife, Kathleen Brennan, also was honored.
John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello and Roseanne Cash took turns performing renditions of the artists' music at the Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards on Monday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp announce breakup
NEW YORK (AP) — Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp have split up after a year of dating.
A spokeswoman for both the model-actress and the popular singer-songwriter cited their careers and the distance between their homes as the reason for the breakup.
Brinkley danced around a question from People magazine regarding the possibility of marrying Mellencamp in an interview...