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Meg Ryan, John Mellencamp Call It Quits

End could also be in sight for Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon

(Newser) - Is there something in the water? Hollywood has been hit with a rash of break-ups:
  • After more than three years together, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp are over, People reports. "It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause," says one source; Ryan, 52, lives in New
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12 Most Unbelievable Hollywood Splits

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are just the latest

(Newser) - If your jaw hit the floor when you read that Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are separating after 30 years of marriage, you weren't alone. Celebuzz rounds up 11 more celebrity splits that were equally jaw-dropping:
  • Mel Gibson and wife Robyn were married 31 years, and rumor has it
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Stephen King: My Musical Will Be the 'Anti-Spiderman'

King collaboration with John Mellancamp to be low-tech, for a smaller stage

(Newser) - The wait is over: Horror writer Stephen King's first play, The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, featuring haunting melodies by rocker John Mellencamp, is finally ready for the stage. The musical was originally scheduled for its debut at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in 2009, but was postponed. It's... More »

Meg Ryan Dating John Mellencamp

And it's been going on, quietly, for seven weeks

(Newser) - Two big names have the gossip world aflutter: Meg Ryan and the newly single John Mellencamp have been quietly dating for weeks, reports People . The two—she's 49, 10 years his junior—have been spotted hanging out on Martha's Vineyard and in New York's SoHo neighborhood. "I thought that... More »

Thrill of Lovin' Is Gone? John Mellencamp, Wife Split

Singer, wife Elaine end their 18-year marriage

(Newser) - Sounds like the thrill of livin'—together—is gone. Rocker John Mellencamp is splitting with his wife of 18 years, reports PopEater . Mellencamp, 59, met then-model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, 41, when she posed for the cover of his 1991 album, Whenever We Wanted. The two got engaged 10 weeks later.... More »

John Mellencamp: Sarah Palin Is Smart

So what if she winks? She's 'pushing the right buttons'

(Newser) - John Mellencamp: hater of the Internet , lover of Sarah Palin? The rocker made the unlikely move of speaking out on her behalf yesterday, telling the AP that while he doesn't support her positions, he's impressed by the mark she's made since the 2008 election (in which he asked running mate... More »

Mellencamp: Internet Is Like an A-Bomb

Even so, his latest album is available on it

(Newser) - “The Internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb,” according to rocker John Mellencamp. “It's destroyed the music business. It's going to destroy the movie business,” and it could lead “some smart people, the China-Russians or something,” to conquer us by... More »

John Mellencamp Should Replace Evan Bayh

The rocker is a big advocate of 'small-town America'

(Newser) - Brent Budowsky has caught wind of a movement to draft John Mellencamp to run as Evan Bayh's replacement, and he thinks it's an "inspired idea." The Indiana rocker "would make an outstanding and even brilliant United States senator and represents exactly the spirit and soul the Democratic... More »

Obama Salutes Protest Songs With Concert

Bob Dylan, Queen Latifah head all-star salute to music that fueled civil rights

(Newser) - Crediting civil rights-era protest songs and their spiritual predecessors for his election, President Obama last night opened the White House to an all-star lineup that paid tribute to the music that he said fueled freedom marches and civil disobedience. Queen Latifah sang the Marvin Gaye classic "What's Going On"... More »

10 Best Albums of 2008

Infernal visions, playful funk, unflinching examinations top Rolling Stone list

(Newser) - Dear Science tops Rolling Stone's year-end best list with an album “that sounded the most like America in 2008." The top 10:
  1. TV on the Radio, Dear Science: "Infernal visions of war and economic desperation," but "amid the fear and loathing" is "defiance."
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Artists' Complaints About Pols' Use of Songs Off-Key

Free speech outweighs whatever objections they might have

(Newser) - Political campaigns routinely use popular music to help shape voters’ perceptions about their candidate. And while the practice may hit a sour ideological note with some artists, there’s not much they can—or should—do to turn off the music, since both copyright laws and free-speech doctrine support it,... More »

Madonna Joins Rock Hall

Mellencamp, Cohen inducted as well

(Newser) - With a wink and a nod, Madonna became a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer last night, along with John Mellencamp and Leonard Cohen, Billboard reports. Madonna got top billing, with Justin Timberlake giving her an innuendo-laden induction speech, and Iggy and the Stooges performing punked-up covers of “Burning... More »

Rock Hall of Fame Taps Madonna

John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen also among 2008 inductees

(Newser) - Madonna will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, the Associated Press reports. The shape-shifting pop star will formally enter the Hall at the annual ceremony on March 10 in New York, along with fellow inductees John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, the Ventures and the Dave... More »

It's Good to Be the King

Britney, Lindsay should be Persons of the Year, horrormeister says

(Newser) - Stephen King nearly hijacked an interview with Time, bashing the media and peppering the interviewer with questions about the mag's Person of the Year. "I think it should be Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan," he says. He also said he's resigned to the fact that some movies based... More »

Mellencamp Song Enrages Jena Mayor

Says comparison to civil rights era 'cheapens their sacrifice'

(Newser) - John Mellencamp's song about the Jena 6 sparked the town's mayor to whip off a fax to the AP yesterday:  “Jena has for months been mischaracterized in the media and portrayed as the epicenter of hatred,” he wrote. “The Mellencamp video is so inflammatory, so defamatory,... More »

Walter Reed Bars Baez

Army blames short notice for activist's exclusion from hospital

(Newser) - Patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center were treated to tunes by John Mellencamp last week, but not Joan Baez—hospital officials refused to let the legendary folk singer and antiwar activist join him. A spokesman told Rolling Stone the request to include Baez came too late. Said Mellencamp: "... More »

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