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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: FUNK,
PART FOUR
Say it loud! (2/28a)
NINE YEARS OF GROWTH FOR LIVE NATION
Another record year in concerts. (2/28a)
GAGA GETS "STUPID"
Let's dance. (2/28a)
MORRIS, RHETT, HUFF LEAD ACM NOMS
Vegas, here we come. (2/27a)
U.S. BIZ REVS BROKE $11B IN 2019
The money is streaming in. (2/27a)
DON'T TALK TO THE PRESS
Also, don't leak the memo about not talking to the press to the press. Please.
GRAMMY VOTING
How the sausage is made.
BIEBER'S BIG BOW
Changes changes the conversation.
PRIMARIES
So hard to decide...
Critics' Choice
UH-HUH, UMe BRINGS A MELLENCAMP VINYL BONANZA
5/15/16

Want an indicator of John Mellencamp’s importance to the pop-cultural fabric? A standout track on Keith Urban’s splashy new album, Ripcord, is “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” a manifesto of Nashville values that (albeit cheekily) puts Mellencamp’s early showbiz moniker on a shortlist of essentials alongside God and working the land. We’d call that foundational, and you can hear shout-outs, both literal and stylistic, to the man’s work on records by Eric Church, Luke Bryan and many other Nashville stars, not to mention troubadours in the pop/rock and indie sectors.

Mellencamp’s ability to turn earthy heartland grace into mountains of pop platinum is more or less unrivaled, and Mercury/UMe is about to remind everyone of the depth of his gifts with five essential reissues on 180-gram vinyl. American FoolUh-HuhScarecrowThe Lonesome Jubilee, and Big Daddy will be available on 6/10, both individually and in a limited edition box set titled The Vinyl Collection: 1982-1989.

Let's review a few of the monster hits featured on these albums: “Jack and Diane,” “Hurts So Good” (both on 1982’s Fool), “Crumbling Down,” “Pink Houses,” “Authority Song” (Uh-Huh, ’83), “R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.” and “Small Town” (Scarecrow, ’85) and “Paper in Fire” (The Lonesome Jubilee, ’87), to name but a few.

Those glorious slabs of rootsy joy and introspection were cut from the original analog masters at Bernie Grundman Mastering and are available now for preorder. You’ll want to load up on these and crank up the turntable in your little pink house.