John Mellencamp’s newest collection, Life, Death, Love and Freedom, debuted at #7 and has sold more than 56,156 copies in its first week of release.  His new record was released on HEAR Music and is currently available in traditional retail outlets as well as Starbucks company-operated locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  The DVD Audio marks the songwriter’s 22nd release of his legendary career, his fourth top ten debut and 11th top ten album overall.

Critical response for Life, Death, Love and Freedom has been outstanding.  Rolling Stone’s Mark Kemp wrote, “Mellencamp teamed up with producer T Bone Burnett to create a whole new sound — a set of textured, atmospheric folk and country blues that adds up to one of the most compelling albums of Mellencamp’s career.”  TIME Magazine called the album Mellencamp’s “best in a decade. A -.”

The 14-track DVD audio album was produced by T Bone Burnett and is the first of its kind employing the ΧΟΔΕ (CODE) format, a proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files that are virtually indistinguishable from the original master tapes.

Mellencamp recently completed performances on the Late Show with David Letterman and the CBS Early Show in Daley Plaza, Chicago.  Earlier this year the songwriter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and this past December he received the ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award for his outstanding use of music in the service of humanity.  Mellencamp kicked off a month long tour in support of the new release on July 8, 2008.  Later this year Mellencamp and his band will be touring throughout Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 16 years.

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