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Report: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Are a Couple Again

Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagicJust two months after reports emerged that John Mellencamp had split up with longtime girlfriend Meg Ryan, comes word that sparks are flying between the two stars again. A source close to the singer/songwriter tells People, “They are back together and it’s brand new…They’re really happy about it.”

The latest news follows reports that the couple was spotted contentedly walking around New York City’s Soho district together last week.

In addition, Mellencamp hinted in an interview last month on NBC’s Today show that he hadn’t given up on the relationship.

“She’s an angel sent to me, and I’m very happy,” he said during his appearance. “And, you know, nothing’s over ’til it’s over.”

Another source close to Mellencamp suggested to People that conflicts over the long distance between the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Indiana home and New York, where the actress is based, were partly responsible for the tensions between the couple.

“There were disagreements over style of life and logistical problems which clouded their relationship,” the source maintains. “But there is no doubt that he cares for her a great deal.”

The insider adds, “They are a great couple. All their friends were hoping it would work out.”

People magazine first reported that Mellencamp and Ryan were dating in January of 2011.

John recently released his 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, and he’ll launch a major North American tour in support of the record that begins on January 21, 2015, in South Bend, Indiana.

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Sting Talks Tantric Sex in Advance Clip for “Inside the Actors Studio”

Tony Behar/NBCUSting is not only a singer and songwriter, he’s also an occasional actor, having appeared in quite a few movies over the years. But during his appearance this Thursday night on the series Inside the Actors Studio, he ended up having to talk to host James Lipton, not about his craft, but about his sex life.

Specifically, Lipton asked Sting about his infamous quote regarding “Tantric sex,” in which he and his wife Trudie Styler allegedly had eight-hour lovemaking sessions. Sting has since backpedaled, saying the whole thing was a joke, but in an advance clip from the episode, Lipton still insists he explain the audience of young people just what he meant.

“If we had seven hours, I would demonstrate,” Sting said, to huge laughs and cheers. “Maybe not. But there is some truth to it. The idea of tantric sex is a spiritual act. I don’t know any purer and better way of expressing a love for another individual than sharing that wonderful, I call it, ‘sacrament.’ I would stand by it. Not seven hours, but the idea.”

He then quipped, “Seven hours includes movie and dinner,” getting another round of laughs.

Sting’s appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, which airs Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo, is mostly focused on the opening of his first Broadway musical The Last Ship. He wrote the music for the show, which is based on his own childhood growing up in a shipbuilding town in the north of England.

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Bob Seger Scores Highest-Ever Albums Chart Debut with “Ride Out”; U2 Bows at #9

Capitol RecordsBob Seger is riding high on the Billboard 200 this week with his new album, Ride Out, which pulled in at #3 on the tally after selling 59,000 copies. This marks the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s highest debut ever on the albums chart, bettering that of his previous studio effort, 2006’s Face the Promise, which bowed at #4.

The last time Seger had an album as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 was back in 1986, with Like a Rock. The Michigan rocker’s best chart showing ever was with Against the Wind, which topped the tally for six weeks in 1980.

Farther down on the Billboard 200, U2‘s latest, Songs of Innocence, landed at #9 after sales of 28,000 during its first week of commercial availability. This is U2’s first album since the release of 1987’s The Joshua Tree not to debut in at least the top three.

Songs of Innocence‘s relatively poor chart showing, of course, was expected, because U2 made the album available as an automatic free download to iTunes customers last month. Apple estimates that about 81 million users listened to the album worldwide, while 26 million downloaded the collection. To make the commercial edition of album more appealing, it included bonus tracks that aren’t featured on the free version.

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Flea Says New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Will Be “Super Danceable” and “Introspective”

Image Courtesy of Clara BalzaryRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a pretty good idea of what the band’s new album will sound like.

“It’s super danceable, funky s**t and some real introspective, pretty stuff,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play it.”

When the Chili Peppers recorded their last album, 2011’s I’m with You, they had just hired a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer. Now, after going through a period of adjustment, Flea says the band feels much more comfortable.

“We had a new guitar player and it was a real feeling-out process with each other,” Flea maintains. “We didn’t want to play gigs with him until we’d made a new record. This time, it feels a lot better than the last one.”

According to the bassist, the Peppers have written upward of 30 new songs, though he thinks that most of them won’t appear on the next album. “We always write way more than we put on a record,” Flea says. “We always write a lot-lot.”

As for a street date for the new album, Flea is hoping for a 2015 release. “I would hope that in a year from now, we have a record out and we’re on a world tour,” he says.

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Deluxe Reissue of KISS’ 1977 “Love Gun” Album Arriving Next Tuesday

Universal Music EnterprisesA deluxe remastered edition of KISS‘ sixth studio album, 1977’s Love Gun, will be released this Tuesday, October 27, in conjunction with the band’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The expanded two-CD collection will include a bonus disc containing a variety of previously unreleased live and demo recordings, as well as a 1977 interview with singer/bassist Gene Simmons.

Released in June of ’77, Love Gun peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hit single “Christine Sixteen,” which reached #25 on the Hot 100 chart. The record also features the Ace Frehley showcase “Shock Me” and “Then She Kissed Me,” a gender-switching rendition of the 1963 Crystals hit “Then He Kissed Me.” The album has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. to date.

The bonus CD includes a variety of demos from the Love Gun sessions, as well as live versions of the title track, “Christine Sixteen” and “Shock Me” from a December ’77 concert in Landover, Maryland. The deluxe package includes new liner notes penned by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.

KISS will wind down its 40th anniversary tour next month with its first-ever Las Vegas residency, a nine-show engagement at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The KISS Rocks Vegas dates are scheduled for November 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22 and 23.

Here is the complete track list for the deluxe reissue of Love Gun:

CD One: Original Album
“I Stole Your Love”
“Christine Sixteen”
“Got Love for Sale”
“Shock Me”
“Tomorrow and Tonight”
“Love Gun”
“Hooligan”
“Almost Human”
“Plaster Caster”
“Then She Kissed Me”

CD Two: Demos, Interview & Live
“Much Too Soon” (Demo)*
“Plaster Caster” (Demo)*
“Reputation” (Demo)
“Love Gun” (Teaching Demo)*
“Love Gun” (Demo)*
Gene Simmons Interview (1977)*
“Tomorrow and Tonight” (Demo)*
“I Know Who You Are” (Demo)*
“Love Gun” (Live 1977)*
“Christine Sixteen” (Live 1977)*
“Shock Me” (Live 1977)*

* = Previously Unreleased.

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Listen to Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ New Album Online Now, Vinyl Version of Record to Be Released Next Month

Legacy RecordingsYusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new studio in five years, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, on Tuesday, October 27. However, fans who head over to Amazon.com through this coming Monday can hear the record streaming in its entirety.

Meanwhile, a special 180-gram vinyl edition of Tell ‘Em I’m Gone will be released on November 24. The disc will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve and will feature a download card allowing access to an MP3 version of the album. In addition, first pressings of the LP will feature alternate cover art — a hand-drawn cartoonish depiction of Yusuf created by acclaimed illustrator William Stout.

Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features 10 songs: five Yusuf originals and five cover tunes. Among the latter are versions of Edgar Winter‘s “Dying to Live,” Procol Harum‘s “The Devil Came from Kansas” and the popular standard “You Are My Sunshine.” A number of guest artists contributed to the project, including veteran folk-rocker Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, alt-country singer-songwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy and journeyman indie-rock guitarist Matt Sweeney. Yusuf co-produced the album with Rick Rubin.

Yusuf will support Tell ‘Em I’m Gone with a brief European tour in November followed by a similarly short North American trek running from a December 1 show in Toronto through a December 14 concert in Los Angeles.

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