John Mellencamp has been signed to a “lifetime” recording contract with Republic Records. The label announced the deal today along with the news that the 62-year-old will release his 22nd full-length album called “Plain Spoken”.

While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Republic co-founder and chief executive Monte Lipman said, “Not only has he served as an ambassador of social consciousness in America, but he has also provided the soundtrack of a generation. We’re thrilled to be working with John Mellencamp as part of this historic deal.”

Mellencamp’s last album “No Better Than This” was released in 2010. He has had 20 albums on the Billboard 200 since 1979. 10 of those albums were in the top 10 and “American Fool’, released in 1982, is his only No. 1 to date. He’s also had multiple hits including ‘Jack & Diane’, ‘Hurts So Good’, ‘Crumbling Down’, ‘Pink Houses’, ‘Small Town’, ‘Paper in Fire’ and ‘Wild Night’.

All three of his last albums have reached the Billboard 200’s top 10. According to Recording Industry Association of America he has sold 27.5 million albums. Fans can look forward to hearing the Grammy Award-winning rocker’s new album this fall.