Madonna sponsors sleeveface contest for 30th anniversary

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of her first single Everybody, Madonna is sponsoring a sleeveface contest. For those who are not familiar with the popular Internet meme, sleevefacing involves taking a photograph while holding a 12″ record album in such a way that it blends into the photo, creating an optical illusion. Details can be found on Madonna’s website at madonna.com/madonna30.

On October 6th, 1982, Madonna released her very first single titled “Everybody”. The record’s sleeve may not have featured Madonna’s face, but the song soon became a huge club hit. October 6th, 2012, will mark her 30th Anniversary in the entertainment world. The Material Girl has released many hit singles and number one albums through the years,each of them featuring Madonna on its cover. Time for us to celebrate this special anniversary and to pay tribute to her incredible career using her own work as source of inspiration!

Now, all you need to do is to pick your favourite Madonna single or album sleeve and to come up with your own sleeve face creation! You can stick to the original photo’s look and feel or make it even more fun by adding accessories and/or an unexpected background, the only limit being your imagination…

Once done, e-mail us your creation at madonnacontests@gmail.com before 11:59pm EST on October 19th, 2012, using “MY MADONNA SLEEVE FACE” as your e-mail’s subject line.

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Video tour of famous NYC album cover locations

Fuse has posted a video tour of famous New York City album cover locations on their YouTube channel. It includes landmarks such as LL Cool J’s high school to the location of the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique.




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KISS revealing album cover via Facebook app

Legendary rock band KISS is revealing the cover for their forthcoming album Monster through a Facebook scavenger hunt. A Facebook app called Monster Hunt allows users to visit various websites and collect pieces of the cover art.

Monster is scheduled to be released on October 16, 2012. The app can be accessed from the band’s official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/KISS.

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Put your face on the Ziggy Stardust album cover

In order to promote the remastered 40th anniversary edition, a website that allows visitors to upload a photo and put in on David Bowie’s body has been created. I Am Ziggy Stardust generates a close up (right) and a full version of the album cover (below). It automatically adjusts the color and contrast of your photo to make it work with the cover.

The remastered album is currently available as a digital download, CD, and a limited edition 12″ vinyl and DVD package. The album was remastered by the original Trident Studios engineer Ray Staff at London’s Air Studios.

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The Go Go’s We Got the Beat album cover recreated in junk

Check out the amazing artwork that is currently being used as the cover image for the official Go Go’s Facebook page. The artwork is the creation of San Francisco artist Jason Mecier. Mecier has worked for over 10 years creating 3-D mosaic portraits of pop culture icons, including Phyllis Diller, Rosie O’Donnell, P!nk, RuPaul, Margaret Cho, Scissor Sisters and many others. The portraits are created from items such as make-up, candy, pills, food and discarded junk donated from the celebrities themselves. Check out Mecier’s website for more information at a look at samples of his work.

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Album covers featured in latest Internet meme about UC Davis pepper spraying

The latest Internet meme was inspired by the video and photographs of the “Pepper Spraying Cop” who casually assaulted peaceful protesters at a recent demonstration at the University of California at Davis. Several of the images that are being posted on Facebook and blogs are album covers. The Pepper Spraying Cop version of The Beatles’ Abbey Road (below) is my favorite so far. You can see many others at peppersprayingcop.tumblr.com.

 
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Legendary albums from a world dominated by kittens…

RockPop Gallery recently tipped us to a new blog via their Facebook page that features Photoshop creations that combine popular album covers with cute kittens. The Kitten Covers appears to be a clever promotion for a small business called AYM Visuals. The promotion appears to be quite an Internet hit, with several major blog articles. Can a Honey Badger album cover website with narration by Randall be very far in the future?

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New blog features vintage Halloween album covers

Oldies But Ghoulies is the latest album cover blog from Seattle-based record store Jive Time Records. It currently features a collection of vintage Halloween album covers from the ’60s and ’70s.

Those who grew up during those decades like I did will recognize many of these albums from their own collections. The Disney sound effects album was played every year. Check it out and see if they’ve posted your Halloween favorite.

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Freddie Mercury Google doodle celebrates Freddie Mercury Day

Today would have been Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday. To help celebrate Freddie Mercury Day, a new animated Google doodle on the Google UK homepage. The video posted below demonstrates what users see when they click the play button.

In addition to the Google doodle, musicians, singers and other celebrities (including Miss Piggy) are uploading tribute videos to YouTube.


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Cover Smart website offers daily album art quizzes

Cover Smart is a new website that features a new album art quiz each weekday. This is one of those things that I have to disqualify myself from simply because I am more of a professional expert on album covers with an almost photographic memory for them. However, the quizzes posted to the site so far are fairly challenging. There are covers that most album art fans will recognize immediately and few that are a bit more obscure.

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