Lady Gaga revealed the artwork for the cover of her forthcoming album via Twitter today. The cover features a sculpture of Lady Gaga by contemporary artist Jeff Koons. Artpop is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2013. High resolution images are available in the AAX gallery.
Pop sing Katy Perry revealed the cover for her forthcoming album on Good Morning America yesterday. Perry later released the cover art for Prism via Twitter, crediting New York City photographer Ryan McGinley for the image. The album is scheduled to be released on October 22, 2013.
Cher revealed the cover for her forthcoming album Closer to the Truth via her official Facebook page today. Many fans were surprised that Cher chose to wear a blonde wig for the cover. She also wore a sheer white negligee. It almost looks like a 1970s boudoir photograph. Closer to the Truth is scheduled to be released on September 24, 2013. It will be Cher’s 26th solo studio album and her first album in 12 years.
Lady Gaga has revealed the artwork for her forthcoming single Applause. The single is scheduled to be released on August 19, 2013 and will be featured on the album ARTPOP, which will be made available for preorder on the same day.
The photograph used for the cover is credited to Inez & Vinoodh (Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin), who have worked with Lady Gaga in the past. You can learn more about the duo and see additional examples of their work on their website at inezandvinoodh.com.
The photograph has been compared to others taken of Madonna and Nicki Minaj. However, it appears to be influenced more by the classic French pantomime character Pierrot, which has roots going back to the late 17th century. David Bowie used the character for his 1980 single Ashes to Ashes (above right) and associated music video.
Cher revealed the artwork for her forthcoming single Woman’s World on her official Facebook page today. The single is scheduled to be released on June 18, 2013. The artwork reminds me of a 1980s Interview magazine cover (Cher’s Interview magazine cover is shown to the right). The artwork was posted along with an announcement about the TV premiere of the single.
Tune in to NBC on 6/18 where I’ll be celebrating my new single ‘Woman’s World’ with a performance on the finale of The Voice!
I can’t wait to see the artwork for the album. Still untitled, it will be Cher’s 25th studio album. It is scheduled to be released later this year.
In 1980, a music video by pop singer Grace Jones became a hit by employing a unique concept. Directed by Mike Mansfield, the video for Jones’ single Private Life was shot in a single take and featured Jones removing a mask that replicated her own face (right). Jones is shown taking off the mask, putting it back on, and removing it again. Shortly after the video was released, Grace Jones masks began appearing on dance floors in clubs throughout the world. Was it an ingenious promotion, a spontaneous fad or a bit of both?
When I saw the cover art for Keyshia Cole’s forthcoming album, Woman to Woman, I was immediately reminded of the Grace Jones video from 32 years ago. Unfortunately, Cole’s album cover is poorly executed. Rather than an actual mask of the artist’s face, the cover uses a Photoshop fake. Anyone familiar with Hollywood makeup techniques knows that making a real mask of Cole’s face would be fairly easy. The result would be so much better than what is shown below.
This is yet another example of an interesting concept that has failed due to poor execution. We have seen this kind of thing from artists as big as Lady Gaga with her Born This Way motorcycle nightmare. I’ve actually seen better work from high school students posting on fan forums.
Let me get this straight. A young man with a mediocre voice wins a national singing competition because millions of women fell in love with his boyish looks and pretty green eyes and the cover of his debut album obliterates those features and focuses on his armpit. I just don’t get it. Purely from a marketing perspective, this has to be one of the worst album covers of all time.
The World from the Side of the Moon is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2012. Those looking for it on the shelves at their local Wal-mart or browsing online at iTunes certainly aren’t going to recognize Phillips among his competition. A giant sun flare hides his face. Even his guitar is almost completely out of frame. All we can see is an ugly gray pocket t-shirt and an armpit.
Rihanna revealed the cover and title of her forthcoming album via Twitter today. Unapologetic is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2012.
The cover art is creating a bit of stir due to the singer appearing topless. However, Rihanna’s breasts are obscured for the most part by the album title and her elbow. It really isn’t a very original concept. Rihanna appears to be either depressed or emotionally detached. Meh.