April 16, 2011 is Record Store Day

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 is Record Store Day. The event was created in 2007 as a celebration of the unique
culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the
USA, and hundreds of similar stores around the world.

Record Store Day is an annual event during which independently owned record stores come together
with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD
releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the
day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various
countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.

Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet &
greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records and more.
Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in
San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated
the third Saturday every April.

Here are just a few of the Record Store Day Exclusives that will be available at many participating stores.

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EMI artists auction collectibles to benefit Japanese Red Cross

20110409_emifamily4japan.jpgArtists and songwriters from across the EMI family have been supporting the Red Cross to raise funds for the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Over the next few weeks, incredible auction items from some of the world’s biggest stars will be up for bid on to help this important cause.

The auctions will be running on eBay from April 5 – 21, 2011.

Artists supporting the appeal include: Coldplay, The Beatles, Daft Punk, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Duffy, Keith Urban, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Beastie Boys, Michael Franti, The Chemical Brothers, Tiziano Ferro, Juan Luis Guerra, Herbert Gronemeyer, Raphael, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Iron Maiden, Jane Birkin, David Gilmour, Gorillaz, the Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Good Charlotte, Beastie Boys, Jeff Bridges, Tinie Tempah, Deadmau5, Kylie Minogue, The Kooks, David Guetta, Angela Gheorghiu, Lady Antebellum, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire, and more.

The auction items can be viewed at: http://stores.ebay.com/EMI-Family-4-Japan

More items will be added over the coming weeks.
EMI will match all funds raised from the auction up to a maximum of one million euros.

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150,000th cover posted to Album Art Exchange gallery!

This morning, I uploaded the 150,000th album cover to the Album Art Exchange (AAX) gallery. I wanted this milestone upload to be something special and selected this specific cover. Thanks to all the AAX users whose uploads have contributed to reaching this amazing numder of high quality album covers.

The 150,000th cover is for Love Me for Who I Am: Songs Celebrating Children of All Abilities by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Brady Rymer. The songs were inspired by the students at Celebrate the Children School, a New Jersey school for children with alternative learning styles. Many of the students are affected by autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or related disorders. The album is scheduled to be released on April 12, 2011.

The cover art was created by Zoe Kakolyris, an artist with Asperger’s Syndrome who is also profoundly deaf. According to Rymer’s website, the vibrant world she portrays, full of children interacting with joy and humor, perfectly reflects the spirit of this collection of songs.

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Tomorrow is World AIDS Day 2010

singleribbon.pngObserved on December 1 each year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the global spread of HIV. The day is observed by holding memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS. Government officials and many celebrities also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. The red ribbon (right) has become the international symbol for HIV/AIDS awareness.

Over the years, numerous recording artists have dedicted songs to raising funds for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and for research that may lead to a cure. Tomorrow, the AlbumArtExchange Blog will wear a red ribbon and all of the articles will focus on the topic of AIDS.

Tonight, I will begin with something from one of the recording industry’s most dedicated HIV/AIDS activists, Annie Lennox.

Sing is the second single from Lennox’s 2007 album, Songs of Mass Destruction. The single was released as a charity record to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign. The song was recorded as a collaboration between Lennox and twenty-three prominent female acts and artists.

The participants included Madonna, Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit Annie Lennox’s Official Website.

The cover art for Sing features a photograph of Lennox wearing a red ribbon and a brief statement explaining why she got involved in AIDS activism.

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125,000th cover posted to Album Art Exchange gallery!

Today, the number of high quality album covers in the AAX gallery reached a new milestone. Site owner Scott posted the 125,000th cover at 9:10 a.m.

The cover is It Doesn’t Have to Be (ebx 1.5) from the Erasure box set Erasure 1. or EBX 1. The set was released by Mute Records in 1999.

Thank you to all of the AAX users who have contributed to this achievement. The gallery has grown from only 50,000 covers in August 2009 and will soon hit the 150,000 mark.

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Fritz is on vacation!

I will be on vacation beginning tomorrow and returning on September 20. During that time, I may not post to the blog. It depends on how much fun I’ll be having and whether or not I have Internet access.

I will catch up on Best Album Cover of the Week polls and album cover reveals next week. Please feel free to post album cover-relatd news on the wall of our Facebook page.

My last post before hitting the road is an appropriate one. The cover for the 1982 album Vacation by the Go-Go’s was designed by the legendary Mick Haggerty. It is one of hundreds of iconic album covers designed by Haggerty over the last 30 years or so.

I wish I could post the video for Vacation, but the record label’s Sales Prevention Team doesn’t allow embedding. I’ll just post a music clip of Connie Francis singing her song Vacation instead.

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AlbumArtExchange.com gallery reaches 100,000 covers!

american-dream-box-set.jpgOn July 15, 2010, at 2:11 a.m., the Album Art Exchange gallery reached an important milestone. AAX user CDsOfAustin uploaded a set of scans for the Ricky Nelson box set The American Dream: The Complete Imperial and Verve 1957-1963 (right), one of which was the 100,000 cover in the gallery.

I was hoping that the 100,000th cover would be a quality, original scan by an AAX user and CDsOfAustin came through like a champ. The scans of the four CD covers included in the set are excellent examples of the type of images we like to see in the gallery.

Thank you to CDsOfAustin and the many other dedicted AAX users who have helped us reach this important milestone. Album Art Exchange doesn’t give prizes or hold contests because that encourges quanitity and not quality. It is important to have both, even if it takes longer to reach milestones like today’s.

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And my 15,000th album cover is…

I’m finding it difficult to believe, but I just uploaded my 15,000th album cover to the AlbumArtExchange.com gallery. I wanted this personal milestone to be memorable and selected a special album cover for the occassion.

Slim Whitman has sold over 100 million albums during a long music career that began in 1945. He is known to people of my generation as a pioneer of television marketing. Whitman was one of the first recording artists to sell his albums through 800 numbers shown on television. His TV ads rans for years during late night movies and afternoon talk shows.

If you’ve never heard of Whitman, it is probably because you were born too late to see him yodeling during commercial breaks while watching reruns of shows like McMillan and Wife and Columbo. The late Michael Jackson and George Harrison are among the great recordong artists who have claimed to be fans. The YouTube video I have posted below is of the late Andy Kaufman introducing Whitman for a performance on Midnight Special.

The cover art is for a 2010 UK 26-track CD, The Very Best of Slim Whitman.  It is currently available through Amazon.com.

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AlbumArtExchange.com popularity continues to soar!

According to Alexa, which ranks the top one million websites based on traffic and popularity, AlbumArtExchange.com (AAX) is now ranked 199,820 in global popularity and 58,202 in the United States. The popularity of AAX has increased rapidly over the last few months, moving from 98,614 in the U.S. in February 2010, to today’s rank. That is a move forward of over 40,000!

Thanks to all of the AAX users and fans who have helped us reach this milestone. I have been anxiously waiting for the website to break the global 200,000 mark. Websites that rank in the top 100,000 are considered to be among the most successful in the world. It looks as if AAX is on the way to joining that elite group.

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AlbumArtExchange.com gallery hits 90,000 mark!

I just uploaded the 90,000th album cover to the AAX gallery! It seems like just yesterday when the gallery held 9,000 covers. We all thought that was impressive. The gallery hit the 80,000 mark two months ago. That means it is likely that the major 100,000 milestone will be reached next month.

The 90,000th cover is for the forthcoming album Believe (II) by guitarist Orianthi. The album is scheduled to be released on June 8, 2010. It will be Orianthi’s third studio album.

Thank you to all of the AAX users who have added their high quality scanned and edited album covers to the gallery. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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