LeToya’s new album cover released

The cover of former Destiny’s Child founding member LeToya‘s new album Lady Love hit the blogs today. The cover features the singer wrapped in some kind of leather braids. It is very sexy and LeToya looks like a superstar. Wow!


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jspark-battle_10.jpgThis is exactly the kind of look that Jordin Sparks needed for her new album, Battlefield. Unfortunately, the creative direction behind Spark’s album cover just wasn’t as good. The composition, tone, and lighting for LeToya’s cover is everything a glamorous star could ask for. I don’t know what those braids are and I need to find out! That’s what an album cover is supposed to do. I suppose LeToya’s been in the business long enough to know what works.

This cover has not yet been added to the AAX gallery. I wasn’t able to find a high resolution version. Lady Love is set to be released on Friday, August 25.



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New and Notable: Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) has released a new single called Pearl’s Dream. The cover art for the single hasn’t been added to the AAX gallery yet. However, the Two Suns album from which it is taken is in the gallery.


I intended to feature it a few of weeks ago, but I couldn’t find a music video to accompany it at that time. The album art is very interesting. It seems to depict a world of religious and mystical symbols. Similar imagery can be seen in the Pearl’s Dream video.


Khan reminds me of a cross between Lily Allen and Kate Bush. If her voice were just a little more hard edged, I think I’d like her a little bit more. I do think that the cover of Two Suns does a very good job of representing this artist and her music — kind of lunatic and New Age-y. I also like it when the art direction is carried through to video.


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Album Cover Mash Up #4

The latest album cover mash up comes to us from AAX user electrobear. It isn’t controversial  (or “tasteless” for you Michael Jackson fans) like the last submission. It does combine covers by two of my favorite groups, Pet Shop Boys and Green Day. I’m just imagining what the musical combination would sound like!


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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cover Mash Up, all you have to do is follow these rules:



  1. The album covers must be part of the AAX gallery.

  2. All of the elements in the mash up cover must be present in one of the two originals. However, you do not have to use the original images. For example, if there is a black car in one of the original covers, you can use a black car from a stock photo instead of the one on the cover. 

  3. Submit your mash up along with the AAX links to the original cover images via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username.

I will publish mash ups as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your mash up will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).



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New and Notable: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The single for Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Heads Will Roll was released today. Even though I wrote about this a few weeks ago, I think that since the video is a tribute to Michael Jackson I felt it is appropriate to post a it again. Besides, check out the cool Thriller cover art!


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This video was posted to YouTube over a month ago, so don’t accuse the band of exploiting Jackson’s death. I’m not sure when the cover for the EP was created, but it has probably in the can a for a few weeks.







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Sarah Palin and Little Shop of Horrors

The AlbumArtExchange blog isn’t political. So, don’t assume that this entry is a commentary about Sarah Palin or politics in general. However, the recent Vanity Fair article in which it was revealed that McCain campaign staffers had nicknamed Palin “Little Shop of Horrors” made me realize that I actually mark time using album covers!


When I read about the Palin nickname, I immediately recalled my disappointment with the album cover for the Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack. The star of Little Shop of Horrors was Audrey II, an monsterous man-eating plant. Audrey II was a special effects masterpiece and I assumed that the monster would appear on the cover of the soundtrack.


Sadly, the album cover consisted of a brick wall and simple typography. Audrey II was not on it. Of course, I bought the album anyway. The soundtrack is one of my favorites.


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While browsing through the AAX gallery, I found an album cover for an expanded Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack the features Audrey II. As you can see, the cover is much more compelling.


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Another thing that I found amazing was how many young bloggers have never heard of Little Shop of Horrors. The movie came out 23 years ago and quite a few of them weren’t even born yet. So, I had to explain the significance of Sarah Palin’s nickname.


Audrey II, the monster from Little Shop of Horrors:



  • Started out cute and interesting

  • Brought in new customers

  • Turned into a monster when fed

  • Wanted to take over the world

  • Turned on her creator in the end

Yep, sounds like Sarah Palin to me (sorry I’m getting political). Anyway, for those of you who have never seen Little Shop of Horrors, here’s a clip featuring one of my favorite numbers, Mean Green Mother From Outer Space.







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Michael Jackson album cover poll

The Blender is running a poll to find out what most people consider to be their favorite Michael Jackson album cover:



“Thriller” is considered Michael Jackson’s greatest musical accomplishment, but how does it rate among his all-time best album covers? I loved the artwork from “Dangerous,” but can’t deny Jackson was the ultimate little cool cat on the cover of “Got to Be There.”


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Designer Spotlight: Andy Warhol

The first thing that pops into my mind when I hear the term “pop art” is Andy Warhol. The second thing that I think of (being an album art geek) is the yellow banana album cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico. However, I don’t think that most people think of Warhol as an album cover designer, even if they are familiar with this iconic image.


So, I was quite pleased to read about a recent exhibit that features all 50 album covers designed by Warhol during his life.



‘Warhol Live’ exhibit looks at pop artist’s connection to performing arts


Buzz up! By Kurt Shaw, TRIBUNE-REVIEW ART CRITIC
Sunday, June 28, 2009


Growing up in Pittsburgh, far from Andy Warhol’s New York scene, I can distinctly remember my first exposure to the famous Pop artist’s work. It was the shockingly yellow banana he depicted in his inimitable silk-screen style on the cover of the Velvet Underground’s first album that got my attention, one of three albums I received for Christmas in 1976, along with my first stereo.


I know now, but didn’t then, that Warhol designed 50 record covers in all. His first was in 1949. The last, the year he died — 1987. Though the bright yellow banana on the Velvet Underground cover is stuck in my mind forever, perhaps Warhol’s most famous album cover was for the 1971 Rolling Stones album “Sticky Fingers,” in which Warhol used an actual zipper on the record sleeve.


A few more notables: Warhol designed album covers for Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Blondie, and for a recording of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”


Now, the latest exhibit to open at the Warhol features all of those album covers and more


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The AlbumArtExchange gallery features several of Warhol’s most notable album covers. It would be interesting to see a list of all 50. Many of the covers are immediately recognizable as Warhol. Others are a bit of a surprise. You can click the images or the “buy now” links to get the album title and artist.

























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If you have any Andy Warhol album covers in your collection, please upload them to the gallery. There are 40 more to go!



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New and Notable: Beautiful Small Machines

Beautiful Small Machines is a synth pop band that I stumbled upon in a Twitter post recently. They’ve released an EP called The Robot In Love EP and I’m really liking it. The EP has several tracks (a it is a real EP, not a series of remixes) and my favorite in called Superconductor. I wasn’t able to find a music video on YouTube for the track. However, I did find one that is about the making of a video for Superconductor. The band talks about including plastic lawn animals, spacesuits and nude unitards in the video. I can’t wait to see it!


The cover art for the EP features a block of binary code — geeks gotta love that. Robots in love is a pretty geeky concept, too.


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Chart Rigger on Mariah cover

Robbie Daw has written a commentary about Mariah Carey’s new album cover over at his blog, Chart Rigger:


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Thoughtful Commentary On Mariah Carey’s ‘Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel’ Album Cover


I meant to comment on Mariah Carey‘s album cover art for Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel earlier this week, but the Michael Jackson news kind of sideswiped that. So let’s get to it now!

First of all, given the title of this trash, you kind of expect serious Mariah on the cover. Mariah with a grey background, looking pensive, if you will. Mariah feeling contemplative over her imperfections as a sad-winged missionary for God.

No, instead it’s giggle-squeal Mariah—three of them, in fact—in a skin-tight cotton dress with her ass hanging out. In fact, is that even a dress? Maybe a T-shirt, stretched down just far enough to cover Mimi’s secret.


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Album Cover Mash Up #3

My friend Lindy sent me this brilliant and controversial album cover mash up yesterday. She works as a graphic designer in the music business, so she doesn’t want me to give a link back to her website. I think you’ll understand why!


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Lindy wrote that this was just a quicky Photoshop job for her. I’d like to see what she could produce if she really quite good — at least in my humble opinion.


If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cover Mash Up, all you have to do is follow these rules:



  1. The album covers must be part of the AAX gallery.

  2. All of the elements in the mash up cover must be present in one of the two originals. However, you do not have to use the original images. For example, if there is a black car in one of the original covers, you can use a black car from a stock photo instead of the one on the cover. 

  3. Submit your mash up along with the AAX links to the original cover images via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username.

I will publish mash ups as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your mash up will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).



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