I have one of those freakish memories that allows me to remember things I’ve seen years after the fact. This is especially true with graphic images. So, I have quite a few déjà vu moments when reviewing new album covers. Many ideas are often repeated by designers. Skulls, hearts, butterflies and similar elements are frequently used on album covers.
Today, I came across an album cover that features a photograph of an English breakfast. This is something I saw on another cover 16 years ago. What do you think the odds are of something like this being a coincidence?
Legendary rock star Alice Cooper is a man on a mission. He is determined to keep Halloween alive. This week, he released a new single called Keepin’ Halloween Alive and a public service announcement on YouTube explains it all.
The cover for the single is very creative. It is meant to look like a package of an Alice Cooper Halloween costume. I’m sure some people are going to be looking for this on store shelves. I love everything about this cover. It is clever and promotes the product perfectly.
Most record labels are quick to have videos that use their music pulled from YouTube for copyright violations. British rock band Hadouken! did something different that is paying off big time. When a video featuring “100 Greatest Hits of YouTube in 4 Minutes” with the band’s song M.A.D. the soundtrack was recently posted, the band reposted it on their own YouTube channel.
The video has received over 1.2 million views over the last two weeks. The official video for M.A.D. has received less that 150,000 views. Congratulations to Hadouken! for seeing a great marketing opportunity.
I don’t know anything about Krikor & The Dead Hillbillies. I stumbled upon the cover for the album today and wasn’t able to find out much more than the U.K. release date and that Krikor is a French DJ, producer and musician. What he has to do with hillbillies dead or otherwise is still a mystery.
Of course, it is the unusual album art that caught my eye. The same quartet is featured on an EP called God Will Break It All (right) that was released earlier this year. Apparently, tragedy struck three of the men at some point during the photo shoot.
I’m not quite sure that the group looks like hillbillies. Perhaps there is a French equivalent to American mountain folk. I don’t have an audio or video clip to share. Krikor & The Dead Hillbillies is scheduled for physical release in the U.K. on October 27. It is already available for digital download in the Amazon.co.uk store.
Lately, there’s been a trend in album cover design of using three images of the artist. The two most recent examples were Mariah Carey’s new album Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (right) and the single Million Dollar Bill by Whitney Houston.
Not only are there three images of Britney Spears on the cover of her latest single, the title of the song is 3. So, I guess Britney as carried the threesome theme a little bit further than Mariah and Whitney.
Unfortinately, Britney’s song isn’t very remarkable. It is a standard pop song and it is likely to chart. The cover features the artist in revealing lingerie and high heals. In that respect it is similar to the Mariah Carey album cover.
This is going to be another interesting week for album cover fanatics. There are several notable releases this week that I am certain will get votes from dedicated fans. Barbra Steisand, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Alice In Chains and Paramore have been preselected to compete for the honor of best album cover of the week.
A lip dub is a popular video fad that is currently sweeping college campuses. It is basically lip syncing to a popular pop song on video by several people. One of the lastest innovations is to do a lipdub in one continuous take. The camera pans from person to person as they lip sync perfectly to the song. As you can imagine this can be very difficult to accomplish.
When lip dubs go viral on the Internet, they have the potential to increase sales of a popular single significantly. Therefore, record labels tend to turn a blind eye to this particular use of their songs.
Recently, I viewed a wonderful lip dub by 172 communications students at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) that literally brought tears of joy to my eyes. It is lip synced to Black Eyed Peas hit single I Gotta Feeling. You may not tear up like I did, but I promise that you will smile. (For those of you with college-aged kids, please ignore the bottle of gin.)
Not only is the movie Whip It the directoral debut of Drew Barrymore, it has one of the best soundtracks I have seen this year. Some of the artists include Ramones, The Breeders, Dolly Parton, Peaches and The Raveonettes.
The album cover features the film’s star Ellen Page (Juno) in costume as a young woman who goes from being a beauty pageant winner to a roller derby queen. The film is scheduled for release on October 2. The soundtrack is currently available.
According to our POLLpigeon poll, Mika’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much has the best album cover for the week of September 15, 2009. The album won with an astounding 163 votes thanks to voting by devoted Mika fans. Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace was a distant second and Scars by Basement Jaxx was third.
Spinner.com reported today that rock band 30 Seconds to Mars is asking their fans to submit photos of their faces via a website for use on 2,000 album covers.
The first 2,000 people who submit their mug to the ‘Faces of Mars’ campaign on
the 30 Seconds
website and meet the proper specifications will be on one of 2,000
individual covers for ‘This is War’ actually going to stores.
According to Leto, this isn’t a publicity
stunt but a “thank you” to the band’s followers. “I thought that the ‘Faces of
Mars’ campaign would be a way to acknowledge all the people who have supported
us throughout the years,” he says.