Album Art Flashback: Milli Vanilli

milliv-girlyo.jpgOn November 25, 1989, pop music duo Milli Vanilli had a number one hit on the Billboard chart with Blame It On The Rain. It was the third single from their debut album Girl You Know It’s True and the last one to chart before the lipsyncing scandal that brought their rise to stardom to an sudden end and had them stripped of their Grammy.

Blame It On The Rain was written by songwriter Diane Warren and recorded by uncredited vocalists. As with the other songs released as being performed by Milli Vanilli, radio play of the single ceased overnight and it faded into obscurity.

I have recreated the cover art for the single using several examples found online. Like all of Milli Vanilli covers, the single features a photograph of the attractive young male models, Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, hired to lipsync the songs and portray a pop duo in public appearances. Along with images of the photogenic pair, the artwork included a slick logo design.

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Possible Mary J. Blige album cover revealed

mblige-strong_04.jpgAn image that is reported to be the final official cover for Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming album Stronger withEach Tear has been circulating on the Internet for the past couple of days. The cover has not been posted on the artist’s website, online retailers or news wires. So, I am not able to confirm that it is an official cover.

The cover art currently being used for the album on Amazon.com (right) was posted prior to the title being changed. It also includes a tagline about the music being inspired by the film More Than A Game. I am not sure whether or not the first cover was intended to be a placeholder for the final cover.

The new cover that has been posted on blogs and music websites is similar to the cover for Blige’s single I Am. The photographs appear to be from the same shoot. My only concern about it being a final cover is that Blige’s skin texture appears to be very rough. The photograph does not appear to have been touched up enough to be a final album cover.

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Official Eminem Relapse: Refill cover added to gallery

eminem-relaps_05.jpgAAX user Foundation has added the covers for both the clean and explicit versions of the forthcoming Eminem Relapse: Refill album to the gallery.

The cover is simply a new version of the cover for Relapse (right) with a white background. I am somewhat disappointed that a new version this cover was not created for the expanded album. Lady Gaga recently released an expanded version of The Fame with two new covers, one for the standard edition and another for the deluxe.

A press release was issued a few days ago with a square black and white publicity photo of Eminem. That led me to consider the possibility that Relapse: Refill would have new album art. Sadly, that was not the case. Relapes: Refill is scheduled to be released on December 21.

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Lady Antebellum reveals album cover

On Tuesday, country trio Lady Antebellum revealed the cover for their forthcoming album on their blog. Need You Now is scheduled to be released on January 26, 2010.

On previous covers, the band ignored country music cliches such as cowboy hats and boots. However, those covers had a country music look to them. This album cover is definitely different. There is absolutely nothing about it that would suggest this is an album in the country music genre. In fact, it looks more like a Europop group.

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