American Idol Season 9 album cover revealed

The cover for the American Idol Season 9 compilation album has been revealed. I hate to admit it, but I have already forgotten the names of the contestants who have been voted off. There’s blonde girl, brunette girl, Mr. Adorable and the guy with the tattoo on his neck. The album is available for presale and will be released on May 11, 2010.

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Reblog this post [with Zemanta] server move on Monday, April 26

moving.pngThe website will be relocating to a new server on Monday, April 26, 2010. The move will result in loss of functionality and possible down time for the AAX Gallery, AAX Forums, and the AAX Blog.

While the transfer is taking place, users will not be able to:

  • Read the Forums or post in the Forums
  • Upload new images to the Gallery
  • Edit or replace existing images in the Gallery
  • Comment on the Blog

The move may take one to several days to complete. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

The move is necessary to facilitate future website enhancements and improve performance.

You will still be able to contact AAX administrators will still via email at or for AAX Blog related matters.

Please check the AAX Facebook page for news and updates during down time.

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Cyndi Lauper reveals new album cover

Pop music legend Cyndi Lauper has revealed the cover art for her forthcoming album Memphis Blues. The album is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2010.

The cover features a photograph of Lauper reclining on stage and holding a vintage microphone. The image has been tinted pink (rather than blue). It is a very classy album cover that reminds me of something Eartha Kitt would have done in her prime.

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New and Notable: Janelle Monáe

monaej-bboi-tightr.jpgSinger and songwriter Janelle Monáe has revealed the cover for her forthcoming album The ArchAndroid this week. The reveal follows the release of the first single from the album, Tightrope (right). The music video for the single has been quite popular on YouTube for several weeks.

The cover for the single has the look of a street poster, similar to the recent Mr. Brainwash album cover for Madonna’s Celebration. I was surprised that the artwork for the album is completely different.

The cover for TheArchAndroid features a heavily rendered image of the Monáe with an elborate headdress and a robot costume. It seems that 2010 is the year of the lady robot. We’ve already seen similar concepts from Christina Aguilera and Erycka Badu. I can’t wait to see if Robyn dresses up like a fembot.

If we have to pick a winner for the lady robot concept, Badu has to get the prize. However, Monáe’s cover is miles in front of Aguilera’s Bionic. If we want to debate who did it first, Monáe appeared on the cover of her 2008 album Metropolis as a lady robot. So, this is really her second whack at the piñata.

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Sarah McLachlan single cover art revealed

The cover art for the first single from Sarah McLachlan’s forthcoming album The Laws of Illusion was revealed online today. I do not have a release date for Loving You is Easy. The album is scheduled for release on June 15, 2010. I assume that the single will be released prior to that date. The single was posted on YouTube ealier today.

The cover features a photograph of McLachlan that has been aged and spattered with red and orange spots for an aged look. It may or may not be an indication of what the album covder is going to look like.

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Designer Spotlight: Marq Spusta

dinosa-farm.jpgArtist and illustrator Marq Spusta has created a number of amazing concert posters, album covers and book illustrations over the past few years. Last year, he did some noteworthy covers for the album Farm by Dinosaur Jr. (right) and the associated singles.

Spusta has a style that is unique and immediately recognizable. When I saw the cover for the forthcoming album Dirty Side Down by Widespread Panic, I knew that it was Spusta’s work.

If you want to see more of his work, visit Spusta’s website at

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New and Notable: Sheryl Crow

marilyn.jpgLove Will Remain, the new single from Sheryl Crow, was written for the documentary film Raw Faith. The film covers two years in the private life of Marilyn Sewell, a minister who considers leaving the pulpit in search of a more fulfilling personal life.

Both the cover art for the single and the video posted on Crow’s YouTube channel can best be described as bare bones. The cover features simple typography and no reference to the film. That could be a good thing. The artwork being used to promote the film is kind of cool, but I don’t think the image of Sewell in her minister robes (right) would sell a Sheryl Crow single.

The YouTube video is simply the music track and a screenshot of the Facebook page for the film. The film has been screened in Portland and Nashville. Love Will Remain is scheduled for digital release on May 4, 2010.

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American Idol Top 7 performances

Once again, Crystal Bowersox gave the best performance on American Idol. Bowersox broke into tears at the end of her version of People Get Ready.

I have uploaded all seven of the single covers for the Top 7 to the AAX gallery. (I also got caught up and uploaded the covers for last weeks Top 9 redux.)

The cover art has been updated for the Top 7. This time, Tim Urban’s cover is the same as the other contestants.

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Album Art Flashback: Minnie Riperton

I remember the first time I heard Minnie Riperton’s Lovin’ You. I was riding home on the school bus and the bus driver had the radio turned up. When Riperton hit her memorable high note, everyone on the bus got quiet. No one had ever heard anything quite like it.

Lovin’ You appears on Riperton’s 1974 hit album Perfect Angel. The single made it to the top of the charts in April 1975. Sadly, Riperton passed away following a battle with cancer in 1979. Many people today are familiar with her daughter Maya Rudolph, who is a cast member of Saturday Night Live.

The photograph used for the cover of Perfect Angel was taken by legendary music industry photographer Barry Feinstein. During his career, Feinstein photographed over 500 album covers for notable artists such as Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis.

I recall that the photograph of Riperton on Perfect Angel was controversial. She appeared wear a pair of bib overalls without a shirt. She was also holding an ice cream cone that was melting all over her hand. That was considered racy in 1974.

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