Blogger’s photo selected for Diddy’s album cover

A blogger who goes by the handle Jrod published an article today about how his photograph was selected by Interscope Records to be the cover of the forthcoming album Last Train to Paris by Diddy – Dirty Money. I don’t know whether or not this account is true. However, I have had several photographs that I’ve posted to my Flickr account used for things like greeting cards and travel books by companies who found them through a Internet search. So, it is certainly believable.

When I accidentally designed Diddy’s album cover

I’ve had to keep a secret for a little while now, but finally I can reveal all.

Puff Daddy, P Diddy, Diddy, or Sean Combs, whatever you prefer to call him, has released a new album.

Last Train To Paris as part of the group Diddy Dirty Money.

So far everything is going along normal.

Diddy is a big recording star, he makes albums, all is good with the world.

But then something got fucked up, I got involved.

Interscope emailed me repeatedly, and then called me, they wanted one of my photos for the album cover.

Who was I to argue?

Especially as they were going to pay me.

So I gave them my picture, and then I had to wait for the Album to get made.

For some reason I never asked where on the cover the photo would go. I assumed the back cover with some writing over the top, I like my photo and all, but I never really saw it as front of an album cover material.

Apparently I was wrong.

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Jrod writes that on at least one website the commeters were calling the album cover “whack” and another asked visitors to rate it against the cover for Enrique Iglesias’ Euphoria. He will have to come to AlbumArtExchange Blog when Last Train to Paris is released on June 22, 2010 to see how his cover fares in the Best Album Cover of the Week poll.

Personally, I like this album cover. I would have never guessed it was taken by an amateur photographer.

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Album Art Flashback: Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells

neword-techni_07.jpgTubular Bells is the 1973 debut album by British musician Mike Oldfield. The album is noteworthy for a number of reasons. It was the first album released by Virgin Records. It is one of the top-selling album in U.K. history. Also, it has one of the most interesting album covers of the 1970s.

The cover was designed by the late photographer Trevor Key, who went on to photograph notable album covers for artists such as New Order (right), Roxy Music, and Phil Collins. Keys often worked with the legendary album cover designer Peter Saville.

The design was definitely ahead of its time. Unlike many of the album covers of the era, it still looks fresh and contemporary today.

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Twilight Eclipse score album cover revealed

soundt-variou-thetwi_03.jpgThe album cover for composer Howard Shore’s score for film The Twilight Sage Eclipse has been revealed (below). The album is scheduled to be released on June 29, 2010.

The cover is similar to the one being used for the soundtrack album (right). It uses the same image of the three young stars of the film, with and additional image superimposed below their heads. The result is a crowded composition. The trio looks as if they are giants whose heads have just popped out of the water.

Considering that fans of The Twilight Saga films collect just about anything that has the image of their favorite star on it, I think it would have been a better idea to use an entirely different image of the trio for the cover. That is what was done for the first two films. I am surprised that they changed the pattern.

Using different cover art for the score and soundtrack also helps prevent people from buying the wrong CD. Many people purchase a CD after seeing the cover in the collection of a friend. The covers of this score and soundtrack are so similar that some are certain to get them confused.

Posted by: zeefritz

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At the Movies: Sex and the City 2

The second Sex and the City movie was released to theaters this week. The soundtrack was also released as both a CD and digital download. The album features 18 tracks by artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Dido, Liza Minnelli and something called the Sex and the City Men’s Choir.

If I were not familiar with the HBO series, I would probably assume that the movie is about a spooky-eyed female zombie who marches out of the desert after being cursed to wear ugly, red torture bindings on her feet. Can you seriously imagine anyone wearing high heels on a sand dune?

Posted by: zeefritz

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Déjà Vu: Flash vs. Music Go Music

Here is a déjà vu moment that I had last year and forgot about until today. These two album covers are 37 years apart. Yet, they have a striking similarity. One uses knuckles. The other knees.

Flash – Out of Our Hands (1973)

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Music Go Music – Expressions (2009)
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Glee cast appears on cover of new EP

Yesterday, Columbia Records revealed the cover of the forthcoming EP Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals via news release. The EP is scheduled for release on June 8, 2010.

So far, about 100 singles, three albums and an EP (not including the upcoming one) by the Glee cast have been released. This new cover art is the first time that an actual photograph of the cast has been used. It shows many of the characters on stage, with a glittery gold backdrop.

Posted by: zeefritz

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New and Notable: Alphabeat

alphab-spell_02.jpgThe third single from Danish pop group Alphabeat’s album The Spell (right) is DJ (I Could Be Dancing). It is scheduled to be released in the U.K. on May 31, 2010 and on June 1 as an import in the U.S.

The cover art for the single coordinates with the music video that was released several weeks ago. It features the group standing on a vinyl LP and holding disco balls.

The album was released in the U.K. under the title The Beat Is… with the same cover art. The covers for the previous singles, The Spell and Hole in My Heart were rather unremarkable.

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