I was browsing Amazon.com this evening and came across this listing for an import version of Justin Bieber’s album My Worlds. It looks as if Amazon.com customer Ian Porter had a little fun at Bieber’s expense by uploading a photograph of Weekly World News character Bat Boy as album cover art.
I think this is very appropriate for Halloween. Justin Bieber fans are free to share their outrage in the comments section.
The 1984 film Ghostbusters is a comedy about three ghost exterminators working in an increasingly haunted New York City. Written by co-stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, it was one of the most popular of that year and is on record as one of the biggest grossing in U.S. box office history.
The film’s theme song, Ghostbusters, was written and performed by singer and songwriter Ray Parker, Jr. The chart topping hit has a place in pop culture history for sparking the popular catchphrases “Who you gonna call?” and “I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts”.
The single (right) stayed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks earned Parker an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
The music video for Ghostbusters was a #1 MTV video. Directed by the film’s director Ivan Reitman, the video integrated footage of the film intercut with images of Parker dancing around in a neon living room. The video also started the trend in music videos of featuring cameo appearances by celebrities. Chevy Chase, Irene Cara, John Candy, Nickolas Ashford, Melissa Gilbert, Jeffrey Tambor, George Wendt, Al Franken, Danny DeVito, Carly Simon, Peter Falk, and Teri Garr are all shown throughout the production.
The covers for both the soundtrack and the Ghostbusters single feature the iconic Ghostbusters logo. Unfortunately, I was not able to discover who is responsible for creating the logo that shows a ghost popping through the international symbol for “no” by doing online research. If anyone knows, please leave a comment.
The logo has inspired countless imitations and parodies over the years. It is without a doubt one of the most recognizable symbols in pop culture. Everyone knows what it means and where it cames from.
The deluxe edition of Taylor Swift’s album Speak Now is being sold exclusively at Target stores. The cover for the album has been changed, making Swift’s dress the corporate colors of the retail chain.
The latest single from pop singer Katy Perry’s album Teenage Dream is Firework. The music video for the song debuted yesterday.
The cover for the single is a photograph of Perry with her mouth hanging open and a look on her face that can best be described as dopey. I imagine that a similar expression will be seen on the faces of those watching the music video as fireworks begin shooting out of Perry’s breasts.
Due Date is a road trip comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis that is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2010. I am not a big fan of this film genre. They usually feature car accidents and mishaps peppered with bickering between misfit characters.
However, these types of films usually have very good soundtrack albums. Due Date is no exception in that regard. The album features tracks by artists such as Wolfmother, Billy Currington, and Band of Horses.
The album cover is a square version of the album cover. It features a photograph of Downey, Galifianakis and an unfortunate puppy in the Arizona desert. The soundtrack will be released on November 2.
I don’t know why, but there are not very many new Halloween music releases this year. Last year, artists such as Alice Cooper released Halloween singles. Disney reissued their classic Haunted Mansion album. This year is coming up short when it comes to spooky sounds for a Halloween party.
There is a new continuous party mix from the Kidz Bop series (right). It includes covers of classic Halloween tunes such as Thriller and Monster Mash performed by children.
One of the most interesting new releases is an album that has a unique marketing gimmick. Going Gaga for the Lady Zombie by Halloween Music Freaks manages to work the words “Lady” and “Gaga” into the title of the album. It also has cover art that is much better than what is typically used for Halloween albums.
The album comes with eight tracks and two ringtones. The tracks are themed by horror genres, werewolves, zombies, aliens, etc. They are surprisingly good and definitely worth downloading if you need some spooky, industrial-sounding music for the holiday.
The album covers for the standard and deluxe versions of The Beginning, the forthcoming album from The Black Eyed Peas, have been revealed. Both are scheduled to be released on November 30, 2010.
The covers feature the group members rendered in simple video game pixel art. This is not the first time I have seen this concept used for an album cover. In spite of that, it is a very cute cover. I am sure that it will appeal to fans of the genre.
It will be interesting to see if this concept is carried over to the cover art for the various singles.
Pop singer Ke$ha has revealed the artwork for her forthcoming album Cannibal and for a deluxe version that will include her previous album Animal. Both are scheduled to be released on November 22, 2010.
The album covers feature Ke$ha’s signature tacky arts and crafts glitter mess. The cover for the deluxe version also features staples going down the center of Ke$ha’s face. Splicing two album covers together could be a clever concept. Unfortunately, the end result looks like Frankenstein’s monster. It is one of the worst album covers of the year (right behind Christina Aquilera’s Bionic).