New and Notable: Snoop Dogg featuring Marty James

New Year’s Eve is the first single from the forthcoming eleventh studio album by rapper Snoop Dogg. The album, Doggumentary Music, is scheduled to be released on March 8, 2011. The single features singer Marty James and was released as a digital single on November 5, 2010.

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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening

Woofers & Tweeters Ensemble – Beatle Barkers (1983)

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Which is the best album cover for the week of December 28, 2010?

Below are six album covers that were preselected from among this week’s new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch.

Alfie Boe – Bring Him Home
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  Alexandra Burke – Overcome
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David Guetta – One More Love
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  Flame – Captured
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Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip
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Best album cover for the week of December 21, 2010

According to our weekly poll, the best album cover for the week of Deecember 21, 2010 is Couleurs sur Paris by French electronic music collective Nouvelle Vague. The cover won by a landslide with 46% of the vote. Death of a Pop Star by David Banner & 9th Wonder was second with 27%. Keri Hilson’s No Boys Allowed was a distant third with 15%.

Unfortunately, I do not know French and I was unable to find English language credits for the album. So, I am not able to name the art director and illustrator for this cover. It is a very unique image and I am not surprised that it was so popular.

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Later this evening, I will post the final poll of the year. When the results are in, we will have a list of the best 52 album cover for 2010 and the Top Ten Best Album Covers.

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Remembering Teena Marie

teenam-congos_03.jpgA few days ago, I was browsing through old LPs at the nearby Goodwill and I spotted a few by R&B singer Teena Marie. Unfortunately, I passed them up in favor of several Linda Ronstadt albums that I knew would be good additions to the AAX gallery. My decision to buy the Ronstadt LPs can be compared to the way many music fans often overlook Teena Marie when they think about important female vocalists.

Like Ronstadt, Teena Marie had a long career in the music business. She recorded 13 studio albums, the most recent 2009′s Congo Square (above right). However, she never achieved the status deserved by an artist of her considerable talents.

Born Mary Christine Brockert, Teena Marie began her career as a protégée of the late Rick James. She is one of only a few white performers to achieve success in the R&B genre and the first white performer to be signed to Motown. She wrote, produced, sang and arranged her own music.

My favorite Teena Marie album cover is for her 1983 album, Robbery. The cover has a classic early ’80s look. I was not able to find credits for the cover design and photography. The album was reissued with three additional tracks in 2005. The cover below is for the reissued version.

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Album Art Flashback: Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby

bcrosb-whitec_08.jpgIt is safe to say that Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby is the grandfather of Christmas albums. Originally released in 1945, the album has been in release in various formats for 65 years. The album has sold over 15 million copies, and is the second best-selling Christmas album of all-time behind Elvis Presley’s 1957 holiday album Elvis’ Christmas Album.

The current version of the album is titled White Christmas. The title was changed in 1986 by Universal Music Group. However, the the contents of the album was not changed. A remastered mono version was released in 1992 and reissued in 1995. The 1995 version (above right) is the one that is currently in distribution.

Along with the title change, falling snowflakes were added to the classic album art. The cover below is the 1973 version that was released after merged their labels. It is an original scan of the album that was played in my home when I was a child. I believe we had an earlier Decca version that wore out after years of play.

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Déjà Vu: Sofia Talvik vs. Beyoncé

Here’s an unusual déjà vu moment. It isn’t every day that you see someone walking an alligator on a leash. In 2006, Beyoncé appeared on the cover for her single Ring the Alarm holding two alligators on leashes. At the time, I thought it was one of the more bizarre covers I’ve seen.

This year, Swedish singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik used a similar image for the cover of her album Florida. Talvik’s cover features what appears to be an albino alligator. An unleashed gator can be seen popping out of the water.

Beyoncé – Ring the Alarm (2006)

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Sofia Talvik – Florida (2010)

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New and Notable: Duran Duran

durand-allyou.jpgThe music video for the title single from Duran Duran’s new album All You Need Is Now was posted on YouTube yesterday. The single (right) was released as a free download on iTunes last week. The album is available in digital format only beginning today. A CD release is scheduled for early next year.

The album went straight to the top on the download charts in the UK, US, and Canada earlier today. The album is currently in the #2 spot on the U.S. iTunes album chart.

The artwork for the album cover carries through to the All You Need Is Now music video. Many are comparing the song to the band’s 1982 hit Rio.

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Which is the best album cover for the week of December 21, 2010?

Below are six album cover that were preselected from among this week’s new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the cover that you believe is the best of the bunch.

David Banner & 9th Wonder – Death of a…
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  Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids
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Jamie Foxx – Best Night of My Life
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  Keyshia Cole – Calling All Hearts
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Keri Hilson – No Boys Allowed
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  Nouvelle Vague – Couleurs sur Paris
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