Below are six album covers that were preselected from 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. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.
According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of January 24, 2012 is Human Again by Ingrid Michaelson. The cover received 46% of the votes cast by our readers. The Bob Dylan tribute album Chimes of Freedom was in second place with 21%. Area 52 by
Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. was third with 11%.
The winning cover features a painting by artist Joe Sorren. Sorren’s website at joesorren.com includes a very cool virtual tour of a gallery exhibition of his work. I highly recommend checking it out. You will be able to see the scale and quality of his work.
Madonna has revealed the cover art for her forthcoming album. The cover was posted on Madonna’s Facebook account with no additional details or credits. Titled MDNA, the album is scheduled to be released on March 26, 2012.
Here is another addition to the AblumArtExchange Blog’s ongoing search for the worst album covers of all time. The forthcoming album by by industrial metal band Ministry features a dead junkie and a big piles of chunky vomit. The album is scheduled to be released on April 3, 2012.
The puke dripping off the dead guy’s goatee is a nice touch. Don’t you think? The cover art fits right in with past “Search for the Worst” albums that feature things like pee, poop and dead people. I’m actually kind of disappointed that the cover doesn’t include a rat eating one of the dead guy’s eyeballs.
Below are 10 noteworthy album covers that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery. They are listed in no particular order.
This déjà vu moment is more of a warning to art directors who think that putting an aging pop star in a short dress and using three poses on an album cover is original. Mariah Carey did it. Whitney Houston did it. And now Madonna is the latest to appear on a cover in triplicate.
Madonna’s single Give Me All Your Luvin’ featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. is scheduled to be released on February 3, 2012, three days before her Super Bowl halftime performance.
Man on a Ledge, the thriller starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell and Ed Harris and directed by Asger Leth, opened in theaters today. The film is about a man who goes out on a ledge in New York City in order to get justice for being wrongly convicted.
The soundtrack by Henry Jackman is currently available as a digital download. A CD version is scheduled for release on February 7, 2012. The cover art for the album is a square version of the movie poster. It features a fish-eye lens view of the main character standing on the ledge. I think the image is actually more effective in the square format.