Madonna reveals MDNA album cover

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.

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Search for the Worst: Relapse by Ministry

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.

Posted by: zeefritz

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Editor’s Choice: January 30, 2012

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.

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Déjà Vu: Madonna vs. Whitney Houston vs. Mariah Carey

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.

Madonna – Give Me All Your Luvin’ (2012)

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Whitney Houston – Million Dollar Bill (2009)

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Mariah Carey – Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009)

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Then and Now: Lionel Richie

Can’t Slow Down (1983)

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Tuskegee (2012)

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At the Movies: Man on a Ledge

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.

Posted by: zeefritz

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Déjà Vu: The Ames Brothers vs. Esquivel

AAX gallery contributor Vocephus wrote about two album covers from 1958 that gave him a déjà vu moment.

I ran across The Ames Brothers “Destination Moon” record (for 20 whole cents) yesterday and it certainly reminded me of Esquivel’s “Other Worlds, Other Sounds” in it’s theme, but it wasn’t until I got it home and compared them that I realized it’s the exact same moon painting. The Ames Bros. record adds the rocketship, the Earth (I presume) floating in the background, and has the brothers sorting through “moon rocks” which look suspiciously more like pieces of broken concrete.

They both hit the stands in 1958 and though the Ames’ have the earlier catalog number, who knows who was really “first” with the idea. In any case, they were both just two of dozens of space-themed records churned out in the late ’50s and early ’60s.

With GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talking about going to the moon and invading Cuba, it certainly seems like a little bit of that earlier era is returning. Thanks to Vocephus, the album covers look as fresh as ever.

The Ames Brothers – Destination Moon (1958)

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Esquivel – Other Worlds Other Sounds (1958)

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Controversial Joy Divison Mickey Mouse t-shirt discontinued by Disney

joy-mickey.jpgAfter negative reactions from fans and a former member of the band, Disney has discontinued selling a t-shirt inspired by Peter Saville’s design for Joy Division’s 1979 album Unknown Pleasures. In spite of the seemingly “joyful” name of the band, the album has been viewed by many as a source of sorrow since the 1980 suicide death of lead singer Ian Curtis. Seeing the iconic album cover turned into a logo for the Happiest Place on Earth was seen as disrespectful.

According to Rolling Stone, Disney discontinued the t-shirt yesterday. However, they also report that at least one is being auctioned on eBay for over $200 at the time the article was written.

While chatting online with Facebook friends, we wondered if Disney would have modified the album covers of other recording artists who met a tragic end. I don’t think so.

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