Wacky Album Cover of the Evening

Jimmy Fallon – Tebowie (2012)

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Fifth Annual Record Store Day is April 21, 2012

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The list of special releases for the fifth annual Record Store Day has been growing, with new exclusive and limited LPs and singles being added even as the event approaches. Below is a look at some of the items that grabbed my attention.

For the location of a participating store near you, please visit the official Record Store Day website.

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Cover art for Kris Allen’s Thank You Camellia revealed

The cover art for Kris Allen’s forthcoming album was revealed via press release yesterday. Thank You Camellia is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2012.

The press release did not include credits for the art director or the photographer. I do not really like the composition of the image. The dog is cute. However, it always bothers me to see the subjects of a photograph looking toward an edge of the image rather than toward the center. If Allen and the dog were looking in the opposite direction, it would be a very cool photo.Otherwise, it looks as if something has been arbitrarily cropped off. 

Posted by: rljnunez

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Which is the best album cover for the week of March 27, 2012?

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.

Katy Perry – Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection

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  The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet


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Meshuggah – Koloss

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  Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks

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Shinedown – Amaryllis

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  The Used – Vulnerable

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Madonna’s MDNA album cover voted best for the week of March 20, 2012

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of March 20, 2012 is for the deluxe edition of Madonna’s 12th studio album, MDNA. The cover received 56% of the votes cast by our readers. Port of Morrow by The Shins was second with 21%. There was a tie for third between Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society and Iron Maiden’s En Vivo!, which both received 12%.

The art director for the winning cover is long-time Madonna collaborator Giovanni Bianco. Bianco worked on Madonna’s two previous album covers (Confessions on a Dance Floor and Hard Candy) and several book projects.

Editor’s Note: I have been asked why sometimes I choose to feature the deluxe edition cover rather than the standard one. Typically, I use the cover that the record label has chosen to use as the primary cover for their publicity efforts. Sometimes they use the deluxe cover. 

Posted by: Joseebus

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Editor’s Choice: March 26, 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: Marilyn Manson vs. Tiny Tim

With apologies to Marilyn Manson fans, the first thing that I thought of when I saw the cover of Manson’s forthcoming album, Born Villain, was the cover of Tiny Tim’s 1980 album Chameleon. Born Villain is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2012.

“On tiptoe, through the tulips, with a machine gun. Won’t you murder me?”

Marilyn Manson – Born Villain
(2012)

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Tiny Tim – Chameleon (1980)

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