Album Covers

Apr
14
Album Cover: The Roots – ‘…and then you shoot your cousin’

...and then you shoot your cousin

The worlds of art and hip-hop collide on the cover of The Roots’ upcoming album …and then you shoot your cousin. The artwork features a reproduction of Romare Bearden’s 1964 mixed media collage “Pittsburgh Memory.”

The project, whose title was inspired by KRS-One, arrives May 19 featuring the single “When the People Cheer,” which debuted last week.

In between their nightly appearances on “The Tonight Show,” The Roots will play Hot 97′s Summer Jam with some friends on June 1.

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Apr
10
Ed Sheeran Reveals ‘x’ Album Cover, Tracklisting

x

After launching his Pharrell Williams-produced single “Sing,” Ed Sheeran has unveiled the cover and tracklisting for his sophomore album x (pronounced multiply).

Due June 23, the follow-up to his 2011 debut + features 12 tracks, with production from Rick Rubin, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco, Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, and Jake Gosling.

“I wanted raw, honest songs from the heart,” the British crooner told Rolling Stone. “When you hear that Kesha-Pitbull song, you know it’s a hit, but it doesn’t make you want to cry or laugh or sit in a corner for five hours just repeating it.”

The album will be available for pre-order on iTunes starting Friday.

See the tracklisting below.

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Mar
17
Album Cover: Jason Derulo – ‘Talk Dirty’

Talk Dirty

With his single “Talk Dirty” still in the top 5, Jason Derulo is gearing up to release his third U.S. album of the same name on April 15. The pop heartthrob strips down on the provocative cover art, as a woman puts her hands all over his toned torso.

In addition to the 2 Chainz-assisted title track, the album features seven new songs plus “The Other Side,” “Marry Me,” and the Jordin Sparks duet “Vertigo” from September’s Tattoos EP.

Snoop Dogg, Tyga, and Kid Ink all make appearances, with production by Timbaland, DJ Mustard, RedOne, Wallpaper, The Cataracs, Ammo and Martin Johnson, Jon Bellion, and more.

“When I was making this album, I wanted to go in and experiment and do something that was just totally different and off the wall,” Jason told Rap-Up TV.

Watch his “Celebrities Talkin’ Dirty” viral video below starring Robin Thicke, will.i.am, Jordin Sparks, Ariana Grande, Bow Wow, One Direction, and more.

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Mar
11
Album Cover: 50 Cent – ‘Animal Ambition’

Animal Ambition

50 Cent is unleashing the beast. The hip-hop mogul has revealed the ferocious cover for his fifth album Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win. The artwork, which he posted on 50Cent.com, shows a lion staring into the camera and baring his teeth.

The album marks his first since leaving Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and signing an independent deal with Caroline/Capitol Music Group.

On March 18, he will drop two new tracks and videos for “Hold On” and the Yo Gotti-assisted “Don’t Worry ‘Bout It.” A new song will be released each Tuesday until May 20, with the album arriving on June 3.

50 will kick off SXSW by headlining a concert from Austin’s 1100 Warehouse tonight at 9 p.m. EST. You can watch the live stream on the Hang w/ app.

What do you think of the cover art? Let us know!

Mar
7
Album Cover: Future – ‘Honest’

Honest

All eyes are on Future. A day after dropping the video for “Move That Dope,” the Atlanta rapper unveils the dark and mysterious cover art for his sophomore album Honest.

In addition to the Mike WiLL Made It-produced single with Pharrell and Pusha T, the follow-up to his 2012 debut Pluto features appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West.

The album, previously titled Future Hendrix, has taken a new direction in the past year.

“I started going in another direction after I made the ‘Shit’ record,” Future told ELLE. “It just flipped the whole album. I got in a whole other mood when I went in the studio. I just started recording, recording, recording as much as possible. I just got in a great zone. I was able to capture the best moments. It helped me make a classic album. It’s just going to be very timeless.”

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Feb
24
Album Cover: Iggy Azalea – ‘The New Classic’

The New Classic

Fresh off announcing her North American tour, Iggy Azalea unveils the cover for her debut The New Classic. The blonde bombshell stuns in a colorful Pucci bodysuit and jacket as she stands in front of a peach house.

The album arrives April 15 featuring the singles “Work,” the T.I.-assisted “Change Your Life,” and “Fancy” with Charli XCX. If you pre-order on March 4, you will receive the instant gratification track “Impossible Is Nothing.”

In a 2012 interview with MTV, the Aussie rapper explained the album title. “What makes something classic is when you hear it and you have that moment that is a time capsule,” she said. “When I say The New Classic, I just want to make records that give you that moment for fans that they can remember where they were when they heard it.”

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Feb
20
Album Cover: August Alsina – ‘Testimony’

Testimony

Following the release of his 2013 EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun, August Alsina is gearing up for his full-length debut Testimony. The New Orleans newcomer shares his tale of survival with the powerful cover art, which shows him praying in a church.

The album, dedicated to his late brother Melvin, features Yo Gotti and the Jeezy-assisted single “Make It Home,” with production from Eric Hudson, Drumma Boy, Jasper Cameron, and The Exclusives.

“My soul lies within this shit! My story, my background, my culture, my heart & lifestyle lies within this shit,” said August. “My strongpoints and weaknesses, my highs & my downfalls, I give you my all.. Im telling my deepest secrets, i hope you promise to keep it. 4•15•14 This one is for the REAL one’s ! The ones that’s stuck in the struggle.”

You can currently catch August opening for 2 Chainz on his “2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.” tour.