Album Covers

Aug
28
Luke James Unveils Album Cover Art, Tracklisting

Luke James

After touring with Beyoncé and starring in the 2013 Christmas musical Black Nativity, Luke James will release his self-titled debut on September 23 via N.A.R.S./Island Records. The New Orleans crooner, who now resides in Harlem, has revealed the two covers (deluxe above) along with the tracklisting.

The 12-track standard edition features the Rick Ross-assisted single “Options” and “Dancing in the Dark,” with production from Danja, Salaam Remi, The Alliance, Kadis & Sean, and Luke himself.

The deluxe adds three songs including James’ soulful cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

Luke James will be available for iTunes pre-order on September 9.

See the standard cover and tracklisting below.

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Aug
27
Album Cover: Tinashe – ‘Aquarius’

Aquarius

Just days after revealing the tracklisting, Tinashe has unveiled the official cover art for her debut Aquarius. Due October 7, the album features the ScHoolboy Q-assisted hit “2 On” and second single “Pretend” featuring A$AP Rocky.

The 18 tracks also include contributions from Devonté Hynes, Boi-1da, Mike WiLL Made-It, Stargate, and Future, who guests on the Jasper-produced “How Many Times.”

“[Future] kept it straight ‘hood on this track, which I was super excited about,” Tinashe told Rap-Up TV. “I think it’s an interesting blend between an R&B vibe and there being some hip-hop thrown in there.”

See the updated tracklisting below.

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Aug
27
Album Cover: T.I. – ‘Paperwork’

PaperWork

T.I. has unveiled the cover art for his ninth album Paperwork: The Motion Picture. Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, the follow-up to 2012′s Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head arrives October 21 via Grand Hustle/Columbia Records.

“The Wait Is Over!!!!! #PaperWork #10-21-14,” tweeted Tip.

In addition to the singles “About the Money” featuring Young Thug and the Iggy Azalea-assisted “No Mediocre,” the guest list includes Rick Ross, The-Dream, Lil Boosie, Jeezy, Trae Tha Truth, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, and Pharrell, who appears on the title track.

Earlier this month, he dropped the Skylar Grey-assisted “New National Anthem,” inspired by the Michael Brown shooting.

Paperwork marks the first album in a trilogy. “The sound sonically of this one is soulful, musical, kinda like [OutKast's] Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik or Aquemini or [Jay Z's] Blueprint,” Tip told MTV News. “It just has an incredible amount of soul and a perfect hybrid between the ahead-of-the-curve, new-school sound and the classic, nostalgic, soulful sound of yesteryear.”

He is still putting finishing touches on the album and was most recently in the studio with Usher. Check out a photo from their session below.

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Aug
21
Jessie J Announces Third Album ‘Sweet Talker’

Sweet Talker

Fresh off the success of “Bang Bang,” Jessie J has announced a title and release date for her third album.

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Aug
14
Lil Wayne Reveals ‘Tha Carter V’ Album Cover, Release Date

Tha Carter V

Carter season continues. Lil Wayne took to ESPN “SportsCenter” to reveal the cover art and release date for Tha Carter V.

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Aug
11
Jennifer Hudson Reveals ‘JHUD’ Album Cover, Release Date

JHUD

Mark your calendars. Jennifer Hudson has set a release date for her third album JHUD.

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Aug
6
Album Cover: Chris Brown – ‘X’

X

X marks the spot. Chris Brown has unveiled the cover for his long-awaited sixth album. The black artwork features a shirtless and tatted Breezy with a red X over his face. He had previously been using the photo as a promo image, but took to Twitter to make it official.

Over the weekend, he announced that the follow-up to 2012′s Fortune will arrive on September 16.

X has spawned the platinum hit “Loyal” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga, and the follow-up “New Flame” with Usher and Rick Ross.

He has also collaborated with Nicki Minaj (“Love More”), Kendrick Lamar (“Autumn Leaves”), Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Wiz Khalifa, and B.o.B., as well as producers Timbaland, Diplo, Polow Da Don, Danja, Pharrell, and Drumma Boy.

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