Album Covers

Oct
13
Eminem Unveils ‘ShadyXV’ Album Cover

Shady XV

Eminem will celebrate 15 years of Shady Records with the two-disc compilation ShadyXV. In advance of the November 24 release, Slim Shady himself has unveiled the cover via Instagram. Em pays homage to his roots on the black artwork, which shows two chainsaws crossed with a hockey mask below them.

“Back to basics! Here’s the cover for #SHADYXV out 11/24,” said Em.

One disc will feature the label’s greatest hits including 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” while the other consists of new material from Em, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12, and Yelawolf.

The first single, the Sia-assisted “Guts Over Fear,” debuted in August in a trailer for Denzel Washington’s crime thriller The Equalizer.

Watch Em’s big reveal below.

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Oct
9
Iggy Azalea Reveals ‘Reclassified’ Cover Art

Reclassified

Iggy Azalea will cap off her banner year with a re-release of her debut The New Classic. The Aussie rap sensation took to Instagram to reveal the title, Reclassified, and cover art, on which she dons a colorful Pucci bodysuit in an outtake from her New Classic packaging shoot.

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Sep
16
Nicole Scherzinger Announces New Album ‘Big Fat Lie’

Big Fat Lie

Nicole Scherzinger has revealed the cover art and tracklisting for her second solo album Big Fat Lie.

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Sep
11
Album Cover: Teyana Taylor – ‘VII’

VII

G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady Teyana Taylor has unveiled the Sin City-inspired cover art for her debut VII. Originally due October 21, the album will now arrive November 4 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam featuring the single “Maybe” with Pusha T and Yo Gotti.

She has also collaborated with Chris Brown (“Do Not Disturb”) and Fabolous (“Broken Hearted Girl”), and debuted some of the new material while on the road with August Alsina.

The 23-year-old was previously signed to Pharrell on Star Trak/Interscope Records, but her album From a Planet Called Harlem was never released.

After parting ways with the label in 2012, she dropped the mixtape The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor and signed a deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

Check out the big reveal below.

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Sep
9
Lil’ Kim Unveils ‘Hard Core’ Mixtape Cover

Hard Core Mixtape

Lil’ Kim has revealed the cover art for her long-awaited mixtape Hard Core. The illustrated artwork, which was inspired by her 1996 debut of the same name, shows a black panther dripping in diamonds with a portrait of Kim hanging above the fireplace.

Originally announced in July 2013, the project has experienced several delays since its Halloween 2013 release date.

In the past month, Kim has been warming up with remixes to Beyoncé’s “Flawless,” Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a,” Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone,” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” plus her Nicki Minaj diss track “Identity Theft.”

The mixtape, her first since 2011′s Black Friday, drops on September 11 at 9:11 p.m.

What do you think of Kim’s cover art? Weigh in below.

Sep
4
Album Cover: The Game – ‘Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf’

Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf

The Game has revealed the cover art for his upcoming album Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf. The Compton rapper held a contest for fans to submit their designs and revealed the winner on Instagram today. The winning cover, designed by artist Ruben “WestSide” Ramos, features Game’s daughter Cali pointing to a wolf, which represents him.

“The world sees me as a big bad wolf but to my daughter @littlemisscali I’m just dad & her every wish in life is my command,” explained Game. “Simplicity & white background & Documentary style font had me sold.”

Due October 14, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf features 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Soulja Boy, T.I., Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, Tyga, and Bobby Shmurda.

If you submitted a design and didn’t win, don’t worry. Game is giving you a chance to design the cover for his next album, The Documentary 2.

Click here for more details and see how the Year of the Wolf artwork came together below.

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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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