Album Covers

Jun
25
Common Recruits Lil Herb, King Louie for ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ Cover Art

Nobody's Smiling

Common is putting on for his city with the artwork for his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling. The Chicago rapper spotlights some of Chi-town’s rising rap stars including Lil Herb, King Louie, Dreezy, and Lil Bibby on the multiple covers. Common himself appears on one cover, posing against a black background.

“It means a lot to me,” Dreezy said of her inclusion. “Common was and still is a legend and it just makes me feel like I’m the new face of hip-hop.”

Executive produced by No I.D., Nobody’s Smiling arrives July 22 featuring the Vince Staples-assisted single “Kingdom.”

The concept-driven project was inspired by the tragedies in Chicago. “We came up with this concept Nobody’s Smiling [and it] was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago,” said Common of the follow-up to 2011′s The Dreamer/The Believer.

Go behind the scenes of the cover shoot below.

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Jun
18
Robin Thicke Reveals ‘Paula’ Album Cover, Tracklisting

Paula

With two weeks to go, Robin Thicke has unveiled the cover and tracklisting for his seventh album Paula. The dark artwork shows the pensive singer with his head down and washed in red, yellow, and green.

The follow-up to last year’s chart-topper Blurred Lines is dedicated to his estranged wife Paula Patton. The couple, who’s been married for nine years and have a four-year-old son together, announced their separation in February, and Thicke has been trying for months to mend their relationship.

All 14 tracks were written and produced by Thicke with titles inspired by his wife including “You’re My Fantasy,” “Forever Love,” and the lead single “Get Her Back.”

“We got a lot to talk about on that subject,” Thicke told Steve Harvey. “I gotta impress her somehow. The truth shall set you free.”

See the tracklisting below.

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Jun
10
Album Cover: Marsha Ambrosius – ‘Friends & Lovers’

Friends & Lovers

Marsha Ambrosius has revealed the cover and release date for her sophomore album Friends & Lovers. The illustrated artwork features a pair of red lips with the title written across them.

Due July 15, the follow-up to 2011′s Late Nights & Early Mornings includes 15 tracks with production from Pop & Oak, Da Internz, Eric Hudson, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and more.

“You can expect me to be a complete asshole on one album,” the former Floetry member told Rap-Up TV. “Honestly and openly, the expressions of a woman, a very honest woman, and I’m not taking any prisoners.”

The album will be available for pre-order on June 23, while Target will carry a deluxe edition with three additional tracks.

Earlier this week, Marsha debuted the powerful video for her ballad “Run.”

What do you think of the cover art? Weigh in below.

Jun
10
Tank Reveals ‘Stronger’ Album Cover, Release Date

Stronger

After joining Tyrese and Ginuwine for the TGT album, Tank returns to solo territory with his sixth LP Stronger. The R&B General looks dapper on the black-and-white cover art, which he unveiled today.

The follow-up to 2012′s This Is How I Feel arrives August 12 featuring production from Jerry Wonda.

“It’s just an album that speaks to a different place [where] I am in my life and my career,” said Tank. “I’m having more fun in life and that deserves tempo. R&B deserves that energy and I think that energy appeals to more people.”

He will perform at the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on July 5.

Watch the TAJ-directed video for his single “You’re My Star” below.

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May
19
Mixtape Cover: Wiz Khalifa – ’28 Grams’

28 Grams

Just days after announcing his mixtape, Wiz Khalifa has unveiled the cover art for 28 Grams. The illustrated artwork features “Trap Wiz” and his French bulldog Vincent.

The project is expected to drop any day now. “It’s gonna drop fast. You should go home,” he told MTV News at Hangout Fest over the weekend.

28 Grams serves as a prelude to his fifth album Blacc Hollywood. “It’s more than a teaser, it’s gonna get the Khalifa train rolling,” said Wiz.

The mixtape will include his Weedmixes of ScHoolboy Q’s “Man of the Year” and K Camp’s “Cut Her Off.”

May
5
Album Cover: Jennifer Lopez – ‘A.K.A.’

A.K.A.

Ay mami! Jennifer Lopez brings the heat with the red-hot cover art for her 10th album A.K.A., which stands for Also Known As. The multi-faceted superstar and mother of two shows off her banging body in a bondage-inspired dress with her breasts strapped in.

She revealed to Jimmy Kimmel that she was considering two titles for the album, Same Girl and A.K.A., before ultimately deciding on the latter.

“I feel like I’ve been given so many monikers, and I do a lot of different things,” said J.Lo.

The album has spawned the buzz tracks “Same Girl” and the DJ Mustard-produced “Girls,” plus the singles “I Luh Ya Papi” featuring French Montana and the Max Martin-produced “First Love.”

She has collaborated with an all-star cast including Chris Brown (“Emotions”), Robin Thicke and Wiz Khalifa (“Loveline”), Maxwell (“I Wanna Love”), Nas (“Trouble”), Rick Ross (“No Worries”), and Pitbull (“Big Booty”).

A.K.A. is set for release on June 17.

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

Apr
30
Mariah Carey Announces New Album ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’

Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse

As promised, Mariah Carey has announced all the details surrounding her 14th album including a title, release date, cover art, and tracklisting.

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