Single Covers

Oct
16
Single Cover: Rihanna – ‘What Now’

What Now

Rihanna is ready for another round. The pop diva has revealed the cover art for her fifth single “What Now.” Clad in all black, she stares out with piercing eyes with her name scribbled on a chalkboard behind her.

“#WHATNOW Brand new single cover!! #Unapologetic,” tweeted RiRi.

The vulnerable ballad, produced by Parker Ighile, marks the fifth single off her No. 1 album Unapologetic. She performed the song on “Alan Carr: Chatty Man” last month and also shot a video in Thailand.

What do you think of the cover art?

Sep
18
Single Cover: Ciara – ‘Overdose’

Overdose

Somebody call a doctor. Following “Body Party” and the Nicki Minaj-assisted “I’m Out,” Ciara has selected “Overdose” as the third single off her self-titled album.

The R&B diva gets in the pants of her boyfriend Future on the racy cover art (via Just Jared). CiCi is seen with one hand grabbing his crotch and the other down his underwear.

Just this week, her first single “Body Party” was certified gold. “BODY PARTY GOLD. THANK YOU!!!” she told her fans.

“Overdose,” produced by Josh Abraham and Oliver Goldstein, is set to hit radio on October 14.

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

Aug
16
Single Cover: Dawn Richard – ‘Valkyrie’

Valkyrie

Just days after revealing the cover art for “Judith,” Dawn Richard unveils the artwork for “Valkyrie.” The singer rocks gold antlers and a gold mask on her head in the striking image, photographed by Solmaz Saberi.

Dawn held an online contest for her fans to choose between “Judith” and “Valkyrie” as the new single off her upcoming sophomore album Blackheart. “Valkyrie” was written by Dawn and produced by Noisecastle III.

“I wanted a record that was packed with confidence, a sort of cocky reminder that you will remember my mark,” said Dawn. “In Norse mythology, valkyries also known as choosers of the fallen, decided the fate of soldiers in battle once they died.”

“I thought the impression and mark they left on a soldier’s life was incredible,” she explained. “‘In the end you will remember me’ is what I felt they said as they chose the soldier’s fate. I want to leave the same imprint with my art and my music. In the artwork, the horns signify the bravery, strength, and power that existed in the valkyries.”

Dawn will reveal the winning song on iTunes on August 19.

In the midst of reunion rumors, Danity Kane’s official website has been updated to show a countdown, which ends on August 25 at 9 p.m. EST, the same day and time as the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Will the girls reunite at the VMAs?

Aug
14
Dawn Richard Announces New Single ‘Judith’

Judith

Dawn Richard is putting her armor back on as she prepares for her sophomore album Blackheart. The singer has announced her new single “Judith,” which was selected by her fans in an online contest.

Dawn has teamed with producer Cronos for the track, which was inspired by the Gustav Klimt painting “Judith.”  

“It’s the story of a painting that is priceless and quite iconic being forgotten after being hung in a home too long,” said Dawn. “People tend to forget the worth of things after they’ve had them for a long time.  ’Judith’ simply reminds her spectators of her worth.”

Dawn continues her warrior theme evolution with the artwork.  The black-and-white photo against the custom gold mask by Adolfo Sanchez shows how a once soft and naive warrior has start to come into her own. 

“Judith” is set to hit digital retailers on August 19.

Aug
14
Single Cover: Iggy Azalea f/ T.I. – ‘Change Your Life’

Change Your Life

Iggy Azalea strikes a dramatic pose on the cover of “Change Your Life.” The blonde beauty revealed the black-and-white cover on Twitter. The song features her Hustle Gang mentor T.I. and is slated to the next single off her upcoming debut following “Work” and “Bounce.”

A video was shot in Las Vegas and is set to premiere this month. “It’s a big record,” Iggy told Rap-Up TV. “I think it will be good to have T.I. on that single and just show that we’re together, we’re still family.”

She recently wrapped her album The New Classic and will hit the road with Beyoncé on the Australian leg of her tour this October.

What do you think of Iggy’s artwork?

Aug
3
Single Cover: Jessie J – ‘It’s My Party’

It's My Party

Jessie J got “Wild” with Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal, and now she’s throwing a party on her second single. The British sensation has revealed the artwork for “It’s My Party.” The song will have its premiere on Monday morning in the U.K.

Her sophomore album is nearly done and features production from Dr. Luke, Ammo, and Claude Kelly. “It’s a lot of big vocals, a lot of vocal tricks, but still huge pop choruses,” Kelly told Rap-Up TV. “She’s colorful and over the top so you’re gonna have that still.”

She performed the song live in a Google Hangout and took to the streets of London to give her fans a first listen. Watch them sing along.

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Jul
29
Single Cover: Lady Gaga – ‘Applause’

Applause

The ARTPOP era has officially begun. Lady Gaga unveils the cover art for “Applause,” the first single off her upcoming album. The pop icon transforms into a sad clown with a painted white face and smeared makeup, with her hair covered in a head wrap and draped in a white coat. The Pierrot-inspired photo was taken by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who also directed the music video.

The cover represents her love for performing. “It’s the end of the night after the show,” she tells Women’s Wear Daily. “When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause. I see that there is a void that is leaking onstage, that the performer is leaking, that the art is sort of becoming something else in front of your eyes. Something more human, something more honest.”

The song, which she co-wrote with DJ White Shadow, arrives August 19. “I’ll tell you that it is very fun,” she adds. “And that it’s full of happiness, because what I’m saying in the song essentially is that I live for the applause. I live for the way you cheer and scream for me.”

Gaga will perform “Applause” at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, while ARTPOP arrives November 11.

What do you think of Gaga’s single cover? Weigh in below.