Single Covers

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.

Jul
26
R. Kelly Enlists 2 Chainz for New Single ‘My Story’

My Story

2 Chainz is everywhere—from his single “Feds Watching” to collaborations with Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, and Tinie Tempah. And now R&B icon R. Kelly has called on the in-demand rapper for his new single “My Story,” which is set to debut on Monday.

“Dropping my new song featuring @2chainz on Monday.. This is #MyStory.. and I’m sticking to it,” tweeted Kellz along with a photo of him smoking a cigar.

He debuted a snippet of the song during the BET Awards last month and has been working on his next album Black Panties, described as a sequel to his 1993 album 12 Play.

In the meantime, the Pied Piper has been playing summer festivals including Bonnaroo and the Pitchfork Music Festival, and made a surprise appearance during Phoenix’s set at Coachella.

UPDATE: Listen to a 30-second snippet of “My Story” below.

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Jul
16
Single Cover: Chris Brown f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Love More’

Love More

Team Breezy and Team Minaj unite. Following the Aaliyah-assisted “Don’t Think They Know,” Chris Brown calls on Nicki Minaj for “Love More,” the new single from his upcoming album X. The artwork has been revealed, showing a heart made of smoke with Chris’ face inside.

Breezy and Nicki debuted part of the song live at the BET Awards last month. If you missed it, watch their performance.

X, which was originally due July 16, is expected to feature Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, and more, with production from Timbaland, Diplo, Polow Da Don, Danja, Pharrell, and Drumma Boy.

Jul
6
Lil Twist Enlists Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus for New Single ‘Twerk’

Twerk

Lil Twist is making big moves. Following his collaborations with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, the Young Money rapper has linked with pop superstars Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus for his new single “Twerk,” produced by Maejor Ali.

He revealed the single cover on Twitter, which features a photo of Miley twerking in her onesie.

“#3YoungMoguls #PowerMoves,” tweeted the 20-year-old Twist.

The song is slated to appear on his upcoming album Bad Decisions, executive produced by Lil Wayne and Shawty Mane (aka Justin Bieber).

Jun
12
Single Cover: Wale f/ Nicki Minaj & Juicy J – ‘Clappers’

Clappers

Clappers to the front! Wale reveals the single cover for his strip club anthem “Clappers” featuring Nicki Minaj and Juicy J. The artwork features an old-school flyer for a gig at Club Clappers.

Nicki plays the role of a pimp on the booty-popping banger, which samples E.U.’s “Da Butt.”

The song is set to premiere next week and the video shoot is also slated to take place this month.

Wale’s third album The Gifted is due June 25 featuring collaborations with Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, and more.

Jun
10
Single Cover: Justin Timberlake – ‘Tunnel Vision’

Tunnel Vision

Justin Timberlake is seeing “Tunnel Vision” on his next single. With “Mirrors” still in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, the pop superstar has revealed the sexy artwork for the follow-up, which features a naked woman’s silhouette over his face. The Timbaland-produced song is the third single off his platinum album The 20/20 Experience.

He will kick off his “Legends of the Summer” tour with Jay-Z on July 17 before launching an international solo tour on October 31.

A second part to The 20/20 Experience is due September 30 featuring 10 new songs.

What do you think of J.T.’s “Tunnel Vision” artwork?

May
29
Single Cover: Rihanna f/ David Guetta – ‘Right Now’

Right Now

While “Stay” remains in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, Rihanna has announced that the David Guetta-produced “Right Now” will serve as the next pop single off her album Unapologetic. She revealed the red-and-white artwork via Twitter, sporting short hair on the cover.

“#RIGHTNOW #BRANDNEW #SINGLECOVER #Unapologetic #SummerAnthem #NavyTakeOva,” tweeted RiRi, who is currently traveling across Europe on her “Diamonds World Tour.”

She recently shot a video for her urban single “Pour It Up” featuring pole dancers, blonde wigs, and dollar bills emblazoned with her face.

What do you think of the artwork? Weigh in below.