Single Covers

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.

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).