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J. Lo unveils new album's cover art and title -- VIDEO

Jennifer Lopez gave fans a surprise Monday when she revealed the cover art for her upcoming album (among other things).

The singer posted the image and announced the album’s name, A.K.A., via Twitter, adding that the album is “coming soon.” According to Billboard, its release date is set for June 17.

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Christina Aguilera announces new album's release date, releases art for single 'Your Body'

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Christina Aguilera has been keeping busy with her judging gig on The Voice, but she’s made time to record some new music too. On Wednesday she had a few announcements for her Twitter followers about the new record, including the cover art for the first single, “Your Body.”

Fans will have to wait for the album, called Lotus, until November, but “Your Body” is set for a release this Friday. The Monday, Sept. 17 episode of The Voice will feature a clip of the music video for “Your Body.” Melina Matsoukas, who also directed Rihanna’s VMA-winning “We Found Love” video, directed the “Your Body” video.

While answering fans questions on Twitter, Aguilera revealed some more about Lotus: “There are some beautiful personal ballads on this album. I wouldn’t do a record without them,” she wrote.

Check out the cover art for Aguilera’s “Your Body,” which prominently features her body, below: READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood reveals new album cover (and music's best legs?)

Carrie Underwood has revealed the cover art for her new album, Blown Away, due out May 1.

Thanks to that wind, she’s showing off her right leg, Angelina-style. I’ve long said Underwood has the best legs in country music (sorry, Faith Hill). But should we expand that to include any genre? Go head and discuss. We’re practically forcing you to.  READ FULL STORY

Did Disney inadvertently spark a possible Joy Division reunion?

Getting members from defunct bands to reassemble can be a tricky business, but Disney may have found “A Means to an End.”

It began when the company riffed off of Joy Division’s 1979 classic Unknown Pleasures for a new t-shirt, altering the black-and-white pattern from the album’s iconic cover art to resemble Mickey Mouse’s distinctly shaped head.

After garnering much attention online, the shirt was discontinued by Disney, and now the ones in circulation fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay.

But the fracas may also inspire a 3/4ths reunion for the beloved post-punk band.

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Flaming Lips, pirate metal, and why you should spend more time in record stores

Last weekend, my wife and I took a trip up to Newport, Rhode Island, to spend some time at the beach.

We got some sun, we ate some seafood, we drank some pretty terrible local beer, and we visited one of my favorite landmarks: The Music Box.

I’ve essentially made a trip to the Music Box once every summer since I was about 14, and though it has expanded its reach beyond music and video over the course of the last decade-and-a-half (if you notice on the store’s official website, they also sell sports memorabilia and “gourmet food”), it remains a good old-fashioned record store at its heart.

I almost always go in looking for a handful of specific things—for no other reason than tradition, I always pick up a copy of the new Warped Tour compilation, as I have been buying those things since they’ve been called Punk-O-Rama; this time around, I was on the hunt for the Flaming Lips’ Heady Nuggs, a limited-edition Record Store Day collection of the group’s first five Warner Bros. albums on vinyl—and also for some browsing: Whenever I visit a new city, I always try to seek out a used record store to dig out soundtrack compilations from ’90s teen movies, which I constantly purchase on the cheap for reasons I’ve lost track of.

The Music Box did not disappoint (though they were playing Train’s cover of “Umbrella” on their in-store sound system, which bummed me out profoundly). I walked out with the Lips set (at a fantastic price) and a promotional compilation of Lollapalooza performers from 1994, which includes tracks by Green Day, L7, Nick Cave, Stereolab, and the Breeders.

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Katy Perry reveals the geek-chic album artwork for the 'Last Friday Night (TGIF)' Remixes

The cover to Katy Perry’s remixed “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” single is about as dorky as album art gets — and, frankly, it’s awesome. Very Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles.

Those with a  keen eye will recall Perry rocked the look last year in August for the Kids’ Choice Awards, and it appears she was so fond of it, she’s splashed it all over, which is great. Once you’ve seen one great picture of a pretty person like Perry on an album, you’ve seen ‘em all, right?

Yes, it’s a photo seemingly plucked from everyone’s worst teenage nightmare. But seeing an artist so willing to poke fun at herself? That’s a dream.

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'SNL' skit men The Lonely Island reveal new album cover, guests Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more

Last week, the Andy Samberg-led comic trio The Lonely Island revealed the hilarious cover to their sophomore album due May 10, Turtleneck & Chain.

In torquoise turtlenecks, gold neclaces, and white slacks, the crew looks less like joke-tellers and more like a ’90s R&B group. “When we met each other in the eighth grade, that was pretty much the look we all had,” group member Akiva Scaffer explained on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Friday evening.

Chain features collaborations with Akon, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna, among others, likely pulling from their guest appearances on Saturday Night Live. Their joyous Akon-assisted jam “I Just Had Sex” with Akon made its debut as a Digital Short late last year, and has already gone gold. (Stalker smash “The Creep” with Nicki Minaj went similarly viral).

Check out the the covers and album titles that didn’t make the cut after the jump. Andy Samberg hoped for 3 Morks, while Shaffer wished for royal whales and Jorma Toccone tried to play basketball in outer space:

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Britney Spears reveals title and cover of her upcoming album: Are you ready?

femme-fatale“Hold It Against Me,” Britney Spears’ new single, annihilated the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in its debut week. Today she revealed the set’s name and cover art on Twitter. And the title is…Femme Fatale. Hmm. Leading up to the announcement, she talked about the effort she’s put into the project. “I’ve poured my heart and soul into this album over the last 2 years. I’ve put everything I have into it,” she wrote. “This album is for you, my fans, who have always supported me and have stuck by me every step of the way!  I love you all!”

Find out what kind of album Fatale will be from Britney after the jump.

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Kanye West: Walmart denies banning his racy cover artwork

kanye-westImage Credit: Jun Sato/WireImage.comWalmart had nothing to do with nixing Kanye West’s NSFW cover artwork for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, reps for the retail giant tell EW.

West referenced the chain in a snarky tweet last night, writing, “In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!” A report in the Los Angeles Times cited concerns within West’s label about “whether or not mass-market retailers such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart would carry an album featuring venomous nudes.” But Walmart is doing its best to stay out of this story.

“We’re excited about Kanye West’s new album and we look forward to carrying it in our stores on November 22nd,” a Walmart spokesperson says in a statement provided to EW. “As always, it’s our standard practice to carry the edited parental advisory version. We did not reject the cover artwork and it was never presented to us to view.”

Note especially that last part: Walmart never even saw the cover artwork, let alone “banning” it. So any internal Def Jam debate involving the store must have been a strictly hypothetical one.

What do you think of this latest update? Sound off in the comments.

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Kanye West posts 'banned' NSFW artwork for 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'

Kanye-WestImage Credit: Will Ragozzino/Getty ImagesKanye West has cooked up another controversy, this time over the cover art for his upcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

“Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!!” the rapper tweeted last night. He followed up with a link to the supposedly “banned” image, an NSFW painting with a bright red border in which a leering man clutches a green bottle in one hand while being straddled by a naked woman with white feathery wings, a polka-dotted tail, and menacingly sharp teeth. (See it after the jump.) “Banned in the USA!!!” West added via Twitter. “They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix… In the 70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now… So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.”

One slight problem with West’s story: According to the Los Angeles Times, no one exactly “banned” the racy album cover. An anonymous Island Def Jam source tells the Times that while the label “strongly urged” West to ditch the image, he “was told if he wanted to do it, the label would stand behind him.” In other words, he’s almost certainly just trying to stir up some extra buzz for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy‘s expected Nov. 22 release. Can you blame him?

West’s reps have not responded to EW’s request for comment. Check out his “banned” album cover after the jump. What do you think? Are West’s critics making too big a deal about painted nudity, or is he the one wasting our time with a silly publicity stunt?

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