Controversial Album Covers II (End)

Year: 2010

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

The Problem: Soon after publishing by Twitter cover image from his new album, the singer Kanye West said that retail stores will refuse to sell their album in the United States. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, the image was not censored. A source told the newspaper that there was only an effort to convince Kanye West to use another image, since some stores could boycott the album’s release.

My Take: Oh, Kanye. Kanye. Kanye. Kanye. Kanye. Kanye.

Vampire Weekend: Contra

The Problem: The cover art, taken in the 1980s, features a blond girl staring into the camera with an unidentifiable expression on her face. The band are currently being sued by the model, Kirsten Kennis, who claims the photographer who sold the image to the band did not take the picture and she was not aware her image was being used until she saw the copy her teenage daughter had bought.

My Take: She looks so high. Hope it works out for the best for everyone.

Michael Jackson: Michael

The Problem: The original cover featured the symbol of pop artist Prince in a bubble on the cover, which lead to some believe that the artist had some involvement with the album. When asked about the rumour to Prince’s camp, they said “No permission was granted!”. The symbol was later removed.

My Take: Michael still manages to cause controversy even after death. What does Prince have to do with Michael, that’s my question.


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