Good news for people who like to judge a record by its cover: Pop stars have gotten all editorial on us in recent years when it comes to their album covers.
Lady Gaga released the cover for her upcoming album Artpop yesterday, which features a Jeff Koons-designed nude sculpture of the singer. Koons–the pop artist who’s shot editorials for Harper’s Bazaar and is world-renowned for his sculptures of balloon animals–is just the latest artist in the fashion community that Gaga has chosen to shoot her album covers. She’s amassed an impressive laundry list since 2009, including, Inez and Vinoodh, who captured the photo on her single for “Applause,” Nick Knight, Hedi Slimane, and Terry Richardson.
Other pop stars are following suit—Katy Perry tapped Ryan McGinley to shoot the dreamy art for her upcoming album Prism, and Miley Cyrus turned to i-D regular Tyrone Lebon for Bangerz, which came out today. We also loved Madonna’s 2012 cover art for MDNA, photographed by Mert and Marcus, as well as Rihanna’s Camilla Akrans-shot Loud, and Sky Ferreira’s portrait by Hedi Slimane for her Ghost EP. Arguably the most fashion-y album of them all, not surprisingly, belongs to Kanye West, who got Riccardo Tisci to design the cover for his 2011 album with Jay-Z, “Watch the Throne.”
We’ll be the first to admit that we buy physical CDs much less than we used to (OK, almost never), but these pop albums are starting to seem like collectors’ items for any fashion lover. Take a look above, do you have a favorite?