Someone made her his Aprodite. Perry is muse, collaborator and goddess in "Katy Aprodite".
Photos: Katy Perry's Twitter
What do Katy Perry, Tyler, the Creator, and "Weird Al" Yankovic have in common?
All three, along with a bizarro roster of rockstars, have done covers of “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two),” a song written in 1892 by Harry Dacre. Chances are—unless you’re a time-traveler—you haven’t heard the song since watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. The song appears in its many iterations on Mark Ryden’s album The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell. Ryden's a pop surrealist best known for album covers for the likes of Michael Jackson (Dangerous), Red Hot Chili Peppers (One Hot Minute), and most recently, Tyler, the Creator (Wolf).
All profits from record sales will be donated to Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that works with public schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods in order to ensure that ALL students have access to music education. Currently, all copies of copies of Ryden's album are now sold out (bummer). Fingers crossed for another pressing.
One Direction's "Midnight Memories" album cover.
Photo: One Direction
Well, the past two days have been a complete whirlwind in the world of One Direction and for those who inhabit it. First, the name of their next single, "Story Of My Life," was announced via Twitter and accompanied by baby pictures of each of them. Now you can blend baby pictures of yourself and, say, IDK, Harry to imagine what your children might look like. You can spend all weekend doing that if you want, YOLO, the weekend is ~you~ time. Anyway, can you believe it was less than a year ago that we were lauding 1D for their collective band style? I mean, on the cover of Take Me Home, which was released last November, they're all wearing suits! Things have changed big time in the past year, and we're not even talking about their tattoos, just #FASHUN.
Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' album cover.
Photo: Lady Gaga
Little Monsters, it's the day you've been waiting for! Lady Gaga just unveiled the cover of ARTPOP, a month before the album's release on November 11th. Gaga began teasing the cover and its release over the weekend, but she's been talking about how it's her "FAVORITE" of all her covers for weeks. The reason it's her fave? It was designed by Jeff Koons.
Katy Perry on Good Morning America.
Photo: Getty Images
OMG, more Katy Perry news, y'all. The Katy Perry promo train is one that makes infrequent stops: time to get on board. Katy was on Good Morning America this AM to promote "Roar" and her upcoming release, Prism. Continuing her theme of dressing in florals, Katy was decked out in a tight green dress with daisies printed all over it. She grunged the dress up with black knee socks and shiny maroon Doc Martens. Her hair, which is currently black, was up in very Heidi-chic milkmaid braids; she accessorized very simply with large gold hoops, though they're def not as large as BFF Rihanna's. They're, like, 1/8th the size of Rihanna's.
Katy Perry's "Roar" cover art.
Photo: Capitol Records
As we all know by now, the Katy Perry of yesteryear is gone. She has burned all vestiges of her past, laughed at those who mourn the California Gurls era Katy Perry, and was sure to let us know that even the
Katycats around her can expect to be transformed. Katy's British fans won't be able to own Roar until September 8 (it comes out on Monday in the U.S.), but as a consolation, she tweeted out the UK iTunes pre-order link, which revealed the cover art. The color palette is very Lisa Frank (as MTV News' James Montgomery suggests), but we also detect a hint of Drive in its vaguely late '80s/early '90s-ness. I mean, is that or is that not the most satin bomber jacket in pop culture of late?
In breaking Rihanna Navy news, our girl Rih has bestowed unto us via Instagram both the TITLE of her forthcoming seventh studio album (appropriately, it's Unapologetic) aaaaand the ALBUM ART. By now, we should all be pretty accustomed to seeing Rihanna in the buff, from her scantily clad "Nude" fragrance campaign to her topless Esquire UK cover spread, it's evident Ri is VERY comfortable in her own skin *wink wink nudge nudge*. The Unapologetic album cover features the "Diamonds" singer wearing little more than a thin body chain, itsy bitsy necklace, and dainty drop earrings with words and phrases and hashtags scrawled all across her visage. It's her BEAUTY LOOK, though, that's really amplifying the excitement for us over here in MTV's Style hub (Deep, rich, eggplant lips?? Yes, PLEASE!), and it inspired us to do a little searching for an aubergine lip color to call our own.
Adam Lambert on his new 'Trespassing' EP cover.
Photo: Courtesy of RCA Records
Whoa, are we having déjà vu? Adam Lambert released his Trespassing remix cover art today (the EP will be available to purchase October 16 and pre-orders are being accepted now), but we were doing some serious double takes when we first peeped this image. Adam's silhouette stands against a golden-yellow background with a wide-brimmed Stetson hat that casts an aura of mystery (and '90s throwback style) over Glambert's entire look—especially paired with those pitch-black aviators. We also have a LOVELY eyeful of supple black leather thanks to his high-collar, asymmetrical jacket (with the collar folded down), but it's all a little too familiar for our taste. We racked our brains and—A HA!—FINALLY remembered what this reminds us of... Ms. Azealia Banks!
Kanye West's '80s and Heartbreak' created from socks (left) and the original album cover.
Photo: Famous Sock Covers Tumblr / Amazon
There are some seriously ridiculous Tumblrs in the black hole of the blogosphere, but our latest discovery just might take the weird/crazy/cool prize of them all- at least for this week. Behold, "Famous Album Covers Recreated With My Socks." Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like... and yes, it's kind of amazing. Inspired by iconic album art from over the years from musicians like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Pearl Jam, the brains behind the site have crafted their own version using.... the contents of their sock drawers.
Kat Graham's 'Put Your Graffiti on Me' cover art.
Photo: Courtesy of A&M/Octone Records
This just in: MTV News got the exclusive first look at Kat Graham's "Put Your Graffiti On Me" single cover art, and we had to find out who made her iridescent rainbow rhinestone-encrusted body suit IMMEDIATELY upon viewing. We turned to none other than Kat's stylist Brett Alan Nelson who tipped us off that The Blonds created this gorge plunging number. It's definitely not Kat's first time around The Blonds block, though—The Vampire Diaries star sported a silver bedazzled bustier and spiky gold and chrome onesie by the designer twosome for her "I Want It All" video from last year. For her cover outfit, Brett added a touch of grunge to her look by tying a plaid shirt around her waist (which she also did at SXSW this weekend), but kept her hair sleek and shiny in a high ponytail. She accessorized with some silver hoops and not much else (um, with a bod like THAT, who needs anything else?) and added a touch of sultry cat eyeliner to her lids. The single officially drops on Monday and to hear Kat talk more about her budding music career, check out MTV News or watch the video below!
By now, you probably think you've seen every amazeballs piece of nail art under the moon, but even we'll admit there's still SO much out there to explore. Our favorite discovery as of late? Nail designs inspired by some of the most famous album covers of all time! We NEED to talk about these mini masterpieces because, ummm hai, the nail artists deserve some serious props for all their hard work. Check out all music-inspired designs below, but DISCLAIMER: We are not responsible for any songs that get stuck in your head.
JOY DIVISION: 'UNKNOWN PLEASURES'
Joy Division is, no joke, one of our top 10 bands of all time. To create nail art that would reflect everything we love so much about the post-punk English band—without adding any additional glitz or gaudiness—proved to be a difficult task. Luckily, the talented artists over at The Illustrated Nail PERFECTLY encapsulated every detail of the Peter Saville-designed Unknown Pleasures album and kept true to the band's no-nonsense, melancholy vibe. They used a dark blood-red polish for the base and crisp white for the pulse lines, but the dead-on execution is what really made our jaws drop.