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2016 Album Packaging We Can’t Stop Thinking About


Album artwork is a very crucial part in a music release because not only will it give the initial impression of what the music is going to be like, it also establishes the identity of the musician. And especially now that people prefer to stream or download, it’s an added bonus if you have a very attention-grabbing cd or vinyl packaging. It might be the only reason people would want to buy the physical album.

Here’s a collection of this year’s most memorable and creative CD artwork and vinyl packaging:

DAVID BOWIE’S BLACKSTAR VINYL THAT COMES WITH A SURPRISE
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It’s not written in the fine print or included in the marketing of the album, but  the artwork on the vinyl sleeve of David Bowie’s final album Blackstar changes when exposed to sunlight. The fans got psyched!

MUTUAL BENEFIT’S SKIPPING STONES “FIND THE HIDDEN TEXT’ ARTWORK
Mutual Benefit CD artwork

Can you find the artist’s name and the title of the album?

MUKQS WALKTHROUGH PIXELATED GAME ARTWORK

MUKQS WALKTHROUGH PIXELATED GAME ARTWORK

Max Allison: “For Walkthrough, the base template onto which I layered different textures was a screenshot from the Super Nintendo game Umihara Kawase. I love the elegance of this game’s checkered platforms, all laid out against simple backgrounds into a kind of floating world through which the player swings and climbs around. On top of the base layer, I mixed in imagery from other games like Mega Man X, Super Castlevania IV, F-Zero, and Indiana Jones (all for Super Nintendo).

KANYE WEST LIFE OF PABLO
KANYE WEST LIFE OF PABLO CD

“The Life of Pablo” spelled out a myriad of times. The printed name is written repeatedly in three columns, sometimes overlapping on top of each other, spreading out across the peach-colored square of a cover.

PUP’S THE DREAM IS OVER WITH SUCH A CATCHY PHOTO

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What a surreal photo. Something that can be hanged on the wall.

SANTIGOLD’S 99 CENTS ALBUM ARTWORK SHOWS HER SHRINKWRAPPED LIFE

SANTIGOLD 99 CENTS CD ARTWORK

“The record cover is a picture of me shrink-wrapped with my life. Everything is a product at this point, including people and relationships. So, I’m a product. And everything’s undervalued, so 99¢ is a good price for me and my life!”

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