Grace Jones disappeared from iconic album covers over rights issue
Because of “a question of rights, “some of pop superstar Grace Jones’ most famous album covers are missing from streaming platforms, especially her albums Nightclub (nineteen eighty one), Live my life (1982), Slave to the rhythm (1985) and Island life (1985). In place of each album art are simple cassette-format covers showing each disc’s track list on the left side and solid-colored squares on the right with plain text album titles, including colors are coordinated to match the colors of the original artwork.
The illustrations for each were made by photographer / fashion designer Jean-Paul Goude, who also made iconic photos for Citroën CX, Chanel, Zen perfume by Shiseido, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s 2017 record. Rest and Kim Kardashian’s Break the Internet photoshoot for Paper magazine. He also took other photos for Jones, many of which can be found in their photo book. Jungle fever. The only other album cover he made for her was from the 1980s. Warm faux leather, which is still present on streaming platforms even though it was released by the same label as the other four projects, Island Records.
Island Records’ statement to Fork confirmed that it was a “question of rights”, but did not go into details. No word has been released on how long Jones’ album art will be absent from streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon Music.
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Jones began her career as a model before entering the disco scene in the mid-1970s. She rose to fame with her 1977 disco version of “La vie en rose” before incorporating new-wave elements. , dub and synth-funk in his music throughout his career in the 80s, cementing itself as a household name. .
The albums with missing covers are not emblematic of Goude’s art alone. They are all some of Jones’ most popular albums, especially Nightclub, which features hits like “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango”. Live my life also had great success with My jamaican guy and Slave to the rhythm had its title song. Island life is a compilation of singles, and therefore a compilation of the “greatest hits” in a way, albeit with singles editions of the tracks.