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First Look: Madonna Hard Candy Album Cover


According to People, here's the cover of Madonna's forthcoming album Hard Candy, due April 29th.

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  1. AWFUL!!! LORDIE LORD, nice getup but the pose is too pushing it. She's 50 for pete's sake!!!

    Posted by: akiswid | Mar 14, 2008 12:54:48 PM

  2. love it...shes still fightin'.

    Posted by: twizzler | Mar 14, 2008 12:58:22 PM

  3. I likes!!!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Mar 14, 2008 12:59:40 PM

  4. Come on AKISWID, you want people to stop being sexy at 50? Nu-uh -- Team Madonna on that one. I am more concerned by the Beginner Photoshop look and the 2 minutes it apparently took to pick a font and make a logo. Did she hire the same teenager for an hour that Britney did for Blackout? Even True Blue was at least a Bruce Weber photo, lovingly hand-tinted. This is like design 101. Shake that dominatrix vadge, Madge!!!!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 14, 2008 1:00:49 PM

  5. Love it! It's Madonna for god's sake! It's expected (and allowed) of her, besides, what other 50 year old is in as great of shape as she is, anyway? Isn't 50 the new 40? (or 30). Age is only in your mind if you allow it.

    I can't wait for the remixes to hit to clubs myself. I'm sure we'll be dancing all summer to them.

    Posted by: Chad | Mar 14, 2008 1:05:20 PM

  6. GROSS, DISGUSTING, they better be joking.

    Posted by: johnosahon | Mar 14, 2008 1:06:37 PM

  7. Turning back the clock to Erotica just doesn't work when you're 50. She's devolving, not evolving. Where's Eva Peron when you need her?

    Posted by: Cyd | Mar 14, 2008 1:08:46 PM

  8. Looks like already has an entry for 2008's Worst Album Cover contest!

    She looks like a tranny granny.

    Posted by: JLS | Mar 14, 2008 1:10:43 PM

  9. Oh man... I think of someone like Dolly Parton, who can still be sexy at 62 and yet simultaniously classy. And then I think of Madonna at 50, and all I envision is a woman who's indefinately going through mid-life crisis.

    I find it ironic that Madonna, who was known for always transforming and reinventing herself, has let that gimmick define her career. In the end, there is no real Madonna. For a while she was a trailblazer, but having defined herself as the undefinable, she can ultimately be defined as little more than a flakey phony.

    My opinion, of course.

    Posted by: Wes | Mar 14, 2008 1:11:36 PM

  10. i've hated that nasty bitch for years and this album cover does nothing to sway my opinion.

    Posted by: holdensf | Mar 14, 2008 1:16:43 PM

  11. When all of you b!tches look this good at 49 (her birthday's in Aug) and are still putting out music people are eager to hear then you can talk about what's gross, fake or old.

    Madonna rules!

    Posted by: junior | Mar 14, 2008 1:17:26 PM

  12. i've hated that nasty bitch for years and this album cover does nothing to sway my opinion.

    Posted by: holdensf | Mar 14, 2008 1:17:30 PM

  13. When photos of a ripped 53-year-old Dennis Quaid appeared on this site just days ago, the fellas were falling all over themselves to declare him hot shit. But Madonna can't be sexy because she's (nearly) 50?

    Nope, no misogyny here at all.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 14, 2008 1:17:34 PM

  14. It's ridiculous. It's not sexy, it's not funny, it's not edgy.

    As another commenter observed, it's the utter absence of class that saddens the most.

    I realize she works that body like nobody's bizness and that's terrifically impressive, but there are much more interesting and captivating ways to show it off.

    Posted by: rascal | Mar 14, 2008 1:19:03 PM

  15. I agree with STREPSI, the cover looks like an amateur Photoshop job. There seems to be a trend happening with bad cd covers lately, everything from Britney to Ashlee Simpson's new one all seem to have been created under two minutes with no thought going into it. Has the music industry gotten that bad that they can't afford good graphic designers?

    Posted by: Matty | Mar 14, 2008 1:20:35 PM

  16. Loving the new song, HATING this picture. Given the caliber of previous album covers, this is incredibly pedestrian. Seriously lacking in imagination and effort. Good thing it's the last one for Warner's. Maybe she's over it. The music on the record should be enough to make up for lack of decent cover art.

    Posted by: JR | Mar 14, 2008 1:24:37 PM

  17. She's obviously doing what she's always done best, pushing people's buttons (even before the album's been released).

    Just the violent reactions she provokes in people is one of the reasons why I love her so (and why she's still around after 25 years). Oh, that and the music.

    Posted by: Chad | Mar 14, 2008 1:34:13 PM

  18. you guys have the sizing all distorted on that image

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 14, 2008 1:39:53 PM

  19. Please, you hypocrites, if ANY of you had the opportunity to play dominatrix and crack a riding crop on Justin Timberlake's bare ass you'd JUMP at it. Devolving? Nevah! Evolving into a hot cougar mess. Hate the cover, love the look. Team Madge the Vadge.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 14, 2008 1:48:36 PM

  20. Yeah, it never fails to amuse me to hear a group of gay men cluck and tsk-tsk a woman for being too openly sexual. Goodness! It's just not classsssy!

    The Dennis Quaid comparison was perfect—it's a double-standard. She looks good, she's going for a sexy vibe and it's her brand so it's not a weird reach. I really do think most people, perhaps encouraged by (other!) blogs, are so hyper-critical of age it's unbelievable. Even people 49+ themselves get in on it. Let's stone her in the town square. So much for queer vs. gay. And flashing a sexy side does not = devolving. You don't evolve from being sexual into being asexual—that's not progress.

    That said, I like that the text is immediately readable, but I don't like the font much, which seems to be the one the project is going with.

    The new song's great, too, unless you have a rule about 49-year-olds seeming desperate if their music has too many BPMs.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Mar 14, 2008 1:49:59 PM

  21. It's not just about being classless, its about being downright tacky.

    Need I bring up "American Life"? Whatever happened to her edgy, controversial, religious rapping career anyways?

    Posted by: Wes | Mar 14, 2008 2:00:43 PM

  22. Crispys right. Why can't she be sexy at 50? What is she supposed to be doing? Needlepoint? Or maybe her album cover should be a picture of her in a sweater vest taking a pie out of the oven. That would really sell a pop album.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 14, 2008 2:08:42 PM

  23. Madonna is a brand. And just like any other brand in America, it gets stale and has to be reinvented with a new font, new color or new look. I dont care if she is 20, 50 or 60, she only cares about making money. She doesnt care about art or expression or being connected to her fans. Unless her fans have $500 for a concert ticket and an extra $150 for a t-shirt and a bottle of Kabbalah water. Good on you, Madonna, for living the American dream in Britain. Good on you, gays, for tolerating her bullshit for the last 25 years.

    Posted by: Bob Jones | Mar 14, 2008 2:15:29 PM

  24. Pass the delousing lotion. Looks like someone's clueless Mom's idea of a shocking outfit for a kinky potluck dinner down at the rec center. At least she's been consistent with the embarrassing attempts at cultural relevance for the past couple of decades. Get out of the way already, Mags.

    Posted by: Joe Totale | Mar 14, 2008 2:17:02 PM

  25. Please, please, PLEEEEEAAASE, Amy Sedaris, if you're out there: Can we PLEEEEAAASE get a Jerri Blank "Strangers with Hard Candy" knockoff cover, pronto? C'mon--thirty seconds of Photoshop and we're there....

    Posted by: d.j. | Mar 14, 2008 2:18:52 PM

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