If we are to believe People magazine (which we all know is Blanche Deveraux's one "serious" magazine purchase at the grocery store), this is the cover of Madonna's upcoming album.
Seriously folks, I don't have Photoshop and have no Photoshopping skills to speak of, AND I THINK I COULD DO BETTER THAN THIS! If this is, indeed, the cover of the new album, it will be the worst since American Life. She is looking a bit like a cross between Hillary Clinton, Deborah Harry and Geraldine Ferraro!
The single cover, however is much more pleasing to the eye (if you ignore Justin Timberlake) - and I found out via Facebook that it will be available for digital download on March 26th!
EDIT: I have been thinking about this album cover and I think my biggest problem with it is how cheap it looks. The font is bad, for one thing, and it looks kind of like something you might paste together for a high school yearbook. Plus I don't think the photo is exceptionally good and it is certainly not iconic in the way that so many Madonna photos have been. I mean, even the ones from the "Human Nature"/Details magazine shoot were a bit iconic, even though she didn't look great in them.
I remember just being so excited when the Confessions artwork leaked. The red hair, the high heels, the disco ball motif. It was all so...perfect. Even if the "f" in "confessions" looks famously like a tampon string.
I cannot speak for Madonna's people, but it seems like more thought went into the FONT on COADF than into the entire album cover for Hard Candy. I was just telling Heidi how much I was lamenting it, although I know that I will buy it. I will never be one of those people that loves everything my favorite artists do. If they put out shit, I will not be afraid to call it that. But everything about this project is screaming "mid-life crisis! must be relevant! must appeal to the kids!" and I just don't know.
It's enough to make this dyed-in-the-wool Madonna fan nervous.