Design Janet Jacksons New Album Cover

19 07 2006

The cover of Janet Jackson’s new album, 20 Years Old, due out September 26, will be designed by a fan. On July 18, Janet launched a contest giving fans an opportunity to create the artwork for her ninth studio set.

The Design Me contest requires participants to download images of Janet, create proposed album covers, and to post the creations on the contest page. Contestants will vote for their favorite submissions, and Janet will select her top four favorites, which will be used for the first one million copies of the album.

Janet and her beau Jermaine Dupri, President Virgin Records, Urban Music, came up with the idea for the promotion. “We were going on the website and looking at all this creative stuff the kids were doing, and it amazed us,” Janet says. “They were taking old pictures and they were just very creative with all the designs. We said, ‘Let’s have these kids design our album cover.'”

Janet hand-picked dozens of images, new and old, to be used in the contest. “They told me that I should pick maybe 20, 30 photos, but I think I went a little crazy,” Janet says. “I picked way more than that. I gave them some of the new stuff I just shot for the album cover shoot. So they have some really recent photos as well as some stuff from 20 years ago.”

Janet does not give participants any parameters for their designs. She wants them to be uninhibited and to “go for it.”

“That’s what it’s really about,” Janet says, “for them to manipulate it and get creative, and go wherever their images takes them.”

To enter the contest, contestants should visit: http://designme.janetjackson.com.

To see a video of Janet explaining the contest click here.

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