Category Archives: Album Art

We’ve Moved! WATMONLINE.COM


After years of contemplating, I decided to move my site and change its name. Not only the name, but its purpose. WorldAccordingtoMonte.com is now WATMONLINE.COM. When I launched worldaccordingtomonte.com in 2009, I had NO idea what I was getting into. All I wanted to do was post few stories and give my opinion, in hopes of getting a few readers and call it day. Back then, I was clueless to the work, time and energy it takes to keep up a blog, especially when you enjoy it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music. I might not know the day of the week, but I KNOW when Grammys are. Long story short, I took my obsession beyond friends and family and made it public to anyone with access to the Internet, and that’s how worldaccordingtomonte.com was born.

Since my first post about Barbara Streisand keeping Mariah Carey out the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, worldaccordingtomonte.com has grown beyond my expectations. Knowing that nearly a half million people have, at one time or another, visited the site blows my mind. In the grand scheme of things that’s a small fraction of world’s Internet population, but to me, that’s EVERYTHING!

As World According to Monte becomes WATM ONLINE, I’m confident in knowing that this is only the beginning. I’ve seen what a hard work and dedication can do and I refuse to give up until I reach my goals. Whenever I do decide to take on something, I want to be the best; regardless of how it takes to get there, I’m willing and will work my ass off to get to the next level.

There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of music-related websites, offering music and entertainment news, celebrity gossip, exclusive interviews, etc., but few are actually credible. And that’s what will set WATM ONLINE apart from the run-of-the-mill music blog.  I want to give the facts, then give my opinion, even if the facts and my opinion conflict. My hope is to highlight artists, known and unknown, with stories that will spark conversation and become your go-to for the latest about your favorites and the best you never heard.

If you’ve ever clicked on a link, left a comment, scrolled down the homepage, liked on Facebook, retweeted a Tweet, subscribed via email, or have been involved with worldaccordingtomonte.com in any way, I humbly thank you!

I’m excited about the new journey and look forward to all that lies ahead! Head over to WATMONLINE.COM and subscribe to receive posts via email, bookmark the site, and if you’d like, drop me a line at monte@watmonline.com. (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)

See you there!

— Montè

Cover Art: Mariah Carey ft. Rick Ross & Meek Mill – ‘Triumphant (Get ‘Em)’


Mariah Carey flaunts her killer curves on the single cover for “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” her new singe featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

American Idol’s newest judge revealed the cover art on her Instagram account, which she just recently activated, today (July 30). The  Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox produced track premieres Thursday, August 2, and serves as the first single from her upcoming eleventh studio album.

“I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it,” she tweeted last month when announcing the single. “When u hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics #WIN.”

‘Pretty Wicked Things’: Dawn Richard Readies New Single, Unveils 3 Covers, Lyrics


After dropping “Bombs” and unleashing Armor On, Dawn Richard readies “Pretty Wicked Things,” a new track set to premiere tomorrow. The former Danity Kane and Dirty Money diva has released three covers for the single, produced by her Armor On collaborator Druski. One cover depicts a crying Mary holding Jesus, another features roaring lions, and the third is a close-up shot of Dawn’s eyes with black hair and claw-like nails. According to her promo team’s Twitter page, the imagery was chosen to depict different ways to symbolize “Pretty Wicked Things.”

Check out the covers and the lyrics below.

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Album Art: Elle Varner – ‘Perfectly Imperfect’


With “Refill” resting comfortably in the top 10 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, rising star Elle Varner unveils the cover art for her debut album Perfectly Imperfect. Arriving August 8 via RCA Records, the album comes nearly a year after the release of her debut single “Only Wanna Give It to You” featuring J. Cole.

Frank Ocean Unveils ‘Channel Orange’ Cover Art, Tracklist


Frank Ocean opts for simplicity on the cover art for his Def Jam debut Channel Orange. The follow-up to his critical acclaimed Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape features guest spots from André 3000 (“Pink Matter”), John Mayer (“White”), and his Odd Future cohort Earl Sweatshirt (“Super Rich Kids”). The 17-track project arrives on July 17.

Check out the full tracklist below.

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New Music| Joss Stone – ‘(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People’


A decade after making her debut with the first volume, English songbird Joss Stone will return with The Soul Sessions Volume 2.

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Album Art| Rick Ross – ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’


Rick Ross wears six Jesus pieces on the cover art of God Forgives, I Don’t, his fifth studio album.

Described as “extremely lyrical” and “next level” by Rozay himself, the album arrives in stores July 31. Thus far four “singles” have been released from the set, including the promo tracks “You the Boss” featuring Nicki Minaj, “I Love My Bitches” and the Meek Mill-assisted “So Sophisticated,” while “Touch’n You” featuring Usher is pegged as the set’s lead cut.



Album Art| Nas – ‘Life Is Good’


Nas  makes a statement on the cover of his new album, Life Is Good.  The hip-hop vet sits with his ex-wife Kelis’ green wedding dress on his lap on the jaw-dropping cover.  Kelis left behind the custom-made Matthew Williamson gown following their divorce is 2010.

Life Is Good is Nas’ 10th studio album, his first since 2008’s controversial Untitled, originally titled N*gger.  The new set, arriving July 17, features the singles “The Don” and “Daughters,” with production from Salaam Remi, Hit-Boy, Swizz Beatz, Da Internz, and more.

Watch the music video for “Daughters” below.

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