Pop Charts

Continuing his recent penchant for the Californian lifestyle of sun, style and skate with the rerelease of customised designs for Supreme skateboards (Summer Supreme, June 2011) Damien Hirst has also designed the artwork for this year's much anticipated album, I’m With You, from Los Angeles rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers due for release on 30th August.
The artist’s signature pharmaceutical aesthetic of a fly atop a pill joins the innovative, provocative and controversial imagery of the music industry’s collaborative history with global artists from Andy Warhol to Takashi Murakami, to create iconic album art that attributes to popular culture as well as the origins of aspirational lifestyle on an international scale. In the age of the download there is no doubt Hirst’s involvement with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers will reignite the physicality between music and consumer, as well the air-guitar-playing art collector. Here’s a look at the powerful collaborations between music and art from the charts past and present…
Andy Warhol - The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground

Andy Warhol - Emotions in Motions, Billy Squier

Andy Warhol - Love You Love, The Rolling Stones

Andy Warhol - Aretha, Aretha Franklin

Robert Rauschenberg - Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads

Hiroshi Sugimoto - No Line On The Horizon, U2

Peter Blake - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

Jenny Saville - The Holy Bible, Manic Street Preachers

Richard Prince - Sonic Nurse, Sonic Youth

Julian Opie - Blur: The Best Of, Blur

Banksy - Think Tank, Blur

Takashi Murakami - Graduation, Kanye West

KAWS - 808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West

George Condo - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

Shepard Fairey - Mothership, Led Zeppelin