COVERED: Styx vs. Ciara???

In Covered, I take a look at new album covers that may pay homage to or parody classic album covers of the past. This one may not be a direct homage, but it’s an unintentional tribute nonetheless.

Ciara‘s forthcoming album cover was made public a few weeks ago and I thought nothing of it. Gorgeous woman, sexy glare into the camera. Today, I’m looking at the cover again and I realized…. wait a minute? Styx’s 1978 classic Pieces Of Eight


On the Styx cover, there are obviously three women shown on the front, and on Ciara’s cover it’s just her. Yet look at the positioning of Ciara’s hair compared to the woman on the right side of the Styx cover. Maybe Ciara’s a big Styx fan, or maybe the photographer thought “let’s see what nerd’ll figure this out” or maybe it’s just an odd coincidence. Nonetheless, here it is.

For those who don’t know, this is the Styx album that features such 70’s hits as “Renegade” and “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)”, currently staples of classic rock radio. Basic Instinct is due out December 14th.

VIDEO: Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake’s “Love Sex Magic”

While MTV and BET get rid of their music videos, and the majority of cable subscribers not having access to the MTV subsidiary networks, videos like this will only be known by internet exposure, so here it is, a video that makes it worthy to watch it in high resolution.

Personally, the song is so-so, Ciara sings better but sounds more like someone else. Justin Timberlake always becomes the chameleon in any of the projects he participates in, and makes men wish they were him, especially in this video. If there are any ladies wondering if it’s worth working out for bathing suit weather, I suggest seeing the potential through some of Ciara’s techniques in this clip.