As the album sales are dropping, as well as downloads, do album covers still mater? Yes they do, in fact they have become maybe even more important in many ways. Also how they need to standout has changed. Now extremely detailed pieces of artwork might not be the best idea, as most people view album artwork in their Spotify or Apple music streams, and often on their mobile phone screens.
I still believe the more personal you make it, the better. Also if you can tell a story in a simple image, that can be very powerful. Just remember even more than before you need to stand out from the crowd. You need to give people reason to click on your album cover in a sea of hundreds, if not even thousands of other album covers. This might just be something that makes or breaks your success in the streaming services.
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
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