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How To Annotate Artwork On Genius

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An artwork annotation, also sometimes known as a cover art annotation, is a note that explains the meaning behind an album or song's visual content.

Album pages should always host every individual artwork released for that album—artwork should be added in the following order:

  1. Digital cover -> Click here for examples
  2. Physical cover(s) (if different) -> Click here for examples
  3. Alternate covers -> Click here for examples
  4. Early covers that weren’t used -> Click here for examples
  5. Artwork included in booklet/released with the album -> Click here for examples
  6. Liner notes (if included in the booklet) -> Click here for examples
  7. Single artwork, ordered by release date -> Click here for examples
  8. Back cover -> Click here for examples

Note that it's important to ONLY use officially released artwork. Fan art is cool but belongs in the comment section instead.

Additionally, NEVER create a [Tracklist + Album Art] page.
-> What to do with existing [Tracklist + Album Art] pages.

Just as any other annotation in Genius, artwork annotations should follow the existing 10 Annotation Commandments. Besides that, here are a few examples of what one can and should (if possible) include in an artwork tate.

  • Describe the Image -> It's always good to give a little overview of what the picture shows, especially if it’s a complex and abstract illustration. Nevertheless, simply describing is never enough, give us some context.
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  • Specify the Artists Involved In the Design -> Always give credits when possible. Specify who designed or photographed the image and describe what how their style shows on the cover.
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  • Chronicle the Creative Process -> Showcase what inspired the artist and what lead him to create that specific cover.
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  • Outline Possible References -> Artists are often inspired by other works of art. It's helpful to point out where inspiration can be detected and similarities arise.
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  • Detail the Color Pallet Used -> Sometimes the colors chosen for the cover hide a deeper meaning and try to provoke a specific feeling in the viewer.
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  • Mark Out Any News Surrounding the Cover -> Maybe the artwork was teased all over a city, or allegations regarding its explicit content sprouted somewhere, tell us about it.
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  • Highlight Similarities & Differences Between Covers -> If there's an alternate cover for an album, a deluxe version cover or special edition art, describe how it differs from the original.
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About “How To Annotate Artwork On Genius”

This guide explains everything you need to know about annotating and editing artwork on Genius. Building off the basics of annotating, the guide transitions into advanced practices to master the art of incredible artwork annotations!

Table of Contents:

  • Can you add information to an artwork annotation that was already created?

    Just like any other annotation, feel free to suggest improvements by writing them in a comment under the annotation -> [Click Here to Learn More].

    You can also propose fixes or additional information by clicking the “Edit” button at the bottom of the annotation. If you make a great proposed edit, an Editor+ may integrate it! -> [Click Here to Learn More].

  • When adding artwork, should the Parental Advisory label be included?

    Ideally the Parental Advisory (PA) label should not be included in the artwork since the label may obstruct another element of the art. In some cases, such as the album art for DAMN., the label was included in the artwork and should be untouched.

  • Where can I learn more about artwork annotations?

    Here’s a Tate Talk discussing this same topic!

  • I still have doubts about artwork annotations, what can I do?

    You can always message @FGV or @ARPessoa for help.

    Additionally, there’s an Artwork Annotation Quiz for you to take if you’re interested in testing your knowledge!

  • How can I find the best quality artwork?

    These pages will help you find the best quality artwork for you by going into iTunes and getting the image for you!

    Genius Graph Tools
    iTunes Artwork Finder

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