The Top 10 Albums Covers Featuring Artists Wearing Crowns

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Musicians who show up on their own album covers wearing a crown generally fall into at least one of three categories: raving egotists, artists with martyr complexes, or dead icons. And this morning, when we saw the cover for Michael Jackson’s posthumous record, Michael, it occurred to us that there have been a lot of them this year. After the jump, we count down the top 10 weirdest, WTF-iest, and most wonderful — but we’re sure we’ve missed a few. Post your favorites in the comments.

10. Notorious B.I.G., Duets: The Final Chapter (2005)

9. Kelis, Flesh Tone (2010)

8. Bat for Lashes, Two Suns (2009)

7. Queen Latifah, Order in the Court (1998)

6. Slick Rick, Legends Volume Two (2008)

5. Michael Jackson, Michael (2010)

4. Hole, Live Through This (1994)

3. Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid (2010)

2. Kanye West, “Power” (2010)

1. Cher, “Take Me Home” (1979)