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Vampire Weekend Sued for Album Cover

Posted by on July 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM EST

Vampire Weekend is being sued for $2 million for using an unauthorized image on their album cover ‘Contra’.

Ann Kirsten Kennis filed a lawsuit against Vampire Weekend and photographer Tod Brody Wednesday (7/14/10) for using an image of her that was taken back on 1983. Ann Kirsten Kennis claims the release that was given to the band from the photographer was forged. There have been many rumors about the unknown model on the cover of Vampire Weekend’s ‘Contra’ since the album was released back in January. The unknown model wears a polo shirt and has a very strange look on her face.

Vampire Weekend recently reported, “We haven’t met her, we don’t know her,” bassist Chris Baio laughed. “We’re not being very specific about it. The picture is from 1983, but the last album cover was from 2006, and they kind of look like they both inhabit the same world,” front man Ezra Koenig added. “When we saw this image, we just found it very striking. And part of it is the look on her face. It’s not about the color of her hair, or the fact that she’s wearing a Polo shirt. What makes it interesting is her face.”

‘Contra’ reached number one on the billboard charts. That should help pay off some of the legal fines the band endures!



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