Machine Gun Kelly has revealed details of their new album, consumer sale, including its tracklist and cover art. After rolling stone compared the LP’s tomato-covered artwork to the cover of Japanese Breakfast Jubilee, which was taken by the photographer Stone Ash LeeMichelle Zauner jokingly tweeted that it was “the feud of the year 2022”.
The singer-songwriter spoke with Fork on the perceived similarities, saying, “I don’t think this looks like my album cover at all. but I think it’s very funny that rolling stone post about it just because there is a circular fruit in the foreground. I mean, it’s people throwing tomatoes at him, and mine is persimmons peacefully hanging around me, so I think they’re very different concepts.
She also called the pink tomatoes on the cover of MGK “a very contemporary Avril aesthetic”, adding, “Which, although I’m Avril, is an aesthetic that I don’t really embrace for myself.”
Zauner then clarified that she had no problem with Machine Gun Kelly, whom she hasn’t personally met. “He seems like a good person,” she said. “I can’t imagine having rock beef with anyone, but if I had to choose, it would probably be Machine Gun Kelly.”
She concluded: “I’m honored to have a celebrity feud published in Rolling Stone today, it wasn’t something I had planned. In fact, my manager said to me, ‘I think you should look into this. I think it’s so funny I need to talk about it. I’m glad to see what clickbait you come up with. “Japanese breakfast slams machine gun Kelly!””
Reply to Zauner on TwitterMachine Gun Kelly wrote: “So should we fight with tomatoes or… should I thank them for introducing me to your album, because I just listened to it and I really like it.”
Machine Gun Kelly consumer sale releases March 25 and features collaborations with blackberry, WILLOW, Lil Wayne, Gunna, Young Thug, iann dior and Bring Me the Horizon. Japanese Breakfast is up for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album at the 2022 Grammys.
Read about Jubilee cover in our 50 Best Album Covers of 2021 feature.