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The Color of Music: Album Titles Named After Colors

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Country /Pop music starlet Taylor Swift recently released her latest album titled RED. In just a week alone, Swift’s new album has seemingly gone platinum, with over 1 million copies sold in seven days time.

In publications from Entertainment Weekly to The Wall Street Journal and even on NPR, Swift has been garnering lots of positive attention, press and critical acclaim for her latest opus that shows her growth as a singer/songwriter and her increasing power as a force in popular music. And it actually got me to thinking about other notable albums throughout history that are named after colors.

Here’s just a taste of some of the most well-known and successful albums (be they pop music sensations or cult classics) that are known for their curiously colorful titles. Yes, some of them might be a stretch, but just go with it:

Miles Davis – KIND OF BLUE (1959)
The Beatles – THE WHITE ALBUM (1968)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – GREEN RIVER (1969)
Joni Mitchell – BLUE (1971)
AC/DC – BACK IN BLACK (1980)
Prince – PURPLE RAIN (1984)
Public Enemy – FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET (1990)
Metallica – THE BLACK ALBUM (1991)
David Grey – WHITE LADDER (1998)
Mos Def – BLACK ON BOTH SIDES (1999)
Backstreet Boys – BLACK AND BLUE (2000)
The White Stripes – WHITE BLOOD CELLS (2001)
Jay Z- THE BLACK ALBUM (2003)
Danger Mouse – THE GREY ALBUM (2004)
Amy Winehouse – BACK TO BLACK (2007)
Radiohead – IN RAINBOWS (2007)
Game – The R.E.D ALBUM (2011)
Frank Ocean – CHANNEL ORANGE (2012)
Taylor Swift – RED (2012)
NeYo – R.E.D (2012)

Ron Grant is a freelance journalist and blogger originally from Detroit and currently residing in Orlando. He is a contributor at HipHopDX.com, is the lead writer for Orlando-based indie music label Conscious Mind Records and runs his own independent music blog, The Music Nerdvocate. Follow him on Twitter @RonGreezy.