180 Music And Target
To Release Exclusive New Music Line: The Spotlight Music Series
February 14, 2007
Music Industry News Network
Target has long been known as an innovative company whose
primary goal is to meet the ongoing needs of their valued
"guests." To that end, Target has formed a strategic
alliance with 180 Music to create an exclusive line of adult
contemporary music called The Spotlight Music Series. Fifteen
exclusive albums in this new series will be hitting store
shelves in all 1,449 Target stores nationwide beginning February
27th. The one-of-a-kind albums can be found in "Spotlight
End-caps" for $9.99 each.
"Target is always striving to meet the demanding needs
of their guests and The Spotlight Music Series with 180 Music
is no exception," said Darrell Tucker. "Through
180 Music we are offering our guests Target exclusive one-of-a-kind
albums that are sure to have something for everyone."
"Part of 180 Music's mission is to help bring back a
sense of discovery to music," commented 180 Music founder
and CEO Jim Brandmeier. "We're striving to ‘think
different' and create music with a personal touch versus compilations
with a corporate stamp. It's our intent to ‘do a 180'
and get back to music. We are honored to work with Target
to present this unique program of ‘Great Artists and
Unexpected Music' through The Spotlight Music Series."
The Spotlight Music Series from 180 Music will offer Target
guests what promises to be some of the best music releases
in 2007. Three separate lines will be introduced this February
under The Spotlight Music Series banner: Features, Influences,
and Red Mix.
The "Spotlight is on" a variety of legendary and
special artists in this series developed by 180 Music exclusively
for Target. Several brand new CD releases will become available
at Target in late February including:
* New Music from an Old Friend Singer Songwriter Legends
Produced by the illustrious Phil Ramone, this album features
some of the most prolific singer songwriters of our time including
Carole King, Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, Kris Kristofferson,
Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Richard Marx, and many others.
Each artist has recorded two new tracks; a remake of one of
their signature songs, plus a brand new song reflecting their
artistry today. The songs are fresh and new under the creative
genius of Phil Ramone and poignantly reflect the beauty of
their artistry – making New Music from an Old Friend
a timeless treasure.
* Kenny Loggins – How About Now
With over three decades of hits, two GRAMMY Awards and over
12 albums exceeding platinum status, superstar Kenny Loggins
is one of the most enduring artists in contemporary music.
He's also one of its most distinctive and recognizable voices,
renowned for the powerful emotional connection he makes with
listeners on timeless hits including "Celebrate Me Home,"
"Whenever I Call You ‘Friend'," "I'm
Alright," "Footloose" and "This Is It."
By any standard, Loggins' impact has been profound, encompassing
a host of classics that are part of the essential modern American
popular songbook. This newest album, How About Now, finds
Kenny in peak vocal form and firmly rooted in the soulful
singer-songwriter tradition that's underscored every phase
of his extraordinary career. The new disc features 12 original
songs infused with Loggins' signature roots rock/country sound
with standouts including the moving new hit "How About
Now" and a new version of the Loggins & Messina favorite
"A Love Song".
"I'm excited to be releasing my new solo album exclusively
with Target & 180 Music as it's a chance to reach millions
of music lovers and be a part of such a trusted brand,"
* A Song For My Father
Contemporary artists including: Ben Taylor, AJ Croce, Ky-Mani
Marley (produced by Ziggy Marley), Jen Chapin, Spencer Gibb,
Salvador Santana, Ivan Neville, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Wendy &
Carnie Wilson, Devon Allman, Adam Cohen, Chynna Phillips,
Louise Goffin, and The Nelsons, all pay tribute to their illustrious
parent by putting their own unique spin on a well-known song
written and recorded by their fathers.
* David Cassidy: PART II. THE REMIX
This high-energy dance mix lives up to 180 Music's philosophy
of delivering Target guests "Great Artists. Unexpected
Music". Cassidy has re-recorded The Partridge Family
greatest hits and handed his vocals off to Super Re-Mixer
Craig J (Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Cher, etc.)
to create a contemporary, hip, dance album featuring Cassidy's
amazing showmanship and favorite hits to shine anew.
* Stephen Bishop: Romance in Rio
Stephen Bishop's exquisite songs have often evoked a tropical
mood. With the Brazilian-tinged Romance in Rio, this Grammy-winning
singer-songwriter takes listeners to a private resort of the
soul -- shimmering with swaying rhythms and entrancing melodies.
Romance in Rio features dazzling new material including Bishop's
duet with Brazilian singing sensation Luciana Souza on the
sensual new song "Un Baile." Romance in Rio boasts
an impressive group of guest collaborators including such
musicians as Eric Clapton, Oscar Castro-Neves, Kenny Rankin
and Grammy award-winning guitarist Earl Klugh. Romance in
Rio is a romantic touch of Brazil that places all-time classics
from this "Great Artist" such as "On &
On," "Separate Lives," "One More Night"
and "Save It For a Rainy Day" in an "Unexpected"
Music has the power to inspire, influence and impress. Now,
the Influences series gives Target guests the chance to listen
to songs that have done just that for some of their favorite
artists. This collection of albums has been compiled by some
of today's most popular performers, highlighting the songs
and artists that had a significant impact on their own singing/songwriting
career. Sarah McLachlan, The Dave Matthews Band, Wynonna,
Jamie Cullum and Jason Mraz have each handpicked an albums
worth of songs that they have a strong connection to. Each
CD contains liner notes written by the artist about why they
chose their particular selections and gives personal insights
into the song's impact on their development as a musician.
SPOTLIGHT RED MIX
With the Red Mix series, 180 Music has put together five fantastic
compilation CDs including: Singer Songwriters, Nashville Now,
Women of Song, and Contemporary Crooners. These releases feature
albums made up entirely of hit tracks from major established
artists such as: Elton John, Kenny Chesney, Dido, Fiona Apple,
Ryan Adams, Elvis Costello, Regina Spektor, Rufus Wainwright,
and many others. Classic Bob Marley and the Wailers is being
released around the 30th Anniversary of Marley's classic album
Exodus. It features rare recordings from Marley's estate that
have not been widely circulated.