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'INFLUENCES' Albums by Avril Lavigne & Joss Stone

July 5, 2007

What made your favorite artists who they are today? What music did they listen to? What are their favorite songs? Who influenced them the most? Today’s artists are the sum total of everything they’ve ever heard, ever enjoyed and ever played and 180 Music’s Spotlight Influences Series gives them the chance to tell their story.

Music has the power to inspire, influence, and impress and now Target customers will get the chance to listen to songs that have done just that for Joss Stone & Avril Lavigne. Each CD is a collection of tracks from their favorite artists highlighting the songs that had a significant impact on their own songwriting and career. Each artist has handpicked an album’s worth of specific songs that they have a strong connection with as well as liner notes written by the artist about why they chose their particular selections.

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter/guitarist Avril Lavigne lists among her influences The Beach Boys, The Archies, Janis Joplin and Alanis Morissette.

“Alanis Morissette is my favorite female artist and ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is my favorite record of all time,” Lavigne commented. “Alanis has definitely been a major influence on me. One of the greatest nights of my life was when I got to sing her song “Ironic” with her onstage.”

Even at 20 years old Joss Stone admires the who’s who of vintage soul, 70’s R&B and Motown Pop including Al Green, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Natalie Cole.

“I like real singers, not just a pretty girl dancing around or a bunch of good-looking boys,” Stone remarked. “For me, it’s all about the voice. That’s why I go back to these kinds of artists. The classic soul singers and the people working today who’ve taken to heart what they did – I feel their energy so deeply, and they inspire me to be real.”

Joss Stone and Avril Lavigne’s Influences albums will join the already impressive entries in this series which also includes releases from Sarah McLachlan, The Dave Matthews Band, Wynonna, Jason Mraz, and Jamie Cullum.

About 180 Music

180 Music is a brand new record label that takes a fresh non-traditional approach to creating, marketing, and distributing music. Based in Los Angeles, 180 Music believes that the fracturing of the retail music industry in the past few years has created more opportunity than ever for those who discard their old patterns of thinking. 180 Music believes that demand for great music is actually expanding. The company is targeting their releases to adults and music lovers of all ages that have been ignored by the narrow scope of releases from the major labels and turned off by the narrow playlists offered by the ever consolidating radio scene. CEO and founder Jim Brandmeier formed the company to address that demand. Do a 180… Let’s get back to Music.

Track Listing For Joss Stone - Influences

“Please, Please, Please” James Brown
“I Can’t Stand The Rain” Ann Peebles
“Never Too Much” Luther Vandross
“No Diggity” Blackstreet
“Devil’s Pie” D’Angelo
“Lovin’ You” Minnie Riperton
“I’ve Got Love On My Mind” Natalie Cole
“Put Your Records On” Corinne Bailey Rae
“Me And Mrs. Jones” Billy Paul
“Let’s Stay Together” Al Green
“I Only Want To Be With You”Dusty Springfield
“Ain’t No Way” Aretha Franklin

Track Listing For Avril Lavigne – Influences

“Anthem Part Two” Blink 182
“Sing Sing Death House” The Distillers
“This Is The New *hit” Marilyn Manson
“All I Really Want” Alanis Morissette
“Iris” Goo Goo Dolls
“Dreams” The Cranberries
“Tubthumping” Chumbawamba
“Sugar, Sugar” The Archies
“I Get Around” The Beach Boys
“Me And Bobby McGee” Janis Joplin