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Pick Jason Pascal and Erol Cichowski’s Brain at the Billboard Latin Music Conference

JasonPascal_ErolCichowskiWith the Billboard Latin Music Conference coming up in just under two weeks, we at The Orchard are excited to have our very own Jason Pascal, VP of Licensing & Associate General Counsel, and Erol Cichowski, VP, International, represent us throughout the conference at multiple panels. The Latin Music Conference, taking place in Miami, features a host of musical performances, roundtable discussions, keynote speakers, showcases and panels.

The first panel on which we find one of our own is Meet the Executives: One on One Sessions with Key Players. On this panel, taking place on Monday, April 21 from 3-5PM, Erol will speak, discuss, and share what it means to be a modern executive and give helpful advice to up-and-coming leaders along with other key music industry executives from companies such as YouTube, Billboard and Sound Exchange.

On Wednesday, April 23 from 6-7PM, Erol and Jason will be co-working a roundtable as a part of the Tú a Tú Roundtables & Happy Hour, discussing what we do best, digital distribution.

These are bound to be some great panels and discussions, so if you’re in Miami during the conference, come find us! We’ll be at the JW Marriot Marquis.

Welcome, Sarah!

April 9, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

sarah kim video programming coordinator the orchardIntroducing Sarah Kim, Video Programming Coordinator

Hi all, I’m thrilled to be joining Video Operations and to be a part of the Orchard family!

I’m originally from Los Angeles and went to school next door at NYU where I studied journalism. This led me to a lot of odd jobs at different magazines (the Martha behind the “Ask Martha” column at the Martha Stewart Magazine — that was me!). My respect for journalism took me to reality television, where I worked as an associate producer for shows on Discovery, Esquire and Animal Planet, unfortunately all involving betrayal and none involving food.

When I’m not working, I’m struggling to maintain mediocrity in my fantasy basketball league. I really (REALLY) like Tyson Chandler and I pretty much build all my teams around him, which makes for a lot of great trash-talking, but not very good teams.

I feel fortunate to be surrounded by so many people who are very good at what they do. If you have any questions (or fantasy advice) shoot me a comment below!

The Orchard Chart Toppers: March

The Orchard Chart Toppers

Spring is finally rearing its pretty face, and that’s just how we like to celebrate the top charting artists and films of the month. Tycho had a killer first week with his album Awake, even showing up in iTunes charts as a pre-order, and Withered Hand took over the UK charts with New Gods. The movie “Why We Ride,” about the passion of motorcycles riders and the “soul of their machines,” settled nicely into iTunes’ Sports and Documentaries charts around the world, and we continued to have a great presence in Russia, Turkey and Brazil. Rock on!

WEEK ENDING March 30, 2014

Billboard Top 200 Albums
#105 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]
#165 — Asia: Gravitas [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Current Albums
#98 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]
#137 — Asia: Gravitas [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Digital Albums
#10 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]

Billboard Independent Albums
#24 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]

Billboard Heatseeker Albums
#50 — The White Boys: The White Boys [Shoot To Kill]

Billboard Dance / Electronic Albums
#5 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]

Italy Top Albums
#16 — Elisa: L’anima vola [Sugar Music]

Portugal Top 30 Albums
#11 — Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol Musica]

Spain Top 20 Albums
#20 — Txarango: Som Riu [Discmedi]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#90 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]

iTunes Electronic Albums
#2 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]
#7 — The Glitch Mob: Love Death Immortality [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill]
#12 — The Glitch Mob: Drink The Sea [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill]

iTunes Italy Top Albums
#12 — Elisa: L’anima vola [Sugar Music]

iTunes Spain Top Albums
#11 — Txarango: Som Riu [Discmedi]

iTunes Portugal Top Albums
#8 — Various Artists: Winter Jam [Vidisco]
#9 — Various Artists: Anual 2014 Mix [Vidisco]
#11 — Various Artists: Dança Koduro 10 [Vidisco]

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#19 — Okean Elzy: Избранное [Nikitin]

iTunes Poland Top Albums
#2 — Artur Rojek: Składam się z ciągłych powtórzeń [Kayax]

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#7 — Jorge e Mateus: Live in London – At Royal Albert Hall [Som Livre/Globo]
#15 — Luan Santana: O Nosso Tempo é Hoje (Ao Vivo) [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#5 — Gökhan Türkmen: En Baştan [Adim Muzik]
#14 — Çeşitli Sanatçılar: Bir Eksiğiz: Ahmet Kaya [Gam Production]

iTunes Sports Movies US
#19 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

iTunes Documentaries CA
#17 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

iTunes Sports Movies CA
#6 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]
#8 — Into The Mind [Sherpas Cinema]
#20 — Making Your Mark: The Snowboard Life of Mark McMorris [Manifesto Sport Management]

iTunes Documentaries UK
#15 — Exposure Vol. 1 [Chuck Fryberger Films]
#19 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

iTunes Sports Movies UK
#7 — Exposure Vol. 1 [Chuck Fryberger Films]
#10 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

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All Eyes on SXSW 2014: From Our Client Managers

SXSW2014March may be over, but we’re still reeling from our SXSW experience. More than 30 Orchardites were in Austin this year, including a handful of our Client Managers, and they wanted share some thoughts and memories from the conference. Without further ado…

João Brasil‘s DJ set from The Orchard’s Happy Hour on Friday 3/14 was one of my favorite sets. His mash-ups of Baile Funk brought a much needed dance party vibe. Kind of the right place, right time, right grooves all coming together at once.” – Corey Sheridan

“Standout shows included Haley Bonar at the Ginger Man; Marijuana Deathsquads at The North Door (Totally Gross National Product Showcase) — Har Mar, Channy from Polica were guest vocalists — Astronautalis at Holy Mountain (First Ave Party): he does a freestyle rap at every show based on ideas from the audience. This one was about missing planes and bunnies. It was amazing. And Riverboat Gamblers at Jackalope: Mike Wiebe with a tambourine on a bar, then going behind bar to get/make people’s drink orders.” – Sarah Sandusky

“For me, the highlight was having the opportunity to meet with all of the labels I work with and spending time with them at our happy hours, various meals and their shows. It’s always awesome to put a face to an email and connect with people in a more relaxed, sunshine-filled environment. Joining the team over at Rock The Cause to participate in their panel on cause-based music during their day party was an honor; RTC and their teams are some of the most dedicated people working through music to make a change in the world. Additionally, having a chance to check out all the FatCat artists who have releases coming out later this year, including We Were Promised Jetpacks, Paws and Honeyblood, was pretty great. Stand out show though was closing this year’s SXSW trip with Travis Barker and Yelawolf :)” – Amanda Suriani

Eli Cook’s virtuoso blues-rock guitar wowed the crowd at Rowdy’s Saloon. Eli’s debut album for Cleopatra, Primitive Son, will be released on April 29th 2014.” – Riker Griffiths

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas’ showcase at the Palm Door on Sixth on Friday, 3/14.” – Valeri Travagliante

Primitive Man hurled molten lumps of awesome dissonant crust at the Relapse showcase.” – Riker Griffiths

“I had been waiting for five years, patiently, to finally see Tinariwen. The last schedule performance they had in San Francisco was a few years ago, and I was traveling at the time. While the performance only consisted of six of the core members of Tinariwen, it didn’t at all seem thin, or that any parts were missing. In fact, it all seemed perfect. The show featured all new material from their new album Emmaar. While the set was short, it certainly did not disappoint. As the show came to a close, the band played through the last song “Chaghaybou,” bringing up members of their crew who danced on the stage. Shortly thereafter the lights went up, but the crowd was chanting for more… a true rarity that you don’t see often at SXSW, given everyone is too busy hustling from venue to venue.” – Corey Sheridan

Forest Swords at the Pitchfork showcase at Central Presbyterian Church — some gorgeous weather-beaten dubtronica here.” – Riker Griffiths

The Districts — a rag-tag group of underage rockers from Lititz, PA. They recently found a home at Fat Possum Records, which seems to be the perfect fit for the up-and-coming lo-fi rockers. The Districts had the dreaded early 12:00pm-12:30pm slot at the Another Planet / Noise Pop party at Red Eyed Fly. As they began the set, you could tell that the crowd was not giving the young group even half of their attention. However as the first track really opened up, and the riff-heavy rock took over, EVERYONE’S attention was now centered on these kids. The room began to fill out from the outside stage, and soon enough it was a full-on rock concert. The youngsters left it all on the stage — sweating through their clothes by the end of the second track, and leaving the audience in awe on how they magically avoided knocking each other over while rocking out on stage. Rare is it when you get a group of youngsters that demands a crowds attention at SXSW — even rarer when it’s that early in the day. In my years of attending SXSW, I feel like I have only seen one other band that had this effect on the crowd. And that was Delta Spirit, before they were “Delta Spirit.” Keep an eye out for these kids!” – Corey Sheridan

“Eoin Loveless from Drenge rocking out so hard at the British Embassy day party during “Bloodsports” that he accidentally unplugged his guitar. He seamlessly plugged it back in and carried on with the song.” – Valeri Travagliante

Until next year, folks!

Go Laura Tesoriero, First Female Chair of the Latin Grammys Board!

lauratesorieroWe work with some kickass people. Laura Tesoriero, The Orchard’s Regional Manager for Latin America, just got elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Latin Recording Academy, a.k.a. the organization that puts up the Latin Grammy Awards each year. Laura is the first female Chair the Board has had, and she certainly has the expertise and passion to accomplish great things in her new position.

Beyond overseeing The Orchard’s Latin American operations, Laura also serves as CEO of EPSA Music, a label focused on preserving the Argentine Tango and Folk music Laura grew up with. In addition, she brings her experience in A&R, marketing, manufacturing and publishing to the table, not to mention her long-time involvement with the Latin Recording Academy as a founding member of the organization.

Fellow newly elected members include Founder/CEO of Brazil-based MCB (Music Consent Branding) Marcelo Castello Branco, Latin Grammy winner and Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Johnny Ventura, and Founder and current President/CEO of Somos TV Luis Villanueva. The outgoing Chair of the Board, Luis Cobos, was named Chair Emeritus. In addition to organizing the Latin Grammy Awards, the Latin Recording Academy also supports the Latin music community as a whole, putting up educational and outreach programs and attempting to improve the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. We look forward to seeing Laura spearhead some exciting new initiatives!

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