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Welcome, Paul!

October 8, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

Paul PhotoIntroducing Paul Hanly, Director of Client Relations, The Orchard & General Manager, Frenchkiss Records

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally working with The Orchard. There were times that I came to the office so much throughout the years that I felt I could have just set up shop. I have spent the last 7+ years working with Syd Butler and Frenchkiss Records and I look forward to continuing the success there while playing a larger role inside The Orchard.

Originally, I am from New Jersey (Rutgers grad to boot!) and I have bounced around a few places in the music industry (Astralwerks, Capitol, Kemado/Mexican Summer) before settling in at Frenchkiss where I felt was a great place to grow and be creative. I am super into running (doing the NYC Marathon again this year!) and still obsess about live music, etc.

Looking forward to working with everyone!

The Orchard Chart Toppers: September 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

Happy Autumn and welcome to the busiest time of the year for music. In that vein, I’ll keep this short: Huge congrats as always to our charting artists and labels, with shoutouts to Pure Noise Records’ No Bragging Rights, who got some great action with their release The Concrete Flower, Egyptian Pop star Amr Diab, who snagged a #1 World release, and the documentary on Baseball legend Dock Ellis, No No: A Dockumentary.

See y’all next month!

PS. This is only a snapshot of our artists’ chart positions. They’ve also placed in many genre charts on both Billboard and iTunes, but we’ve zoned in on the more general charts for the purpose of this post.

WEEK ENDING September 28, 2014

Billboard Top 200 Albums
#111 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]
#141 — Whirr: Sway [Graveface Records]

Billboard Current Albums
#107 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]
#130 — Whirr: Sway [Graveface Records]
#161 — Stryper: Live At The Whiskey [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Independent Albums
#26 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]
#32 — Whirr: Sway [Graveface Records]
#40 — Stryper: Live At The Whiskey [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Heatseekers
#2 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]
#6 — Whirr: Sway [Graveface Records]
#22 — Iron Reagan: The Tyranny Of Will [Relapse Records]
#39 — Trudy Lynn: Royal Oaks Blues Cafe [MDI Distribution / Wiggins Music Distribution]
#47 — Myrkur: Myrkur [Relapse Records]

UK Independent Album Breakers
#2 — JAWS: Be Slowly [Rattlepop Records]

UK Independent Albums
#17 — JAWS: Be Slowly [Rattlepop Records]

Spain Top Albums
#2 — Gemeliers: Lo Mejor está por venir [Pep’s Records]

Portugal Top Albums
#12 – Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol]
#14 – Various Artists: Kizomba Mix [Vidisco]
#15 – Various Artists: Caribe 2014 [Vidisco]
#16 – Various Artists: Piradinha 3 [Vidisco]

Official Denmark Charts — Top Albums
#10 — Marie Fisker & Kira Skov: The Cabin Project [Stunt / Sundance Records]
#17 — Mike Andersen: Home [NMS]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#176 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]

iTunes Portugal Top Albums
#3 – Various Artists: Summer Jam 2014 [Vidisco]

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#11 — Funky Arabesk: Ebrulimuharrem [3 Adım Müzik] *pre-order
#17 — Cengiz Kurtoğlu: Saklı Düşler [Esen]
#18 — iPhonedo: Süper Ay [Scooter Tunes]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies US
#8 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#9 — No No: A Dockumentary [Baseball Iconoclasts]

iTunes Top Sports Movies US
#4 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#9 — No No: A Dockumentary [Baseball Iconoclasts]

iTunes Top Movies CA
#16 – 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies CA
#2 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#12 — Thunderstruck 13 [Thunderstruck Films]
#18 — No No: A Dockumentary [Baseball Iconoclasts]
#19 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#2 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#9 — Thunderstruck 13 [Thunderstruck Films]
#20 — No No: A Dockumentary [Baseball Iconoclasts]

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The Orchard Catches Big Air with Warren Miller Entertainment

It’s pretty cool to be able to tell the world you were the first person to take skiing to the big screen. It’s equally as awesome to hold the world record for the longest running film series; Warren Miller Entertainment has accomplished both. The ski film phenomenon began in 1950 under Warren Miller himself, and we’re psyched to now offer WME a digital distribution home for their massive, ever-growing catalog!

Here at The Orchard, we love a good adventure sports film – just take a look at our campaign around Into the Mind! WME shares our passion: as soon as Miller returned home from WWII, he began his ski-themed filmmaking career; by 1950, Deep and Light hit the big screen, and thus began the biggest film franchise in the world. Every year since, WME has released a ski-related picture with the count going up to 65 this year.

If you’re not familiar with the annual movie drop, you’ll have lots of catching up to do. Where to begin? There’s the flick that launched 64 more to come, mentioned above – it’ll give you a rundown of how the entire WME name began. There’s also #52: Cold Fusion, which includes two ski world records, #49: Freeriders, with plenty of nods to the late 90s, and #58: Playground, featuring the latest and greatest ski parks around the world.

Not only do WME films give you access to the world’s “Best in Show” among skiers, the movies also take you to some of the most exotic snow-capped mountains and top-tier ski resorts you could only hope to visit. Hence why we are stoked to be bringing this long-running and fabulously crafted series to the web for all to see. You can find more info on the deal itself in our official press release and VideoInk’s news coverage.

Check out what’s coming in this year’s No Turning Back below:

Frenchkiss and The Orchard Make Out

September 26, 2014 Featured News, Orchard News No Comments

sydfaceYou might say it’s been a long time coming. From our courting phase over ten years ago to when we made it past second base, welcomed Frenchkiss Label Group into the world and today, when we finally tied the knot, Frenchkiss Records and The Orchard have been what you might call soul mates. So it’s with great excitement that we announce the acquisition of the brilliant Frenchkiss Records and Frenchkiss Label Group. To share in our union, please welcome…. Syd Butler, Founder of Frenchkiss Records and a whole lot more. 

Hello Orchard World!

I’m Syd Butler, the bass player for Les Savy Fav and the founder of Frenchkiss Records. I grew up in Washington, D.C., formed Les Savy Fav while studying film and video at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island and started Frenchkiss in August 1999 from an office in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Its first purpose was to release Les Savy Fav’s second full-length album, The Cat and the Cobra, and then over the years we went on to discover and sign bands such as The Hold Steady, Local Natives, The Dodos, Bloc Party and Passion Pit.

I am so grateful that Frenchkiss has been connected to The Orchard for the last ten years. This new deal shows how well we have worked together and the trust that has been built between us. Since Frenchkiss started back in 1999, we felt passionately about releasing music both with integrity and honesty. We care about the community in which our artists thrive and do all we can to make sure this ethos is flawlessly curated. The Orchard has been there every step and understands our values. Together we have released 75 records and signed over 30 labels through Frenchkiss Label Group. This strong relationship will move Frenchkiss/The Orchard into an even more successful future together.

We are thrilled to be working with such a creative and dedicated team.

Syd

Hey Lovie, Got a Vote to Spare?

September 26, 2014 Featured News, Orchard News No Comments

2014_Finalist_WhiteWe were delighted to receive the news this week that BalconyTV has been named a Finalist in the Internet Video: Music and Entertainment category of the Lovie Awards. The Lovie Awards are essentially the European version of the Webby Awards, and for those not in the know, the Webby Awards are considered to be the “Oscars of the Internet.” So I guess it’s a bit like being selected in competition for the Cannes Film Festival. That’s what we’re saying anyway.

Awards competitions are a strange business. In truth, most awards that are based around art are a bit silly. Art is subjective after all. Nevertheless, a lot of us get in a tizzy over them shiny statues. We all want one. At the end of the day, it’s nice to receive an award even if there is not much logic to the madness. On the other hand, if you lose… well who needs ‘em? Right?

They do have importance though. And I would advise anybody considering a startup venture to take heed. If it was not for awards, it’s likely that BalconyTV would not be here right now.

In 2007, BalconyTV won Best Music Website at the Digital Media Awards in Ireland. This surprise win gave us the impetus to keep running with the show. We beat some pretty high profile competitors and were able to use the phrase ‘award winning’ liberally. Ah yes, that phrase has done well by us. It rings bells in people’s heads. It shouldn’t, but it does.

After the success at the Irish awards, we thought we should go global in our recognition seeking. As we mentioned earlier, the Webby Awards touted themselves as the “Oscars of the Internet”… and that was good enough for us. So in 2008, BalconyTV was nominated for Best Viral Video Content at the Webbys. This was a huge accolade for us, and we didn’t even win!

In ’08, YouTube was still a relatively new phenomenon. Thus, to be nominated as one of the Top 5 Viral Video concepts at a time when the concept of viral video was just breaking through was pretty on the money. We were up against the likes of (remember these) Chocolate Rain, Obama Girl, Diet Coke + Mentos and my favorite, Here Comes Another Bubble by The Richter Scales.

Although we didn’t win, we were covered by National TV News in Ireland and that led directly to BalconyTV receiving its first angel investment round, which secured BalconyTV’s future.

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