Out Today by The Orchard: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Nas & More

The excitement of Record Store Day is taking over our office and before all the vinyl enthusiasts run out to build camps outside of record stores, we have a few releases to warm you up for tomorrow’s indie store hopping marathon! From the retrospective box set of British progressive rock legends Todd Rundgren’s Utopia to Nas’s symphonic rendition of Illmatic, join us in appreciating the culture of independently owned record stores with records all out today!


Nominees Named For The 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Billboard has announced the nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards! Six of our labels made the list with a total of eight nominations between them. Our talented chart-toppers include Black River Entertainment’s country sensation, Kelsea Ballerini, who is up for Top Country Female Artist, and Daddy Yankee who is on the ballot for Top Latin Artist. (more…)

Jay Andino Heads The Orchard’s Urban Division

The Orchard is excited to welcome Jay Andino as Vice President of the newly established Urban Division!

The Urban Division is the latest addition to The Orchard’s artist and label services offering. It is also the company’s first genre-specific department.

Jay joins The Orchard from 300 Entertainment, where he worked as Director of National Urban and Rhythm Promotions. At 300, Jay promoted records by Young Thug, Fetty Wap, Migos and more under Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles. Previously, Jay had a run at Interscope Records, pushing campaigns for artists including Kendrick Lamar, Rae Sremmurd and Eminem. (more…)

Out Today by The Orchard: JJUUJJUU, John Prine & More

It is impossible to think of a world where music does not exist. While it is considered one of the most expressive art forms, it is also the most universal language. The German author Berthold Auerbach once said: “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Today, we present you folk tunes from the legendary John Prine, psychedelic rock from JJUUJJUU and alt metal from WRONG to cleanse your senses of the rust from your busy life.

JJUUJJUU has finally served their highly anticipated booming debut album Zionic Mud via Dine Alone Records. The founder of JJUUJJUU, Phil Pirrone – who is also the man behind the iconic festival Desert Daze – has spent couple of years jamming and recording with his band and fellow collaborators Vinyl Williams, Mason Rotschild from Fever the Ghost and Jeffertitti before landing on this album. Zionic Mud is partnered with an additional release that harbors versions of the tracks reimagined by METZ, Liars and Jennylee from Warpaint. Take a listen to the title track below and check out Zionic Mud here. (more…)

So Much For The Internet Making Things Easier: Why Every Indie Needs A Ninja

Bill Wilson and Laurens Kusters have a long history in independent music. As a founder of Blackout! Records and a current VP of Digital Strategy at The Music Business Association, Bill alongside I Scream Records founder and manager to Sick Of It All, Laurens, developed a brand new resource — Indie.ninja. The site connects independent labels to trusted freelance professionals to simplify your search, provide top quality candidates and streamline payments. Learn more about indie.ninja from co-founder Bill Wilson, below.