Freeloader Friday: The Olympians, Slothrust & More
It gives me great pleasure to say once again: Happy Friday, Freeloaders. I hope your young autumn is treating you well and that Halloween costume brainstorming has begun. No matter how your week was, it’s about to get better because we have a bangin’ batch-o-tracks for you this week. Let’s dive in!
Opening up this week’s Freeloader floor is a fantastic song from Daptone Records super group, The Olympians. Comprised of members of Lee Fields, the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and more, The Olympians are an instrumental funk powerhouse. The band’s debut track “Sirens of Jupiter” is a immediate indicator of the strength and experience behind this team of musicians. In a swirling climax of funk virtuosity, guitars wah, trumpets blare and flutes whistle over a groove so otherworldly, it could have only been crafted by the gods themselves. If you’re even a tad bit into the soul genre, get excited about The Olympians’ upcoming self-titled record. I can sense an instant classic at the peak of Mt. Olympus…
Apple Music Refresh, Apple Music Best Practices Refresh
Last week, Apple released its new iOS 10 and with it, the new version of Apple Music we’ve been waiting for. Never ones to wait when we can dive in full steam, we’ve gone through its sleek new interface and updated our Apple Music Best Practices accordingly. These tips are as fresh as the new app. (more…)
Introducing Kam Chang, Director, Accounting
Greetings all! I am Kam Chang and I am excited to join The Orchard as a Director of Accounting. I recently relocated back to NYC from San Francisco. I worked for nearly six years in Sony’s internal audit department focusing on Sony Music Entertainment. Prior to Sony, I worked for nearly seven years in the audit practice at Deloitte in both the NYC and Sydney, Australia offices. I worked on a range of industries but eventually joined the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group where The Orchard was one of my clients nearly 10 years ago!
Keepin’ Up With Instagram’s Latest Updates: Stories, Zoom, Comments
Over the past couple of months, Instagram has released some key updates that we think you should be aware of, including Stories, Zoom and Comments management. Take a look below to get an idea of how you can best utilize these updates and maximize your marketing efforts on this platform.
Having a hard time grasping Snapchat and adding in yet another social account to your arsenal? Instagram released an update over the summer that allows you to post stories, much like Snapchat. (more…)
The Orchard & Taihe Music Group Take China in Exclusive Deal
It’s been a long-time coming and after slowly building our presence in the region — opening an office in Singapore, attending conferences like last week’s Music Matters, building partnerships and relationships — we’ve signed a deal with Taihe Music Group that will change the game.
Through our exclusive partnership, all of The Orchard’s music will be distributed to local Chinese stores and services including Ali Music, Kugou, Kuwo, NetEase Cloud Music, QQ Music and Baidu Music, among others. In addition, Taihe Music Group’s catalog — which features top C-Pop artists like Chen Jieyi (陈洁仪), Xu Song (许嵩), Fang Datong (方大同) and Zhang Shaohan (张韶涵) — will be distributed everywhere outside of China through The Orchard.