YouTube Keeping the Olympic Torch Aflame in Rio 2016


Rio-2016The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio have only a week left of competition and so far, we’ve been lucky enough to see Michael Phelps secure his place as the greatest Olympic Champion swimmer of all timeSimone Biles rack up 3 gold medals in gymnastics and Usain Bolt retain his status as the fastest man in the world. Now, if you weren’t able to catch any of these events take place in real time, don’t worry; YouTube has got you covered with extensive highlight footage.

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Freeloader Friday: The FRIGHTNRS, iNCH & More


frightnrsalbumHi there, my lovely Freeloaders! This is unfortunately my final Freeloader Friday with you, and I am feeling all. the. emotions. Nevertheless, I’ve still got one last shot to bring you the some brand new, wonderful releases to carry you through the weekend. Now – let’s get to the good stuff.

Queens, New York’s finest rocksteady crew The FRIGHTNRS are back with a brand new tune from their latest record, Nothing More To Say. Slated as “the darkest song on the record,” “Dispute” has potent themes of regret and despondence rooted in its veins – yet contains a surprising amount of emptiness in its landscape. The track carries a rich, deep melancholic mood with not much instrumentation or production value. An eerie piano riff drifts above a warm bass line and relaxed percussion, all while late lead singer Dan Klein’s exquisite vocals croon wistfully at the forefront of the mix. With this raw spin on authentic reggae beats, Klein and The FRIGHTNRS have surely made a legacy for themselves that’ll last for ages to come.

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The Orchard Catches The Duplass Brothers’ “Blue Jay”


blue-jayLike spaghetti and meatballs, The Orchard and the Duplass Brothers are a combo that just works. Today, we are thrilled to announce that we will be releasing another Duplass Bros production, Blue Jay, written by Mark Duplass and directed by Alex Lehmann. The film is another installment of a seven-film output partnership between The Orchard and the Duplass’.

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Ch-Ch-Changes in the Physical Music Retail Landscape


music-retail-newbury-comicsYou’ve heard it before: the only constant in life is change. Adapt and survive. Darwinian selection has always been an active force in the music business since the beginning. And those of us who live in NYC and work at The Orchard, see it every day. “The Force” has to be strong if you’re going to make it here. Just ask late blooming soul singer Charles Bradley or cancer survivor Sharon Jones, now hotter than ever since her Lincoln car commercial featuring “Midnight Rider.”

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Welcome, Nikoo!


Nikoo SadrIntroducing Nikoo Sadr, Interactive Marketing Manager, UK

Hey all, I’m Nikoo, joining The Orchard team as Interactive Marketing Manager in the UK. Previously, I was head of Digital Marketing training at Music Ally, where my over-excitement about great marketing campaigns led me to also write the “campaigns” section for Music Ally’s digital marketing magazine Sandbox.

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