The Orchard & Red Essential Merge


The Orchard and Red Essential’s two UK organizations have merged to create the newly formed company called The Orchard. The new UK business will be lead by co-Managing Directors, Ian Dutt and Mike Chadwick.

With decades of success serving independents, these companies provide a consolidate experience in music distribution fostering strong partnerships and an impressive catalogue across all genres. The seasoned expertise of both teams will align to create a cutting edge company focused on exceptional label and artist services, global digital and physical sales, marketing and advanced technology systems across more than 30 markets worldwide. All artists and labels benefit from the combined strength in delivery and reporting systems to track sales and business development on both a global and in-market scale.

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Meet Your Friends In A Virtual Reality


Virtual RealityMore and more we’re seeing tech giants hedging their bets on the success of virtual reality platforms. Facebook and most recently Google, have all thrown their hats into the ring in the battle for VR supremacy.

Common visions of virtual reality evoke images of isolated individuals living out virtual lives in digital worlds reminiscent of the plugged-in, Matrix-esque citizens represented in Pixar’s sci-fi, Wall-E. Google on the other hand has a brighter and more social vision of the future.

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Welcome, Conrad!


Conrad CapalboIntroducing, Conrad Capalbo, Product Manager, Physical Distribution

Hey everyone, my name is Conrad and I’m excited to be joining The Orchard as the Product Manager for the Physical Music Distribution team. Since I’ve been an active musician from the age of five and have been building software for the past four years, it’s great to finally merge my passions.

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Music Biz Meets The Music City


Music CityThe annual Music Biz convention rocked the town of Nashville just a few short weeks ago. Overall the vibe was positive as many physical retailers report increased sales, primarily due to music consumer’s appetite for vinyl releases. In response many stores are devoting more shelf and floor space to 12 inch records. Retailers like Newbury Comics are experiencing increased business due to sales on lifestyle items like fidget spinners. These trendsetting topical toys are bringing in customers that haven’t ever visited music stores before.

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Out Today by The Orchard: Clayton English, AWOL & More


Clayton EnglishToday kicks off Memorial Day Weekend in the States. With Monday dedicated to recognizing our troops, the weekend is often packed with picnics, barbecues and general summer-themed festivities to welcome the sun and adventures of the approaching season. Well, your summer fun has just arrived early as we welcome a comedian, a heart-melting film and a jazz-adelic album courtesy of yours truly.

Today marks the release of Clayton English‘s full length audio of All The Same via Comedy Dynamics. Recognizable from his win on Last Comic Standing, English has the crowd roaring with how easy it is to get weed and how it should be legalized. Clayton touches on the safety and medical benefits saying “-it helps people with Alzheimers, did you know that? Yea, they smoke weed and they forget they can’t remember.” Check out a clip from his winning set and listen to his full album here:

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