Goodbye Charles Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul
This weekend, the world lost a radiant inspiration with the passing of Charles Bradley. Our hearts go out to the Daptone Records family as they endure the loss of this soulful legend.
Charles Bradley personifies the reason many of us put our faith and passion in music. His message of love was palpable in his lyricism and contagious in his performances, drawing smiles and tears from crowds even in his sickness.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to All-Stars Project or Music Unites.
Out Today by The Orchard: BTS, Holly Miranda & More
As the daylight hours dwindle, it has become a bit of a long-haul to the weekend. But Friday’s never seem like a workday when there are so many great new releases to get you moving and motivated. This week, K-pop dominates the globe, a dreamy songwriter sings from a new perspective and a Scandinavian group epitomizes black metal.
If you haven’t heard of BTS you might live under a rock, especially after this week. Here is your chance to crawl out because the K-pop group has released their new album, Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ from Bighit Entertainment, and it’s taking over the planet. Their single “DNA” is the top track on New Music Friday in the US. According to CNN, the album has now “conquered three continents.” You read that correctly, not countries, we’re talking continents. The young group has hurdled beyond the boundaries of language and they aren’t slowing down any time soon. Their video below was released just a few days ago and has already surpassed 40 million views… see what all the hype is about, below.
Masters Of Grime: Boy Better Know Takeover the O2 Arena
It was a late summer holiday weekend and whilst most people were dancing the day away at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, us grime lovers were over at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich ready to immerse ourselves in the Boy Better Know Takeover.
Grime as a genre started in the early 2000s in East London and is heavily influenced by UK garage, hip hop/rap and jungle music. Some of the most well known grime artists include Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Kano, Skepta and Stormzy with international artists such as Drake and A$AP Rocky taking a huge liking to UK grime. Skepta’s latest album Konnichiwa charted at #2 in the UK album charts, an incredible achievement for the underground scene. Listen to the album single “Shutdown,” below.
Introducing Denis Siek, SVP of Finance
I’m thrilled to be joining The Orchard at what is an incredibly exciting time for our company and the music industry as a whole. I’ve spent the past 15 years working for our parent company, Sony Music, in numerous different finance roles. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside many of you in my most recent role as part of Sony’s Global Digital Business Group, and I’m fortunate to be joining a team where everyone is so passionate about what they do.
Making A Difference With Pink, Blue & Green Vinyl
Music is a unique art form that reaches so many and inspires empathy transcending all boundaries. It draws people together and can spawn change in a big way. That is why many artists and organizations choose to harness the community music creates to raise support for a number of special causes. Check out some of these great initiatives and learn how you can get involved!