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Working with a Living Legend: Richard Gottehrer

On my very first day at The Orchard almost three years ago, my boss took me around the office in typical Orchard tradition and introduced me to every single person sitting at his or her desk, from our accountants to our developers and everyone in between. Was anyone off limits? …

The Marketplace Presents: Klick Push

If you had the opportunity to get your music featured in more places, why wouldn’t you take it? And if those places were high-engagement areas, it’d really be a no brainer. Well listen up then, because our latest Marketplace partner, Klick Push, has just the thing for you. With access …

Use YouTube Annotations to Create an Album Preview Video

So you’ve got a new album coming out and you want to give fans a taste of what to expect. Try creating an album preview video and uploading it to your YouTube channel! We’ll walk you through how to set this up. Prepare Your Content We’re not going to go …

Become A SoundCloud Master and A Master Of Your Rights On SoundCloud

Between updating their subscription plans and experimenting with more visual profiles (still in early beta), SoundCloud has been on fire lately. ComScore even recently reported that their traffic increased by 26% in one month, making SoundCloud the 8th fastest growing site in the U.S. Though it’s certainly evolved since its launch in Berlin in …

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Welcome, Steve!

July 9, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

Introducing Steven Kelly, Product Manager, Frontline Squad

Hi everyone — I’m Steve. I’m grew up in a little town north of Pittsburgh called Zelienople. I went to Penn State and I’m a die-hard Nittany Lions fan which has been interesting in the past few years. After my junior year, I interned at SonyBMG in New York — and after graduating, I started a full-time job there doing ringtone distribution.

I worked at Sony for about 7 years — and in that time, the company’s name changed at least twice (SonyBMG > Sony Music > Sony DADC). I left last May to do project management at, which was cool — but I missed the music industry a lot… and that brings me here!

I’m a huge fan of punk music — and I grew up playing in bands throughout high school. I got married a couple of months ago and I recorded the song for our first dance. It’s a song I wrote for my fiancee when we started dating and I had an opportunity to re-record it professionally. You can hear it here (“Scrabble”). I also play in a band that only covers songs from the Dumb & Dumber soundtrack.

Sparks Fly on Princess Superstar’s “I’m a Firecracker”

Princess Superstar I'm A Firecracker“I’m about to blow,” boasts Princess Superstar on the title track of her upcoming I’m A Firecracker EP, out July 15th. And she’s not kidding. New York’s original Princess of “flip-flop” Rap is poised to take over the world again with new music, videos, a reality show and more.

Princess Superstar might not be the wild and crazy free spirit she once was ten years ago, but she’s still got plenty of spunk. Since then, she has settled down and started raising a family on the Upper East Side in New York. Her new release, I’m a Firecracker, takes a more mature angle because of this. “It chronicled me growing up as an artist and me being a Mom,” says Princess Superstar in an interview with The Village Voice. “It’s still funny, it’s still raunchy but in a more grown-up way.” This fun balance will also be captured in her new reality show, expected to premiere in mid-late July, about Princess Superstar‘s domestic life and creative endeavors. Check out some sneak peaks over on Princess Superstar’s YouTube channel.

As the album release nears, the excitement is building more and more each day. Just a couple of weeks ago, Princess Superstar launched a remix contest on SoundCloud for fans to create their own remixes of “I’m a Firecracker.” The contest will culminate with Princess Superstar herself picking the winner. To whet your appetite even more, Entertainment Weekly premiered “Push You Away,” a sassy track from the EP about an on-and-off-again relationship, and HuffPost Entertainment‘s got the music video for “I’m a Firecracker” — it’s a Times Square twerk-fest you won’t want to miss.

Don’t be late to the party. I’m a Firecracker is available for pre-order now.

The Orchard Chart Toppers: June 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

It’s been an exciting start to the summer with our chart topping artists and labels! This month, we’re cheering to The Story So Far, who’s currently killing Warped Tour with a number of other Pure Noise artists; San Francisco Symphony, who topped Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums and Classical Albums chart; and while we don’t usually include Top Tracks in these summaries, we just had to for one particular week on iTunes Brazil, where two of our artists dominated more than half of the Top 20, as well as Julias Moon and Porcelain Black, who came in #1 in their respective Danish and French iTunes genre charts. Last, but certainly not least, Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company, fresh from our expanded partnership with Red Bull Media House, absolutely killed it on pretty much all related iTunes films charts around the world.

PS. This is only a snapshot of our artists’ chart positions. They’ve also placed in many genre charts on both Billboard and iTunes, but we’ve zoned in on the more general charts for the purpose of this post.

WEEK ENDING June 29, 2014

Billboard Current Albums
#175 — Various Artists: Mud Digger: Volume 5 [Average Joe's]

Billboard Independent Albums
#175 — Various Artists: Mud Digger: Volume 5 [Average Joe's]

Billboard Heatseeker Albums
#23 — Vanna: Void [Pure Noise Records]
#53 — Heart To Heart: Dulce [Pure Noise Records]

Portugal Top Albums
#10 — Various Artists: Latin Hits [Vidisco]
#12 — Various Artists: Orbital Anual 2014 [Vidisco]

Spain Top Albums
#7 — Gemeliers: Lo Mejor está por venir [Pep's Records]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#172 — Jonathan Butler: Living My Dream [Mack Avenue]

iTunes Jazz Albums
#1 — Jonathan Butler: Living My Dream [Mack Avenue]
#6 — Rebirth Brass Band: Move Your Body [Basin Street]

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#8 — Pollo: 777 [Som Livre/Globo]
#11 — Varios Artistas: Festeja [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Brazil Top Tracks
#1 — Malta: Lendas (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#2 — Malta: Diz Pra Mim (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#5 — Malta: Nova Historia (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#6 — Malta: Memórias (Come Wake Me Up) [Superstar] [Som Livre/Globo]
#7 — Malta: Baby (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#8 — Malta: Mais Que o Sol (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#9 — Malta: Alguém (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#13 — Jamz: Insano (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#14 — Jamz: Pot-Pourri: Get Lucky/ Lose Yourself To Dance (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#15 — Jamz: Happy (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]
#20 — Jamz: Nothing On You (Superstar) [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#18 — Erkan Oğur, Derya Türkan & İlkin Deniz: Dokunmak [M&MT]
#19 — Gaye Su Akyol: Develerle Yaşıyorum [Olmadı Kacariz Yapim]

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#7 — Various Artists: Лучшая дискотека 80/90 [Studia Soyuz]
#8 — Grigoriy Leps: The Best (Deluxe Version) [Nikitin]

iTunes Poland Top Albums
#7 — Artur Rojek: Składam się z ciągłych powtórzeń [Kayax]

iTunes Latvia Top Albums
#8 — Raimonds Pauls: Raimonda Paula Dziedāšanas Svētki [Izdevniecība MicRec]

iTunes Denmark Top Electronic Tracks
#2 — Julias Moon: “Lipstick Lies” [NMS]
#7 — Julias Moon: “Bay [Single]” [NMS]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies US
#13 — Isolated [Something Kreative Studios]
#17 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]

iTunes Top Short Films US
#4 — The Cradle of Storms [Surfer Films]
#20 — Shredtown: Drop the Gun [Shredtown]

iTunes Top Concert Films US
#4 — I Am Hardwell [Robin Piree Media Entertainment]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies CA
#2 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#1 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]

iTunes Top Short Films CA
#6 — Shredtown: Drop the Gun [Shredtown]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies UK
#9 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]

iTunes Top Sports Movies UK
#8 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]

iTunes Top Short Films UK
#3 — NotBad [Anthill Films]
#4 — Shredtown: Drop the Gun [Shredtown]

iTunes Top Music Films UK
#13 — I Am Hardwell [Robin Piree Media Entertainment]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies AU
#5 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]

iTunes Top Sports Movies AU
#5 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]

iTunes Top Short Films AU
#2 — The Cradle of Storms [Surfer Films]
#9 — Shredtown: Drop the Gun [Shredtown]

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The Orchard + Red Bull Media House Bring You the Best in Action Sports Films

10259980_703505583021728_8808012807702545879_nIf you love watching visually enticing stunts performed by your favorite extreme athletes like we do here at The Orchard, you’re going to be stoked to hear our latest tidbit of news: we’ve teamed up with Red Bull Media House to give you one hell of an action sports entertainment ride!

You must’ve seen those action-packed clips and commercials done by the drink brand, including some of the world’s greatest kayakers, motocrossers, surfers, skiers, parachuters and other all-out ballers, right? Well Red Bull is also behind these grandest of adventurers in another capacity: film. They’re major producers in the world of action sports films, bringing insane — otherwise unseen — pro footage to die-hard fans of extreme sports.

And now, we’re partnering with Red Bull Media House to get those jam-packed features seen by more audiences far and wide. We already have the largest and richest catalog of action sports films in the world, and we’ve got our very own video imprint, EchoBoom Sports. So we’re excited to reach out to more fans with this remarkable new content through our worldwide digital and cable distribution deal.

What should you be on the lookout for now that the big news is out? For starters, we released Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company just last month. Next up, we’ll release ski film Days Of My Youth and motorcycle doc On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter.

Stay tuned for more phenomenal sports adventure films we’ll be throwing your way. In the mean time, find more details about the partnership in our official press release here.

Say YES to “Heaven & Earth”

Yes: Heaven & EarthIt has been forty-five years since legendary Progressive-Rock group YES released their first studio album. They’re back at it this month with Heaven & Earth, eight tracks of sweeping orchestration and layered harmonies that will please fans old and new.

For a band that has been in the business for over forty years, and has sold almost 40 million records, creating an album is like riding a bike. YES know what they’re doing, and they continue to show that with the collaborations on this latest album. Produced by Grammy winner Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Guns N’ Roses) and mixed by Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers), Heaven & Earth won’t disappoint.

Check out a sample of “Believe Again” below and experience the soaring vocals of new frontman Jon Davision. This preview will only get you more excited for Heaven & Earth, out July 22 on Frontiers Records.

YES will be on tour this summer, check out details below.

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