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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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Take These Holiday Classics for an Indie Spin

IndieHoliday2Have you ever polished a chestnut? Oh, how it shines. We’ve put together a playlist of our favorite Indie artists polishing away, with soft white dream powder (The Raveonettes “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”), with wacko monkey grease (Quintron & Miss Pussycat “Jingle Bell Rock”), with Retro Funk goo (Shawn Lee‘s Ping Pong Orchestra “Little Drummer Boy”), with purple drank (Ying Yang Twins “Sleigh Ride”), with… a shirt, probably, because this guy doesn’t like wearing a shirt (Iggy Pop “White Christmas”). It’s new and nostalgic, at the same time. Happy ho ho y’all.

The Orchard Chart Toppers: November 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

We’re nearing the end of the year, and our November charts are in. Before Christmas music takes over for the year (who am I kidding? it already has!), we’d like to give a shoutout to all our charting artists and bands, namely: Machine Head for hitting #21 on the Billboard Top 200,  #2 on the Independent chart, #16 on iTunes’ Top 200 and #1 on iTunes’ Metal Albums chart, not to mention making it to Russia’s Top 20 on iTunes; Gemeliers, two Spanish brothers who have been on the Spanish charts for months now and don’t look like they’re going anywhere; and Oakley’s Action Sports film Snowboarding For Me, which stayed on the Top Documentary Movies and Action Sports Movies charts in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia for more than 3 weeks.

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 NOVEMBER 30, 2014

Billboard Top Heatseekers
#8 — Jimmy Greene: Beautiful Life [Mack Avenue Records]

Italy Top Albums
#7 — Elisa: L’anima vola (Deluxe Edition) [Sugar Music]

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#5 — Henrique e Juliano: Ao Vivo em Brasilia [Som Livre/Globo]
#8 — Sorriso Maroto: Eu Gosto Ao Vivo No Maracanãzinho [Som Livre/Globo]
#14 — Malta: Supernova [Som Livre/Globo]
#17 — Cristiano Araujo: In the Cities – Ao Vivo em Cuiabá [Som Livre/Globo]
#18 — Jorge e Mateus: Live in London at the Royal Albert Hall [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Lithuanua Top Albums
#3 — Biplan: Visi keliai veda prie jūros [M.P.3]

iTunes Latvia Top Albums
#2 — Ассаи: Другие берега [Studia Soyuz]

iTunes Poland Top Albums
#9 — Zuch Kazik: Zakażone Piosenki [SP Record]
#15 — Be-sides: We Were So Wrong [Fonografika]

iTunes Czech Republic Top Albums
#12 — Aneta Langerova: Na Radostii [Supraphone]
#19 — Karel Kryl: Live! [Supraphone]

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#4 — Ivan Dorn: Randorn [First Music Publishing]
#9 — Mezza: Mokba [Studio Soyuz]
#14 — Vladimir Visotsky: Izbrannoe [Volume Music Group]

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Welcome, Shelby!

December 10, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

ShelbySchwimmerIntroducing Shelby Schwimmer, Executive Assistant, CEO

Born and raised in New York, I went to the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and studied Psychology & Sociology. I knew both concentrations would be useful in the entertainment industry, whether it be managing expectations and relationships, or knowing how to approach situations with the right mindset.

I actually interned at The Orchard during the summer of 2012 and instantly fell in love with the company. Once I graduated, I moved back to NYC and began working as a Post Production Manager at Cut+Run, an editorial company specializing in commercials and documentaries. Although the work was exciting, allowing me to witness the company’s and my hard work air on live TV, my heart remained in music, and with The Orchard. I found myself going full circle and making my way back to the company I fell in love with from the start. I actually am a singer myself, and enjoy jamming with friends and family for fun. I am extremely excited to be a part of such an influential team.

Take A Bow, 57th Grammy Award Nominees!

grammy-2015T’is the season… of awards! With that, Grammy nominations have just come in — and we couldn’t be more excited for our highlighted Orchard-repped artists and labels.

Between Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Ruthie Foster, The Stanley Clarke Band and more, so many great releases were unleashed into the world this year. The San Francisco Symphony gave us an incredible rendition of the musical classic West Side Story, Light In The Attic took us back to the late 60s with Lee Hazlewood, and Round Sky, Raveolution, Domo and Sounds True rep’ed hard in New Age. These (as well as many more who didn’t get nods this time around) deserve every bit of praise they get.

The awards go down February 8, 2015. Until then, here’s the full list of nominees from The Orchard:

Nomination Artist Album
Best R&B Album Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Give The People What They Want [Daptone Records]
Best New Age Album Paul Avgerinos Bhakti [Round Sky Records]
Ricky Kej, Wouter Kellerman Winds of Samsara [Raveolution Studios]
Kitaro Symphony Live In Istanbul [Domo Records]
David Darling, Silvia Nakkach In Love and Longing [Sounds True]
Best Jazz Vocal Album Gretchen Parlato Live in NYC [ObliqSound]
Tierney Sutton Paris Sessions [BFM Jazz]
Best Roots Gospel Album T. Graham Brown Forever Changed [MCM World Media]
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) Ixya Herrera Voz Y Guitarra [Rampart Latino]
Best Tropical Latin Album El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico 50 Aniversario – Volume 1 [EGC Records]
Best Blues Album Ruthie Foster Promise Of A Brand New Day [Blue Corn Music]
Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’ Decisions [Silver Talon Records]
Best Regional Roots Music Album Bonsoir Catin Light The Stars [Valcour Records]
Best Children’s Album Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could Just Say Hi! [Bumblin’ Bee Records]
Best Musical Theater Album San Francisco Symphony West Side Story [San Francisco Symphony]
Best Instrumental Composition The Stanley Clarke Band for “Last Train to Sanity” Up [Mack Avenue Records]
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Alfredo Rodriguez for “Guantanamera” The Invasion Parade [Mack Avenue Records]
Best Album Notes Various Artists I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-1970 [Light In The Attic]
Best Historical Album Various Artists Lee Hazlewood Industries: There’s a Dream I’ve Been Saving (1966-1971) [Light In The Attic]
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance Partch Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances [Bridge Records, Inc.]
Best Classical Compendium Partch Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances [Bridge Records, Inc.]
Mike Marshall & The Turtle Island Quartet Mike Marshall & The Turtle Island Quartet [Adventure Music]
Paul Daniel The Solent [Albion Records]
Best Classical Instrumental Solo Leon Fleisher All the Things You Are [Bridge Records, Inc.]
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Anne Sofie von Otter Douce France [naïve classique]
Florian Boesch Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795 [Onyx Classics]
Best Contemporary Classical Composition Orchestra 2001 Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 16; Voices from the Heartland, Sun and Shadow [Bridge Records, Inc.]

Congratulations to all the nominees! We’ll be cheering for you come February.

Audits, Insights, Music Key: A Look at YouTube’s 2014

December 9, 2014 Featured News, YouTube No Comments

YouTubePlayYouTube’s been up to a lot this year, all culminating in the launch of their long-awaited subscription service, Music Key. To help you pinpoint the highlights, we’ve put together this chronology of YouTube events to note:

January

YouTube launched a new comment management feature, making it easier to flag, remove and reply to all the comments you get on your awesome videos. This was a direct response to channel creators requesting a solution after YouTube nixed their in-app inbox.

February

YouTube turned itself into an honest wom… erm… service by auditing videos and removing fraudulent views. True fan engagement just can’t be bought.

April

Playlists got some love with new data reports in YouTube Analytics. An essential part to your channel’s success, playlists are a great way to increase watch time, encourage a lean-back viewing experience and cross-promote in interesting ways.

May

Fan Insights launched, giving channel creators additional info on their most influential fans. With more than just your standard numbers, but not enough to put you in the creep-zone, Fan Insights allow you to create Google+ circles of your top fans and reward them in a personalized way for their support.

June

Just as February brought on view audits, June followed suit with subscriber reviews. YouTube removed all inactive accounts from subscriber numbers, inducing a slight dip in subs that month for most channels, but giving you a more accurate picture of your channel as a whole.

July

With mobile-everything growing in spades, YouTube launched a Creator Studio app to open up basic channel management and analytics on-the-go. Because who wants to wait until they get home to see the latest view count on that new video?

August

It’s not just mobile though, smart TVs are making themselves indispensable these days too. So YouTube improved its TV app – starting with Xbox One — with better navigation and channel pages.

October

YouTube’s Creator Academy is awesome. If you haven’t looked through it yet, you now have no excuse: as of October, it’s available in 20 new languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian and more.

November

Music Key lands to wrap up the year’s big events. Launched in the U.S., U.K., Finland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, Music Key offers features like art tracks, album playlists, topic channels and more. We’ve written about the launch, and gone into more detail on each feature, too.

That’s it! Pretty good year, YouTube. Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve in 2015!

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