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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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Freeloader Friday: French Style Furs, Suicide Silence, Honeyblood, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Ted Nugent, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Budos Band, Princess Superstar, Handguns, & The Slow Revolt

French Style FursHappy July! We’re now in the heart of summer, which means BBQs, splashing in the pool, bike rides in the park, and infinite ice cream. Plus fresh tunes, right? No season is complete without music to dance to, so read on for what you need to hear this week!

Start off your weekend with some rockin’ full album streams. First up, Indie supergroup French Style Furs‘ moody debut will not disappoint — one-third We Barbarians plus two-thirds Cold War Kids equals Alt-Rock perfection. Then, prepare for your face to be blown off with the latest from Suicide Silence. It’s extreme Metal like you’ve never heard extreme Metal before. Recover from that with Honeyblood‘s new album full of simple melodic Pop tunes that will leave you wanting more.

Next up, we’ve got the tracks you won’t want to miss. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are back with another preview of the new album. It’s a sassy and Soulful track that will have you singing along in no time. Get moving with Rock icon Ted Nugent on his upbeat new track, and then experience “exuberant sadness” with Indie-Rockers The Rural Alberta Advantage on their latest track. Finally, go on a Psychedelic-Funk journey with The Budos Band on their new over-the-top Soul jam.

Now, it’s time for some videos! Princess Superstar takes over Times Square with a twerk party in the new video for her latest Hip-Hop slap. Also check out: Handguns‘ Pop-Punk family reunion takeover and The Slow Revolt‘s Electronic-Soul black-and-white melodrama.

Have a great weekend, Freeloaders!

French Style Furs: Full album stream via Consequence of Sound
Is Exotic Bait out now on Frenchkiss Records

Suicide Silence: Full album stream via YouTube
You Can’t Stop Me out July 15 on Nuclear Blast

Honeyblood: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
Honeyblood out July 15 on FatCat Records

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas: “No Place Left to Hide” track premiere via PopMatters
Secret Evil out August 19 on Instant Records

Ted Nugent: “Everything Matters” track premiere via YouTube
Shutup&Jam! out now on Frontiers Records

The Rural Alberta Advantage: “Terrified” track premiere via Stereogum
Mended with Gold out September 30 on Paper Bag Records

The Budos Band: “The Sticks” track premiere via Soundcloud
Burnt Offering out October 21 on Daptone Records

Princess Superstar: “I’m A Firecracker” music video via Huffington Post
I’m A Firecracker EP out July 15 on Instant Records

Handguns: “The Loved Ones Who Hate Us” music video premiere via Alt Press
Life Lessons out now on Pure Noise Records

The Slow Revolt: “Never Get Close” music video premiere via VEVO
Never Get Close out July 14 on FIELDS

Geo-Target Your Tunes on SoundCloud

soundcloud logoWith a world of music out there and a corresponding number of territorial rights and restrictions, it’s important to be able to control where your sounds are heard and when on sites and services like SoundCloud, which are growing in both popularity and reach. It’s also helpful when you’re promoting a track in one country but have a separate release strategy for another. And anyway, it’s just nice to be able to manage this kind of thing, period.

Lucky for us, SoundCloud has a geoblocking tool that does just that. It’s only available on whitelisted accounts, so be sure to use our SoundCloud Connect app in the Marketplace to get your or your artist’s account whitelisted first, and you can use it to restrict and allow hand-picked territories for each of your uploaded tracks. It works on the SoundCloud website as well as embedded players, and you can apply it to individual tracks as well as playlists (more on that later).

To get to your geoblocking settings, click on the “Availability” menu you see when you upload a new track to SoundCloud.

SoundCloud_Geoblocking_Availability

Tracks are set to be available worldwide by default, but by checking the Geoblocking box, you gain control over which countries can and cannot access your music.

SoundCloud_Geoblocking_Continent_CountrySimply enter a country or continent in the box, filtering down your range of availability as you go. If you want to remove a selection, just hover over the ‘x’ next to the given country or continent. You can even remove an entire continent except for a certain country. For example, if I’d like my track to be excluded everywhere in Europe except for France and Switzerland, my settings would look like the image on the right.

If you’re not ready to manage your geoblocking settings at the time of upload, you can also edit them later for any track or playlist. Just click on the edit icon, scroll to where it says “Geographic availability for this track/set,” and choose between the following options:

  • Use existing settings: this will keep any individual track settings you’ve already implemented
  • Available worldwide: pretty straightforward…
  • Custom settings: this allows you to either Block or Allow your sound in specific territories through handy drop-down menus

Note that if you want to manage geoblocking for an entire playlist, the settings you implement for the playlist will override any existing settings for the tracks within it. So if I’ve restricted one of my tracks in Europe, but it’s in a playlist for which I select “Available worldwide,” this last setting will override my initial European block. If however I’ve only blocked one of the tracks in Europe but I want this whole playlist to do the same, I can adjust the custom settings in my playlist and it will apply to all my tracks. Here’s what that would look like using the same filters I used earlier:

SoundCloud_Geoblocking_EditPlaylist_Custom

Note, if you’re not using playlist-level geoblocking, make sure to have all the tracks within a playlist abide by the same rules for seamless playback.

Voilà! That’s how you manage your geographical presence on SoundCloud. Remember that this tool is only open to whitelisted accounts, and you can manage that straight from The Orchard Workstation via our SoundCloud Connect app.  If you don’t have access to The Orchard Marketplace, contact your client rep for assistance.

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 delivery.com, 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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