Out Today by The Orchard: Sasheer Zamata, Donald Cried & More

Happy June everyone! We’ve officially made it to the first month of summer, so it’s time to hang on for dear life to the last few days of great weather and let loose this weekend. Lucky for you, we’ve got the latest on this week’s releases including the perfect mix of comedy, music and film to kick off the summer fun.

If you’re a comedy fan like me, you wish SNL could run all year. If you’re also like me and are already having withdrawals, get your comedy fix with cast member Sasheer Zamata’s very first special: Pizza Mindbrought to you by Comedy Dynamics. Zamata is refreshingly unconventional, breaking the traditional mold of a standup special by incorporating animated shorts, sketches, and even a choreographed musical number proving herself to be much more than a member of an ensemble. Furthermore, she is equally engaging discussing everything from her experiences with racism to her experiences with psychedelics. The hilarious special pulls out all the stops showing nothing is off limits to Zamata. Check out a clip below and stream the album here.

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.


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.


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.


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.