The Academy Called: Cartel Land Is Nominated for an Oscar!


CartelLand_Oscar_AcademyAward_NominationNearly a year ago, we embarked on an exciting and meaningful journey when we partnered with Matthew Heineman and team to bring the chilling documentary Cartel Land to the world (well, technically only North America, but a champion is a champion). This morning, we woke up bright and early to the tune of an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

On the heels of El Chapo’s arrest and the ongoing drug wars happening on the Mexico/U.S. border, this film could not be more timely. What makes it extraordinary is its nuanced storytelling. Giving us access to two vigilante groups on both sides of the border, the Autodefensas and team “Nailer,” Cartel Land brings light to a world we know about but never really know, a place where institutions have failed to bring proper justice, a purpose that straddles the line between good and evil in a way that makes you forget this is all real.

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Welcome, Peter!


PeterIannoneIntroducing Peter Iannone, Software Engineer, Distribution Squad

Hi, I’m Peter. I’m a new software engineer on The Orchard’s Music Distro squad. I studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Stony Brook University. After college, I worked at RED Distribution and then in ad tech for a bit. In my spare time, I like to experiment with new technologies and tinker with electronic music production. I’m very happy to be working in the music/entertainment industry again and with such awesome people!

Listen to the Corridos of El Chapo Guzmán


chapoMany myths and legends have prevailed throughout history through the simple power of word of mouth. That is what Corridos are: the real stories of the land, of the bar, of the good and of the bad and sometimes of heroes.

Drug dealing began in Latin America decades ago, produced in South and Central America and traveling on the best distribution routes, by plane, by sea and even by “Mulas” (people who carry drugs inside their body). The goal is always to get to the most important market, the one that pays in U.S. dollars.

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5 Elements of a Unique, Attention-Getting Artist Story


sonicbids_artiststoryThis article, written by founder and Chief Power Specialist at Power Publicity, Lauren Gill, originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to exchange industry tips and trends for your business. 

All artists need a story that describes who they are and what sets them apart. While your music is your personal outlet for expression, your story is what helps you connect with people and create diehard fans. It’s also the foundation of a killer bio and helps you gain attention from the media, promoters, and other industry professionals. The five questions below are designed to help you craft your own compelling, unique story.  (more…)

Freeloader Friday: RJD2, Matt Kivel & More


RJD2Happy 2016, everyone! Welcome to the first Freeloader Friday of the year. I’m Montana, and this is my inaugural Freeloader Friday. Thank you for joining me on this wild ride. It looks like we’ve got quite a few things to catch up on since we last heard from Adam, so let’s just jump in.

This week, RJD2 dropped his newest single “Peace of What” off his just-announced album Dame Fortune. I like to think of this song as the opening track to a movie where the star (me, of course) struts confidently to the beat down the streets of New York City. It’s the perfect confident-walking song! C’mon, you know what I mean. The track features the voice of Jordan Brown. His smooth + soulful tone is what ties this track together. This was the first time I really sat down with an RJD2 song, and I have to say I’m hooked.

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