The Orchard Announces Raft Of New Top Artists Signings

Jon Secada, RJD2, Soulive, Guru Choose Orchard’s Diverse Media Services Platform To Drive Revenue, Build Audience, and Connect With Fans In New and Innovative Ways

New York, New York – May 7, 2009
Following the addition of several new labels to its catalog, The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD), a global leader in music and video entertainment, today announced deep digital partnerships with a diverse array of top artists across a variety of music genres.  These artists will enjoy customized marketing and promotion programs, including the co-production of new original music and video content – in support of core physical and digital distribution services from The Orchard.

•    Platinum-selling artist Jon Secada’s next album, Expressions, will be released on September 8, 2009. Following the release, Secada will perform several sold out shows in New York City.

•    Hip Hop producer/rapper RJD2, whose last album The Third Hand, came out on XL, will re-release his catalog with new bonus tracks and never before seen art and video.  A new series of studio albums are expected for the beginning of 2010.

•    Jazz trio Soulive digitally released Up Here in the US on April 14th and will follow it with a physical release on July 7th.  The group is currently celebrating their 10th anniversary with a 26 city North American tour.

•    Guru, the legendary innovator and American hip-hop star best known for the trailblazing hip-hop group Gang Starr and founder of the imitable Jazzmatazz series, will release Lost & Found, his fourth project through his own hip-hop label 7 Grand Records, on May 19th.


Passion Pit Remix Contest Submissions Now Live, Downloadable, Calvin Harris Reworks The Reeling

Last month, with anticipation for their full-length debut mounting, Passion Pit unveiled a novel remix contest for the Manners track “Little Secrets.” The gist? The band would offer up random snippets of the track a full month before its release, and fans/remixers would build their own compositions around the pieces they were able to collect. Up until recently, the remix contest player was a simple shell from which to grab the snippets. Now it’s a full-fledged streaming/downloading/voting monster, as the submissions are live on the site and ready for the masses to weigh in on. Fans will vote for their ten favorites until May 15th. After voting closes, Passion Pit will pick five remixes to be released along with a special vinyl version of “Little Secrets,” while the five runners up will receive a copy of the vinyl and a signed CD of Manners. All the remixes are available for download (and cleared for reposting) at the link below.

Grab Snippets And Listen To And Download Remixes Here

In other news, the video for “The Reeling,” and the recently Pitchfork’d deep cut “Moth’s Wings” are currently making the rounds on the web. Joining that dangerous duo is a remix from UK disco-creator (self-description, mind you) Calvin Harris. He takes the already-dancefloor-ready “Reeling” and turns it into an even shiner, glitzier affair, with a new rolling bass line and all the appropriate glitter and glamour. Grab everything below, and check out the band’s full touring itinerary, freshly updated to reflect all their summer and fall festival stops – Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bestival, and more – along with the sold-out-almost-as-soon-as-it-was-announced CD Release Party aboard the Temptress on the Hudson River.

Download And Share “The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)”

Download And Share “Moth’s Wings”

Watch And Share “The Reeling”


The Daily Rind Podcast: Week of May 5th

This week’s Daily Rind Podcast is live!

Download it here or subscribe to it on iTunes.

Track 1: Passion Pit “Moth’s Wings” from Manners [Frenchkiss Records]
Track 2: Au Revoir Simone “Shadows” from Still Night, Still Light [Our Secret Recording Company]
Track 3: The Durutti Column “More Rainbows” from Love In The Time Of Recession [Artful]
Track 4: Fagget Fairys “Roll The Dice” from Feed The Horse [Music For Dreams]
Track 5: Heidi Montag “Your Love Found Me” from Wherever I Am [Heidi Montag]

Bump music: Montag “Nord I” from Hibernations [Paper Bag Records]

The Daily Rind podcast: Week of April 28th

Definitive Jux Doubles Down With The Orchard: Renews Digital Deal And Adds Physical Distribution

New York, New York – May 5, 2009, The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD), a global leader in music and video entertainment, today announced that Definitive Jux, the legendary NYC hip hop label, has renewed its current digital distribution deal with the entertainment services company, and has expanded the agreement to encompass national physical distribution for the US marketplace.

“We view this new and expanded partnership with our friends at The Orchard as a natural one, having already enjoyed much success together with the digital distribution of our label,” says Definitive Jux co-founder Amaechi Uzoigwe.  “By adding the physical piece, we’re now well-positioned to maximize our releases with a forward-thinking company that understands our brand and can effectively sell our music via multiple platforms.  We’re excited about the future.”