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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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Change Is In The Air for Spotify’s Desktop Platform…

November 10, 2014 Featured News, Marketing No Comments

Spotify_ios-sdkWe’re soon going to be seeing some changes from Spotify, regardless of whether we see Taylor Swift albums return or not. Spotify is in the process of a major redevelopment of their desktop platform! If you’re in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Philippines or Slovakia, you’ll start to see the new and improved platform slowly roll out, with 100% of Spotify users in all territories seeing the platform in early 2015. No further info yet on what to expect, but we think it’s going to be pretty cool.

As part of the roll out, Spotify is phasing out their third party apps. Once the new platform is launched, it will no longer be possible to run third party applications within the desktop client. Never fear though if you are looking for tools to build apps outside of the Spotify platform! Spotify has just launched their new Web API and mobile SDK’s for iOS and Android. If you have any questions on how to use these tools, please check out the FAQ’s on Spotify Developers site.

Freeloader Friday: Machine Head, Open Mike Eagle, JAWS & More

November 7, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831779803Well Freeloaders, there appears to be a chill in the air. And by chill, I mean fall is kicking into very high gear here in NY (seriously?!). It’s time to start your cold-weather prepping. So while you’re busy pulling out sweaters and wool socks, let us do you a favor and provide you with some music samples you need to hear this week.

Get the ball rolling with some heavy-banger album streams. First up, there’s super-group The Skull, who’re out now with their doom & gloom Metal debut. Follow that up with Machine Head’s Hardcore Metal mutiny, which has a very cool interactive playlist to go along with it. Next, stream Lee Bannon’s dark House EP – it’s a little bit trippy Soundtrack, a lot Drum n’ Bass Electronic, but phenom beats through and through. Finally, get Experimental & Instumental with VLHLL and her Darkwave synths.

On to track premieres! Only two this week, but they’re worth their weight in gold. New group Orange Cassettes sees Radio 4’s Anthony Roman and Elefant’s Mod making futuristic Disco Rock. Then blast your speakers for Open Mike Eagle’s super witty Rap groove. This is one to put on repeat – you don’t want to miss his epic wordage.

Moving on to music videos: Lowland Hum replays family-video moments from years past, JAWS take you inside a beautifully-colored love story, and The Black Opera don a sharp black & white color scheme to focus on their philosophical theme.

Now, that should be enough to entertain you while your unpacking last year’s wintry clothes. Enjoy your weekend!

The Skull: Full album stream via Decibel
For Those Which Are Asleep out now on TeePee Records

Machine Head full album stream via YouTube
Bloodstone & Diamonds out November 10 on Nuclear Blast

Lee Bannon: Full album stream via XLR8R
Main/Flex EP out now on Chillectro / Babygrande Records

VLHLL: Full album stream via Electronic Beats
Leaning on Shadows out now on Artoffact Records

Orange Cassettes: “Go In the Light” track premiere via Stereogum
Go In the Light out now on Ring the Alarm

Open Mike Eagle: “Late Show” track premiere via Pigeons and Planes
Dark Comedy out now on Mello Music Group

Lowland Hum: “Four Sisters: Part One” official music video premiere via Team Coco
Four Sisters out now on Spacebomb Records

JAWS – “Swim” official music video premiere via Vevo
Be Slowly out now on Rattlepop Records

The Black Opera: “The Beginning of the End” official music video premiere via Okay Player
The Great Year out now on Mello Music Group

The Orchard Chart Toppers: October 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

October was a month for the Hard Rockers and Metalheads of The Orchard, with some top positions for Relapse Records, Pure Noise Records, Nuclear Blast and Ipecac Recordings with Obituary, State Champs, Exodus and the Melvins, respectively. That doesn’t mean other genres did get their say: Soul got a good rep there with The Budos Band, and Army of the Pharaohs nailed it for Hip Hop, too. Abroad, Goat made its presence known in the UK and Turkish sensation Cem Adrian hasn’t left the iTunes Turkey Top Albums chart since he hit #1 with even just his pre-order. On the film front, Action Sports doc Days Of My Youth has been a chart staple, and one of our latest theatrical releases, Harmontown deserves a big shoutout too. Hats off, everyone!

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.


Billboard Top 200 Albums
#75 — Obituary: Inked In Blood [Relapse Records]

Billboard Current Albums
#73 — Obituary: Inked In Blood [Relapse Records]

Billboard Independent Albums
#17 — Obituary: Inked In Blood [Relapse Records]

Billboard Tastemakers Albums
#18 — Obituary: Inked In Blood [Relapse Records]

Billboard Heatseekers
#12 — Grouper: Ruins [kranky]
#14 — The Budos Band: Burnt Offering [Daptone Records]
#27 — Abysmal Dawn: Obsolescence [Relapse Records]

Spain Top Albums
#9 — Gemeliers: Lo Mejor está por venir [Pep’s Records]

Portugal Top Albums
#1 — Varios Artistas: Kizomba Mix 2014 – Mixed by DJ Manu Santos [Vidisco]
#2 — Varios Artistas: Mais Kizomba Hits 2 [Vidisco]
#3 — Varios Artistas: Era So Jajao [Vidisco]
#12 — HMB: Sente [ Farol Música, Lda.]
#14 — Leandro: Sou Um Homem Feliz [Espacial]

Italy Top Albums
#10 — Andrea Bocelli: Opera – The Ultimate Collection [Sugar Music]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#150– Grouper: Ruins [kranky]

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#3 — Cem Adrian: Sana Bunları Hiç Bilmediğin Bir Yerden Yazıyorum [Dokuz Sekiz Müzik]
#6 — İnsan Nasıl Unutabilir Ki: Cem Özkan [TMC Film Müzik]
#8 — Resul Rindar: Dalgalan Karadeniz [Esen]
#12 — İncir Reçeli 2 (Soundtrack): Çeşitli Sanatçılar [Dokuz Sekiz Müzik]

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#4 — Suricato: Sol-Te [Som Livre/Globo]
#6 — Malta: Supernova [Som Livre/Globo]
#8 — Varios: Império – Nacional [Som Livre/Globo]
#9 — Henrique e Juliano: Ao Vivo em Brasilia [Som Livre/Globo]
#10 — Sambô: Sambô Em Estudio e Em Cores [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Latvia Top Albums
#15 — Dazadi Izpilditaji: Latviešu Teātra Zelta Dziesmas [Mikrofona Ieraksti]

iTunes Czech Republic Top Albums
#1 — Various Artists: Karel Kryl 70 [Supraphone]
#8 — Lenka Dusilová & Baromantika: V hodině smrti [Supraphone]

iTunes Portugal Top Albums
#1 — Various Artists: Summer Jam 2014 [Vidisco]
#3 — Various Artists: Mais Kizomba Hits 2 [Vidisco]
#15 — Various Artists: Kizomba Mix [Vidisco]
#16 — HMB: Sente [ Farol Música, Lda.]
#17 — Various Artists: Era So Jajao [Vidisco]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies CA
#4 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#6 — Days of My Youth [Red Bull Media House]
#12 — Slednecks 16 [Slednecks Inc]
#13 — Boondockers 11 [Dan Gardiner Films]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#7 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#8 — Days of My Youth [Red Bull Media House]
#13 — Slednecks 16 [Slednecks Inc]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies AU
#17 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

iTunes Top Sports Movies AU
#18 — Moto 5: The Movie [The Assignment, Inc.]

iTunes Top Independent Movies AU
#14 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

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Welcome, Bernardo!

November 5, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

Bernardo ErwesIntroducing Bernardo Erwes, Client Relations & Marketing Manager, Brazil

First of all I would like to thank Liana Brauer for introducing me to The Orchard, and The Orchard for giving me this opportunity to work with the passion of my life that I always dreamed of being involved with somehow, which is music.

I have been a huge fan of Metal since I was around 11, but I also love Classical Music and Rock as well.

I listen to music whenever possible; on the streets, in the subway or bus, car… basically anywhere.

My favorite bands mostly come from Scandinavia, which is home to some of the best Black/Death Metal in the world. It might sound a little strange for someone who is not familiar with the genre, but Metal is founded on incredible sounds and lyrics, some of which focus on ancient History and Myths from Sweden, Norway, Finland and other European countries and also things from our daily life, but in a different “metal” way.

I am also a big fan of History, which was one of the reasons that I chose to study Law at University.

Before joining The Orchard, I worked for several years for an IP Law Office called Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira. After nearly 4 years there, I wanted to try to get closer to my passion for music so when I saw an opportunity in an Online Music Agency, I chose to take a chance in this new world.

One thing led to another and now I am part of The Orchard Brazil team and it has already been a pleasure to work for this company which I realized is THE opportunity for me to work with my passion for music.

Looking forward to meeting you all and working together!

Zone In on Accounting: How to Draw Intelligence from Your Revenue

Header AccountingPart of my job in running The Orchard French and Benelux office with my colleague Philippe Giard is to meet up as regularly as possible with our local labels to discuss life (of course), and the development of the music business. In particular, we serve our clients best by reviewing how things are going in their relationship with us and sharing ideas on how to help this partnership grow even further.

When we do this, we typically prepare a brief presentation/analysis of developments we’ve noticed with their catalogue revenues and trends, whether by artist, top tracks/albums, label imprints when relevant, by store, by source of income (streaming, downloads, YouTube, RingBackTones revenues, etc.) and more.

Those who use our Workstation regularly will have probably already dug into a lot of this for themselves, but a refresher with a few tricks and methodology never hurts, especially when it comes to digging into your revenue data, i.e. money, and working out where more sources and mines of this precious metal can be found and maybe tapped and developed better.

Since we’re talking about actual revenues here, the “Accounting” tab in your Workstation is most useful as it reflects final revenue that has been reported and entered into clients’ accounts. Analytics, on the other hand, shows real-time developments of your label’s catalogue, and though useful to analyze data trends and activity around your content, numbers serve as a guideline and aren’t considered 100% verified until amounts are actually paid.

When using Accounting, I usually start by taking a period that is representative: remember you can now have 1 year’s worth of accounting displayed on your main page. I usually use the last 12 months or four quarters so it includes stronger and weaker sales periods, and I view by Country to spot the top 10 territories where a label’s customer base is most active:

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