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The Orchard Chart Toppers: March

The Orchard Chart Toppers

Spring is finally rearing its pretty face, and that’s just how we like to celebrate the top charting artists and films of the month. Tycho had a killer first week with his album Awake, even showing up in iTunes charts as a pre-order, and Withered Hand took over the UK charts with New Gods. The movie “Why We Ride,” about the passion of motorcycles riders and the “soul of their machines,” settled nicely into iTunes’ Sports and Documentaries charts around the world, and we continued to have a great presence in Russia, Turkey and Brazil. Rock on!

WEEK ENDING March 30, 2014

Billboard Top 200 Albums
#105 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]
#165 — Asia: Gravitas [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Current Albums
#98 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]
#137 — Asia: Gravitas [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Digital Albums
#10 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]

Billboard Independent Albums
#24 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]

Billboard Heatseeker Albums
#50 — The White Boys: The White Boys [Shoot To Kill]

Billboard Dance / Electronic Albums
#5 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]

Italy Top Albums
#16 — Elisa: L’anima vola [Sugar Music]

Portugal Top 30 Albums
#11 — Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol Musica]

Spain Top 20 Albums
#20 — Txarango: Som Riu [Discmedi]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#90 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]

iTunes Electronic Albums
#2 — Tycho: Awake [Ghostly International]
#7 — The Glitch Mob: Love Death Immortality [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill]
#12 — The Glitch Mob: Drink The Sea [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill]

iTunes Italy Top Albums
#12 — Elisa: L’anima vola [Sugar Music]

iTunes Spain Top Albums
#11 — Txarango: Som Riu [Discmedi]

iTunes Portugal Top Albums
#8 — Various Artists: Winter Jam [Vidisco]
#9 — Various Artists: Anual 2014 Mix [Vidisco]
#11 — Various Artists: Dança Koduro 10 [Vidisco]

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#19 — Okean Elzy: Избранное [Nikitin]

iTunes Poland Top Albums
#2 — Artur Rojek: Składam się z ciągłych powtórzeń [Kayax]

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#7 — Jorge e Mateus: Live in London – At Royal Albert Hall [Som Livre/Globo]
#15 — Luan Santana: O Nosso Tempo é Hoje (Ao Vivo) [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#5 — Gökhan Türkmen: En Baştan [Adim Muzik]
#14 — Çeşitli Sanatçılar: Bir Eksiğiz: Ahmet Kaya [Gam Production]

iTunes Sports Movies US
#19 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

iTunes Documentaries CA
#17 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

iTunes Sports Movies CA
#6 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]
#8 — Into The Mind [Sherpas Cinema]
#20 — Making Your Mark: The Snowboard Life of Mark McMorris [Manifesto Sport Management]

iTunes Documentaries UK
#15 — Exposure Vol. 1 [Chuck Fryberger Films]
#19 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

iTunes Sports Movies UK
#7 — Exposure Vol. 1 [Chuck Fryberger Films]
#10 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

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Welcome Opus Docs, The Orchard’s New Documentary Channel

opusdocsPublic defenders fighting for the rights of poor people on trial in the Deep South of America; a professional strongman who can bend a penny with two fingers; a teacher of autistic young men in Newark, New Jersey; what do these characters have in common? Well not much, other than that their stories are riveting, and their lives the subjects of finely crafted and unforgettable documentary films. These documentary films — Gideon’s Army, Strongman and Best Kept Secret, are just three of the award-winning non-fiction films that are part of Opus Docs, a new owned and operated channel launched by the Orchard.

The YouTube channel will serve as the core of the channel, hosting trailers and extra content from the films that will link out to other platforms where the films can be watched (like iTunes and Amazon) and most importantly, the Opus Docs’ Hulu channel. With a slate of films that have been curated from the most prestigious film festivals around the globe — Sundance, Berlin, South by Southwest, Telluride, IFF Rotterdam, L.A. Film Festival, IDFA in Amsterdam, even Moscow and Minsk! — Opus Docs showcases the artistry and vision of both emerging and veteran nonfiction filmmakers, who filter stories that are important, quirky, humorous, enlightening and inspiring through their beautiful and unique lenses.

Recently released and upcoming docs including Rebecca Richman-Cohen’s Emmy-nominated immersion into the trial of alleged Sierra Leone war criminal Issa Sesay, War Don Don; Stefano Sardo’s rapturous look into the history of a global food movement, Slow Food Story; and Jared Goodman’s Captive Beauty, a look into a beauty pageant inside a Medellin, Columbia womens’ prison (Executive Produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger), will be available on the Hulu Opus Docs’ channel four to six months after their initial releases on download-to-own and paid rental platforms including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Instant Video.

The Orchard’s Film team is thrilled to be adding Opus Docs to its collection of curated and branded channels and expanding the audience for these remarkable — and entertaining — stories. Read the full press release on our website.

The Orchard Chart Toppers: December

The Orchard Chart Toppers

December… holiday music… parties… vacation… We might have closed our office for a week and iTunes may have closed its store for the holls, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t make our mark on the charts last month. Highlights include The Glitch Mob, whose upcoming album Love Death Immortality made it to iTunes’ Top 10 Electronic Albums in charts around the world — and that’s just for the pre-order; Deafheaven, who’s not only been in Billboard’s Heatseeker chart week-on-week but was also a top-named Best of 2013 pick; our Kids catalogue, which twice last month took up half of the Top 10 Children’s Albums on iTunes; and of course the documentary “Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream,” which got a lift after she released her music bomb on the world. We salute you all!

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 December 29, 2013

Billboard Top 200
#135 — Jewel: Let It Snow [Reflections / Allegro]

Billboard Current Albums
#113 — Jewel: Let It Snow [Reflections / Allegro]
#169 — Jim Brickman: The Magic Of Christmas [Somerset / Allegro]
#195 — Boston: Life, Love & Hope [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Independent Albums
#19 — Jewel: Let It Snow [Reflections / Allegro]
#33 — Jim Brickman: The Magic Of Christmas [Somerset / Allegro]
#41 — Boston: Life, Love & Hope [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Heatseeker Albums
#7 — Deafheaven: Sunbather [Deathwish Inc.]
#21 — Burial: Rival Dealer EP [Hyperdub]
#24 — Cecile McLorin Salvant: WomanChild [Mack Avenue]

Note: iTunes charts did not renew this week, so we do not have chart topper info

WEEK ENDING December 22, 2013

Billboard Top 200
#135 — Jewel: Let It Snow [Reflections / Allegro]

Billboard Current Albums
#113 — Jewel: Let It Snow [Reflections / Allegro]
#169 — Jim Brickman: The Magic Of Christmas [Somerset / Allegro]
#195 — Boston: Life, Love & Hope [Frontiers]

Billboard Independent Albums
#19 – Jewel: Let It Snow [Reflections / Allegro]
#33 — Jim Brickman: The Magic Of Christmas [Somerset / Allegro]
#41 — Boston: Life, Love & Hope [Frontiers]

Billboard Heatseeker Albums
#7 — Deafheaven: Sunbather [Deathwish Inc.]
#21 — Burial: Rival Dealer EP [Hyperdub / Cargo] (#5 last week)
#24 — Cecile McLorin Salvant: WomanChild [Mack Avenue]

Italy Top Albums
#10 — Elisa: L’anima vola [Sugar Music]

Portugal Top 30 Albums
#1 — Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol Musica]

ARIA (Australia) Australian Artist Singles Chart
#2 — Various Artists: “Triple J – Christmas Number 1″ [ABC]

iTunes Top 200
#41 — The Glitch Mob: Love Death Immortality [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill] * pre-order
#46 — Burial: Rival Dealer EP [Hyperdub / Cargo]

iTunes Electronic Albums
#1 — The Glitch Mob: Love Death Immortality [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill] * pre-order
#2 — Burial: Rival Dealer EP [Hyperdub / Cargo]
#7 — The Glitch Mob: Drink The Sea [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill]

iTunes Electronic Tracks
#1 — The Glitch Mob: “Can’t Kill Us” [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill] * pre-order

iTunes World Albums
#1 — William Onyeabor: Who Is William Onyeabor? [Luaka Bop]

iTunes Italy Top Albums
#4 — Elisa: “L’anima vola” [Sugar Music]

iTunes France Electronic Albums
#1 — The Glitch Mob: Love Death Immortality [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill] * pre-order

iTunes Germany Electronic Albums
#2 — The Glitch Mob: Love Death Immortality [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill] * pre-order

iTunes Switzerland Electronic Albums
#3 — The Glitch Mob: Love Death Immortality [Glass Air / Shoot To Kill] * pre-order

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#5 — Nautilus Pompilius: Эта музыка будет вечной. Наутилус — 30 лет [First Music Publishing] * re-entry
#6 — Okean Elzy: Избранное [Nikitin]
#9 — Grigoriy Leps: The Best (Deluxe Version) [Nikitin]
#11 — Владимир Высоцкий: Избранное [Мелодия] * re-entry
#13 — Kino: Цой 50 [Studio Soyuz] * pre-order
#14 — Basta: Баста 4 [Gazgolder] * re-entry
#19 — Various Artists: OST Молодёжка [Midland Phonographic]
#20 — Okean Elzy: Избранное [Nikitin] * re-entry

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#5 — Fazil Say: İlk Şarkılar [Ada Yayincilik]
#6 — Yeni Turku: Buğdayın Türküsü [Ada Yayincilik]
#9 — Oğuzhan Koç: Ben Hala Rüyada [Esen Elecktonik San]
#20 – Zülfü Livaneli: Gökkuşağı Gönder Bana [Ida Muzik Film]

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#3 — Jorge e Mateus: Live in London – At Royal Albert Hall [Som Livre/Globo]
#8 — Jorge & Mateus: A Hora é Agora (Ao Vivo em Jurerê) [Som Livre/Globo]
#9 — Luan Santana: O Nosso Tempo é Hoje [Som Livre/Globo]
#12 — Various Artists: Natal Em Família [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Documentaries US
#15 — Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream [Sony Music]
#16 — Into The Mind [Sherpas Cinema]
#17 — Valhalla [Sweetgrass Productions]

iTunes Sports Movies US
#10 – Moto 5: The Movie [The Assignment, Inc.]
#11 — Into The Mind [Sherpas Cinema]
#12 — Valhalla [Sweetgrass Productions]

iTunes Documentaries CA
#7 — Valhalla [Sweetgrass Productions]
#8 — Into The Mind [Sherpas Cinema]

iTunes Sports Movies CA
#4 — Valhalla [Sweetgrass Productions]
#6 — Into The Mind [Sherpas Cinema]
#9 — Supervention [Field Productions]

iTunes Documentaries UK
#8 — Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream [Sony Music]
#18 — Into The Mind [Sherpas Cinema]

iTunes Sports Movies UK
#8 — Into The Mind [Sherpas Cinema]
#13 — Moto 5: The Movie [The Assignment, Inc.]

iTunes Documentaries AU
#5 — Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream [Sony Music]

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

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Snagging iTunes Single of The Week Around The World

December 10, 2013 Marketing 1 Comment

Single of the WeekHave you ever downloaded a free Single of the Week from iTunes? It’s a great promotional tool for consumers to discover new artists that they might not know. Recently, a few of my colleagues from The Orchard’s global retail team secured this feature for some of their local artists.

Snagging this promotion is not easy, so I tip my hat to them for making it happen. Basically they suggest new artists for the SOTW promotion on a regular basis with their local iTunes marketing representative. There’s a fair amount of competition and high demand because the artists that are picked receive great placement on the iTunes store. The Single of the Week is covered on the main page, the main music page and in its own Single of the Week section on the store. And guess what?! There’s even an app for it!

The U.S. store has had this weekly feature for a few years now, but iTunes has only recently started the concept on some newer stores in countries like India, Russia and Turkey. It’s regarded as the #1 awareness driver for emerging artists and timing it with an artist’s new album coming out the same week is a huge advantage as curious fans can download the free track and then have the option to buy the album as well.

Last week, Brazilian singer Laís received a Single of the Week feature on the iTunes Brazil store with the track “Eu Só Queria Te Amar (Corre)” from her self-titled debut album.

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Around the end of November, Russian artist Franky was part of a Single of the Week feature on the iTunes Russia store with the track “Cracked.” And Canadian EDM upstart Jessy Lanza had Single of the Week at iTunes Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan with the hypnotizing track “Keep Moving.”

This week, the Jaipur-born, New York-based singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad has Single of the Week at iTunes India with the track “Raat Raazi” from his EP of the same name.

Besides these, we also have other upcoming promotions on iTunes in the next few weeks including iTunes’ fun “12 Days of Christmas” promo which offers users a free download each day between December 26th and January 6th. A couple of Orchard artists from Turkey and Russia will be involved on the iTunes Turkey and iTunes Russia stores, respectively. So if you happen to live in Turkey or Russia, keep your eyes peeled!

Don’t Fall Into the Autumn Leaves Music Nostalgia

October 29, 2013 Industry Trends No Comments

autumnleaves_anneh632When I say that I think this year has gone extremely fast, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. We are already towards the end of October working on the last priority releases of the year and Q1 in the new year releases are already on the radar. How did that happen?

It feels like it was summer yesterday and I kind of catch myself dreaming about a never ending summer. But I know that it’s not possible, and in fact, I do actually like the change, also when it comes to weather. Oh well, most of the time.

Likewise, in the music industry, it’s easy to fall into the “Autumn Leaves” nostalgia, but sorry we need to face it, the summer is over, it’s a new season and I have to say that Spotify is not “The Last Desperate Fart Of A Dying Corpse.” I think it’s about time we all started to embrace the change and make the best out of it.

Getting attention is probably the most difficult thing to get nowadays. It takes talent, a lot of work and if you get lucky enough to get it, why not take advantage of it and talk to your audience where they are? Lots of ordinary people are consuming and finding music on YouTube and various streaming services; that choice was made a long time ago by fans and it will only change to something new, not go back to what we call the more “traditional” ways.

Counting how much you get paid per stream is the wrong way to value a service. The same way temperature perception is different if it’s 18°C in the summer or in autumn. As with the weather, we can’t control the fact that changes happen all the time. There was a big outcry when iTunes launched; the same with the CD. But we learned to love it. I’m convinced it will be the same case when a new business model arrives, and we’ll probably all speak about how great the streaming services were.

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