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Pick Jason Pascal and Erol Cichowski’s Brain at the Billboard Latin Music Conference

JasonPascal_ErolCichowskiWith the Billboard Latin Music Conference coming up in just under two weeks, we at The Orchard are excited to have our very own Jason Pascal, VP of Licensing & Associate General Counsel, and Erol Cichowski, VP, International, represent us throughout the conference at multiple panels. The Latin Music Conference, taking place in Miami, features a host of musical performances, roundtable discussions, keynote speakers, showcases and panels.

The first panel on which we find one of our own is Meet the Executives: One on One Sessions with Key Players. On this panel, taking place on Monday, April 21 from 3-5PM, Erol will speak, discuss, and share what it means to be a modern executive and give helpful advice to up-and-coming leaders along with other key music industry executives from companies such as YouTube, Billboard and Sound Exchange.

On Wednesday, April 23 from 6-7PM, Erol and Jason will be co-working a roundtable as a part of the Tú a Tú Roundtables & Happy Hour, discussing what we do best, digital distribution.

These are bound to be some great panels and discussions, so if you’re in Miami during the conference, come find us! We’ll be at the JW Marriot Marquis.

Get Your Bachata On: The Orchard and Premium Latin Music Expand Partnership

premium-latin-music-logoThe Orchard and Premium Latin Music have entered into a new, long-term license which expands the companies’ relationship to collection of neighboring rights monies and manangement of the Aventura You Tube channel.

Dormant for several years, Aventura’s You Tube channel nevertheless has 392,000 subscribers. Beginning in 2014, The Orchard and Premium Latin will partner to offer never-before-seen content associated with the multi-platinum bachata act Aventura. Anthony “Romeo” Santos, Aventura’s lead singer and an international superstar in his own right, will release his new solo record, Fórmula, Vol. 2, on February 25 via Sony Music Latin.

Premium Latin is once again in the artist development business, and recently released the single “With or Without You” by Johnny Sky, which recently hit #1 on the Billboard Tropical Airplay chart. Check it out below:

We’re excited to see more top hits from this label and look forward to our continued partnership.

Relax! The Orchard Has You Covered with Talking Taco

September 23, 2013 Orchard News No Comments

Talking Taco logoThe Orchard is happy to announce our acquisition of the Talking Taco catalogue. Talking Taco, the work of Ben Tavera King and his late wife, Vickie, began in 1985 with Native American flute releases that were sold to gift shops in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. The label expanded to include a large variety of Latin American guitar releases and Spanish-language choral music. In 2010, Talking Taco expanded into cross-cultural releases such as Healing Flute Chakras, and these releases have consistently been among the Top 10  in The World/New Age categories at iTunes and Amazon. Relaxing titles such as Native American Flute – Sleep Music and 80 Minutes of Reiki Music have remained at the top of these charts, and a second volume for each of these will hit your pillow in December 2013.

There are many niches in the digital music world, and each is quite saturated given the unlimited shelf space available. The Kings and Talking Taco has done what most cannot — they have found a way to create new music in a genre in which it’s easy to blend into the crowd, that has risen to the top of heap.

The Dallas-based Ben Tavera King, a respected guitarist in his own right who has recorded for Folkways and Vanguard, will continue to develop new projects with The Orchard as part of an ongoing production deal. Check out Ben’s Folkways record, Border Crossings: New Directions in Tex-Mex Music, on Rdio, which was profiled by NPR in 2011.

The Orchard Becomes Sound-Ink Records’ New Home

September 19, 2013 Orchard News No Comments

The Orchard and Sound InkThe Orchard is proud to announce its acquisition of Brooklyn-based Sound-Ink Records.  Started in 2001 by Alex Threadgold, the label released a wide array of Hip-Hop and Electronic titles, most notably, 2003’s Vaudeville Villain by Viktor Vaughn a/k/a MF Doom. According to Pitchfork back in 2003, “this album will come out not just among the year’s greatest, but also among the best in [MF Doom’s] catalog.”

Threadgold, whose brilliant disguise is that of an intellectual property attorney at Savur & Pellechia LLP, comments “I walked to the ends of the earth to find the right home for the Sound-Ink Records legacy, and The Orchard was the logical choice.”

Pictured here, before The Orchard’s “Wall of Orange,” are Jason Pascal, The Orchard’s VP of Licensing and Associate General Counsel, and Alex Threadgold.

The Orchard Buys An Iconic Regional Mexican Catalogue

September 5, 2013 Featured News, Orchard News 1 Comment

The Orchard and San Antonio-based Discos Joey recently came to terms on a sale of its legendary regional Mexican catalogue to The Orchard. Discos Joey, a powerhouse in Regional Mexican, specializes in Norteño, primarily deriving from the Chihuahua and Zacatecas regions. These styles are unique in that they feature both the saxophone as well as the more traditional accordion as lead instruments. This important catalogue includes releases by Aniceto Molina, La Fe Norteña, Pepe Tovar Y Los Chacales, Los Garcia Brothers and Michael Salgado. We’re honored to be the new home for these celebrated recordings.

Discos Joey was  founded in 1968 by Joey S. Lopez, a renowned composer, producer, engineer and musician with a signature sound, who, with the help of his daughter Dinah, developed it into a self-contained, fully-operational music company. Recording, production, booking, merchandise and promotional photography are all handled on premises by the staff at Joey. The label will continue to sign new artists and release new records, all distributed by The Orchard.

L to R: Jason Pascal, VP of Licensing and Associate General Counsel at The Orchard, Chris Lauterbach, Director of Business Affairs at The Orchard, Joey S. Lopez and Dinah Perez of Discos Joey, and Bill Nash of Haynes and Boone

L to R: Jason Pascal, VP of Licensing and Associate General Counsel at The Orchard; Chris Lauterbach, Director of Business Affairs at The Orchard; Joey S. Lopez and Dinah Perez of Discos Joey; and Bill Nash of Haynes and Boone

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