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Praise the Lord! The Orchard Buys 2 Gospel Catalogs!

51rft7SHDpLThe Orchard recently completed the purchase of two venerable Gospel catalogs — Blackberry Records and MCG Records.

Blackberry, a Jackson, MS company, is centered around The Williams Brothers, a multi-generational act now in its 55th year. Founded by Leonard “Pop” Williams in 1960, the band currently consists of brothers Doug and Melvin Williams, along with honorary brother Henry Green. Regulars on the Billboard Gospel charts, their most recent LP, Songs of Worship, Praise & Deliverance spent 18 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart in 2014, peaking at #16. Other notable artists in the catalog are The Canton Spirituals, Tim Rogers & The Fellas, The Bolton Brothers and the Jackson Southernaires. Check out this 1997 video of The Williams Brothers performing “I’m Too Close” with Stevie Wonder, also among the Blackberry recordings.

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Witchcraft, Paganism, Black Magic and Illuminati Imagery

katyperry_darkhorseThe above are words taken from the complaint in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed recently in the Eastern District of Missouri. While accusations of witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery may seem mundane given the state of the nation, this one is notable given the parties: the plaintiffs include Christian rappers Flame and Lecrae, and the defendants are Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Capitol Records, among others.

Plaintiffs claim that Katy Perry’s recording of the song “Dark Horse” infringed upon defendants’ copyright in the composition “Joyful Noise” which appeared on the Flame LP titled OUR WORLD REDEEMED, released by Cross Movement Records and distributed digitally by your friends here at The Orchard.

Take a listen side-by-side and let us know what you think.

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.

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