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Treat Your Ears to Frenchkiss Label Group’s First Batch of Artists

frenchkiss label groupFrenchkiss Label Group, the boutique distributor that Frenchkiss Records launched earlier this year in partnership with The Orchard, just released a list of the first nine labels to sign on: ATP Recordings, Cavity Search Records, Cult Records, God Mode, Holiday Friends Recording Co., JAXART, Pendu Sound, Underwater Peoples and White Iris.

In honor of this exciting announcement, FKLG released a label sampler highlighting the music of these fresh, up-and-coming labels. You can download it on Amazon or stream it on SoundCloud, Spotify and Rdio.

The “We are FKLG” Compilation includes the following tracks:

  1. Do It Again (Extended Version) – Guards (White Iris)
  2. Bliss Brain – Slow Animal (JAXART)
  3. If Only We Remain – Two Wounded Birds (Holiday Friends)
  4. Kid Domino – Pete Krebs and the Gossamer Wings (Cavity Search)
  5. Oh – FIDLAR (White Iris)
  6. Lose Your Mind – So Many Wizards (JAXART)
  7. Softly – The Memories (Underwater Peoples)
  8. Louie, Louie, Louie – Eric Copeland (Underwater Peoples)
  9. 4 AM – aTelecine (Pendu)
  10. Olympians – Fuck Buttons (ATP Recordings)
  11. Tracks (Tall Bodies) – Chelsea Wolfe (Pendu)
  12. LYNY – La Big Vic – (Underwater Peoples)
  13. Cold Sweat – YVETTE (God Mode)
  14. Anywhere – Anywhere (ATP Recordings)
  15. Crooked Smiles – Tall Firs (ATP Recordings)
  16. Messin’ Up My Mind – Fletcher C. Johnson (White Iris)
  17. Call From Paris – Starred (Pendu)
  18. Cathedral – Travelogue (Holiday Friends)
  19. Unkind – Matty Fasano (God Mode)
  20. Scarred For Life – Mr. Dream (God Mode)
  21. His Love Is Fine- Von Haze (Pendu)
  22. The Red Runs Free – Steffaloo (JAXART)
  23. Boy Toy – Gentlemen of Leisure (Cavity Search)
  24. Bong Hit – Snow Bud and the Flower People (Cavity Search)

Happy listening!

What’s New, UK?

itunes rdio we7 emusicLots of services are looking to start in the UK — and others are undergoing some interesting changes. Consider this your quick and dirty update:

The US streaming store Rdio has (finally) launched in the UK and several other EU territories. We will have more news for you in the coming weeks but we are looking forward to working with the team at Rdio and helping them make their store a success in the EU.

iTunes GB & IE now have a New Artist page which showcases debut releases from new artists. We are seeing some great successes for UK and Irish artists with several features for our content.

Napster has now launched its new store (powered by Rhapsody) and has a spanking new layout for you to play with. eMusic is about to launch its Android app and will be updating the service to a HTML5 mobile-optimized site. Sony Music Unlimited is now available pre-loaded on Sony Vita Handheld devices globally. 7Digital has refreshed its platform and has added an updated app (Android and iPhone only initially), and figures released recently show over 2 million mobile customers among which 800,000 are Android alone. Beatport has launched DJ pages allowing artists to coordinate their DJ charts and releases on a single page.

The UK streaming music service we7 has launched a new iPhone app: we7 Free Music Radio. It’s another move towards its personal radio service, streaming people’s stations to their phone and allowing them to download tracks and stations for offline play, while sharing details to Facebook, Twitter and email. we7 says it will be adding exclusive radio stations and audio content from artists and festivals, starting with Metronomy.

That’s it for this month. I told you it’d be quick and dirty…

Dive Into The Orchard’s Best of 2012 (So Far)

the orchard best of 2012Given the breadth of our catalogue, it is a fun (albiet daunting) task to pull together some of our favorite tracks of the year so far. So, we did it and you’ll love it!

We have a little bit of something for everyone. If you fancy some chill but cheery blues/jazz/gospel don’t miss the lovely Ruthie Foster. Need more metal in your life? Obvi Nuclear Blast‘s Meshuggah is included in the mix. Perhaps you want a fuzzy romantic indie tune? Radiation City‘s “Find It Of Use” will do it for you. Fancy some mildly offensive entertainment? Check out Bobby Light (AKA Rob Dyrdek)’s satyrical track “Do You Right” that has all the youngins dancin’.

Decide for yourself what your favorites are… We’ve got links to both Spotify and Rdio below, as well as our friends at ShareMyPlaylists — or you can listen to the playlist right now by just clicking Play below!

Best of 2012 (so far) on Spotify
Best of 2012 (so far) on Rdio
Best of 2012 (so far) on ShareMyPlaylists

Verizon MP3 Moves On + FiOS Rolls New Interactive Promotions

March 30, 2012 Industry Trends No Comments

verizon fios mod mp3Well folks, the time has come. Verizon is to shut down its MP3 business. Starting this Sunday, April 1st (it’s no April Fool’s joke my friends!), RealNetworks will halt its ingestion of new content from Verizon. Current content in the Verizon MP3 catalogue will continue to be available until the service completely shuts down on May 17th, at which point all MP3s in the Verizon catalogue will be no more than a memory. However, ringtones and ringback tones will continue to be available, for all callers’ and being-called’s listening pleasure.

But that’s not all!

On a lighter note, Verizon FiOS just rolled our their new Facebook Timeline. With it, they launched new entertainment hub features, which means more opportunities for artists to build and promote music programs. With almost 80,000 “Likes” on their page and a renewed focus on programming and content, that’s definitely good news and bodes well for the development of an engaged social community. You can expect collaborations with Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and more in the forms of playlists, live streams and video content.

One of FiOS’ big advantages is their targeted markets, which allow for increased success with geo-targeted promotions. So take the time you need to mourn the end of Verizon MP3s and meet us on the next boat with the exciting opportunities ahead with Verizon FiOS.

Why Spotify Needs to be Worth $3.5B

March 27, 2012 Industry Trends 1 Comment

spotifyRecent rumors abound that Spotify is seeking a massive round of venture capital funding – a round that would value the company at a reported $3.5B. Initial reactions seem to be, essentially, “Wow, that’s high.”

Indeed, $3.5B is a lot of money. But there are many persuasive arguments to the effect that Spotify is worth it, especially in view of its growth relative to other players in the digital music space, including and especially iTunes. Matt Rosoff of Silicon Valley Insider does a very nice job identifying the cases for a $3.5B Spotify.

I want to point out something else: that Spotify, at this point in its 6-year history, needs to lay claim to enough money to make good on its goals. Right now. Here’s why, as I see it.

Their goals are, as explicitly stated or implied by their actions, extremely ambitious. The company seeks to:

  1. Become the leading streaming service for global consumer music discovery and ad-supported consumption
  2. Become the leading paid subscription music service for consumers worldwide
  3. Become the “OS for music” via its app platform

That’s all. Then add the fact that these goals find the company swimming in the same waters as the following companies:

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