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The Orchard Chart Toppers: July 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

July brought us much excitement on the charts, and we’re happy to be able to share the love and pride with you here. First, we’re stoked at how long we managed to take over the iTunes Brazil Singles chart, claiming up to 15/20 spots including the full Top 10 with local band and “SuperStar” reality TV show winner, Malta. Deathcore Metal champs Suicide Silence absolutely killed it — erm, no pun intended — debuting at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and staying put there and on the Independent and Current Albums charts for three straight weeks. Country/Hip-Hop Georgia man Colt Ford also took impressive hold of the charts; The Raveonettes’ surprise album Pe’ahi got a warm welcome both in the U.S. and their native market, Denmark; and we even scored a #1 Jazz hit with Smooth Jazz trumpet player, Rick Braun.

On the film front, Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company didn’t go anywhere since last month, and is still claiming its spot on Documentary and Sports Films charts around the world. Other notable mentions include Zero to 100: The Lakey Peterson Story, an action sports doc on female surfing sensation Lakey Peterson, and Shock Till You Drop horror flick, Ghostlight.

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 August 3, 2014

Billboard Top 200 Albums
#52 — Colt Ford: Thanks For Listening [Average Joes]
#56 — Suicide Silence: You Can’t Stop Me [Nuclear Blast]
#108 — Yes: Heaven & Earth [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Current Albums
#52 — Colt Ford: Thanks For Listening [Average Joes]
#56 — Suicide Silence: You Can’t Stop Me [Nuclear Blast]
#95 — Yes: Heaven & Earth [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Independent Albums
#4 — Colt Ford: Thanks For Listening [Average Joes]
#5 — Suicide Silence: You Can’t Stop Me [Nuclear Blast]
#15 — Yes: Heaven & Earth [Frontiers Records]
#48 — Various Artists: Hits Of The 90′s [TUTM]

Billboard Heatseekers
#8 — The Raveonettes: Pe’ahi [Beat Dies]
#20 — Vanna: Void [Pure Noise]
#30 — To The Wind: Block Out The Sun & Sleep [Pure Noise]
#39 — Front Porch Step: Aware [Pure Noise]

Portugal Top Albums
#12 – Various Artists: Latin Hits 3 [Vidisco]
#14 – Various Artist: Caribe 2014 – o Teu Toque [Vidisco]
#10 – Various Artist: Piradinha 3 [Vidisco]
#20 – Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol]

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

Denmark Top Albums
#9 — The Raveonettes: Pe’ahi [Beat Dies Records]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#190 — Four Year Strong: Go Down In History EP [Pure Noise]

iTunes Metal Albums
#1 — Suicide Silence: You Can’t Stop Me (Special Edition) [Nuclear Blast]

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

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#3 — Various Artists: Новая волна 2014 [Studia Soyuz]
#5 — Владимир Высоцкий: Избранное [Melodiya]
#17 — Grigory Leps: The Best (Deluxe Version) [Nikitin]

iTunes Latvia Top Albums
#5 — Various Artists: Vislabākā Latviešu Šlāgermūzikas Izlase (Izdevniecība MicRec)

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#4 — Sambô: Sambô (Ao Vivo) [Som Livre/Globo]
#6 — Chitãozinho & Xororó – 40 anos: Chitãozinho e Xororó [Som Livre/Globo]
#14 – Jorge & Mateus: A Hora é Agora (Ao Vivo) [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Denmark Top Albums
#7 — The Raveonettes: Pe’ahi [Beat Dies Records]

iTunes Denmark Top Electronic Tracks
#2 — Julias Moon: “Lipstick Lies” [NMS]
#10 — Julias Moon: “Bay [Single]” [NMS]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies US
#5 — Zero to 100: The Lakey Peterson Story [LIEBERVISION]
#16 — 2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Sports Movies US
#1 — Zero to 100: The Lakey Peterson Story [LIEBERVISION]
#10 — 2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Short Films US
#9 — The Cradle of Storms [Surfer Films]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies CA
#5 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]
#14 — 2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#5 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]
#8 — 2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies AU
#5 — Lost: MH 370 [Journeyman Pictures]
#11 — Discovering Mavericks (Bonus Cut) [Joshua Pomer Films]

iTunes Top Sports Movies AU
#3 — Discovering Mavericks (Bonus Cut) [Joshua Pomer Films]

iTunes Top Horror Films AU
#9 — Saving Grace [Eagle One Media]

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Freeloader Friday: Columns, Baked, HOMESHAKE, The American Scene, Pretty & Nice, Iron Reagan, French Style Furs, The Raveonettes & Apollo Brown

Columns - Please ExplodeHappy August, Freeloaders! Today you have two things to celebrate – the end of the work week and the beginning of a new month. Obviously, two cheers are in order for that one. And to help you get started with your celebrations, we’ve got your weekly list of music greats that you need to have a listen to – here we go!

Starting you off with a full album stream is Columns. This is one of those not-to-be-reckoned-with-ever albums: it’s ferocious, loud as hell, and slams you in the face second after second with its Hardcore Metal scream theme. And the album review that goes along with it? Hands down, one of the best, most enthusiastic rally cries I’ve read to date.

Onwards and upwards with track premieres! If you haven’t heard of Brooklyn’s Baked, you’re missing out. So, quick! Hear their latest psychedelic Rock groove, exactly what you’d expect given the name. On a similar note, HOMESHAKE (Peter Sagar from Mac DeMarco) has a whirry, warped and blotchy new single that gets your headspace all blurry, in a very, very good jam way. There’s also The American Scene’s Punk-Pop track that’ll have you mindlessly tapping out the beat and Pretty & Nice clapping out an equally as tantalizing Indie Rock rhythm.

Last but not least, the visuals. The name pretty much gives it away in Iron Reagan’s music video for “Bloody Gore.” Yep, it’s as raunchy visually as you’d think with a Metal Punk tune to really set the mood. French Style Furs take you to an underground 90s rave (note the dance moves + wind breaker fashion), The Raveonettes go from sex on the beach to down-right, hardcore murder on the beach in their totally NSFW video, and Apollo Brown hits the not-so-popular streets of New York with help from Roc Marciano.

And that’s a wrap for this week. Get out there and enjoy your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Fundays!

Columns: Full album stream via Metalsucks
Please Explode out August 5 on Relapse Records

Baked: “Codec” track premiere via The Fader
Debt out August 19 on Exploding in Sound Records

HOMESHAKE: “Cash Is Money” track premiere via Noisey
In the Shower out October 7 on Sinderlyn

The American Scene: “4th And Broadway” track premiere via Alternative Press
Haze out September 9 on Pure Noise Records

Pretty & Nice: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Wizards” track premiere via The Wild Honey Pie
Infinity Forever out August 12 on Lost Colony Music

Iron Reagan: “Eyeball Gore” track premiere via Bloody Disgusting
The Tyranny of Will out September 16 on Relapse Records

French Style Furs: “All The Way Down” official music video premiere via YouTube
Is Exotic Bait out now Frenchkiss Records

The Raveonettes: “Endless Sleeper” official music video premiere via Stereogum
Pe’ahi out now on Beat Dies

Apollo Brown: “Lonely & Cold (feat. Roc Marciano)” music video premiere via Okayplayer
Thirty Eight out now on Mello Music Group

Freeloader Friday: Four Year Strong, The Raveonettes, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Big Freedia, The Black Angels, & Suicide Silence

Four Year Strong: Go Down In HistoryWe’ve made it to another Friday, folks. Whether the week dragged on or flew by, it always feels good to reach the weekend, amiright?! Let’s kick this weekend off with the latest and greatest in albums, videos, and more!

Start strong with the latest album from Four Year Strong. It’s Punk at its finest – full of riffs and laced with breakdowns. Next up, the surprise release from The Raveonettes will not disappoint. It’s been considered akin to “surfing in the rain,” and if that’s not a magical sonic dream, I don’t know what is. Then, go back to ’60s Soul with Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens as she sings and swings over tracks that will make you want to get up and dance.

Get ready to be distracted for hours with the extremely addicting new Soundboard from Big Freedia. Listen to the Queen’s most iconic phrases on command and on repeat!

Finish off with some new videos to round out your week. The Black Angels take concert footage to a psychedelic level, while Suicide Silence has a stare-down complete with hair-flipping, guitar-thrashing, and some unexpected guests in the form of snakes and spiders.

That does it for this week. Pat yourself on the back for successfully reaching another Friday, and enjoy the weekend, Freeloaders!

Four Year Strong: Full album stream via Billboard
Go Down in History out now on Pure Noise Records

The Raveonettes: Surprise album release and “Endless Sleeper” lyric video via Pitchfork
Pe’ahi out now on Beat Dies

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: Full album stream via NY Times
Cold World out July 29th on Daptone Records

Big Freedia: Soundboard!
Just Be Free out now on Queen Diva Music

The Black Angels: “The Flop” video premiere via Noisey
Clear Lake Forest out now on Blue Horizon

Suicide Silence: “You Can’t Stop Me” official video via YouTube
You Can’t Stop Me out now on Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Surprise! The Raveonettes Release Brand New Album “Pe’ahi”

The Raveonettes: Pe'ahiWhat’s that? A new album from The Raveonettes?! You heard right, and it’s OUT TODAY via Beat Dies Records.

Turns out Beyoncé isn’t the only one who can put out an album sans pre-release build-up. The Raveonettes decided to break the rules a little by announcing and releasing their new album, Pe’ahi, all in the same day, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83‘s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming), Pe’ahi explores a different sound for The Raveonettes. They create a new musical world, one with “choirs, harps, digital bit crushing, rhythmic changes, unconventional song structures, different ways of singing, staccato, machine gun guitar picking, and a somewhat schizophrenic universe,” according to frontman Sune Rose Wagner.

Pe’ahi, which was recorded entirely in a 20th century apartment building in downtown Los Angeles, is named after a dangerous surfing destination in Maui, Hawaii. The opening track, “Endless Sleeper,” talks about “taking risks in order to exist,” and draws from a near-death experience that took place on the island. This sets the tone for the album as one that “would only have been possible to make on the West Coast. Sun, surf, the Pacific, vast spaces yet a sense of isolation.” Pe’ahi is at the same time dark and bright, heavy and light, and oh-so-worth your listen.

Check out fall tour dates after the jump and get your hands on Pe’ahi from your store or service of choice now!

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Freeloader Friday: The Black Angels, PS I Love You, Mogwai, To The Wind, The Raveonettes, Princess Superstar, Souls of Mischief, Amp Live, Catey Shaw, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Kid Vishis & Temara Melek

The Black Angels: Clear Lake ForestSo the World Cup is over…now what? It seems that everyone’s got just a bit more time on their hands since Germany scored that epic final goal, solidifying themselves as winners of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. I say, what better way to fill your new-found free-time than with this week’s best new music? Sit back and enjoy this all-star lineup!

We’ve got full album streams galore this week. Start with the much anticipated new release from The Black Angels — it’s modern Psychedelic Rock that’ll have you addicted at first listen. Next, turn to Canadian duo PS I Love You as they prove once more that their minimalist Indie Rock is edgy and excellent. After that, get lost in the sullen Art-Rock instrumentals that make up Mogwai‘s 15th anniversary reissue of their 1994 album. Then, go Hardcore with To The Wind as they explore the universal feelings of loneliness, heartbreak, and getting older.

Looking for a quick music fix? No problem! These short, sweet sampler tracks’ll do the trick. Check out The Raveonettes‘ gritty new track filled with the Danish duo’s trademark harmonies over noisy guitar and sparkling harp. Then, get sassy with Princess Superstar as she works her Hip-Hop magic on a 90′s Indie-Pop classic. Following in the Hip-Hop genre, listen to Souls of Mischief‘s rap about reliability in true vintage fashion. Finally, Amp Live goes Electronic with their new Dirt Monkey remix that is rave-ready.

To wrap it all up, we’ve got plenty of music videos to entertain you this week! Catey Shaw teams up with director Jon Jon Augustavo to give Bushwick’s hipster gals the perfect summer anthem. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens meld the past and present in the video for this southern soulful belle’s latest R&B track. Kid Vishis goes gangster in the studio (and the forest) with brother Royce da 5’9″ and Marvwon in his new Rap track. Last but not least, Temara Melek dances her way through her catchy Pop track that’ll have you hitting repeat.

There you have it, Freeloaders, now let the listening begin!

The Black Angels: Full album stream via The New York Times
Clear Lake Forest out July 22 on Blue Horizon

PS I Love You: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
For Those Who Stay out July 22 on Paper Bag Records

Mogwai: Full album stream via The Guardian
Come On Die Young (Deluxe Edition) out July 22 on Chemikal Underground

To The Wind: Full album stream via Alt Press
Block Out the Sun & Sleep out July 22 on Pure Noise Records

The Raveonettes: “Sisters” track premiere via The Raveonettes Website
Pe’ahi coming soon on Beat Dies Records

Princess Superstar: “Chick Habit” track premiere via USA Today
I’m A Firecracker EP out now on Instant Records

Souls of Mischief: “All You Got Is Your Word” track premiere via ego trip
There Is Only Now out August 26 on Linear Labs

Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime (Dirt Monkey Remix)” track premiere via Soundcloud
Headphone Concerto out August 5 on Plug Research

Catey Shaw: “Brooklyn Girls” music video premiere via Papermag
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: “Sinner” music video premiere via Entertainment Weekly
Cold World out July 29 on Daptone Records

Kid Vishis: “Talk Behind My Back (Ft. Royce da 5’9″ and Marvwon)” music video premiere via YouTube
Timing is Everything out July 22 on Seven13 Music

Temara Melek: “Fingerprints” music video premiere via VEVO
Fingerprints out now on Straight Forward Music

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