What You Should Be Watching: Insecure, Blood Drive & More

With streaming services and TV stations pumping out new shows left and right, we understand the inner dispute that begins when trying to choose just one. Even thinking about that mile long list of shows you need to catch up on, or begin, can cause some panic! Here are some recommendations the sync department believes deserves a higher spot on your running list:


College Student Listening Habits 101

Not only does September typically bring cooler weather, it also signals back-to-school season. Working with college students on a daily basis, I thought this would be a perfect time to dive deeper into their listening habits so we can learn how to better target college students in our promotions. Our College Marketing Representatives were asked a variety of questions to provided us with insight into this key demographic. Take a trip into the classroom, below.


Get Familiar With YouTube’s New Monetization Icons

In the last few months, YouTube has been implementing new controls and guidelines in order to address advertiser concerns around where their ads are placed. These protocols encourage brands to resume their campaigns and end the so-called “adpocalypse” — or major marketer boycotting due to ads running alongside inappropriate or hateful videos. It seems that YouTube’s actions have had the desired effects: recovering advertisers’ trust and returning creators earnings to status quo.

As part of some of these recent changes, users have seen their videos classified as ‘not suitable for all advertisers,’ limiting the number of ads served on those videos.


Out Today by The Orchard: OMD, Steve Winwood & More

We’ve got one more long weekend before the long hall to Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy yourselves wherever you are This Labour Day. This weeks releases from The Orchard include one of the all-time greats of new wave returning with another incredible album, a best of project capturing the greatest hits of one of the most talented singers of all time, and uplifting pop-punk tunes with a heavy twist.

To start of this weekend the world renowned group known by the unique moniker Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (or OMD) is back with a brand new album called The Punishment of Luxury. (more…)

The Best Kind Of Summer Camp

The independent retail community gathered together last week to celebrate the annual event the physical business created ten years ago, Record Store Day. Over two hundred store owners and staffers met in New Orleans to network, socialize and party at RSD Summer Camp. Along for the ride were supplier attendees from record labels, audio and video distribution companies, turntable manufacturers and apparel and toy merchandisers to converge and share ideas on preserving this tangible shopping experience.