Masters Of Grime: Boy Better Know Takeover the O2 Arena

It was a late summer holiday weekend and whilst most people were dancing the day away at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, us grime lovers were over at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich ready to immerse ourselves in the Boy Better Know Takeover.

Grime as a genre started in the early 2000s in East London and is heavily influenced by UK garage, hip hop/rap and jungle music. Some of the most well known grime artists include Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Kano, Skepta and Stormzy with international artists such as Drake and A$AP Rocky taking a huge liking to UK grime. Skepta’s latest album Konnichiwa charted at #2 in the UK album charts, an incredible achievement for the underground scene. Listen to the album single “Shutdown,” below.


Welcome, Denis!

Introducing Denis Siek, SVP of FinanceDenis Siek

I’m thrilled to be joining The Orchard at what is an incredibly exciting time for our company and the music industry as a whole. I’ve spent the past 15 years working for our parent company, Sony Music, in numerous different finance roles. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside many of you in my most recent role as part of Sony’s Global Digital Business Group, and I’m fortunate to be joining a team where everyone is so passionate about what they do.


Making A Difference With Pink, Blue & Green Vinyl

Music is a unique art form that reaches so many and inspires empathy transcending all boundaries. It draws people together and can spawn change in a big way. That is why many artists and organizations choose to harness the community music creates to raise support for a number of special causes. Check out some of these great initiatives and learn how you can get involved!

Out Today by The Orchard: Antibalas, Mykur & More

antibalasPut down your pumpkin spice latte for a minute and lend an ear. This week is jam packed with music’s finest to start your weekend off right. We’ve got something from every corner of the globe from southern cowboys to the dark corners of Scandinavia to a Brooklyn-based afrobeat group that could very well be from another world completely.

The horn heavy 12 piece group known as Antibalas has released their newest album Where The Gods Are In Peace from Daptone Records. The album is made up of only three songs (or technically five?) but still provides over 30 minutes of music with tracks ranging from four minutes to almost 11 minutes in length. Forget about the road less traveled, where Antibalas goes, there are no roads. This unique afrobeat, funk band makes music they love and breaks all the rules to create art with their sounds. Listen to the abbreviated version of “Gold Rush” below and check out the full length here.

Labels & Distributors Can Now Access Spotify for Artists

In case you missed it, team members can now be added to Spotify for Artists accounts! This means labels and distributors can finally have access to Spotify for Artists and all of the great analytics available through the platform. In order for a label, distributor or anyone outside of a manager/artist role to gain access, an approved existing account holder must grant permission and send an invite via See below for a step-by-step tutorial on how an account holder can add and invite team members.