HRD RADIO REPORT
The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com. The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions. It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.
Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.
The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 5/20/17. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:
|THIS WEEK||LAST WEEK||THIS WEEK|
|1||1||SEETHER||“Let You Down”||2021|
|5||4||VOLBEAT (f. DANKO JONES)||“Black Rose”||1470|
|7||7||SKILLET||“Back From The Dead’||1188|
|8||8||METALLICA||“Now That We’re Dead”||1163|
|9||10||STONE SOUR||“Song #3”||1088|
|10||9||AVENGED SEVENFOLD||“God Damn”||951|
|11||11||ROYAL BLOOD||“Lights Out”||939|
|12||12||ALL THAT REMIANS||“Madness”||863|
|15||15||RISE AGAINST||“The Violence”||799|
|16||20||HIGHLY SUSPECT||“Little One”||598|
|18||18||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Loud”||518|
|19||21||A DAY TO REMEMBER||“Bullfight”||496|
|23||23||RADKEY||“Dark Black Makeup”||414|
|26||28||BEARTOOTH||“Sick Of Me”||313|
|27||29||STITCHED UP HEART||“Catch Me When I Fall”||290|
|28||27||HELL OR HIGHWATER||“I Want It All”||258|
|29||26||BLACK STONE CHERRY||“Cheaper To Drink Alone”||251|
|30||30||BLACK MAP||“Run Rabbit Run”||233|
|31||62||IN THIS MOMENT||“Oh Lord”||198|
|34||35||SHALLOW SIDE||“Can You Hear Me”||164|
|35||77||GREEN DAY||“Revolution Radio”||161|
|37||31||NICKELBACK||“Feed The Machine”||147|
|38||36||SEPTEMBER MOURNING||“20 Below”||140|
|39||34||COVER YOUR TRACKS||“Striking Matches”||138|
|40||42||CHRYSALIS||“Out Of My Hands”||129|
|43||48||GEMINI SYNDROME||“Sorry Not Sorry”||110|
|44||39||KINGS OF LEON||“Reverend”||98|
|46||46||THE REVIVALISTS||“Wish I Knew You”||97|
|48||43||FALLING IN REVERSE||“Coming Home”||93|
|49||139||PAPA ROACH||“American Dreams”||90|
|50||56||BLACKTOP MOJO||“Where The Wind Blows”||80|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)
BLACKTOP MOJO – “Where The Wind Blows”
For most newer bands, patience is a virtue when it comes to breaking through on Active Rock radio. That patience and perseverance has finally paid off for Blacktop Mojo, as they finally cracked the top 50 this week. Hard Rock Daddy has been on the bandwagon of these Texas rockers for a few years now. In fact, exactly a year ago today, “Where The Wind Blows” was the featured song on Music Discovery Monday. Now that the radio world has finally caught on, the time has come for this outstanding band to begin rising up the ranks.
Blending influences that range from their southern roots to grunge, Blacktop Mojo has a unique sound. The sound that sets them apart from others may very well be the thing that made getting played on Active Rock radio more challenging. However, once they start gaining traction, their versatility will serve them well. This is one band that has the potential to bring music fans together from different worlds.
“Where The Wind Blows” opens with a southern, swampy twang before kicking into high gear with a sound that is most reminiscent of Soundgarden. A heavy bottom, and intense, gritty riffs lay the foundation for Matt James to shine with melodic vocals. Adding another layer of intrigue is the bluesy shredding by guitarist Ryan Kiefer, which harkens back to the great blues rock bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
If radio continues to support Blacktop Mojo, there is no telling how high they can go.
PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)
Last week, it was predicted that (based on the trend) Seether would enjoy several weeks at in the #1 position with “Let You Down.” Even though the song started to decline this week, the competition did as well. In fact, the significant drop by Papa Roach (likely because they released a new single) allowed Starset to back into the #2 slot despite a decline in spins. Unless Seether starts to drop significantly, they should be able to “tread water” and remain on top for at least another two weeks. The only song showing strength this week in the top 10 is Stone Sour’s “Song #3,” but Seether holds nearly a 1000-spin lead of Corey Taylor and company at the moment, so a change at the top doesn’t seem imminent.
HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)
Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.
FOZZY – “Judas”
HELLYEAH – “Love Falls”
GRETA VAN FLEET – “Highway Tune”
ANTHRAX – “Carry On Wayward Son”
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – “Lifeline”
ART OF DYING – “All Or Nothing”
BOBAFLEX – “Hey You”
A KILLER’S CONFESSION – “Rebirth”
Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
Biffy Clyro – “Howl”
Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
Through Fire – “Breathe”
Kings Of Leon – “Reverend”
Papa Roach – “Help”
Basement – “Promise Everything”
Starset – “Monster”
THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless
KING OF THE HILL
Seether enjoys a second week at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart. Starset loses spins but overtakes Papa Roach for #2.
NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT
The Top 30 has the exact same songs as last week, with only a few shuffles in the order…
A Day To Remember inches up just enough to break into the Top 20…
In This Moment has the highest of two songs that make their chart debut in the Top 40 this week…
The new single from Papa Roach and the chart debut of Blacktop Mojo are found in the final two spots of this week’s Top 50.
THREE UP & THREE DOWN
Stone Sour – “Song #3”
Highly Suspect – “Little One”
In This Moment – “Oh Lord”
Papa Roach – “Help”
Missio – “Middle Fingers”
Avatar – “New Land”
TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS
There might be a little more room for movement in the Top 30 if radio would let go of songs that have been around since last fall. Memorial Day is approaching in the U.S. yet, the Top 15 includes two songs that charted before Thanksgiving. A November to May chart runs seem a bit … excessive. I truly feel for those who have only terrestrial radio as their primary rock listening option at this point.
That’s all for this week. Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/