HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 7/1/17
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 7/1/17. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:
|THIS WEEK||LAST WEEK||THIS WEEK|
|1||1||STONE SOUR||“Song #3”||2038|
|2||2||METALLICA||“Now That We’re Dead”||1908|
|4||5||ROYAL BLOOD||“Lights Out”||1618|
|5||6||RISE AGAINST||“The Violence”||1509|
|6||7||HIGHLY SUSPECT||“Little One”||1348|
|7||4||VOLBEAT (f. DANKO JONES)||“Black Rose”||1263|
|9||8||SEETHER||“Let You Down”||972|
|10||12||GREEN DAY||“Revolution Radio”||966|
|12||13||IN THIS MOMENT||“Oh Lord”||901|
|13||15||GRETA VAN FLEET||“Highway Tune”||899|
|14||16||PAPA ROACH||“American Dreams”||777|
|16||17||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Loud”||665|
|17||20||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Back To The River” (f. W. Haynes)||635|
|18||19||BEARTOOTH||“Sick Of Me”||619|
|21||21||A DAY TO REMEMBER||“Bullfight”||534|
|22||31||QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE||“The Way You Used To Do”||437|
|23||24||RADKEY||“Dark Black Makeup”||428|
|27||58||NOTHING MORE||“Go To War”||319|
|28||27||HELL OR HIGHWATER||“I Want It All”||303|
|32||36||KORN||“Black Is The Soul”||267|
|33||42||IN FLAMES||“Here Until Forever”||232|
|34||26||AVENGED SEVENFOLD||“God Damn”||223|
|35||39||OF MICE AND MEN||“Back To Me”||194|
|37||41||NICKELBACK||“Must Be Nice”||188|
|39||37||GEMINI SYNDROME||“Sorry Not Sorry”||179|
|41||48||SHAMAN’S HARVEST||“The Come Up”||146|
|42||89||DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979||“Freeze Me”||139|
|44||46||WHILE SHE SLEEPS (f. OLI SYKES)||“Silence Speaks”||119|
|45||44||BLACKTOP MOJO||“Where The Wind Blows”||114|
|46||49||PALAYE ROYALE||“Get Higher”||97|
|47||47||KINGS OF LEON||“Reverend”||97|
|48||51||THE REVIVALISTS||“Wish I Knew You”||91|
|49||66||RANCID||“Bovver Rock And Roll”||73|
|50||56||NEVER SAY DIE||“Like A Nightmare”||71|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)
PROPHETS OF RAGE – “Unfuck The World”
A true blending of rock and hip-hop, Prophets Of Rage is a supergroup with an impressive collective resume. More importantly, this band (featuring members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill) is one with a strong purpose and message. It’s quite likely that many reading this will not agree with the band’s message, which is exactly why it is being featured on the July 4th edition of HRD Radio Report.
Everyone has their own interpretation of what does and does not constitute patriotism, but the one thing that should be agreed upon is the importance of freedom of speech. With “Unfuck The World,” Prophets Of Rage are not shy about using their freedom of speech to deliver a powerful message, regardless of any repercussions.
We’ve arrived at a time when freedom of speech (specifically freedom of the press) is under attack. When those with a following use their platform to reach the masses with a message, it’s a good thing. Whether you call this resistance or something else, the fact remains that Prophets Of Rage stand for something that actually benefits all Americans.
Some may believe that this is not the proper forum to take a stand, especially given the timing of publication. That’s fine. Resistance to this message is just another example of freedom of speech. Through the years, Hard Rock Daddy has featured numerous songs about American patriotism, and has shown great deference to the military for their part in protecting the freedoms of all citizens. So, this feels like fair game.
Music is a passionate force. It has the power to capture the mood of a moment in ways that few other things can. At this moment in time, “Unfuck The World” hits home in a meaningful way. If you’re a fan of this style of music, this song is a home run (even if you don’t pay attention to the lyrics). Conversely, you can appreciate the message being delivered here without being a fan of this type of music.
Personally speaking, I hope that this song does crack the top 50, but it wouldn’t shock me if stations shy away from playing it to avoid controversy.
PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)
Last week, it was predicted that Foo Fighters would push for the top sooner rather than later. Once again, “Run” continued to close the gap on Stone Sour and Metallica (#1 and #2 respectively). The current trend gives them a chance at moving up to #2 next week, and possibly #1 if either “Song #3” or “Now That We’re Dead” starts to decline. This is not any inside information, just a prediction based on observations of studying the chart. It’s easy to see how Foo Fighters would deny most bands a #1 song, but feels like the top bands are allowed their chance to reach the top (if only for a week). For that reason, I’m going to guess that Metallica won’t stall at #2, but if they reach #1, it will be short-lived.
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.
PROPHETS OF RAGE – “Unfuck The World”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD – “Malagueña Salerosa (La Malagueña)”
RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA – “Weight Of The World”
DOROTHY – “Down To The Bottom”
DEMON HUNTER – “Raining Down”
THE RECORD COMPANY – “Baby, I’m Broken”
KIRRA – “Downfall”
CKY – “Replaceable”
Death From Above 1979 – “Freeze Me”
Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
Basement – “Promise Everything”
Kings Of Leon – “Reverend”
Incubus – “Nimble Bastard”
Papa Roach – “Help”
Avenged Sevenfold – “God Damn”
Muse – “Dig Down”
THE BREAKDOWN (by Jon Loveless)
NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT
I Prevail and Green Day both break into the Top 10…
Hellyeah and Ded make it into the Top 20…
Two of the fastest moving songs in the chart, from Queens of the Stone Age and Nothing More ,both quickly reach the Top 30, (the latter debuts there)…
Nice movement from In Flames to reach the Top 40, joined there by Nickelback…
Two debuting singles and two re-entries are part of the final segment of this week’s published chart.
THREE UP & THREE DOWN
Foo Fighters – “Run”
Greta Van Fleet – “Highway Tune”
Queens Of The Stone Age – “The Way You Used To Do”
Volbeat (f. Danko Jones) – “Black Rose”
Seether – “Let You Down”
As Lions – “Aftermath”
TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS
Alternative crossover artists The Revivalists have to think that the Active Rock chart is awfully fickle. This week marks their fourth entry / re-entry into the Top 50 since initially debuting back in February. “Wish I Knew You” had five weeks in, one week out, ten weeks in, three weeks out, one week in, one week out, and now back in again.
That’s all for this week. Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/