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. This weekly report also features quotes from radio and record industry people on a regular basis, in addition to talking directly to a variety of hard rock artists about their music, tours and more!
Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.
Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.
The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 10/5/14. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:
|CHART POSITION THIS WEEK||CHART POSITION LAST WEEK||ARTIST||SONG TITLE||RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK|
|1||2||SLASH||“World On Fire”||1690|
|2||1||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Messed Up World”||1642|
|3||3||NICKELBACK||“Edge Of A Revolution”||1527|
|4||4||YOU ME AT SIX||“Room To Breathe”||1413|
|6||8||SLIPKNOT||“The Devil In I”||1176|
|7||5||WEEZER||“Back To The Shack”||1144|
|8||12||FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH||“Wrong Side Of Heaven”||1021|
|9||11||ROYAL BLOOD||“Figure It Out”||986|
|10||9||NOTHING MORE||“This Is The Time (Ballast)”||940|
|11||6||LINKIN PARK||“Until It’s Gone”||866|
|12||13||SIXX A.M.||“Gotta Get It Right”||861|
|13||17||BLACK KEYS||“Gotta Get Away”||755|
|16||18||OTHERWISE||“Darker Side Of The Moon”||626|
|18||23||BUSH||“The Only Way Out”||594|
|20||29||SEETHER||“Same Damn Life”||572|
|21||26||DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979||“Trainwreck 1979”||555|
|22||14||RISE AGAINST||“I Don’t Wanna Be Here”||531|
|23||25||ASKING ALEXANDRIA||“Moving On”||513|
|24||15||CHEVELLE||“Hunter Eats Hunter”||492|
|27||22||DEVOUR THE DAY||“Respect”||478|
|28||33||IN THIS MOMENT||“Sick Like Me”||471|
|30||34||KONGOS||“I’m Only Joking”||391|
|31||35||THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH||“Born This Way”||358|
|32||0||THREE DAYS GRACE||“I Am Machine”||339|
|33||32||BRING ME THE HORIZON||“Can You Feel My Heart”||321|
|34||40||YOUNG GUNS||“I Want Out”||275|
|35||50||NOTHING MORE||“Mr. MTV”||271|
|36||36||FALL OUT BOY||“Centuries”||271|
|37||27||CROBOT||“Nowhere To Hide”||261|
|39||51||LIVE||“Way Around Is Through”||237|
|40||41||FLYLEAF||“Set Me On Fire”||231|
|42||39||SLEEPWAVE||“Through The Looking Glass”||213|
|43||42||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Reincarnate”||212|
|46||45||BLACK STONE CHERRY||“Remember Me”||171|
|47||47||ADELITA’S WAY||“Save The World”||161|
|48||53||BLACK VEIL BRIDES||“Heart Of Fire”||141|
|49||52||3 YEARS HOLLOW||“For Life”||135|
|50||59||NEW MEDICINE||“One Too Many”||128|
PUBLISHER’S PICKS – By Adam Waldman
PICK OF THE WEEK: Black Veil Brides – “Heart Of Fire”
Black Veil Brides are back with an incredible track off of their upcoming self-titled album. With the dominance that “In The End” displayed in recent years, it’s hard to believe that this track didn’t debut in the Top 50, while others that are barely “rock” have done so (see I CALL B#LL$HIT! below). No matter, once this track starts building momentum, it should have a nice run. Not only is the song incredibly melodic, but the dual-guitar virtuosity is like a journey back in time. Check out the full Hard Rock Daddy review, and listen to “Heart Of Fire” below…
HONORABLE MENTION: Black Label Society – “Angel Of Mercy”
By and large, Zakk Wylde is highly regarded in both the hard rock and metal communities, but for some reason, he doesn’t seem to get the radio play that he deserves. Black Label Society’s “Angel Of Mercy” taps into another side of Wylde that goes beyond brilliant guitar shredding. It’s hard to understand why radio would fall in love with a song like “Moth” by Hellyeah and not show the same kind of love to BLS’s “Angel Of Mercy,” a song in a similar vein. Check out the full Hard Rock Daddy review, and listen to “Angel Of Mercy” below…
THE BREAKDOWN – By Jon Loveless
A new number one, a potential heavyweight brawl looming on the horizon, and a red-hot debut all featured on this week’s HRD Radio Report.
For the second time ever, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have reached the top of the Active Rock chart. A nice increase of nearly 200 spins pushed “World On Fire” past the still-strong “Messed Up World,” dethroning The Pretty Reckless after three weeks. Nickelback’s “Edge Of A Revolution” and You Me At Six’s “Room To Breathe” remain basically flat, holding on to the #3 & #4 slots respectively on this week’s chart. “Hater” by Korn holds off Slipknot’s “The Devil In I” for the #5 slot…at least for another week.
As predicted in last week’s Rapid Risers and Freefallers, a good bit of movement took place in the Top 50 this week as five songs exited while five songs entered (or re-entered).
“Wrong Side Of Heaven” climbs four spots to #8, giving Five Finger Death Punch their fourth top 10 song in less than 18 months. “Same Damn Life” by Seether makes a nice move, up from #29 to #20. Among the new entries onto the chart this week is “Heart of Fire” by Black Veil Brides (up five spots to #48), and “One Too Many,” the latest single from Minnesota natives, New Medicine, claims the final spot in the Top 50 (up from #59 last week).
RAPID RISERS & FREEFALLERS
No song on this week’s chart showed more explosive growth than “I Am Machine” by Three Days Grace (growing from 0 spins to 339) and debuting at #32 on the chart. A huge week as Godsmack’s “Something Different” (which more than doubled its airplay) climbs from #38 to #26.
Spin gains of over 90% pushed the second single from Nothing More (“Mr. MTV”) up from #50 to #35, and vaulted Live’s “The Way Around Is Through” from #51 to #39.
Plummeting this week (for the second week in a row) was “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” by Rise Against, which slipped from #14 to #22 with 38% fewer spins. Chevelle saw “Hunter Eats Hunter” suffer a similar fate as they fell from #15 to #22. “Until It’s Gone” by Linkin Park dropped out of the top 10 (to #11) after losing 25% of its airplay. Also notable this week is the Top 50 departure of “My Demons,” the smash debut single by Starset, which had been on the chart since of November 2013.
“Man is only great when he acts from passion”
— Benjamin Disraeli
I believe the words of the 19th Century British statesman might have taught me something about how I approach music and what I write about it. It’s the passion that the music inspires in me that drives me to listen, to explore and to share with others. One telltale sign of that passion happens when a song ends, and I immediately find myself ready to hear it again (maybe even a little louder on the next play). Here are the three songs that are causing me to hit “repeat” and crank it up this week…
 “World On Fire” – Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – It’s great to have a number one song that reaches the top before becoming “worn” from overuse. By the time the final verse rolls around, I’m almost starting to look forward to the next time I hear it. (see Hard Rock Daddy review).
 “Something Different” – Godsmack – The second single from 1000hp starts slower than its predecessor, but the intensity builds as the track continues. It’s a song that illustrates why many are viewing the first new release from the band in four years as an “Album of the Year” contender.
 “Breaking Skin” – Nonpoint – As the lead single from the just-released album, The Return, the song sets the table for what might turn out to be the best work to date from these Florida veterans. It’s emotional without being soft and aggressive without being angry. Just a song that feels very real to me. (see Hard Rock Daddy review).
I CALL B#LL$HIT!
For all of the good stuff on the chart this week, there’s also some not-so-good, which is a problem that has to be addressed. This week’s chart includes quite a few songs that simply aren’t worthy of being described as “rock,” much less “active rock.” Weezer, Black Keys, Death From Above 1979, Fall Out Boy and the Kongos are obvious examples. There are several others that are right on the edge of the same status, but for this week, I choose to happily note that we’ve avoided the addition of any more glaring mistakes. That’s improvement … maybe.
Of the top eight songs in this week’s chart, five showed increased airplay. There’s still a significant gap between some of them, but with Slash, Nickelback, Korn, Slipknot, and Five Finger Death Punch all within visual range of the top of the chart (and all still growing), there’s certainly a reason to suspect some epic battles to claim the top spot in the coming weeks. It’s possible that the first number one song of 2015 is already somewhere in the Top 50 just waiting to be crowned.
As predicted, Five Finger Death Punch’s “Wrong Side Of Heaven” made its move into the top 10, and Nothing More’s second single “Mr. MTV” continues on the big run that was predicted weeks ago, jumping all the way to #35 this week.
It was great to see Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators climb to the top of the chart with “World On Fire.” It’s somewhat surprising that the song was able to top the Active Rock charts, but can’t seem to get any traction on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown, even though the station featured “Slash Week” around the release. Based on the spins, it looks like the song will have multi-week run at the top before being challenged by heavy-hitters, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat.
That’s all for this week! Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/