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 10/12/14. 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||3||NICKELBACK||“Edge Of A Revolution”||1670|
|2||1||SLASH||“World On Fire”||1627|
|3||2||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Messed Up World”||1466|
|4||4||YOU ME AT SIX||“Room To Breathe”||1335|
|6||6||SLIPKNOT||“The Devil In I”||1253|
|7||8||FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH||“Wrong Side Of Heaven”||1146|
|8||7||WEEZER||“Back To The Shack||1099|
|9||9||ROYAL BLOOD||“Figure It Out”||1051|
|11||13||BLACK KEYS||“Gotta Get Away”||799|
|12||20||SEETHER||“Same Damn Life”||724|
|13||32||THREE DAYS GRACE||“I Am Machine”||674|
|14||12||SIXX A.M.||“Gotta Get It Right”||669|
|15||18||BUSH||“The Only Way Out”||657|
|16||16||OTHERWISE||“Darker Side Of The Moon”||657|
|18||11||LINKIN PARK||“Until It’s Gone”||630|
|22||21||DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979||“Trainwreck 1979”||537|
|25||23||ASKING ALEXANDRIA||“Moving On”||515|
|27||28||IN THIS MOMENT||“Sick Like Me”||492|
|28||30||KONGOS||“I’m Only Joking”||413|
|29||31||THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH||“Born This Way”||409|
|30||22||RISE AGAINST||“I Don’t Wanna Be Here”||396|
|31||27||DEVOUR THE DAY||“Respect”||361|
|32||35||NOTHING MORE||“Mr. MTV”||332|
|33||34||YOUNG GUNS||“I Want Out”||304|
|34||24||CHEVELLE||“Hunter Eats Hunter”||281|
|35||36||FALL OUT BOY||“Centuries”||278|
|36||39||LIVE||“Way Around Is Through”||271|
|38||40||FLYLEAF||“Set Me On Fire”||255|
|39||43||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Reincarnate”||236|
|41||33||BRING ME THE HORIZON||“Can You Feel My Heart”||192|
|42||47||ADELITA’S WAY||“Save The World”||184|
|43||51||THEORY OF A DEADMAN||“Savages”||169|
|45||46||BLACK STONE CHERRY||“Remember Me”||160|
|46||49||3 YEARS HOLLOW||“For Life”||153|
|47||50||NEW MEDICINE||“One Too Many”||135|
|48||48||BLACK VEIL BRIDES||“Heart Of Fire”||133|
|49||42||SLEEPWAVE||“Through The Looking Glass”||129|
|50||52||LETTERS FROM THE FIRE||“Zombies In The Sun”||110|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK – By Adam Waldman
PICK OF THE WEEK: LIKE A STORM – “Wish You Hell”
Both SiriusXM’s Octane and Active Rock radio fell in love with Like A Storm’s debut single, “Love The Way You Hate Me,” and deservedly so. The brothers from New Zealand are back with another song that is sure to be a force to be reckoned with on radio in the very near future with “Wish You Hell,” off of their forthcoming, sophomore release. Octane has already jumped all over it, and the song cracked the Big ‘Uns Top 15 Countdown this week. Active Rock radio would be wise to follow Octane’s lead on this killer tune that fuses hard rock and delta blues. Voodoo Metal has arrived, courtesy of the Brooks brothers, who by the way, are amongst the most down-to-earth musicians you will ever meet. I saw the band open for Alter Bridge this weekend, and they’re even better live than on the record. Look for a concert review in the coming week on HardRockDaddy.com. (see Hard Rock Daddy song review)
THE BREAKDOWN – By Jon Loveless
A surprise at the top, a fast-mover continues to climb and another red hot debut featured on this week’s HRD Radio Report…
Trying to guess what active rock programmers and decision-makers will do, can be a bit of a fool’s errand at times. Given the major growth of Slash’s “World On Fire,” the song seemed to have enough momentum to hang on to the top spot for a while. Instead, it lost spins (over 30% of the previous week’s growth) while another contender surged. That contender (the new #1 Mediabase Active Rock song this week) is “Edge Of A Revolution” from Nickleback. It really isn’t a surprise that the track reached the top, just a little surprising that it happened this week. Former #1 “Messed Up World” drops to #3 for The Pretty Reckless, while You Me At Six’s “Room To Breathe” sticks around at #4. Korn’s “Hater” managed to fend off Slipknot’s “The Devil In I” for the #5 slot for a second consecutive week.
Volbeat returned to the top ten once again. This time it is with “Doc Holliday,” which jumped from #14 to #10. Seether made another solid move, as “Same Damn Life” climbed from #20 all the way to #12. Three Days Grace continues to soar, going from #32 to #13 in just the second week on the chart, and Mastadon picked up seven spots as they climbed to #37.
Three new entries broke into the Top 50 this week:
- “Play Ball” by AC/DC (a phenomenal debut at #21)
- “Zombies In The Sun” by Letters From The Fire (#50)
- “Savages” by Theory Of A Deadman (featuring Alice Cooper) (#43)
RAPID RISERS AND FREEFALLERS
Hard to beat the debut week for AC/DC! Radio is definitely willing to “Play Ball” right now with the legendary rockers (594 spins from a standing start). By way of comparison, Three Days Grace had a sparkling debut with “I Am Machine” (only 339 plays), and it is already in the Top 15 after only two weeks, after basically doubling its spins this week to keep up the momentum. Seether, Volbeat and Godsmack all had gains of over 130 spins, and each continues to grow steadily.
Fading fast this week are a number of songs that were already on their way down this month. This is likely the final week on the chart for “Can You Feel My Heart” by Bring Me The Horizon, which lost 40% of their previous week airplay, and slipped from #41 to #33. Other songs heading down (and most likely out) include Sleepwave’s “Through The Looking Glass,” dropping from #42 to #49 and Devour The Day’s “Respect” dropping from #31 to #27.
It’s important to enjoy what you do and, right now, here are three tracks that are giving me the most joy on the active rock scene…
 “Breaking Skin” – NONPOINT
Still stuck in my head two months after debuting on the chart. The first single from this week’s best selling hard rock album deserves a lot of credit for those first week sales. This is strong stuff, and the band added even more power to the words with a gritty video that takes a grim look at a devastating underground drug. (see Hard Rock Daddy review)
 “Dangerous” – SHAMAN’S HARVEST
More than five years after their first hit (“Dragonfly”), this Missouri-based quintet has roared back into the spotlight with a simply outstanding active rock track with a great hook and no shortage of attitude. This is the kind of song that makes you listen over & over while also sending you looking for more from the band.
 “Villainy Thrives” – TRIVIUM
While radio has been reluctant to push the song as hard as it deserves, the second official single from the excellent Vengeance Falls album has steadily grown on me, becoming a real highlight when it pops up. (see Hard Rock Daddy review)
I CALL B#LL$HIT!
The amount of manure on this week’s chart remains fairly steady, although thankfully shrinking a little bit in terms of overall airplay. That being said, here’s some food for thought…
Weezer, Black Keys, Death From Above 1979, Fall Out Boy and the Kongos combined for over 3,100 spins on Active Rock radio last week. That is basically the same number of spins that the #1 and #2 songs generated together, and both of those are actual active rock tracks. Viewed another way, it’s the same amount of spins that 16 actual rock songs from #50 upward received. Airplay is precious people, stop wasting it!
Once again, a chart shakeup appears to be just around the corner. Three of the top four songs are losing airplay, thereby creating opportunities for Korn, Slipknot and Five Finger Death Punch to make a move for the top spot sooner rather than later. That said, the song to watch may be Three Days Grace’s “I Am Machine.” If the track’s rapid growth continues, it may jump the pack well before Thanksgiving. Other things to keep an on eye next week include: the performance of Chevelle’s new single (“An Island”) and seeing whether Sixx: A.M.’s latest single (“Stars”) can pick up enough stations to make a big jump.
JON’S THREE CENTS
From time to time, I may set aside the numbers for a moment to indulge in an op-ed piece. The first such occasion comes this week, as something caught my eye while digging into the details of the chart numbers.
The possible “one-and-done” at the top for Slash’s “World On Fire” was a surprise, so my curiosity was aroused. The song only dropped 63 spins (about 3% of last week’s total), while Nickelback gained 143 spins (up about 9% from last week). The relatively slight movement for each was enough to give Nickelback a 1670-1627 edge for #1. Of the 206-spin net change between the two songs, over half (109 of 206 to be exact) came from just two out of approximately 60 reporting stations playing both songs (each of whom is outside of the Top 50 in size). My intention here is not to call out the stations, nor to suggest that anything remotely nefarious was afoot. There doesn’t seem to be anything inherently wrong with their decisions as far as I can see, but this shift goes to show that, when it comes to the chart, every (reporting) station matters when it comes to weekly spins.
That’s all for this week! Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/
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Includes my weekly breakdown of the Active Rock Top 50 airpaly chart