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. Whenever possible, the HRD Radio Report will feature insight from radio and record industry people, in addition to interviews with 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.
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The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 11/16/14. 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||1||FOO FIGHTERS||“Something From Nothing”||2211|
|2||2||FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH||“Wrong Side Of Heaven”||1780|
|3||3||SLIPKNOT||“The Devil In I”||1567|
|4||4||ROYAL BLOOD||“Figure It Out”||1501|
|5||6||SEETHER||“Same Damn Life”||1379|
|7||7||THREE DAYS GRACE||“I Am Machine”||1299|
|12||13||BUSH||“The Only Way Out”||791|
|14||12||BLACK KEYS||“Gotta Get Away”||737|
|15||15||ASKING ALEXANDRIA||“Moving On”||718|
|16||18||IN THIS MOMENT||“Sick Like Me”||716|
|17||20||NOTHING MORE||“Mr. MTV”||679|
|18||10||NICKELBACK||“Edge Of A Revolution”||674|
|20||35||PAPA ROACH||“Face Everything And Rise”||559|
|21||22||YOUNG GUNS||“I Want Out”||475|
|23||25||THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH||“Born This Way”||433|
|26||23||WEEZER||“Back To The Shack||351|
|27||30||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Reincarnate”||334|
|28||32||THEORY OF A DEADMAN||“Savages”||326|
|30||27||KONGOS||“I’m Only Joking”||309|
|32||34||LENNY KRAVITZ||“Dirty White Boots”||282|
|33||21||OTHERWISE||“Darker Side Of The Moon”||278|
|34||24||DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979||“Trainwreck 1979”||270|
|35||39||LIVE||“Way Around Is Through”||223|
|36||36||FLYLEAF||“Set Me On Fire”||220|
|38||38||ADELITA’S WAY||“Save The World”||193|
|39||44||REV THEORY||“Born 2 Destroy”||191|
|40||42||3 YEARS HOLLOW||“For Life”||187|
|41||40||NEW MEDICINE||“One Too Many”||187|
|42||49||OF MICE & MEN||“Feels Like Forever”||182|
|43||56||SMASHING PUMPKINS||“One And All”||181|
|44||50||RISE AGAINST||“Tragedy + Time”||180|
|45||43||WE AS HUMAN||“Bring To Life”||178|
|46||53||ARCTIC MONKEYS||“R U Mine?”||158|
|47||47||LIKE A STORM||“Wish You Hell”||155|
|48||46||BUCKCHERRY||“Say Fuck It”||148|
|49||48||BRING ME THE HORIZON||“Drown”||145|
|50||41||FALL OUT BOY||“Centuries”||144|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman
PAPA ROACH – “Face Everything And Rise”
Tracking the Active Rock radio charts often times leaves me scratching my head as to why certain songs can’t gain any traction, and shaking my head at songs that rise up the charts when they are not even properly categorized. But, every once in a while, the programmers “get it right.” This week is a perfect example of “getting it right.”
Papa Roach’s latest single, “Face Everything And Rise” (from their upcoming album, F.E.A.R.), jumped up 15 slots this week from #35 to #20 as their spins increased by 321. This spin increase was, by far, the biggest jump of the week. Don’t be surprised if this song competes for the top slot before the year comes to a close.
“Face Everything And Rise” is a great track that picks up where Papa Roach left off with their 2012 release, The Connection. The song fuses elements of industrial with the hard rock sound that Jacoby Shaddix and the boys have honed in recent years. Raw and tortured at times (a Shaddix staple), the band seamlessly transitions from rage to an infectiously melodic chorus. This is a track that should have legs, and become a mainstay on the Active Rock chart!
THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless
Did somebody push the “pause” button? You may be tempted to think so after reading this week’s HRD Radio Report.
Foo Fighters “Something From Nothing” claims a fourth week at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart. “Wrong Side Of Heaven,” from Five Finger Death Punch, marks it’s third week at #2, while Slipknot holds the #3 position for a fifth consecutive week. Royal Blood is #4 again with “Figure It Out,” but there IS movement to report. Seether climbs one spot to #5 with “Same Damn Life,” nudging “Play Ball” by AC/DC all the way down … to #6. Each of the top five (actually each of the top eight) songs gained spins versus last week, but none managed even double-digit percentage change.
Not many highlights in a week where the big story is the status quo taking place on the Active Rock chart. The only change in the Top 10 this week is a one spot rise for “Beautiful” by Pop Evil. There was also one new arrival in the Top 20, as Papa Roach’s “Face Everything And Rise” jumps fifteen spots from #35 all the way to #20. Also notable is a nice climb for Chevelle’s “An Island,” which moves up eight spots to #25, and a six-spot improvement for “Carnivore,” (the second single from Starset) which moves up to #31.
RISING and FALLING
Papa Roach – “Face Everything And Rise” (+321 spins, +134% airplay)
Rise Against – “Tragedy+Time” (+ 56 spins, +45% airplay)
Chevelle – “An Island”(+105 spins, +39% airplay)
Nothing More – “Mr. MTV” (+107 spins, +19% airplay)
Seether – “Same Damn Life” (+ 109 spins, +9% airplay)
Otherwise – “Darker Side Of The Moon” (-240 spins, -46% airplay)
Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979” (-169 spins, -38% airplay)
Islander – “Coconut Dracula” (-128 spins, -37% airplay)
Fall Out Boy – “Centuries” (-57 spins, -28% airplay)
Nickelback – “Edge Of A Revolution” (-221 spins, -25% airplay)
JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK
PRETTY RECKLESS – “Follow Me Down”
Not quite in the Top 50 yet, but “Follow Me Down” is among the songs showing the most increased airplay in the past week. It’s been a regular listen for me since the lyric video was released in 2013. It is one of the songs that led me to believe that 2014 would be a big year for the band. A not-so-subtle degree of sexuality is no surprise with Taylor Momsen fronting the group, but in this song, the band showed musical substance that goes beyond “eye candy.” I’d give the nod to “Going To Hell” as the best song on the album, but this one is a close second.
I CALL B#LL$HIT!
GOOD NEWS (sort of): The five tired B.S. tracks continue to slide down the Active Rock chart again this week. However, Weezer, Black Keys, Death From Above 1979, Kongos and Fall Out Boy still combined for over 1,800 spins this week. The good news is that their spins dropped by 20% this week.
BAD NEWS: Two new B#ll$shit tracks scooped up nearly as many spins as the aforementioned songs lost. Arctic Monkeys “R U Mine” enters the chart at #46, and is not only a complete fraud as an Active Rock song, but is also nearly THREE years old, having debuted on the chart in the U.K. back in February of 2012. To have it perpetrated on listeners in 2014, borders on insulting.
The other B.S. addition to the chart this week debuts at #43 – “One And All” by The Smashing Pumpkins (who at this point are essentially Billy Corgan, the guitarist who replaced James Iha and, at least for the new album, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee). The issue here isn’t the band however, it’s the song. It’s an alternative track that is a little heavier than most in the genre, and isn’t ashamed to have guitars in the instrumentation, but, it’s an alt rock song. It is NOT “active rock” and attempts to position it as such are just outright B.S.
In the next HRD Radio Report, we’ll see if Active Rock radio jumps on the first track from the forthcoming Hinder album – (the first since the departure of frontman, Austin Winkler) – ahead of the targeted date for airplay (mid-December). We’ll also see how much burnout the songs currently at the top of the chart will start to show, and whether the songs currently residing in an area we might call “the rest” will get a boost or if they’ve all pretty much hit their ceiling and are just treading water.
That’s all for this week! Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/