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.
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 12/7/14. 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”||2019|
|2||2||FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH||“Wrong Side Of Heaven”||1949|
|3||3||ROYAL BLOOD||“Figure It Out”||1752|
|4||5||SEETHER||“Same Damn Life”||1640|
|5||6||THREE DAYS GRACE||“I Am Machine”||1550|
|7||5||SLIPKNOT||“The Devil In I”||1237|
|10||11||PAPA ROACH||“Face Everything And Rise”||944|
|11||12||IN THIS MOMENT||“Sick Like Me”||834|
|12||13||ASKING ALEXANDRIA||“Moving On”||808|
|14||16||NOTHING MORE||“Mr. MTV”||725|
|15||14||BUSH||“The Only Way Out”||710|
|19||21||YOUNG GUNS||“I Want Out”||580|
|21||26||NICKELBACK||“Million Miles An Hour”||524|
|22||22||THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH||“Born This Way”||482|
|24||29||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Follow Me Down”||441|
|26||28||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Reincarnate”||398|
|27||23||NICKELBACK||“Edge Of A Revolution”||370|
|29||25||THEORY OF A DEADMAN||“Savages”||354|
|30||48||AC/DC||“Rock Or Bust”||349|
|31||31||LENNY KRAVITZ||“Dirty White Boots”||340|
|33||30||BLACK KEYS||“Gotta Get Away”||290|
|34||34||SMASHING PUMPKINS||“One And All”||278|
|35||46||SLASH||“Bent To Fly”||255|
|36||35||OF MICE & MEN||“Feels Like Forever”||236|
|37||36||WEEZER||“Back To The Shack||232|
|38||33||LIVE||“Way Around Is Through”||232|
|39||37||3 YEARS HOLLOW||“For Life”||227|
|40||38||WE AS HUMAN||“Bring To Life”||222|
|41||40||RISE AGAINST||“Tragedy + Time”||220|
|42||39||LINKIN PARK||“Final Masquerade”||205|
|43||44||LIKE A STORM||“Wish You Hell”||198|
|44||43||ARCTIC MONKEYS||“R U Mine?”||194|
|45||42||BRING ME THE HORIZON||“Drown”||194|
|46||45||LETTERS FROM THE FIRE||“Zombies In The Sun”||180|
|47||41||ADELITA’S WAY||“Save The World”||179|
|48||55||BEARTOOTH||“Beaten In Lips”||128|
|49||51||AMARANTHE||“Drop Dead Cynical”||124|
|50||52||SAVING ABEL||“Blood Stained Revolution”||113|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman
AMARANTHE – “Drop Dead Cynical”
Amaranthe does a masterful job of blurring the lines between genres to create something unique, while still managing to capture the attention of Active Rock radio programmers and listeners. “Drop Dead Cynical” has been steadily climbing up the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown (currently at #4), and this week, cracked the Top 50 Active Rock chart.
These Swedish/Danish rockers are proving that you don’t have to fit neatly into an active rock box to make an impact at radio. Active rock…modern melodic metal…power metal…the label doesn’t matter.
Amaranthe marches to the beat of their own drum (in a good way). When you write great songs with infectious choruses, you can break from tradition and have three lead vocalists, blend multiple genres into one song, and still be embraced by hard rock music fans. Check out “Drop Dead Cynical” below, and then enjoy the song as it plays in your head the rest of the day!
THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless
KING OF THE HILL
Make it seven weeks at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart for the Foo Fighters (“Something From Nothing”), who weren’t quite ready to give up the top spot this week after all. Or perhaps, radio programmers (and/or their consultants) just weren’t ready for the throne to be relinquished to Five Finger Death Punch, who saw “Wrong Side Of Heaven” lose momentum around the middle of the week.
Any of a half dozen songs could be next at the top (whenever a decision is finally made to move on that is), since none of the potential contenders showed particularly stronger growth than the next until you get down to the song currently at #10, “Face Everything And Rise” by Papa Roach.
NOTABLE CHART ACTION
The curious case of the dueling Linkin Park singles continued this week as the abrupt decline of airplay for “Rebellion” leveled off (slightly reversing itself in fact), producing a climb up the chart as several songs in front of it declined. Meanwhile the band’s more recent track “Final Masquerade,” leveled off in airplay just as abruptly, and actually fell down the chart a bit…
AC/DC’s second single, “Rock Or Bust,” took a big leap forward as early adopters doubled their action and twice as many stations climbed on board for the first time…
Three new arrivals in the Top 50 this week occupy the bottom three slots. Not a splashy debut in the bunch, but that’s better than not arriving at all.
THREE UP & THREE DOWN
Papa Roach – “Face Everything And Rise”
Nickelback – “Million Miles An Hour”
AC/DC – “Rock Or Bust”
Slipknot – “The Devil In I”
AC/DC – “Play Ball”
Volbeat – “Doc Holliday”
JL’S PICK OF THE WEEK
THEORY OF A DEADMAN (featuring ALICE COOPER) – “Savages”
The often tongue-in-cheek active rock mainstays let a little of their dark side show on the title track off of their latest album, with a little help from Alice Cooper. The change in tone takes just a little getting used to, but once you make the mental adjustment, this is actually a song with something to say and it does so in style.
I CALL B#LL$HIT!
Minimal change amongst the “Songs That Don’t Belong” this week, as roughly 1,000 spins on Active Rock stations were once again flushed away on tracks by Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer and Arctic Monkeys. There has got to be something that is more deserving. Time for programmers and decision-makers to get busy finding it!
In the next HRD Radio Report we’ll look for the possibility of more songs rising up the chart due to declines of songs ahead of them (rather than any real growth of their own), see if there are any songs who try to get an early jump on 2015 with a last minute single release, and watch for the possibility of another punk-influenced song or two slipping in to fill the void for at least a short chart appearance.
That’s all for this week! Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/