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 1/11/15. 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||FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH||“Wrong Side Of Heaven”||2057|
|2||2||FOO FIGHTERS||“Something From Nothing”||1977|
|3||3||ROYAL BLOOD||“Figure It Out”||1904|
|4||5||THREE DAYS GRACE||“I Am Machine”||1727|
|5||4||SEETHER||“Same Damn Life”||1695|
|8||8||PAPA ROACH||“Face Everything And Rise”||1118|
|9||9||ASKING ALEXANDRIA||“Moving On”||1034|
|11||11||IN THIS MOMENT||“Sick Like Me”||917|
|12||15||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Follow Me Down”||871|
|13||12||NOTHING MORE||“Mr. MTV”||811|
|14||14||NICKELBACK||“Million Miles An Hour”||799|
|15||13||SLIPKNOT||“The Devil In I”||691|
|17||17||YOUNG GUNS||“I Want Out”||654|
|18||18||AC/DC||“Rock Or Bust”||647|
|22||22||MARILYN MANSON||“Deep Six”||489|
|23||23||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Reincarnate”||425|
|24||24||THEORY OF A DEADMAN||“Savages”||363|
|25||27||BRING ME THE HORIZON||“Drown”||357|
|26||26||SLASH||“Bent To Fly”||349|
|27||29||OF MICE & MEN||“Feels Like Forever”||328|
|28||28||RISE AGAINST||“Tragedy + Time”||298|
|30||30||LIKE A STORM||“Wish You Hell”||271|
|31||36||ARCTIC MONKEYS||“R U Mine?”||252|
|32||32||FALL OUT BOY||“Centuries”||249|
|34||38||3 YEARS HOLLOW||“For Life”||244|
|35||39||LINKIN PARK||“Final Masquerade”||241|
|36||37||WE AS HUMAN||“Bring To Life”||239|
|37||31||BLACK KEYS||“Gotta Get Away”||239|
|38||41||NICKELBACK||“Edge Of A Revolution”||221|
|39||57||ALL THAT REMAINS||“This Probably Won’t End Well”||196|
|40||40||BUSH||“The Only Way Out”||195|
|41||46||BEARTOOTH||“Beaten In Lips”||189|
|42||43||LETTERS FROM THE FIRE||“Zombies In The Sun”||179|
|43||45||THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH||“Born This Way”||163|
|45||47||SAVING ABEL||“Blood Stained Revolution”||140|
|46||44||LIVE||“Way Around Is Through”||129|
|47||51||LENNY KRAVITZ||“Dirty White Boots”||125|
|48||50||AMARANTHE||“Drop Dead Cynical”||122|
|49||48||HINDER||“Hit The Ground”||121|
|50||53||CAGE THE ELEPHANT||Cigarette Daydreams||92|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman
NICKELBACK – “A Million Miles An Hour”
This spot is usually reserved for songs that have not yet cracked the Top 50 on the Active Rock radio chart. However, the exception is being made in this case because of a number of comments that were made on Hard Rock Daddy’s Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014 about Nickelback’s inclusion.
HRD Radio Report readers are well aware of the fact that we regularly call out programmers for including songs that are not Active Rock in our “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” section, and we also regularly feature songs that are not getting the attention that they deserve. That being said, Nickelback has absolutely earned their place on Active Rock radio. And though they have a huge fanbase, they also have numerous detractors (for reasons that are not entirely clear).
While, the reaction to the Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014 has been overwhelmingly positive, there are “squeaky wheels” out there whose focus is solely on Nickelback, and not the other 99 songs that were featured.
If you are amongst those who revel in being a Nickelback hater, please feel free to share the reasons for your disdain with HRD Radio Report.
THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless
KING OF THE HILL
Five Finger Death Punch remains atop the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart for a second two-week stint with “Wrong Side Of Heaven” on slight increase in airplay over a Foo Fighters’ “Something From Nothing,” which slightly decreased this week. The stage appears to be set for Royal Blood to be the next chart topper if they can sustain even modest gains when the current leader suffers from eventual attrition.
NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT
As noted last week in this space All That Remains debuts “This Probably Won’t End Well” this week on the strength of early airplay…
Disappointing second week stall for the new Hinder single …
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if anyone joins the early adopters for “First Kiss,” the latest from Kid Rock or if it’s stuck just outside the Top 50 indefinitely …
The airplay stagnation – which can no longer be attributed solely to the holidays — continues with the top eight songs remaining exactly the same for the fifth consecutive week, the top three songs are unchanged for an EIGHTH straight week. I guess this should fall under the heading of “notable lack of chart movement.”
THREE UP & THREE DOWN
Royal Blood – “Figure It Out”
Pretty Reckless – “Follow Me Down”
Marilyn Manson – “Deep Six”
Godsmack – “Something Different”
Linkin Park f. Daron Malakian – “Rebellion”
Live – “Way Around Is Through”
JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK
SONS OF TEXAS – “Baptized In The Rio Grande”
Whatever you call these newcomers from McAllen, TX – blues-metal, power metal – they’re a welcome breath of fresh air to start 2015. Standout guitar work, vocals that punch you right in the face and make you like it and strong production that feels polished without stripping away the raw, real sound, there’s a lot to like in this debut single.
I CALL B#LL$HIT!
Seems like every bit of good news is paired with some sort of bad news. The departure of the Smashing Pumpkins from the Active Rock chart might be worth celebrating if not for the fact that the chart simply replaced them with a decidedly light alternative track from Cage The Elephant. They join Fall Out Boy, Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys to tie up over 800 spins that could have been better used for a legitimate active rock song … or on a dial tone, static, white noise or just plain silence.
In the next HRD Radio Report we’ll see if programmers remain asleep at the switch and continue to run their stations on auto-pilot or if they suddenly decide to earn their paychecks.
That’s all for this week. Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/