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.
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The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/1/15. 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||THREE DAYS GRACE||“I Am Machine”||2099|
|2||4||SEETHER||“Same Damn Life”||1717|
|3||2||FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH||“Wrong Side Of Heaven”||1713|
|4||3||FOO FIGHTERS||“Something From Nothing”||1414|
|5||6||PAPA ROACH||“Face Everything And Rise”||1385|
|6||7||ASKING ALEXANDRIA||“Moving On”||1303|
|7||5||ROYAL BLOOD||“Figure It Out”||1174|
|8||9||PRETTY RECKLESS||“Follow Me Down”||1076|
|10||11||NOTHING MORE||“Mr. MTV”||925|
|11||13||NICKELBACK||“Million Miles An Hour”||891|
|14||14||AC/DC||“Rock Or Bust”||852|
|15||10||IN THIS MOMENT||“Sick Like Me”||828|
|16||15||MARILYN MANSON||“Deep Six”||819|
|17||17||YOUNG GUNS||“I Want Out”||702|
|18||19||ARCTIC MONKEYS||“R U Mine?”||617|
|20||24||ALL THAT REMAINS||“This Probably Won’t End Well”||558|
|21||22||SLASH||“Bent To Fly”||498|
|22||21||BRING ME THE HORIZON||“Drown”||490|
|23||23||MOTIONLESS IN WHITE||“Reincarnate”||436|
|25||26||KID ROCK||“First Kiss”||369|
|26||28||BLACK KEYS||“Weight Of Love”||360|
|27||27||OF MICE & MEN||“Feels Like Forever”||337|
|30||30||LIKE A STORM||“Wish You Hell”||273|
|31||36||CAGE THE ELEPHANT||Cigarette Daydreams||262|
|32||33||3 YEARS HOLLOW||“For Life”||234|
|33||29||RISE AGAINST||“Tragedy + Time”||210|
|35||37||BEARTOOTH||“Beaten In Lips”||195|
|37||35||WE AS HUMAN||“Bring To Life”||190|
|38||29||AMARANTHE||“Drop Dead Cynical”||177|
|39||43||MOTLEY CRUE||“All Bad Things”||173|
|40||31||THEORY OF A DEADMAN||“Savages”||150|
|41||42||HINDER||“Hit The Ground”||149|
|42||46||THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH||“Unraveled Road”||144|
|43||34||LINKIN PARK||“Final Masquerade”||136|
|44||57||BLACK VEIL BRIDES||“Goodbye Agony”||126|
|46||55||WE ARE HARLOT||“Dancing On Nails||107|
|47||45||SAVING ABEL||“Blood Stained Revolution”||106|
|48||59||YELAWOLF||“Till It’s Gone”||99|
|49||50||SONS OF TEXAS||“Baptized In The Rio Grande”||96|
|50||0||AWOLNATION||“Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)”||92|
PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman
CRASH MIDNIGHT – “151”
Crash Midnight’s kickass, party rocker – “151” – is going to radio next week, and if Active Rock programmers are paying attention, this is a track that they should be jumping all over. This is the type of track that will infuse some freshness into the format, much like Guns N’ Roses did when they burst onto the scene in 1987. A little bit of punk, a little bit of old fashioned rock n’ roll and a healthy dose of swagger is what you get with Crash Midnight’s “151,” and the rest of the album for that matter. If you are a fan of legendary rockers Aerosmith and GNR, and modern-day “dirty” rockers like Buckcherry and Charm City Devils, then Crash Midnight will be right up your alley. Their timeless brand of hard rock shines through on their debut single. Smart programmers will take a “shot” on “151” when it drops next week!
THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless
KING OF THE HILL
Three Days Grace holds on to the top spot of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for a second straight week with “I Am Machine.” Seether’s “Same Damn Life” climbs to #2. Not sure there’s another clear contender for an eventual #1 until you get down to the soon-to-be tour partners Pretty Reckless and Halestorm (at #8 and #9).
NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT
Halestorm continues to soar, right into the Top 10 with “Apocalyptic” – one of the fastest moving songs we’ve seen in a while. Radio was definitely ready to welcome them back …
The latest Foo Fighters track (“Congregation”) didn’t explode like the previous single, but for better or worse, it looks like a second straight hit …
Black Veil Brides leads a group of five songs debuting in the Top 50 this week, already exceeding the peak chart position of “Heart Of Fire” with their follow-up single from their eponymous album, “Goodbye Agony.”
THREE UP & THREE DOWN
Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”
Sixx A.M. – “Stars”
All That Remains – “This Probably Won’t End Well”
Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”
Royal Blood – “Figure It Out”
Godsmack – “Something Different”
JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK
FIRST DECREE – “Phoenix”
Part of the frustration I have with the “I Call B#ll$hit!” segment of the HRD Radio Report each week is knowing how many songs are more deserving of the airplay that gets invested on those tracks, spins that could make the difference in getting a Top 50 (or higher) result. My pick this week is a great example of that.
First Decree is a relatively new band (formed in 2011) from Cheyenne, Wyoming. After touring with Smile Empty Soul and Acidic – and an appearance at the prestigious SXSW festival – a big next step for the band could be a bonafide radio hit. “Phoenix” is a song that should be that hit! It still could be, as there’s been support from some stations, just not enough has coalesced so far to push them solidly on to the Active Rock radio chart. The song is highly listenable, solid in all aspects, and it keeps finding its way into the tracks that I’m listening to over the past several weeks.
I CALL B#LL$HIT!
It didn’t take long into 2015 for the steaming pile to grow. Down to just three pretenders last week – Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Cage The Elephant – we quickly go back to four with the addition of an electro-somethingorother song from Awolnation. Worse still, the number of spins devoted to these not-active-rock songs leaps 30% to over 1,300 spins. When you include a number of “mushrooms” (those borderline ICB tracks that reside near the compost pile, but not quite officially in it), the cause for concern for format just increases.
Next week on the HRD Radio Report, we’ll see if Three Days Grace can make it three in a row (which seems likely), see if Halestorm rides into the Top 5 in less than a month and see what baffling choice(s) radio programmers/music directors can come up with to confound active rock listeners next.
That’s all for this week. Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/