HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/28/14

HRD Radio Report - Saving Abel


The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by, and appears every Tuesday on  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

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 12/28/14.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

1 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 1992
2 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 1990
3 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 1809
4 5 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 1747
5 4 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 1742
6 6 GODSMACK “Something Different” 1451
7 7 POP EVIL “Beautiful” 1141
8 8 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1039
9 9 HELLYEAH “Moth” 977
10 11 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 960
11 10 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 925
12 12 NOTHING MORE “Mr. MTV” 806
13 16 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 779
14 14 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 772
15 13 SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I” 733
16 15 CHEVELLE “An Island” 678
17 18 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 643
18 20 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 640
19 19 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 630
20 17 LINKIN PARK “Rebellion” 616
21 21 STARSET “Carnivore” 529
22 24 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 406
23 46 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 384
24 26 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Savages” 382
25 25 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 379
26 22 NONPOINT “Breaking Skin” 372
27 28 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 291
28 27 OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever” 290
29 30 RISE AGAINST “Tragedy + Time” 285
30 39 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 277
31 34 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 274
32 32 SMASHING PUMPKINS “One And All” 265
33 33 FALL OUT BOY “Centuries” 254
34 29 AC/DC “Play Ball” 252
35 37 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 243
36 23 BUSH “The Only Way Out” 239
37 36 BLACK KEYS “Gotta Get Away” 238
38 44 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 229
39 35 LINKIN PARK “Final Masquerade” 226
40 41 WE AS HUMAN “Bring To Life” 223
41 43 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 218
42 38 LETTERS FROM THE FIRE “Zombies In The Sun” 211
43 45 LIVE “Way Around Is Through” 207
44 40 VOLBEAT “Doc Holliday” 188
45 47 BEARTOOTH “Beaten In Lips” 168
46 31 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Born This Way” 166
47 42 MASTODON “The Motherload” 156
48 48 SAVING ABEL “Blood Stained Revolution” 155
49 50 ISLANDER “New Wave” 140
50 49 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 132


THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless


“A game of inches” is a phrase most associated with sports but it certainly seems to apply to music occasionally as well.  By a total of 2 spins (out of nearly 4,000 between them), Foo Fighters’ “Something From Nothing” returns to the top spot of the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart, reclaiming the title from Five Finger Death Punch after two weeks.   So ends a year that saw 16 songs from 13 bands reach the #1 spot for an average stay of between 3-4 weeks.




Nearly six months after it arrived in the top 50, “Moving On” by Asking Alexandria cracks the Top 10 with solid gains, especially strong showing considering the age of the single … Surely notable this week is the fact that the same fifty songs comprise the Top 50 for a second straight week.  Not a single debut, not a single song dropping out, just some shuffling of the deck.





Asking Alexandria – “Moving On”

Marilyn Manson – “Deep Six”

Bring Me The Horizon – “Drown”



Linkin Park f. Daron Malakian “Rebellion”

Bush “Way Around Is Through”

Thousand Foot Krutch “Born This Way”



SAVING ABEL – “Blood Stained Revolution” 

In the year since losing a lead vocalist and a drummer on the same day, Saving Abel has shown not only remarkable perseverance, but perhaps provided a road map to navigating troubled waters.   Amongst rock’s busiest road warriors, the band has not only survived the challenge, but seems to have almost thrived on it.  While making the transition appear almost seamless, Saving Abel turned a situation that often destroys lesser bands into an opportunity to grow.  The title track from their first album with new singer, Scotty Austin, and new drummer, Steven Pulley, is a worthy addition to their catalog.



The year concludes with the same four not-active-rock songs polluting the chart.  Sigh.   Fall Out Boy, Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins and Arctic Monkeys once again amassed nearly 1,000 spins – enough to make a top 10 song – despite there being no shortage of quality songs that deserve that airplay.




In the next HRD Radio Report,we’ll see who starts the year off with a bang and hope for signs that active rock radio is ready to be “active” again after a rather slow end to 2014.   In the meantime, I’ll lift a glass and wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.



That’s all for this week, and this year!  Here’s hoping that all HRD Radio Report readers enjoy a happy and safe New Year celebration.  We thank you for your support, and hope to bring you even more good things to come in 2015!  Tune in to every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/


About AW

Hard rock journalist and father of two amazing rock and roll children.

Posted on December 30, 2014, in HRD Radio Report and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on Jon's Three Cents and commented:
    The final HRD Radio Report includes a (sort of) new #1 Active Rock song, a look at the (sort of) new Active Rock Top 50, and a rockin’ tune from Saving Abel as my Pick of the Week.

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