HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 5/16/15

HRD Radio Report - Falling In Reverse


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 5/16/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

1 1 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 2177
2 2 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 1932
3 5 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1393
4 4 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 1385
5 7 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 1327
6 8 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 1319
7 6 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 1214
8 3 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 1146
9 11 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 953
10 12 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 917
11 9 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 911
12 13 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails” 827
13 14 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 825
14 10 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 810
15 15 HELLYEAH “Hush” 747
16 20 HALESTORM “Amen” 730
17 17 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 598
18 25 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 589
19 19 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 566
20 23 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 546
21 22 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 529
22 21 MUSE “Dead Inside” 493
23 16 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 490
24 24 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 451
25 18 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 442
26 26 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 436
27 27 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 326
28 28 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 313
29 30 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 300
30 29 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 291
31 32 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 262
32 54 GODSMACK “What’s Next” 244
33 37 MUSE “Psycho” 237
34 31 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 221
35 39 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne” 216
36 36 STARS IN STEREO “Fair-Weather Friend” 191
37 35 FLYLEAF “Thread” 188
38 33 INCUBUS “Absolution Calling” 178
39 41 YOUNG GUNS “Rising Up” 170
40 40 PERIPHERY “Alpha” 169
41 45 STARSET “Halo” 168
42 49 AC/DC “Rock The Blues Away” 164
43 52 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 160
44 42 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 155
45 38 TREMONTI “Another Heart” 153
46 43 RED “Darkest Part” 150
47 46 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 149
48 48 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 139
49 44 ADELITA’S WAY “I Get Around” 112
50 51 ACIDIC “Chicago” 108



FALLING IN REVERSE – “God If You Are Above”

Often times, the pick of the week is a song that is not getting the attention that it deserves from Active Rock radio.  Although this song probably won’t reach the level on the chart that it is worthy of, it has gotten solid spins.  Let’s just say that the reason it was chosen this week has to do with a sign from above.  There is a fascinating backstory to the writing of this song, and the rest of the Falling In Reverse album for that matter, but that will be shared in another feature in the coming weeks on Hard Rock Daddy.  “God If You Are Above” is a high-energy track that captures frontman, Ronnie Radke’s torment as he passionately delivers thought-provoking lyrics.  Every once in a while, a track seems to plateau on the chart, but then continues to climb slowly.  Hopefully, this will be the case for a kick-ass tune that stands out as unique on Active Rock radio.


THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless


A week of steady growth for “Failure” keeps Breaking Benjamin atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for a second straight week.  A virtually flat week with no erosion allows Zac Brown Band (f. Chris Cornell) to remain in the #2 spot with “Heavy Is The Head.”  Theory Of A Deadman is a “very distant” #3 with “Angel,” which  isn’t an exaggeration.  Third place is so far behind the leader at the moment, that even a sudden 50% increase in spins would still not overtake the reigning champion.




Both Temperance Movement and Awolnation crack the Top 10 this week…

New arrivals in the Top 20 include mainstays Seether with “Nobody Praying For Me,” and newcomers Highly Suspect, the latter scoring an impressive debut with “Lydia”

With all that movement you might think that there’d be a noticeable change in how radio sounded over the past week, but you’d be mistaken.  When you look at the Top 30 songs you’ll notice that every song is the exact same as last week; they’ve just been rearranged…

That’s something that will almost certainly change next week as Godsmack strongly leads a trio of songs debuting in (or returning to) to the Top 50 with their latest single, “What’s Next.”





Breaking Benjamin“Failure”

Halestorm – “Amen”

Seether – “Nobody Praying For Me”



Pretty Reckless“Follow Me Down”

Offspring “Coming For You”

Foo Fighters“Congregation”




Given the continued growth for the current #1 song, and the rather enormous gap back to the next contenders for the top spot, it seems highly likely that the run will continue for at least another week – and possibly several weeks — for Breaking Benjamin.  There are several viable contenders to succeed them, but it appears they will all have to patiently wait their turn.



That’s all for this week.  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.

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