Monthly Archives: October 2015

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 11/7/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 11/7/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Color Before The Sun
      2. STRYPER – Fallen
      3. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      4. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      5. THE PLOT IN YOU – Happiness In Self Destruction
      6. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      7. CLUTCH – Psychic Warfare
      8. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      9. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      10. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      11. SEVENDUST – Kill The Flaw
      12. SLAYER – Repentless
      13. TRIVIUM – Silence In The Snow
      14. QUEENSRYCHE – Condition Human
      15. THE WINERY DOGS – Hot Streak

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 10/25/15

HRD Radio Report - Gemini Syndrome

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 10/25/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

2015 Mid-Year Recap: HRD Radio Report Active Rock and Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 3 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1951
2 1 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 1870
3 4 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 1536
4 2 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 1485
5 7 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 1447
6 6 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 1350
7 5 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 1164
8 9 DISTURBED “The Light” 1006
9 12 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 933
10 14 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 928
11 13 GHOST “Cirice” 856
12 8 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 772
13 18 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 757
14 15 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 746
15 17 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 668
16 11 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 667
17 19 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 647
18 16 STARSET “Halo” 638
19 21 SEETHER “Save Today” 596
20 22 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 538
21 20 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 475
22 23 ARCS “Outta My Mind” 420
23 25 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 388
24 26 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 376
25 27 TRAPT “Passenger” 368
26 30 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 331
27 32 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 321
28 28 WILSON “Right To Rise” 317
29 31 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 308
30 24 MUSE “Mercy” 305
31 33 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 283
32 34 AWOLNATION “I Am” 250
33 36 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 242
34 37 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 224
35 41 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 207
36 39 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 176
37 38 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Everything” 176
38 75 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 171
39 44 TURBOWOLF “Rabbits Foot” 165
40 35 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 156
41 40 SEPARATIONS “Dream Eater” 152
42 43 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 144
43 52 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 134
44 46 ART OF DYING “Everything” 132
45 42 BUTCHER BABIES “Never Go Back” 126
46 47 FIRST DECREE “Stop” 122
47 45 MIGGS “Ordinary” 122
48 49 RUBIKON “Live That Lie” 102
49 60 GODSMACK “Inside Yourself” 97
50 48 I PREVAIL “Crossroads” 97



PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

GEMINI SYNDROME – “Eternity”

Other than the fact that it feels like an “eternity” until Gemini Syndrome’s sophomore release drops (early 2016), there is no explaining why the first single from the upcoming album hasn’t gained major traction on Active Rock radio.  Well, there might be an explanation, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the music.  The band has already proven that they connect with Active Rock audiences with songs like “Stardust” and “Mourning Star” off of their 2013 debut album, Lux.  “Eternity” has everything that you want in an Active Rock song…in-your-face intensity from the first note, the uniquely cool melodic vocals of Aaron Nordstrom, thunderous drums, emotive backing vocals, a heavy rhythm.  Am I missing something?  One look at the chart this week, and you can easily find thousands of wasted spins on songs that are barely rock, much less “active.”  When songs like this don’t get the attention that they deserve, you have to wonder about the state of the format.

 

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

GEMINI SYNDROME“Eternity”

SHALLOW SIDE“Stand Up”

WAYLAND“Bloody Sunrise”

SKINDRED“Under Attack”

AUDIOTOPSY – “The Calling”

STITCHED UP HEART – “Finally Free”

UGLY KID JOE“She’s Already Gone”

 

DROP IT…

Nate Rateliff & The Nightsweats“S.O.B.”

Ghost“Cirice”

Awolnation“I Am”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Arcs“Outta My Mind”

P.O.D.“This Goes Out To You”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

As the early trends last week suggested, there is indeed a new #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  Breaking Benjamin enjoyed a strong surge (airplay up 13% week to week) to claim the top spot with “Angels Fall”.  Last week’s top song, “The Otherside,” from Red Sun Rising was actually stable, so the change was very much a case of Breaking Benjamin taking the spot rather than the newcomers losing it.  Chris Cornell remains at #3, but could find a rapidly climbing song from Bring Me The Horizon threatening his chance for a solo chart topper.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Halestorm and Five Finger Death Punch both break into the Top 10 this week…

Two new arrivals in this week’s Top 20 with Seether and Like A Storm both moving up…

In This Moment & Islander both reach the Top 30 with singles that had previously suffered declines in position.  (Islander having been at the same position five weeks ago before slipping back in the chart)…

Three new songs enter the Top 40 this, including “State Of My Head,” the latest from Shinedown who make a strong debut…

The Top 50 has two other new entries this week, as new singles from Highly Suspect and Godsmack make their chart debuts.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Breaking Benjamin – “Angels Fall”

Halestorm – “I Am The Fire”

Five Finger Death Punch“Wash It All Away”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Pop Evil – “Footsteps”

Shinedown – “Cut The Cord”

Foo Fighters – “Outside”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

This week saw early trends hold true and land Breaking Benjamin in the top spot.   If (and that’s certainly far from a sure thing) the same thing happens over the next week or two, then it could very well be that Bring Me The Horizon bypasses Chris Cornell and denies the Soundgarden frontman the solo #1 song that he appeared destined to have just a few weeks back.  The question is whether radio will allow that to happen, given the obvious affection it collectively has for ‘90s-era bands and stars.

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/

Music Discovery Monday – 10/26/15

Music Discovery Monday - Blacktop Mojo

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 10/26/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the ’70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week, Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Blacktop Mojo frontman Matt James, who discusses two of the bands songs, including an inspired cover of Jamey Johnson’s “In Color.”

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

BLACKTOP MOJO – “The River”

It is said that “revenge is a dish best served cold.” Since our time on earth is limited, it stands to reason that you can only exact revenge for so long.  Blacktop Mojo brilliantly depicts a scenario where revenge can come at any time – including after death – in this haunting, soulful Southern Rock song with a strong Alice In Chains influence.

When you listen to this song, you’ll be left wondering how Blacktop Mojo has managed to fly under the radar.  The band has a seasoned sound that leads you to believe that they’ve been together for several years.  It was surprising to me to find out that these young Texas rockers are relatively new to the scene (founded in September of 2012), and that the members of the band have little to no experience outside of Blacktop Mojo.

The thought-provoking lyrics of “The River” are brought to life by frontman Matt James’ poignant delivery, highlighted by chilling backing vocals.

 

In a recent exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Matt James shared the inspiration and meaning behind “The River”

“Our original bass player, Chris Davis, had this riff that he wrote on guitar. This is one of the first songs that we all collaborated on together as a band. We couldn’t think of any words to go with it right away, so we went riding around, stopped, and drank some whiskey. Chris, Nathan (Gillis) and I all sat down, and I came up with the idea of two guys that are bitter enemies. One of the guys dies, and the one who is still living has to cross the river Styx to find the guy and get his revenge. The story is inspired by Greek Mythology. I was reading a lot of that stuff at the time, so it’s really just a concept song. Of course, we’ve all been done wrong in our lives at one time or another, and wish that we could have done something about it. The song kind of touches on living in a perfect world where you can get your revenge whenever someone does you wrong. I’m not really mad at anything at the moment though, so it’s just fictional.”

 

 

BLACKTOP MOJO – “In Color”

Earlier this year, Chris Cornell joined forces with Zac Brown to create a song that brought two unlikely sounds together.  Back in the early ‘90s, no one would have imagined that the Seattle sound could ever be melded with country music, but “Heavy Is The Head” made a huge impact on Active Rock radio.  Admittedly, my knowledge of country music is minimal at best, so I was unfamiliar with the original version of “In Color” (by Jamey Johnson).

Matt James shows his diversity and a mature sound that goes well beyond his years on “In Color,” a song that captures nostalgia the same way that Kid Rock did with “All Summer Long.”  It’s natural to look at an old black and white photo and think that life was somehow less colorful than it is today.  The vivid lyrics of “In Color” serve as a reminder that a picture may be worth a thousand words, but the real story can only be told with context.

If you didn’t know any better, you would think that James was telling the story as his grandfather told it to him.  It’s challenging enough to make a cover song your own, much less delivering someone else’s incredibly personal memory with such authenticity.  James does so with flying colors, supported by beautifully moving backing vocals and a band that knows just when to let the song breathe and when to let loose.  Lead guitarist Ryan Kiefer highlights the song with a solo that features shades of Neal Schon on “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

 

Matt James discussed how the band decided to choose “In Color” as a cover song during our interview…

“Our producer Phil (Mosely) was working on making a rock version of the song. He asked me to sing on it, and for Nathan (Gillis) to play drums. We played around with it in the studio, kind of for fun. Once we had the demo track of it, we were playing it for our friends and everyone in the area. With Tyler, TX being a country market, everyone that we played it for thought it was awesome. We started playing it live, and then decided to make a video for the song. It took off on Facebook pretty quickly. It got over 600 shares and around 26,000 views. Jamey Johnson (the original writer) is one of my favorite country artists, so it was pretty cool to get to do ‘In Color.’ I don’t know if he’s heard our version. We Tweeted it at him, but haven’t heard back yet.”

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

ROYAL RUCKUS – “Let Me Tell You”

In recent years, Sweden has produced a number of notable bands in the sleaze rock sub-genre, but for this group, the influences harken back to the ‘70s more than the ‘80s.  “Let Me Tell You” is the first single from a new EP.  There’s a nice amount of raw energy here to accompany the distinctive vocal of Guernica Mancini, who comes across as a woman not to be trifled with.  I’d recommend any hard rock fan give this a listen, but particularly those who are fans of bands such as One Bad Son and Monster Truck.

 

ARKHAM’S RAZOR – “Carnival Of Lost”

Led by guitarist Neil Hibbs, this U.K. band could have the makings of something (if the first single is any indication).  The writing is solid; the guitar solo stands out, and the vocals of Lee Small (Shy) shine when they soar.  Well worth a listen to see if it’s to your taste, but in the back of my mind, there’s a feeling I can’t shake that the band is capable of even more on tracks that aren’t quite as “restrained” (for lack of a better word).

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

MILLENNIAL REIGN – “Men Stand Alone”

Chugging twin guitars and upper-range, powerful vocals exchange energy in this monster track from the band’s second album.  Millennial Reign is a melodic metal band out of Dallas, Texas, with a sound reminiscent of Iron Maiden.

 

OZONE – “So Blind”

Ozone teams up two all-star vocalists, Chris Ousey (Virginia Wolf, Heartland) and Steve Overland (FM). Take the first letter of their last names and you are in the “O” Zone, so to speak.  These veterans play off of each other brilliantly.  Add into the mix the guitar and production of Mike Slamer and backing vocals by two Kansas members (Billy Greer, Ronnie Platt), and, as on this track, a simple, acoustic guitar intro launches easily into a soaring, layered ballad. Ousey and Slamer joined forces four years ago for a Chris Ousey album, and it’s great to have them renewing that collaboration here, with even more talent tapped for the new group.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

HELLOWEEN – “Stay Crazy”

“Could we ever stop the thing we dare to live and love?” No hidden meaning with this terrific track from veteran metalheads, Helloween.  They’ve put out a lot of great music since 1984 with several different lineups, and have cross-pollinated with many other successful bands, including:  Hammerfall, Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Pink Cream 69, Freedom Call and Unisonic.  The trend of putting out great music continues with “Stay Crazy.”

 

LYNCH MOB – “Automatic Fix”

Get your “Automatic Fix” of guitar legend George Lynch & company, which includes veteran Oni Logan on vocals (DIO Disciples, Racer X).  From their seventh studio album, Rebel, this track has great locomotion, vocals, and an excellent, long solo from Lynch.

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 ADAM WALDMAN

SMITH & MYERS (f. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) – “Blue On Black” (2014)

Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers worked together on a side project doing a number of acoustic cover songs.  Choosing one to highlight was difficult because they are all inspired, but the most interesting song that they recorded is “Blue On Black,” which features a collaboration with Kenny Wayne Shepherd (who wrote and performed the original).  The dual acoustic guitars provide an interesting dynamic.  Smith stays true to the original, but makes the song his own with the distinct nuances that make him one of the best singers of this generation.  Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Shinedown fans alike will appreciate this take on “Blue On Black.”

 

BLACK STONE CHERRY – “Blind Man” (2008)

From Black Stone Cherry’s sophomore release, Folklore And Superstition, “Blind Man” is a song that made me instantly crank up the car radio when hearing it for the first time.  It is also the song that turned me on to these Kentucky rockers.  To this day, “Blind Man” remains a favorite.  At first blush, what you notice most about this song is the high-energy, melodic southern sound, but as you listen more carefully, shades of Led Zeppelin (and even a bit of Rush) shine through.  Booming drums, shredding guitars and anthemic gang vocals all lay the foundation for frontman Chris Robertson to showcase his gritty, powerful, soulful vocals.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

VOODOO CIRCLE – “Cry For Love” (2013)

News of a forthcoming new album later this year sent me back to the previous release from this German band headed by guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Silent Force).  He has plenty of talent around him, including bandmate Mat Sinner and Allessandro Del Vecchio as well as vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69).  This track showcases the more melodic side of the band, without drifting outright into power ballad territory.

 

SHY – “Break Down The Walls” (1987)

On the long list of bands that should have been bigger in the U.S. than they ever quite became, these U.K. rockers started strong in the mid-‘80s and seemed to reach their peak as the end of the decade approached.  They carried on through various lineup changes, including two departures by vocalist Tony Mills (TNT), and released a critically acclaimed album featuring Lee Small on the mic in 2011.  Tragically, the album would be their last, as founding guitarist Steve Harris succumbed to a brain tumor less than a month after the release.  This particular track – co-written with Don Dokken – was their biggest radio hit, and stands up well in their catalog, bridging AOR, metal and beyond.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

SUSPYRE – “I See” (2005)

New Jersey band Suspyre plays intense progressive metal with layers of instrumentation and vocals. This piece comes from their acclaimed debut album, The Sylvery Image.  The composition is utterly overwhelming and the mood is nothing short of majestic.

 

VIRGINIA WOLF – “Man In The Moon” (1987)

Chris Ousey has a new album out as part of the new group Ozone (reviewed above).  Three decades ago, he sang for the rock band, Virginia Wolf, featuring Jason Bonham on drums.  This anguished ballad, from their 1987 album, Push, was my favorite from the band.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

TROUBLE TRIBE “Here Comes Trouble” (1990)

“Here Comes Trouble” is a throwback to 1990, a period piece from the heyday of glam and hair metal bands.  It gets all the style points for its kitschy lyrics and sound.

 

TAROT – “Ashes To The Stars” (2006)

No shock to hear really good power metal from Scandinavia.  Finland is home to Tarot, a band that has been around since the mid-‘80s, with the Hietala brothers leading the way (Marco on vocals/bass and Zachary on lead guitar).  From the 2006 album, Crows Fly Black, the highlight of “Ashes To The Stars” is the rhythm line and the vocals.

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 10-24-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 10-24-15.

The 10-24-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Dream Eater” – SEPARATIONS

#14 –  “Through It All” – FROM ASHES TO NEW

#13 –  “I’ll Be OK” – NOTHING MORE 

#12 –  “The Light” – DISTURBED

#11 –  “Big Bad Wolf” – IN THIS MOMENT

#10 –  “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

#9 –   “I Am The Fire” – HALESTORM

# 8 –  “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

# 7 –   “The Otherside” – RED SUN RISING

# 6 –  “Angels Fall” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 5 –  “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 4 –   “Until The World Goes Cold” – TRIVIUM

# 3 –   “Vice Grip” – PARKWAY DRIVE

# 2 –   “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 1 –   “Wash It All Away” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

 

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Red Sun Rising – “The Otherside”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Nothing More – “Nothing More”: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs: January 2014 – June 2014

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 10/31/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/31/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      2. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      3. A SKYLIT DRIVE – ASD
      4. CLUTCH – Psychic Warfare
      5. W.A.S.P. – Golgotha
      6. QUEENSRYCHE – Condition Human
      7. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      8. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      9. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      10. TRIVIUM – Silence In The Snow
      11. SEVENDUST – Kill The Flaw
      12. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn
      13. H2O – Use Your Voice
      14. SLAYER – Repentless
      15. THE WINERY DOGS – Hot Streak

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The Winery Dogs on a “Hot Streak” with an Instant Classic Album

The Winery Dogs – Double Down Tour: A Must-See Live Music Experience

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Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 10/18/15

HRD Radio Report - All That Remains

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 10/18/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

2015 Mid-Year Recap: HRD Radio Report Active Rock and Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 2 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 1835
2 1 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 1818
3 3 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1729
4 5 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 1522
5 4 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 1392
6 6 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 1315
7 7 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 1306
8 8 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 924
9 17 DISTURBED “The Light” 868
10 9 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 832
11 11 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 795
12 14 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 783
13 13 GHOST “Cirice” 778
14 22 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 720
15 16 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 719
16 15 STARSET “Halo” 706
17 12 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 683
18 19 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 647
19 18 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 645
20 10 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 584
21 26 SEETHER “Save Today” 514
22 21 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 496
23 25 ARCS “Outta My Mind” 432
24 24 MUSE “Mercy” 394
25 28 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 388
26 30 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 381
27 29 TRAPT “Passenger” 366
28 31 WILSON “Right To Rise” 315
29 20 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 307
30 36 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 302
31 32 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 300
32 35 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 294
33 37 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 271
34 33 AWOLNATION “I Am” 262
35 27 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 246
36 40 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 214
37 38 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 201
38 39 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Everything” 172
39 41 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 155
40 47 SEPARATIONS “Dream Eater” 154
41 55 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 148
42 44 BUTCHER BABIES “Never Go Back” 142
43 43 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 142
44 58 TURBOWOLF “Rabbits Foot” 125
45 45 MIGGS “Ordinary” 122
46 48 ART OF DYING “Everything” 121
47 46 FIRST DECREE “Stop” 120
48 51 I PREVAIL “Crossroads” 112
49 49 RUBIKON “Live That Lie” 97
50 50 TREMONTI “Radical Change” 85




PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

ALL THAT REMAINS  – “Victory Lap”

All That Remains dials it up a notch with the third single off of The Order Of Things with “Victory Lap,” a more ballsy, aggressive track than the previous two singles.  Gritty riffs, shredding guitars and a driving rhythm work together to set the tone for Phil Labonte to deliver a nice blend of melodic vocals and angry growls.  “Victory Lap” offers a modern twist on the heavy metal sound of the ’80s.  This a track that will have you reaching for the dial to crank up the volume when it comes on, giving a nice shot of adrenaline to any Active Rock playlist.  All That Remains had a nice run with “This Probably Won’t End Well” earlier in the year and recently with “For You.”  If this single gets the attention that it deserves, ATR will be taking another “Victory Lap” once again in the not-too-distant future as this song climbs the charts.

 

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

SHALLOW SIDE“Stand Up”

UGLY KID JOE“She’s Already Gone”

WAYLAND“Bloody Sunrise”

HIGHLY SUSPECT“Bloodfeather”

SKINDRED“Under Attack”

AUDIOTOPSY – “The Calling”

MEGADETH – “Deadly Illusion”

 

DROP IT…

Ghost“Cirice”

Awolnation“I Am”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Arcs“Outta My Mind”

Slipknot – “Killpop”

P.O.D.“This Goes Out To You”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

By a narrow margin (17 spins out of more than 1,800), there’s a new #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  It’s the most impressive debut possible for Red Sun Rising who just slipped past Pop Evil to dethrone them after a month.  #3 Breaking Benjamin looks like a good bet to be next in line, as they increased their lead over the previously hard-charging Chris Cornell who stays at #4.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Disturbed roars into the Top 10 with their latest single, “The Light”

The only new arrival in the Top 30 last week is now the only new arrival in Top 20 this week, as Five Finger Death Punch makes another big jump up the ranks with their latest single, “Wash The World Away”

Wilson moves into the Top 30 despite basically flat airplay.  Theory Of A Deadman also reaches that tier and with a bit of momentum…

New to the Top 40 this week is the debut single from Separations

Three new songs join the Top 50, led strongly by the next hit from Nothing More, “Here’s To The Heartache.”

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Breaking Benjamin – “Angels Fall”

Disturbed – “The Light”

Five Finger Death Punch“Wash It All Away”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Pop Evil – “Footsteps”

Five Finger Death Punch – “Jekyll & Hyde”

Saint Asonia – “Better Place”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Given the dominance of established acts for most of 2015, it’s hard to not feel good about seeing a new artist like Red Sun Rising claim the top spot with their debut single.  With so many big names having relatively new singles residing in the upper part of the chart, right now may be one of the last (if not THE last) new artist to accomplish that feat this year.  Their stay at the top may be short-lived, with Breaking Benjamin already gaining ground on Red Sun Rising just mere hours after the chart became official, but regardless of length, they have a #1 song to their credit, something that no one can ever take away from them.

 

WRAP-UP

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Music Discovery Monday – 10/19/15

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 10/19/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the ’70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week, Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, who discusses his song on Magnus Karlsson’s upcoming Free Fall album and a song from 2009’s Sunstorm album.

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL (f. Joe Lynn Turner) – “No Control”

Swedish guitarist/songwriter/producer Magnus Karlsson – whose work includes: Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Kiske/Somerville, Last Tribe and Starbreaker – is about to drop his second solo album under the Free Fall moniker.  Once again, Karlsson has enlisted a who’s who of hard rock singers to help bring his songs to life.

“No Control” is melodic hard rock at its best.  If this song had come out during the ‘80s (the decade of music that heavily influenced Karlsson), there is no doubt that this song would have been a huge commercial hit.  Featuring the always-stellar vocals of Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple), “No Control” takes you on a journey back in time.  The melody and harmonies are infectious, and Karlsson makes the guitar sing with shredding that makes you long for days gone by.  This song is tailor-made for JLT’s voice and distinct style, featuring a nice blend of Rainbow and Yngwie elements.

 

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive interview with legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, he discussed how he came to work with Magnus Karlsson on “No Control”

“Magnus Karlsson is an amazing songwriter and guitarist. He asked me to sing on a song that he wrote called ‘No Control.’ I thought that it was a very commercial song, and I’m not opposed to doing that kind of stuff. I thought that he had a really good one here. I went into the studio and nailed it, and was very pleased with the mix. I let him know that he really did a nice job with it after hearing the finished product. The values are all proper; the voice is sitting on top of the track where it should be, and it’s just clean and beautiful. I was happy to do it for him.

The song itself has kind of a pissed-off, bad boy lyric. It’s just like being on the run that night, on the loose. We’ve all been there before. When I wrote ‘On The Run’ on my first solo album, it was basically the same idea; it’s just about having a good time.”

 
 

MAGNUSS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL (f. Jorn Lande) – “Kingdom Of Rock”

Whereas “No Control” is a straight-forward, melodic hard rock track, “Kingdom Of Rock” is power metal track that is a little more intense, edgy and bombastic.  Once again, shades of Yngwie Malmsteen shine through in Karlsson’s guitar work.  This song has a definite theatrical feel, especially the backing vocals, which perfectly complement Jorn Lande’s charismatic lead vocals.

Although Lande is not as well-known to mainstream audiences as Joe Lynn Turner, the Norwegian frontman is at the top of the food chain when it comes to the current generation of European power vocalists.  Lande’s work dates back to the mid-‘90s, a time when metal fell out of favor in the United States.  If he had arrived on the scene a decade earlier, you have to believe that he would be a household name.

If “Kingdom Of Rock” – the title track off of the forthcoming Free Fall album – and “No Control” are any indication of what’s to come, this album promises to be something special.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

AFFINITY – “Wish”

From Toronto comes yet another band fronted by a talented female vocalist.  What stands out most to me here is the emotion that Ashley Curtis can pack into a song; she displays an ability to make the listener believe the lyrics.  Sounds simple enough… except for the fact that not everyone can do it.  It’s a gift that helps make this trio a worthy addition to the scene.

 

KRASHKARMA – “Save Me”

California-based duo with an above average range of sound thanks to the heavier and harsher voice of Ralf Dietel, and the higher melodic vocals from Nicole Skistimas.  This first song – unveiled from their forthcoming album due later this month –  goes to the heavier side, and while there’s bits of European/industrial influence here (at least to my ear), it works as a hard rock song quite well, with enough energy and melody to fit Active Rock as well.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

RIOT ON MARS – “Carry On”

Riot On Mars reunites two friends with huge musical resumes: bassist Barry Sparks (Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker Group, U.F.O., Dokken) and vocalist Michael Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness, Obsession).  The songs on their independently released debut album smoothly blend elements of ‘70s hard rock and ‘80s hair metal.

 

HOMEWRECKR – “Like You”

Out of Clarkston, Washington, Homewreckr delivers modern hard rock complete with gravelly vocals and intense, addictive guitar riffs.  From their debut album, The Wreckning, released earlier this year, comes the single, “Like You.”  It blends punchy instruments with brash lyrics into an upbeat appeal that simply drips with groove and attitude.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

WAKEN EYES  “Back To Life”

Brand new all-star band Waken Eyes features the pro talents of Henrik Båth (Darkwater) on vocals, Mike Lepond (Symphony X) on bass, Tom Frelek’s guitar/keyboards/orchestration, and Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, The Aristocracts, Steven Wilson) on drums.  This powerful song about resilience, with top-notch musicianship, is from the band’s debut album, Exodus (which comes out this month).

 

BARQUE OF DANTE – “Twinfinity”

It’s unusual to get symphonic power metal from Barque Of Dante’s native China.  The title track of their recently released EP, “Twinfinity,” features a good mix of power metal rhythm lines, melodic vocals and guitar work.  Vocalist Rob Lundgen is new to the band on this release.
 

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 ADAM WALDMAN

SUNSTORM (f. Joe Lynn Turner) – “Forever Now” (2009)

Joe Lynn Turner may be known to the masses for his work with Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple, but his vast catalog goes much deeper than that.  JLT is about to go into the studio to record his fourth studio album with Sunstorm, a band that also features Pink Cream 69 members Dennis Ward (bass), Uwe Reitenauer (guitar) and Chris Schmidt (drums).

One of the more memorable tracks from the band’s 2009 release, House Of Dreams, is “Forever Now,” a song that JLT co-wrote with Bob Held.  Classic melodic hard rock, with huge hooks featuring JLT’s distinct, timeless vocals, and music that is reminiscent of Survivor’s radio hits.

 

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive interview, JLT discussed the writing of “Forever Now”
 
“We were holed up in a basement and started writing like crazy. In fact, I still have some unrecorded songs from those days. We had an 8-track recorder, and I’ve still got the demo cassettes of them. I might have to pop out some of those songs and re-work them because they’re very good. It was a very creative period for all of us. I was with a bunch of friends and it was so much fun. You know, you just get in the room with all these great musicians and all this talent, and everybody just contributes.

The song itself is a consummate love song for anyone and everyone. I can’t really say that it was attached to any one girl. I’ve heard about some people using it at their weddings, sort of like ‘Endlessly.’ Lyrics are really just poetry. Sometimes they are about someone specific, like ‘Street Of Dreams,’ for example, but this one wasn’t.”

 
 

PINK CREAM 69 – “Wasted Years” (2013)

Pink Cream 69’s history dates back to 1987.  This German heavy metal outfit has released 11 studio albums, and yet, still flies largely under the radar (at least in the United States).  Off of their 2013 release, Ceremonial, “Wasted Years” is powerful, melodic hard rock track that serves as a reminder to live each day to the fullest as wasted minutes eventually add up to years being wasted.  While the message of the song provides a harsh dose of reality, it does so in such an uplifting way that it inspires without judging.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

PATTY SMYTH & SCANDAL – “Warrior” (1984)

The first of two songs this week (with a connection that I suspect many won’t realize) features one of the most promising ‘80s female voices in rock.  Scandal was unable to fully capitalize on the success of hit singles as the band began going their separate ways almost immediately.  Still, a notable song from the era.

 

KIX – “Body Talk” (1983)

Several years before the success of their third album (Blow My Fuse) helped this Maryland band reach their peak, there was a somewhat lighter release that garnered some attention.  While it’s a departure from the sound that they would become known for, it stands out as an example of how “rock” would evolve over the next several years.

NOTE:  The connection between these two songs (other than videos with questionable style choices) is the songwriter.  Both tracks were penned by Nick Gilder, best known for his late ‘70s smash “Hot Child In the City.”

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

DARREN SMITH BAND – “It All Comes Back” (2005)

Darren Smith is probably best known as the former drummer and occasional vocalist for Harem Scarem. He took a break from them for the first decade of the new century.  In 2005, he put out a fantastic hard rock album with some other veteran musicians as the Darren Smith Band. For that project, he relinquished the drums and took up the vocals.  The sound stays true to Harem Scarem, but finds its own modern rock flavor.  The album was produced by Harem Scarem frontman, Harry Hess, and the album was recorded in the band’s studio.  Smith rejoined Harem Scarem briefly, and remains affiliated with them, but is now the frontman for Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel.

 

DIRE STRAITS – “Hand In Hand” (1980)

Most listeners are familiar with Mark Knopfler’s bigger hits as the frontman and lead guitarist for Dire Straits.  “Hand In Hand” is a lesser-known masterpiece from the band’s 1980 signature album, Making Movies.  It takes a studied nuance to capture a yearning this wistful in music.  This is one song that he surely won’t be playing when I catch him tomorrow night on his solo tour.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

TRIDDANA “The Reaper’s Lullaby” (2012)

Scottish Folk metal… from Argentina.  Electronomicom’s Diego Valdez lends his tremendous vocals to this unusual genre of metal.  The band name comes from the Irish word “troideanna,” which means “struggle”…the underlying theme of the tracks on Ripe For Rebellion.  Hard, driving and rhythmic with a rousing bag-piped refrain that makes you want to take up arms alongside William Wallace and cry “FREEDOM!”  Terrific guitar as well from Juan José Fornés.

 

KOTIPELTO – “Sleep Well” (2007)

Timo Kotipelto’s (Stratovarius) solo work from his 2007 album, Serenity.  Melodic power-metal featuring his unique vocals and signature sound, plus excellent guitar work from Tuomas Wäinölä.
 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 10-17-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 10-17-15.

The 10-17-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Bloodfeather” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#14 –  “Here’s To The Heartache” – NOTHING MORE

#13 –  “Big Bad Wolf” – IN THIS MOMENT

#12 –  “I Am The Fire” – HALESTORM

#11 –  “The Otherside” – RED SUN RISING

#10 –  “I Won’t Give In” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#9 –   “Throne” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 8 –  “Thank You” – SEVENDUST

# 7 –   “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

# 6 –  “Until The World Goes Cold” – TRIVIUM

# 5 –  “Cut The Cord” – SHINEDOWN

# 4 –   “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

# 3 –   “Wash It All Away” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 2 –   “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

# 1 –   “Angels Fall” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

 

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Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 10/24/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 10/24/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. CLUTCH – Psychic Warfare
      2. SEVENDUST – Kill The Flaw
      3. TRIVIUM – Silence In The Snow
      4. QUEENSRYCHE – Condition Human
      5. THE WINERY DOGS – Hot Streak
      6. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      7. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      8. NEW YEAR’S DAY – Malevolence
      9. DEAFHEAVEN – New Bermuda
      10. FOR TODAY – Wake
      11. CHILDREN OF BODOM – I Worship Chaos
      12. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls
      13. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      14. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      15. SLAYER – Repentless

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 10/11/15

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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 10/11/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

2015 Mid-Year Recap: HRD Radio Report Active Rock and Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 2054
2 3 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 1734
3 4 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Angels Fall” 1598
4 2 SHINEDOWN “Cut The Cord” 1551
5 5 CHRIS CORNELL “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” 1490
6 6 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 1250
7 9 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Throne” 1216
8 8 FOO FIGHTERS “Outside” 1028
9 11 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 903
10 7 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 802
11 13 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 785
12 10 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 780
13 14 GHOST “Cirice” 700
14 17 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 680
15 16 STARSET “Halo” 660
16 15 SEVENDUST “Thank You” 658
17 32 DISTURBED “The Light” 642
18 18 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “I Won’t Give In” 610
19 22 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 605
20 12 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 548
21 23 LIKE A STORM “Become The Enemy” 476
22 34 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 473
23 21 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 436
24 20 MUSE “Mercy” 433
25 25 ARCS “Outta My Mind” 429
26 29 SEETHER “Save Today” 404
27 19 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 379
28 26 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 376
29 27 TRAPT “Passenger” 361
30 30 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 335
31 28 WILSON “Right To Rise” 313
32 33 ISLANDER “Cold Speak” 290
33 31 AWOLNATION “I Am” 276
34 24 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 270
35 35 IN THIS MOMENT “Big Bad Wolf” 255
36 36 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 242
37 43 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 219
38 41 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 186
39 40 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Everything” 183
40 47 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 163
41 42 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 154
42 39 SEASONS AFTER “Weathered And Worn” 142
43 48 ATREYU “Do You Know Who You Are” 135
44 44 BUTCHER BABIES “Never Go Back” 133
45 46 MIGGS “Ordinary” 126
46 50 FIRST DECREE “Stop” 122
47 45 SEPARATIONS “Dream Eater” 116
48 49 ART OF DYING “Everything” 107
49 54 RUBIKON “Live That Lie” 92
50 51 TREMONTI “Radical Change” 90




PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

SHALLOW SIDE  – “Stand Up”

In 2014, independent Alabama rockers Shallow Side caught my attention with their song “My Addiction,” which featured a distinct banjo intro (not something that you see often, if ever, in Active Rock).  The band is back with another infectiously melodic single entitled “Stand Up.” Blending of rock genres has become more commonplace in recent times, but it isn’t often that you find a rock band embracing their pop side as well.  Of course, Shallow Side’s previous use of the banjo shows that they aren’t afraid to push the envelope.  The powerful lead vocals complemented by melodic backing vocals over a driving rhythm helps “Stand Up” to stand out as a song that would add a fresh element to Active Rock playlists.

 

 

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

SHALLOW SIDE“Stand Up”

NOTHING MORE – “Here’s To The Heartache”

UGLY KID JOE“She’s Already Gone”

WAYLAND – “Bloody Sunrise”

SKINDRED“Under Attack”

AUDIOTOPSY – “The Calling”

GEMINI SYNDROME“Eternity”

 

DROP IT…

Ghost“Cirice”

Awolnation“I Am”

In This Moment“Big Bad Wolf”

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

The Arcs“Outta My Mind”

Beartooth“In Between”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Make it four weeks at #1 for Pop Evil on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart, despite the loss of nearly 5% of their airplay week-to-week.  Their lead over #2  (Red Sun Rising) and the new #3 (Breaking Benjamin) was so substantial, that equal amounts of growth for both still left Pop Evil with margin of over 300 spins.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Slipknot backs into the Top 10 despite a slight decline in airplay versus last week…

New to the Top 20 this week are the latest singles from Disturbed (“The Light”) and Three Days Grace (“Fallen Angel”), as the year of big-name acts continues…

The only new arrival in the Top 30 continues with the big-name trend – a big jump by Five Finger Death Punch’s “Wash It All Away” on the strength of nearly 50% increased airplay…

Three songs reach the Top 40 for the first time, including a nice boost in both spins and position for From Ashes To New

After more than two months of being close, Rubikon finally enters the Top 50 with “Live That Lie.”

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Chris Cornell“Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”

Bring Me The Horizon – “Throne”

Five Finger Death Punch“Wash It All Away”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Shinedown“Cut The Cord”

Five Finger Death Punch – “Jekyll & Hyde”

Saint Asonia – “Better Place”

 

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Predictions were fairly easy last week due to the sheer size of the lead that Pop Evil had over the rest of the field.  This week it’s tougher to forecast, with a good chance of a tight three-way battle for the top spot between the current leader and contenders Red Sun Rising and Chris Cornell.  It would take an above average increase, combined with an unusually sharp fall by Pop Evil, to put Cornell there directly, so a transitional week could give Red Sun Rising a most impressive achievement.  Of course, that is unless radio decides – whether consciously or unconsciously – to prevent it from happening.

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/