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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/7/17

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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.

 

JUST PUBLISHED!

TOP 100 HARD ROCK SONGS OF 2016

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS OF 2016 (by spins)

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

 
The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/7/17.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2052
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1976
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1803
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!” 1760
5 5 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1701
6 6 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1655
7 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1388
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1240
9 9 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 926
10 11 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 912
11 14 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 805
12 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 795
13 12 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 767
14 15 KORN “Take Me” 751
15 17 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 645
16 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 630
17 19 STARSET “Monster” 582
18 21 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 570
19 20 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 554
20 22 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 502
21 23 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 481
22 24 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 431
23 28 PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God” 379
24 26 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 334
25 27 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 330
26 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 310
27 30 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 302
28 31 AVATAR “Night Never Ending” 263
29 38 BLEEKER “Highway” 252
30 32 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 252
31 33 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 239
32 37 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 225
33 35 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 217
34 36 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 215
35 41 BADFLOWER “Animal” 195
36 40 METALLICA “Hardwired” 178
37 39 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 163
38 42 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 141
39 43 NONPOINT “Divided…Conquer Them” 118
40 44 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 114
41 47 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 108
42 46 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 106
43 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 101
44 49 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 98
45 45 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 96
46 52 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 93
47 54 K.FLAY “Blood In The Cut” 92
48 50 AFI “White Offerings” 86
49 53 OTEP “Royals” 84
50 57 LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil” 82

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

HALESTORM – “Still Of The Night”

Halestorm takes some recent trends (hard rock cover songs and a classic rock revival) and knocks it out of the park with their balls-to-the-wall interpretation of Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night.”  There are a lot of powerful female vocalists out these days, but Lzzy Hale is on another level.  With a sexiness that rivals Hollywood actresses, a vocal delivery that stands toe-to-toe with the legendary voices of classic rock and an ability to appeal to rock fans across the generations, Hale is a unique talent.  Like many bands these days, Halestorm releases EPs so that they always have fresh material and can stay out on the road.  However, Halestorm is the only band that has created a recurring series of cover EPs (ReAniMate).  “Still Of The Night” is off of the latest installment (3.0).  Back in the ’80s, girls wanted to be with David Coverdale and guys wanted to be him.  Fast forward three decades, and Hale has reversed that trend (although you have to imagine that she has her fair share of female suitors).  As usual, Hale and company have delivered a kickass cover that pays homage to the original while making it their own.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

2017 begins as 2016 ended – with Highly Suspect’s “My Names Is Human” sitting on top once again (despite a moderate decline in spins).  Ghost closed the gap with a moderate gain in spins, but even a replication of this week will not be enough to reach the top.  At this point, the only prediction that can be made is that radio should get back to work, because it still looks like things are on autopilot.  Here’s another prediction far from the top…Twenty One Pilots will see the return of “Stressed Out” fall off the chart once again (where it belongs).  There is absolutely no rationale for the song coming back onto the chart again long after it made its run.  If you read this column regularly, you know our feelings about the band even being on the chart in the first place.
 

 

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…

HALESTORM “Still Of The Night”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

K-Flay“Blood In The Cut”

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Green Day – “Bang Bang”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

The beat goes on (and on and on) for Highly Suspect on top of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart for an eighth consecutive week. Ghost and Volbeat remain second and third for their sixth straight week in those spots.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Breaking Benjamin slips into the Top 10…

The only new entry in the Top 20 is from Pop Evil

Bleeker makes a big jump into the Top 30, Avatar rises into that tier as well…

Returning to the Top 40 this week is Badflower.  Three other songs reach that strata despite having fewer spins than the week before….

There are four songs arriving in the Top 50 this week but the most interesting (and puzzling) case might be the Twenty One Pilots track that returns after nearly a year’s absence, having spent 13 weeks on the chart previously starting as far back as November 2014.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Pretty Reckless“Oh My God”

Bleeker“Highway”

 

FALLING

A Day To Remember“Naivety”

One Less Reason“Break Me”

Sylar“Dark Daze”
 

 

 TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Yes, Active Rock radio has resorted to recycling songs that ran their course over a year ago. It’s reaching the point that I can’t really even try to explain some of the things that happen without the use of very strong language.   Since I’m trying to avoid that, I’m uncharacteristically at a loss for words.
 

 

WRAP-UP

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

Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2016 (by spins)

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It’s been proven once again this year that Active Rock radio has a handful of favorite artists that are virtually guaranteed airplay whenever a single is released.  While most of these artists are household names in Active Rock, a few newer artists have risen to this level.  A dozen artists accounted for more than half of the Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2016. The disturbing trend of “wasted spins” on artists/songs that don’t fit the format continues to grow, and there seems to be no end in sight.

It should be noted that this recap is based solely on spin totals, not editorial opinion.  To see the songs chosen by Hard Rock Daddy, check back later in the week when the Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2016 list is published.

Using the actual spins that each song received while featured in the Top 50 of the Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), Hard Rock Daddy’s HRD Radio Report ranks the Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2016 (below).

Active Rock fans should also check out the Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2016.

 

NEW FEATURE!

Below the chart, you will find a YouTube playlist featuring the Top 50 Active Rock Songs of 2016 (by spins). This playlist is also featured on Hard Rock Daddy’s YouTube channel – Hard Rock Daddy Network.

RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE TOP 50 SPINS
1 VOLBEAT “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” 35,767
2 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities” 32,532
3 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 31,920
4 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 30,330
5 SHINEDOWN “Asking For It” 28,241
6 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 28,041
7 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 28,030
8 CHEVELLE “Joyride” 27,926
9 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 26,440
10 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 25,106
11 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 24,957
12 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 24,584
13 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 23,539
14 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 23,508
15 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 23,461
16 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 23,256
17 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 22,589
18 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 22,499
19 MUSE “Reapers” 22,235
20 POP EVIL “Take It All” 22,170
21 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 21,673
22 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 19,002
23 GHOST “Square Hammer” 18,992
24 METALLICA “Hardwired” 18,554
25 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 18,389
26 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 18,342
27 BLINK-182 “Bored To Death” 17,663
28 THRICE “Black Honey” 17,455
29 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 17,273
30 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Paranoia” 16,872
31 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 16,037
32 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 15,702
33 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 15,592
34 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 15,107
35 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 14,934
36 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 14,850
37 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 14,444
38 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Here I Am” 13,198
39 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 13,146
40 PROPHETS OF RAGE “Prophets Of Rage” 12,876
41 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 12,762
42 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 12,740
43 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It All Away” 12,538
44 HOLY WHITE HOUNDS “Switchblade” 12,417
45 DISTURBED “The Light” 11,834
46 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 11,832
47 ROB ZOMBIE “Get High” 11,803
48 HELLYEAH “Human” 11,772
49 KALEO “No Good” 11,568
50 SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns” 11,311

 

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2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

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2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q2

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/31/16

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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.

 

JUST PUBLISHED!

 2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 12/31/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2080
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1943
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1821
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1761
5 6 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1647
6 5 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1644
7 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1360
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1212
9 9 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 935
10 10 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 885
11 11 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 865
12 12 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 830
13 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 786
14 14 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 756
15 15 KORN “Take Me” 732
16 16 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 618
17 17 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 605
18 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 588
19 20 STARSET “Monster” 562
20 19 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 561
21 21 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 548
22 22 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 517
23 23 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 496
24 24 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 435
25 25 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 351
26 27 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 337
27 26 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 312
28 28 PRETTY RECKLESS Oh My God 299
29 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 287
30 30 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 263
31 31 AVATAR “Night Never” 252
32 32 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 245
33 34 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 234
34 33 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 234
35 36 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 225
36 35 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 214
37 37 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 213
38 38 BLEEKER “Highway” 208
39 39 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 181
40 41 METALLICA “Hardwired” 177
41 40 BADFLOWER “Animal” 171
42 42 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 153
43 43 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 125
44 44 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 123
45 45 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 116
46 51 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 110
47 50 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 106
48 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 100
49 52 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heavydirtysoul” 92
50 54 AFI “White Offerings” 86

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

DOROTHY – “Dark Nights”

One of the most unique new artists to arrive on the rock scene in recent times is Dorothy.  This is the type of band that is desperately needed to keep things fresh on Active Rock radio.  If you’ve listened to any of their music, you know that they are blazing their own trail, not writing songs to travel down the road already paved by others.  Other bands have infused a Led Zeppelin influence into their music as of late, but none of have done it with the sexy swagger that Dorothy brings to the table.  It remains to be seen if they will get enough support to make a run to the top of the chart, but with “Dark Nights,” this band once again proves that they are a force to be reckoned with in the coming year.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Predictions are fairly useless this week, given that it looks like Active Rock Radio stations are mostly on auto-pilot.  Highly Suspect finishes 2016 strong, but should be challenged in the coming weeks once people actually get back to work.  Stay tuned…
 

 

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…

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

HALESTORM “Still Of The Night”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots“Heavydirtysoul”

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect rides out 2016 in the top spot on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart. Ghost and Volbeat remain second and third with charts as frozen as I can recall.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

How frozen were active rock stations between the holidays?  The top 45 songs are all the same as last week, with no song among them gaining or losing more than a single position in the chart.

Dorothy returns to the Top 50 with “Dark Nights,” and AFI breaks into the published chart in the final spot with “White Offerings,”
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Shinedown“How Did You Love”

Breaking Benjamin“Never Again”

Starset“Monster”

 

FALLING

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Dinosaur Pile-Up – “11:11”

Sick Puppies – “Where Do I Begin”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

It’s a dead week for radio, for most artists, for record labels and promotion companies.   Can’t really be too critical of the stuck-on-hold approach because of that, although I believe it does highlight the lack of initiative that plagues many stations today.

 

WRAP-UP

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

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q4

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Hard Rock Daddy’s HRD Radio Report provides a weekly look at the Top 50 songs on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart.  Using the actual spins that each song in the Top 50 has received in the fourth quarter of 2016, we have compiled a ranking of the songs by spin totals.  It should be noted that this recap is based solely on spin totals, not editorial opinion.  Below the Top 50 Active Rock songs of the fourth quarter of 2016, you will find the Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown songs for the same time period.

Q4 RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE TOP 50 SPINS
1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 23,903
2 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 20,800
3 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 20,573
4 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 18,798
5 GHOST “Square Hammer” 18,793
6 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 17,466
7 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 16,243
8 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 14,850
9 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 13,907
10 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 12,985
11 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 12,740
12 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 11,270
13 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 10,409
14 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 9,748
15 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 8,805
16 THRICE “Black Honey” 8,629
17 METALLICA “Hardwired” 8,494
18 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 8,443
19 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 8,135
20 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 7,844
21 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 7,738
22 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 7,149
23 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 7,143
24 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 6,583
25 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 5,827
26 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 5,665
27 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 5,665
28 HELLYEAH “I Don’t Care Anymore” 4,927
29 KORN “Take Me” 4,639
30 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 4,099
31 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 3,943
32 SIXX:A.M. “Prayers For The Damned” 3,839
33 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 3,781
34 PROPHETS OF RAGE “Prophets Of Rage” 3,579
35 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heathens” 3,468
36 CITIZEN ZERO “Go (Let Me Save You)” 3,303
37 STARSET “Monster” 3,230
38 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 3,216
39 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 3,091
40 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 3,054
41 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 3,054
42 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 2,408
43 ADELITA’S WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” 2,363
44 DEFTONES “Phantom Bride” 2,090
45 AVATAR “Night Never” 1,993
46 ZAKK WYLDE (f. COREY TAYLOR) “Sleeping Dogs” 1,960
47 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Push” 1,798
48 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 1,778
49 3 DOORS DOWN “Still Alive” 1,763
50 TRAPT “It’s Over” 1,723

 

Because SiriusXM’s Octane is the most influential Active Rock station in the country, we are also including the Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown songs of the fourth quarter of 2016.  This recap was compiled using a unique ranking system created by Hard Rock Daddy. This ranking system is based on a formula that awards points for each position on the weekly countdown. Like the Active Rock Chart, these rankings are based solely on numbers, not editorial opinion.

Q4 RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE
1 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die”
2 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human”
3 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love”
4 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage”
5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize”
6 I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head”
7 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Push”
8 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!”
9 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”
10 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame”
11 GHOST “Square Hammer”
12 KORN “Rotting In Vain”
13 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again”
14 KORN “Take Me”
15 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes”

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2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/24/16

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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.

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 12/24/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2081
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1950
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1796
4 4 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1733
5 5 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1622
6 6 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1614
7 7 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1315
8 8 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1229
9 10 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 953
10 9 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 932
11 12 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 832
12 11 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 832
13 13 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 792
14 14 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 756
15 16 KORN “Take Me” 720
16 15 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 644
17 19 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 600
18 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 597
19 17 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 548
20 22 STARSET “Monster” 533
21 20 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 529
22 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 525
23 23 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 498
24 24 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 419
25 25 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 353
26 28 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 326
27 27 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 326
28 40 PRETTY RECKLESS Oh My God 303
29 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 287
30 30 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 275
31 31 AVATAR “Night Never” 248
32 33 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 237
33 26 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 234
34 34 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 224
35 37 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 221
36 35 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 212
37 36 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 212
38 39 BLEEKER “Highway” 201
39 32 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 184
40 42 BADFLOWER “Animal” 173
41 38 METALLICA “Hardwired” 171
42 41 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 147
43 44 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 135
44 46 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 116
45 43 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 108
46 60 HALESTORM “Mistress For Christmas” 99
47 50 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 99
48 45 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 99
49 49 SEASONS AFTER “Fighter” 95
50 52 CROWN THE EMPIRE “Weight Of The World” 94

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

THE PRETTY RECKLESS – “Oh My God”

It’s easy to see why radio jumped the gun on adding “Oh My God” – the latest single from The Pretty Reckless – to their playlists.  Although it wasn’t officially going for adds until January 3rd, a handful of stations couldn’t wait until then.  It doesn’t take much these days to crack the Top 50, so any song with a little backing and momentum can make the cut.  Of course, this is usually reserved for established bands that have already proven their mettle in the format.  The Pretty Reckless definitely fits that bill, and the beauty is that they don’t have to “taylor” their songs to sound like typical Active Rock.  “Oh My God” opens with a dirty, distorted riff that is reminiscent of Rush’s “Passage To Bangkok,” before shifting to an upbeat, aggressive punk-infused rhythm, and Taylor Momsen’s distinct vocals.  This song will undoubtedly ascend to the top of the chart sooner rather than later, and should battle for #1 in the first quarter of 2017.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, it looks like Highly Suspect will ride out 2016 on top.  Their spin count lead is still over 130, and there doesn’t seem to be any momentum from anyone in the rear view mirror.  With the world in holiday mode, it’s hard to envision a scenario where there is a change at the top in the final chart next week.  “My Name Is Human” was also #1 on the Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2016.
 

 

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…

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

OTEP“Royals”

VARNA“Survival Of The Fittest”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

AFI“White Offerings”

 

DROP IT…

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Green Day“Bang Bang”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect extends their streak atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart to six weeks.  Ghost and Volbeat remain second and third as the charts grind largely to a Yuletide halt.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No changes in the Top 10 songs (top 8 even has the same order).

Starset joins the Top 20…

Pretty Reckless was the only Top 40 debut last week, the only Top 30 breakthrough this week…

Badflower peeks into the Top 40, the lone new arrival…

Halestorm gets holiday airplay for a novelty cover, leaving Crown The Empire with the only Top 50 debut this week that has potential for the coming new year.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

The Pretty Reckless – “Oh My God”

 

FALLING

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Kings Of Leon “Waste A Moment”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

2016 looks to be ending with a whimper, rather than a bang, which is (unfortunately) pretty appropriate.

 

WRAP-UP

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

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/17/16

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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.

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 12/17/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2133
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1927
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1780
4 5 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1674
5 4 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1629
6 8 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1579
7 10 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1225
8 9 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1183
9 6 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1173
10 7 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1052
11 11 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 823
12 3 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 763
13 14 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 762
14 15 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 757
15 12 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 704
16 17 KORN “Take Me” 695
17 16 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 640
18 18 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 605
19 25 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 583
20 21 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 555
21 22 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 546
22 24 STARSET “Monster” 514
23 19 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 497
24 26 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 427
25 20 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 414
26 23 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 321
27 28 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 310
28 30 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 293
29 29 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 281
30 33 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 264
31 34 AVATAR “Night Never” 249
32 32 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 243
33 31 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 239
34 39 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 200
35 38 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 199
36 35 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 199
37 37 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 193
38 36 METALLICA “Hardwired” 186
39 40 BLEEKER “Highway” 176
40 53 PRETTY RECKLESS Oh My God 168
41 42 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 163
42 43 BADFLOWER “Animal” 159
43 41 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 159
44 44 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 138
45 47 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 134
46 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 125
47 45 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 121
48 50 MEMPHIS MAY FIRE “This Light Hold” f/J. Shaddix 98
49 49 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 95
50 46 HEAD AND THE HEART “All We Ever Knew” 89

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

SHALLOW SIDE – “Renegade”

You will never hear Styx played on Active Rock radio, but if programmers are smart, you will hear one of their songs being spun in the near future.  Nearly four decades after it was a radio staple, Shallow Side has done a masterful job of reinventing “Renegade,” giving it enough of a modern spin to make it fit the format.  Not only have these Alabama rockers added a haunting vibe that makes you really think about the meaning behind the lyrics, but they’ve also infused this cover with a southern rock flair that is both unexpected and appreciated.  Shallow Side has kept the bones of the original intact, but has made “Renegade” their own with some surprising twists and turns and a groove that adds another layer of depth to the song.  Here’s hoping that this track gets the attention that it deserves once the holiday slowdown ends.

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Predictions get a bit trickier as the year comes to a close.  Last week, Ghost looked like they had enough momentum with “Square Hammer” to dethrone Highly Suspect this week or next, but the song ran out of steam this week.  “My Name Is Human” had a slight decrease in spins this week, but still maintains a 200+ spin lead.  Anything can happen, but at this point, it looks like Highly Suspect will ride out 2016 on top (unless they have a drastic decline in spins next week, or Ghost suddenly regains its momentum).  Look for a new #1 when 2017 begins.
 

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“Renegade”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”

CROWN THE EMPIRE“Weight Of The World”

 

DROP IT…

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

The seasonal slowdown means that Highly Suspect makes it to a fifth week atop Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart with hardly any change in spins for the top three.  “My Name Is Human” still leads Ghost and Volbeat with one chart remaining in the calendar year.
 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No changes in the composition of the Top 10…

Sixx A.M. jumps into the Top 20 on nearly 25% growth in airplay.  Red Hot Chili Peppers climb much more modestly to reach a new tier as well…

Adelita’s Way is the only artist to break into the Top 30 this week…

New to the Top 40 is the second single from the recent Pretty Reckless album (it’s the only new entry in the entire Top 50 for the week).
 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

Shinedown“How Did You Love”

 

FALLING

Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Alter Bridge“Show Me A Leader”
 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

It’s hard to miss the enthusiasm that radio has for “Oh My God,” the next single from Pretty Reckless.  The song wasn’t even targeted for airplay until January 3rd, but a relative handful of stations decided not to wait.  On the one hand I understand – I’d say it’s the best song on the album by a fairly wide margin – but on the other hand, it’s certainly hard to justify rushing to air prematurely with virtually any song right now considering the wide variety of singles still in the mix for those coveted adds.

 

WRAP-UP

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

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/10/16

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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.

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 12/10/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2174
2 2 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1894
3 3 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1727
4 6 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1586
5 7 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1545
6 5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1516
7 4 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1329
8 8 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1315
9 10 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1112
10 11 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 1075
11 14 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 761
12 3 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 743
13 19 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 709
14 16 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 698
15 18 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 695
16 15 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 689
17 23 KORN “Take Me” 600
18 22 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 569
19 17 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 555
20 20 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 552
21 24 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 530
22 26 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 507
23 21 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 494
24 29 STARSET “Monster” 468
25 25 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 468
26 27 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 425
27 28 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 387
28 30 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 343
29 31 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 285
30 34 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 256
31 32 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 250
32 37 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 239
33 36 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 223
34 35 AVATAR “Night Never” 222
35 38 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 197
36 33 METALLICA “Hardwired” 194
37 39 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 192
38 40 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 185
39 42 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 163
40 41 BLEEKER “Highway” 155
41 44 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 150
42 45 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 143
43 51 BADFLOWER “Animal” 141
44 43 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 129
45 46 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 123
46 59 HEAD AND THE HEART “All We Ever Knew” 108
47 47 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 106
48 48 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 102
49 49 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 101
50 50 MEMPHIS MAY FIRE “This Light Hold” f/J. Shaddix 95

 


PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

FLAW – “Fatal Fall”

Flaw’s “Fatal Fall” blends a variety of influences, making it one of the more interesting tracks that I’ve listened to recently.  There’s an Active Rock vibe that is reminiscent of bands like Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace, a dissonant darkness that taps into the Alice In Chains vibe, a surprising hint of early Iron Maiden (“Prodigal Son”) and the heavy riffs of early Metallica.  While the song conjures up a number of other artists, the end result is something that is unique, and should find a place on Active Rock playlists…
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

It looked like Highly Suspect’s “My Name Is Human” had a chance to ride out the year in the #1 position.  As predicted last week, the only way for them to drop was to flatten out and have Ghost bolster its spins.  Well, this week, Highly Suspect remained flat and Ghost picked up some momentum.  There’s a chance that “My Name Is Human” will squeeze out one more week at the top, but it’s just as likely that Ghost rises to the top next week.  As long as Metallica doesn’t cannibalize themselves with another overlapping single, they seemed destined to reach #1 early in 2017 with “Atlas, Rise!”
 

 

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…

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

SHALLOW SIDE“Renegade”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

DON BROCO“Money Power Fame”

BLACK STONE CHERRY – “Way Of The Future”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

 

DROP IT…

Head & The Heart“All We Ever Knew”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Korn“Rotting In Vain”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect reaches a full month at the #1 spot on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart with virtually no change in airplay.  “My Name Is Human” lost one spin (out of nearly 2,200) versus the previous week, while Ghost and Volbeat both enjoyed growth but not nearly enough to dethrone the leaders.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

A Day To Remember has a nice jump to reach the Top 10…

Korn and In Flames move into the Top 20…

New to the Top 30 this week are Through Fire and Sick Puppies

From Ashes To New and Bleeker now have Top 40 active rock singles…

Badflower has the highest chart debut this week, breaking into the Top 50 for the first time.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Ghost“Square Hammer”

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

 

FALLING

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”

Alter Bridge“Show Me A Leader”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

While the end of the year slowdown now looks to be in full effect, it seems as though we’ll see at least one more change at the top of the Active Rock airplay chart before the year officially ends.  Ghost appears well-positioned, and has momentum with only two charts remaining in the calendar year.

 

WRAP-UP

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

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/3/16

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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.

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 12/3/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2175
2 3 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1748
3 4 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1678
4 2 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1659
5 5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1596
6 6 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1497
7 8 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1308
8 10 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1136
9 9 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 1069
10 12 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 1009
11 13 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 945
12 11 THRICE “Black Honey” 930
13 15 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 745
14 19 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 703
15 16 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 700
16 18 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 686
17 14 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 663
18 21 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 641
19 22 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 638
20 20 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 624
21 17 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 609
22 24 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 518
23 25 KORN “Take Me” 510
24 23 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 504
25 29 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 423
26 28 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 417
27 27 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 408
28 26 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 405
29 32 STARSET “Monster” 379
30 31 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 322
31 36 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 246
32 34 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 246
33 33 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 243
34 30 METALLICA “Hardwired” 243
35 35 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 229
36 38 AVATAR “Night Never” 221
37 37 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 201
38 41 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 189
39 39 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 177
40 42 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 167
41 43 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 158
42 46 BLEEKER “Highway” 150
43 55 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now” 139
44 47 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 137
45 45 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 137
46 44 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 120
47 49 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 117
48 48 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 107
49 67 THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” 98
50 56 DOROTHY “Dark Nights” 95

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

SIXX: A.M. – “We Will Not Go Quietly”

With Motley Crue’s career officially in the rear view mirror, Nikki Sixx hasn’t missed a beat in returning to the top of the hard rock genre with Sixx:A.M.  What was once a side project has now joined the upper echelon of rock acts today.  Following the path of Five Finger Death Punch and Stone Sour in recent years, Sixx:A.M. is about to release Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 2 (the second studio album of the year from the band).  “We Will Not Go Quietly” – the first single off of the new album – is another powerful anthem from the band that has established a signature sound that differentiates them from all others.  This defiant, us-against-the-world track has gotten solid spins so far, but by all rights, it should be battling for #1 with other established artists.
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

Unless Highly Suspect’s “My Name Is Human” starts to drop, it’s likely to ride out the rest of 2016 as the #1 song on the chart. Ghost’s “Square Hammer” has jumped up to #2, but it would need to bolster its spins to reach #1 (even if Highly Suspect’s spins flatten).  Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Green Day all have the potential to battle for #1 in January, but it will be more of the traditional methodical climb than the blistering pace that was happening recently.
 

 

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…

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

BADFLOWER “Animal”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

DON BROCO“Money Power Fame”

AFI“White Offering”

 

DROP IT…

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Korn“Rotting In Vain”

Pretty Reckless “Take Me Down”

Disturbed “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica“Hardwired”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

For the third straight week, Highly Suspect enjoys the #1 spot on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  Hardly any upward movement for the most-played songs last week, but Ghost and Volbeat rise one spot each (to #2 & #3 respectively) as Disturbed falls back.  Although they are the closest challengers, they are also 20% – 25% behind the leader in spins.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Red Sun Rising breaks into the Top 10 with their latest single…

Breaking Benjamin is new to the Top 20 this week, and Beartooth inches upward to regain their Top 20 status as well…

Scarcely any airplay change at all does not prevent both Starset and Devour The Day from reaching the Top 30…

Blink-182 and Amity Affliction similarly debut in the Top 40 this week…

From Ashes To New has the strongest debut of three songs cracking the Top 50 this week, joined by Three Days Grace and Dorothy.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Red Sun Rising“Amnesia”

Starset“Monster”

 

FALLING

Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”

Metallica “Hardwired”

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Quite a bit of movement this week despite the absence of any particularly gaudy changes in spin counts.   It looks as though the holiday slowdown may officially be upon us, with significant change likely to be less common as we head into the final weeks of 2016.

 

WRAP-UP

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

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/26/16

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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.

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 11/26/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2118
2 2 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1852
3 5 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1683
4 4 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1670
5 3 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1634
6 7 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1386
7 6 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 1191
8 10 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1182
9 8 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 1106
10 13 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 1047
11 11 THRICE “Black Honey” 956
12 12 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 938
13 14 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 921
14 9 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 846
15 15 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 790
16 17 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 724
17 18 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 690
18 19 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 682
19 20 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 676
20 16 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 670
21 21 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 619
22 22 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 600
23 25 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 526
24 23 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 471
25 29 KORN “Take Me” 460
26 24 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 440
27 28 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 412
28 31 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 394
29 30 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 382
30 26 METALLICA “Hardwired” 336
31 32 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 303
32 33 STARSET “Monster” 301
33 34 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 276
34 35 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 230
35 38 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 220
36 36 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 212
37 40 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 195
38 41 AVATAR “Night Never” 193
39 39 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 189
40 37 I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head” 176
41 44 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 162
42 43 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 153
43 45 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 143
44 51 3 DOORS DOWN “The Broken” 133
45 47 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 131
46 54 BLEEKER “Highway” 122
47 48 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 122
48 49 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 116
49 50 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 112
50 46 JIMMY EAT WORLD “Sure and Certain” 99

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

DON BROCO – “Money Power Fame”

Because they overlap genres, Don Broco is somewhat challenging to categorize.  They have an edge with some crunchy riffs, a cool groove and also some pop sensibilities.  “Money Power Fame” offer proof positive that labeling an artist is much less important than having great songs. In the case of the band’s catchy latest single, it is a nice fit for Active Rock radio that is sure to have listeners grooving along to the song, if not outright dancing (at least in their cars). Being heavy enough for typical Active Rock listeners, while also having vocals that are more pop influenced than rock is not an easy line to straddle, but this British quartet does so with precision.  Word of caution…this song will get stuck in your head!
 

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, Highly Suspect had enough of a lead and momentum to carry them through to a second straight week at #1.  In fact, with a solid spin increase and a decrease in spins for #2 Disturbed, “My Name Is Human” actually buffered its position at the top.  Based on the current trend, there is a chance that the song can ride out the rest of the year on top of the chart (as long as they don’t see a big decline, which has happened to many at the top in recent months).  Ghost’s “Square Hammer” seems to have a clear path to be the next #1 at some point based on the current trends.  Of course, with Metallica and Green Day lurking in the mix, there is always a chance that they catch fire and make a move before the year ends (but, more likely in January).
 

 

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…

DON BROCO“Money Power Fame”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

BADFLOWER “Animal”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

THREE DAYS GRACE“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”

AFI“White Offering”

BLACKLITE DISTRICT“Broken Souls”

ART OF DYING“Torn Down”

 

DROP IT…

Jimmy Eat World“Sure And Certain”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kaleo“Way Down We Go”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Blink 182“She’s Out Of Her Mind”

Pretty Reckless “Take Me Down”

Skillet – “Feel Invincible”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Highly Suspect definitely had plenty to be thankful for as they spend a second week atop the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  Despite a bit more movement than you might expect during a holiday week, the band actually slightly increased their advantage over the #2 song from Disturbed, to remain firmly in first place.  Ghost showed nice growth to claim the #3 spot.
 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Just as the week prior, last week’s only new Top 20 song is also this week’s only new Top 10 song.  Last week it was Metallica.  This week, it’s Green Day.

No changes in the songs in the Top 20 aside from their order.

Only one change in the Top 30, as Pop Evil slides in to replace Metallica’s “Hardwired” (the first single from their new album).

Avatar has the only song to debut in the Top 40 this week

As expected from the early week trends, Three Doors Down arrives in the Top 50, but congratulations are also due to Bleeker for their chart debut this week as well.
 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Ghost – “Square Hammer”

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

 

FALLING

Skillet“Feel Invincible”

Metallica “Hardwired”

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Another week with scarce change in the Top 50, though it’s to be expected around the holiday.  I am particularly pleased to see Bleeker break through onto the U.S. chart, more than five years after I first noticed them with a hit on the Canadian chart.  It only took a membership shakeup, a name change (known as Bleeker Ridge for most of their career), and five years for U.S. radio to catch up to what I already knew.

 

WRAP-UP

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/19/16

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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.

2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q3

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 11/19/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 2 HIGHLY SUSPECT “My Name Is Human” 2047
2 1 DISTURBED “Open Your Eyes” 1933
3 5 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “I Apologize” 1616
4 6 VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal” 1580
5 7 GHOST “Square Hammer” 1517
6 3 SKILLET “Feel Invincible” 1464
7 9 AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage” 1327
8 4 PRETTY RECKLESS “Take Me Down” 1273
9 8 METALLICA “Moth Into Flame” 1049
10 18 METALLICA “Atlas,Rise!” 1002
11 11 THRICE “Black Honey” 963
12 12 RED SUN RISING “Amnesia” 929
13 22 GREEN DAY “Still Breathing” 864
14 15 SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” 790
15 13 DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11” 782
16 10 GREEN DAY “Bang Bang” 754
17 17 KINGS OF LEON “Waste A Moment” 692
18 14 ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader” 660
19 16 CHEVELLE “Door To Door Cannibals” 639
20 20 A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety” 637
21 21 BEARTOOTH “Hated” 580
22 23 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again” 548
23 24 IN FLAMES “The Truth” 495
24 19 KORN “Rotting In Vain” 482
25 27 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” 459
26 28 METALLICA “Hardwired” 440
27 25 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Heathens” 400
28 26 GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die” 398
29 30 KORN “Take Me” 386
30 29 SIXX:A.M. “We Will Not Go Quietly” 356
31 31 POP EVIL “If Only For Now” 338
32 32 DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom” 276
33 37 STARSET “Monster” 269
34 34 KALEO “Way Down We Go” 262
35 35 ONE LESS REASON “Break Me” 240
36 41 THROUGH FIRE “Breathe” 218
37 36 I PREVAIL “Stuck In Your Head” 202
38 40 SICK PUPPIES “Where Do I Begin” 200
39 46 ART OF ANARCHY “The Madness” 187
40 38 ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace) 181
41 42 AVATAR “Night Never” 180
42 33 TRAPT “It’s Over” 161
43 48 AMITY AFFLICTION “All Messed Up” 160
44 51 BLINK-182 “She’s Out Of Her Mind” 150
45 47 GOODBYE JUNE “Oh No” 143
46 45 JIMMY EAT WORLD “Sure and Certain” 139
47 52 SYLAR “Dark Daze” 127
48 49 JUDAH & THE LION “Take It All Back” 123
49 50 NONPOINT “Divided..Conquer Them” 108
50 55 LAMB OF GOD “The Duke” 106

 


PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK (By Adam Waldman)

LAMB OF GOD – “The Duke”

The softer, more melodic side of Lamb of God?  Well, sort of, but “The Duke” is still among the heaviest songs on the Top 50 this week.  The band’s latest single is the title track off of their upcoming EP.  This song was purposely held off of Lamb Of God’s last album (VII: Sturm und Drang) for a special reason.  It was written for Wayne Ford, a fan of the band who frontman Randy Blythe befriended back in 2012 (click here to read about Ford’s battle with Leukemia, and how it inspired Blythe).  “The Duke” deals with facing your imminent demise.  It’s emotionally heavy (as is the story, which I highly recommend reading).  Not only is the song inspired by, and dedicated to, a fan of Lamb Of God, it is also being used to raise awareness for bone marrow donations.  Kudos to Blythe for making a dying fan feel special in his final days, and doing his part to help others.  “The Duke” happens to be a kickass song in its own right, but because of the story, it feels extra special to be sharing it during Thanksgiving week (just as it hits the Top 50).

 

PUBLISHER’S PREDICTIONS (by Adam Waldman)

As predicted last week, Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat both climbed into the top 4, and Ghost moved into the top 5.  After recent domination by Metallica, Green Day and Pretty Reckless, it looks like Active Rock is cycling through a number of songs to spread the love at #1.  Skillet dropped after one week on top, and now Disturbed has given way to Highly Suspect after one week at the top.  Even if Highly Suspect’s spins remain flat next week, they should hold on to the #1 position for at least a couple of weeks.  Avenged Sevenfold once looked like a lock to reach the top, but the momentum has stalled on “The Stage.”  Right now, the only artists outside the top 5 that have a chance to make a move to the top are Metallica and Green Day once again (although probably not until January as things slow down for the holidays).

 

 

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…

AFI – “White Offering”

MESSAGE FROM SYLVIA“Heart Of War”

SEASONS AFTER“Fighter”

BADFLOWER “Animal”

BLEEKER“Highway”

THREE DOORS DOWN“The Broken”

FROM ASHES TO NEW“The Last time”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE“This Light I Hold”

 

DROP IT…

Jimmy Eat World“Sure And Certain”

Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Dinosaur Pile-Up “11:11”

Kaleo“Way Down We Go”

Kings Of Leon“Waste A Moment”

Judah & The Lion“Take It All Back”

Pretty Reckless “Take Me Down”

Skillet – “Invincible”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Trends don’t lie.  Okay, sometimes they do … but not this week, as Highly Suspect takes over the top spot of the latest Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart just as the early trends last week suggested would happen.  Disturbed slips to #2 with precisely the same number of spins as they enjoyed the previous week; Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat claim the third and fourth spots respectively.

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Last week’s only new Top 20 song is this week’s only new Top 10 song, as Metallica claims the #10 position to go along with the #9 spot…

Green Day has the only song new to the Top 20 this week, and didn’t miss replacing themselves in the Top 10 by all that much…

This week, it’s the Top 30 that has no new entries, meaning that only the order has changed for more than the upper half of the chart.

Through Fire and Art of Anarchy both enjoy debuts in the Top 40 this week

For the second straight week, the Top 50 includes the published chart debut of a song that first received airplay more than three months ago.  Last week’s perseverance award went to Amity Affliction.  This week, the honor belongs to Sylar’s “Dark Daze.”

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

RISING

Highly Suspect“My Name Is Human”

Metallica“Atlas, Rise”

Green Day“Still Breathing”

 

FALLING

Skillet“Feel Invincible”

Pretty Reckless“Take Me Down”

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

Metallica will likely feel thankful this (U.S.) holiday season for the odd situation of having three songs in the Active Rock Top 50 simultaneously.   Two isn’t all that uncommon anymore, but three doesn’t seem to occur very frequently.  Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving for all those who will be celebrating later this week, and my hope is that you can find some musical highlights to include in your list of things you’re thankful for this year.

 

WRAP-UP

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