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.
The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/7/17. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:
|THIS WEEK||LAST WEEK||THIS WEEK|
|1||1||HIGHLY SUSPECT||“My Name Is Human”||2052|
|3||3||VOLBEAT||“Seal The Deal”||1803|
|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|
|12||13||CHEVELLE||“Door To Door Cannibals”||795|
|13||12||A DAY TO REMEMBER||“Naivety”||767|
|15||17||SIXX:A.M.||“We Will Not Go Quietly”||645|
|16||18||IN FLAMES||“The Truth”||630|
|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|
|27||30||ADELITA’S WAY||“Ready For War (Pray For Peace)”||302|
|28||31||AVATAR||“Night Never Ending”||263|
|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|
|37||39||ONE LESS REASON||“Break Me”||163|
|38||42||3 DOORS DOWN||“The Broken”||141|
|40||44||LAMB OF GOD||“The Duke”||114|
|41||47||CROWN THE EMPIRE||“Weight Of The World”||108|
|43||48||THREE DAYS GRACE||“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”||101|
|44||49||TWENTY ONE PILOTS||“Heavydirtysoul”||98|
|46||52||TWENTY ONE PILOTS||“Stressed Out”||93|
|47||54||K.FLAY||“Blood In The Cut”||92|
|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.
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”
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
Green Day – “Still Breathing”
Pretty Reckless – “Oh My God”
Bleeker – “Highway”
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.
That’s all for this week. Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/
Hard Rock Daddy is excited to present the exclusive video premiere of “No Pity On The Highway,” the first single off of Radio Exile’s upcoming debut album.
You can feel the groove from the opening drum beat of “No Pity On The Highway.” When the rest of the band joins in, the groove kicks into high gear, leaving you powerless to refrain from bopping along to it (even if you’re listening to it on headphones in a public place, as I was when I was hearing the song for the first time). After numerous subsequent listens, this track remains fresh and grows on you even more.
‘80s hard rock is often times lumped together under one generic hair metal umbrella. What gets lost when this happens is the fact that it is also the decade that featured some of the best musicianship in the history of the genre, with many of the songs being as relevant today as they were back in the day. While there’s no shortage of great hard rock today, it isn’t often that a song feels like an instant timeless classic. By adding a modern touch to a classic rock sound, Radio Exile has written just such a song.
Ironically, this killer track may fall into the category of “radio exile,” which is an indictment of the state of radio (at least in America) and a sign of the times, not the music. This is why it is so important to help spread the word to other hard rock music fans virally. Music this good deserves to be heard, and not be at the mercy of a medium that rarely gives bands like this the attention that they deserve.
Radio Exile is a powerful unit, featuring some veteran rockers with vast experience. The band lays the foundation for frontman Chandler Mogel to deliver some impressive old-school, blues-rock vocals. At times, you’ll hear shades of Joe Lynn Turner, Michael Sweet and Dennis DeYoung, but Mogel’s sound is definitely his own.
If you’re a fan of classic, blues-rock, make sure to check out the video of “No Pity On The Highway” below…