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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 12/31/16



The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by, and appears every Tuesday on  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on



 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:

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




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.




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.



HALESTORM “Still Of The Night”




9Electric – “The Damaged Ones”

FLAW“Fatal Fall”

CHRYSALIS – “My Eternity”



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”


Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”



THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless


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.



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,”




Shinedown“How Did You Love”

Breaking Benjamin“Never Again”




Five Finger Death Punch“I Apologize”

Dinosaur Pile-Up – “11:11”

Sick Puppies – “Where Do I Begin”



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.



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

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/16/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 7/16/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.


      1. WHITECHAPEL – Mark Of The Blade
      2. VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2016 Warped Tour Compilation
      3. VOLBEAT – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
      4. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      5. DOROTHY – Rock Is Dead
      6. GOJIRA – Magma
      7. THE BROWNING – Isolation
      8. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH – Exhale
      9. PIERCE THE VEIL – Misadventures
      10. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      11. STEVE VAI – Modern Primative / Passion & War
      12. HELLYEAH – Unden!able
      13. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit
      14. ROB ZOMBIE – Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
      15. THRICE – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere


Top 135 Hard Rock Songs of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2015

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Music Discovery Monday – 11/2/15

Music Discovery Monday - Dorothy

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 11/2/15.

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.



 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

DOROTHY – “Raise Hell”

Earlier this year, Hard Rock Daddy featured a review of “After Midnight,” a Dorothy song that received some attention on SiriusXM’s Octane, but not nearly as much as it deserved.  The unique sound of the band stands out amongst other Active Rock music, but that is not the only way that they march to the beat of their own drum (so to speak).  Several months later, and their Facebook page still offers very little information about the band (although there is more available on their Wikipedia page, revealing last names and more).  You don’t need to know a lot about the band to appreciate what they have to offer.  Just like “After Midnight,” their latest single – “Raise Hell” – gives you a taste of their distinct sound.  Dorothy’s soulful vocals are enhanced by a musical arrangement that is upbeat and will keep you unconsciously tapping your feet.  Everything just works together.  There is a real art to making less really feel like more, and this band does it like few others in rock today.


STITCHED UP HEART – “Finally Free”

Heavy, pulsating rhythms converge with beautiful, hauntingly melodic vocals on Stitched Up Heart’s latest single, “Finally Free.”  Like this week’s featured artist, Dorothy, this female-fronted outfit offers little detail about the band on their Facebook page, but they are building a nice fanbase just the same.  “Finally Free” has been getting played on SiriusXM’s Octane in recent weeks, and it should only be a matter of time before they crack the Active Rock Top 50.  For now, Stitched Up Heart is still not widely known, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them enjoy success similar to other heavy, female-fronted bands as they progress.





MONSTER TRUCK – “Don’t Tell Me How To Live”

For the past several years, Active Rock radio in Canada has jumped on gems that U.S. radio seems to completely overlook for no good reason that I’ve been able to discern.  I certainly hope that this new single isn’t the next one of those, because that will come close to crossing the line from disappointing to downright disgraceful.  Hard rock with fuzzy ‘70s influence, the song punches like a super-heavyweight in a bad mood, propelled by some of the most effective work by a rhythm section in recent memory.  This effort further cements the band as one of the very best in their niche today.


SHAKRA – “Hello”

With vocalist Mark Fox back for a second stint after six year absence, this Swiss band has just released one of the better hard rock songs that I’ve heard in quite a while.  Multiple genre and era influences make it hard to pin down just one, but what they add up to is not just a good rock song, but a DAMNED good rock song!  Tempo, delivery, there’s just not anything here that feels like they missed the mark at all, a great sign for the full album due out in early 2016.  I’ve pointed out a lot of new songs on Music Discovery Monday over the past year; I’m not sure that there have been any that I would recommend more strongly than “Hello.”





THE JOKERS – “Lockdown”

This British quartet brings an undeniable ‘70s vibe, playing rock with smooth vocals and touches of blues and groove.  Although they’re influenced most by bands like Led Zeppelin, Free and Bad Company, on this expressive tune they are channeling some AC/DC.  “Lockdown” is from the band’s newly released third album, Hurricane.


KHYMERA – “A Night To Remember”

Famed producer and bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Sunstorm, Unisonic) takes up the vocals for melodic rockers Khymera, out of Italy.  This upbeat number heralds the band’s forthcoming third album, The Grand Design, which is due out December 4th.






That’s Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheppers you’ll hear leading vocals for this all-star band that’s been playing together since 2012.  The rest of Blackwelder features:  Andrew Szucs wailing on lead guitar and a rhythm section of Aquiles Priester on drums (DiAnno, Angra, Primal Fear) and Bjorn Englen on bass (Hellion, Dio Disciples, Yngwie Malmsteen).   There’s a lot that’s familiar on this track and with the band, but this is brand new material from their debut album (released earlier this year).


EUROPE “Days of Rock n Roll”

This is a great retrospective from Joey Tempest, John Norum and the rest of Europe, who’ve managed to keep rockin’ for most of the last 37 years (with the exception of a several year hiatus back in the early ‘90s).  Tempest’s vocals and Norums lead guitar work are still terrific after all this time.


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WARLOCK – “All We Are” (1987)

Is it possible to sell millions of records, garner numerous accolades, and still fly somewhat under the radar?  For most, the answer to this question would be “no,” but in the case of German metal goddess, Dorothy “Doro” Pesch, the answer is “yes” (with an important caveat).  Though she has resided in the U.S. for some time, her legend looms much larger around the world (particularly in Europe) than it does in her adopted land.  Before she transitioned to fronting a band named after her (DORO), she was the face of Warlock.  “All We Are,” arguably her most popular song to U.S. audiences, was featured on her final album with Warlock, 1987’s Triumph And Agony.  Hard rock bands fronted by female rockers are en vogue these days, but you have to think that artists like Doro helped to pave the way by showing that you don’t have to be male to be “ballsy.”


PAT BENATAR – “Heartbreaker” (1979)

My personal appreciation for edgy female rockers began over 35 years ago with Pat Benatar.  Back then, I didn’t have a forum to share my top songs of the year, but if I did, “Heartbreaker” likely would have been my #1 song (based on the documentation that exists in the profile section of my sixth grade autography book, which I still have to this day).  For Hard Rock Daddy readers of Generation X, this song is more likely to be a trip down memory lane rather than a discovery.  However, younger readers (especially those who appreciate today’s outstanding female vocalists) will probably think of this as an undiscovered gem.





EUROPE – “Seventh Sign” (1991)

By the time that their fifth and final studio album (prior to reforming two decades later) was released, this Swedish band had seen their popularity wane in comparison their late-‘80s peak.  The album failed to crack the U.S. album charts at all, even on the heels of back-to-back platinum releases.  That’s why this song might be a bit of a hidden gem for a lot of fans of the era, with a bit crisper sound than a lot of their better known hits.  Reminiscent of Dokken (at times), at least to my ear, it’s a song that I wish I’d heard more of at the time.


KYNG – “Pushing & Pulling” (2011)

From their debut album, Trampled Sun, this track is a frenetic rocker that approaches musical chaos, but never quite completely descends into total madness.  It reminds me of Richie Kotzen’s “24 Hours” in tone and pace, despite being a completely different style.





RAGE – “Lord Of The Flies” (2008)

A funereal organ and tiptoe bells yield to anguished, gritty vocals and powerhouse guitars in what’s become, for me, a Halloween mainstay.  This is power metal out of Germany with a creative vision and a modern edge.  Be sure to check out the appropriately disturbing video as well.


CAGE – “Black River Falls” (2009)

Heavy beyond all reason, this metal piece tells a twisted tale or horror and madness.  Midway through, there is a beautiful, but haunting, interlude revealing a strong King Diamond influence.  Otherwise, this San Diego metal band hammers hard all the way on this one.





REDEMPTION – “Walls” (2009)

Walls” is one of my favorites from Redemption’s 2009 release, Snowfall on Judgement Day.  Bright and driving, this is a hopeful track about breaking down barriers, executed brilliantly from all aspects.  Hard to pick a standout track from the album because they’re all excellent, but I gave the nod to this one because of the percussion work from Chris Quirarte.


TWILIGHTNING “Jester Realm” (2003)

Enter the mind of madness a bit with Twilighting’s “Jester Realm.” Highlighted by excellent dueling guitar work from Tommi Sartanen & Ville Wallenius, and the powerful vocals of Heikki Pöyhiä, this tune takes you all over the place, as you might expect. This Finnish band was together from 1998-2009.

Dorothy – “After Midnight”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Dorothy Band Photo

Over three decades past their heyday, Led Zeppelin’s influence continues to be heard in the music of current hard rock artists, most notably Rival Sons and Crobot (amongst others).  Will Dorothy be the next Zeppelin-esque band to make an impact in the genre?  Based on their debut single, “After Midnight,” you’d have to think that the chances are pretty good, provided that they get the radio push that they deserve.

After hearing the last 45 seconds of “After Midnight” on SiriusXM’s Octane, I was immediately hooked.  The song has only gotten better with each subsequent listen on YouTube.  With a classic, 70s blues rock sound, and a cinematic quality, “After Midnight” is ideally suited to be featured in a movie or on a television show.  At the very least, it deserves to make an impact on Active Rock radio.

In true Zeppelin fashion, there is a mystique about the band that goes beyond their sound.  Aside from being a female-fronted, L.A.-based quartet with a self-titled EP available on iTunes, there is very little information published about the band on their Facebook page, although they were featured in LA Weekly late last year.

According to the article, the soulful, bluesy front woman that the band is named after had to overcome stage fright, although you wouldn’t know it listening to her confident, Janis Joplin-like vocals.  The L.A. transplant, who was born in Budapest, Hungary and raised in San Diego, admits having a “sailor mouth,” and is adamant about getting noticed for her music rather than her undeniable good looks or sex appeal.

With a unique delivery that harkens back to the early days of hard rock, and a powerful band behind her, there is no reason for Dorothy to be defined by her looks.  Make sure to keep this band on your radar.