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/
Music Discovery Monday – 7/11/16
Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.
In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)
HALESTORM – “I Like It Heavy”
One of the things that sets Lzzy Hale apart from most other female hard rock vocalists is that she has the delivery and attitude of the male vocalists that influenced her sound, while maintaining a distinct feminine quality. Hale has found the perfect balance between sexy and ballsy, masterfully infusing just the right amount of each quality into her vocals. It’s not just her delivery that makes her stand out; it’s also the comfort in singing lyrics that, at times, could make a sailor blush.
“I Like It Heavy” is a fun track that pays direct homage to influences like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Lemmy in a groove-oriented, Kid Rock anthem kind of way. Back in 2001, Kid Rock referenced Hank Williams Jr., Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Willie Nelson, and paid homage to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird,” in his bombastic song, “You Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me.” Like Kid Rock, Hale has a way of making “motherfucker” seem like a perfectly acceptable word to sing along in unison.
Just when you think that “I Like It Heavy” has come to an end, there is an unexpected bonus in the form of Janis Joplin seemingly being reincarnated through Hale, with a closing that conjures up memories of “Bobby McGee.” Hale was already my favorite female rock vocalist. “I Like It Heavy” further confirms my feelings about her place in the hierarchy of women rockers.
AIRBOURNE – “Breakin’ Outta Hell”
There were many (myself included) who thought that Airbourne frontman Joel O’Keeffe would have been a better choice to front AC/DC than Axl Rose. Although I still believe it to be true, the silver lining is that O’Keeffee continues to put out new material with Airbourne. “Breakin’ Outta Hell” has a definite AC/DC vibe, albeit with an edgier sound than the legendary band’s recent material. The gritty, enraged vocals on this track are reminiscent of Blackie Lawless from the early days of W.A.S.P. The title track of the band’s upcoming album release also features some nice Angus Young-esque lead guitar work from O’Keeffe.
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
DENNER/SHERMANN – “Angel’s Blood”
Being a longtime fan of Mercyful Fate, I was excited to hear the about the reincarnation of the band (minus King Diamond). With the original shredders – Michael Denner and Hank Shermann – who are probably two of the best guitar duelists in metal history, their new album, Masters of Evil, does not disappoint. This album also sees the return of Snowy Shaw, who is one of my favorite drummers of all time. “Angel’s Blood” is classic metal at its best. The only thing that would make the album better is if King Diamond made a guest appearance on a song or two.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – “Time To Go”
Flotsam and Jetsam has been around forever. Since 1981, they have released 12 albums, the newest one being their self-titled release. Their brand of power thrash metal has held its form over the years, and their new album is no different. With original founding member Eric Knutson on vocals, and newcomer Jason Bittner on drums (another one of my all-time favorites), Flotsam and Jetsam is a heavy reminder of how a well-written and composed thrash metal album should sound.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
SCORPION CHILD – “My Woman In Black”
“Ethereal and turbulent.” That’s the sound this Austin, Texas band was going for on Acid Roulette, the follow-up album to their eponymous debut. They found it, along with tons of groove and raw energy. There are strong Led Zeppelin and stoner rock influences, but with a heavier and more contemporary sound.
WILDHEART – “On My Way”
Wildheart’s music could have come straight out of the ‘80s, but they do it justice with clean vocals and blazing guitars. This glam metal band out of Belgium writes some catchy tunes and performs them with tons of energy.
CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout
ASTRALION – “Wastelands Of Ice”
Finland’s Astralion has released their second full-length album, Outlaw. “Wastelands of Ice” has a steady, mid-tempo pace that mixes well-timed changes of pace between respites of calm, heavy, powerful refrains. The bright and hopeful theme is emphasized by the guitar solo work of Hank Newman and rousing vocals led by Ian Highhill. A high-quality, clean and refined production sound provides the finishing touch.
FATES WARNING – “From The Rooftops”
“From the Rooftops” is a track off of Fates Warning’s latest album release, Theories of Flight. Tranquil beginnings give way to driving aggression in true prog metal style. Ray Alder’s renowned vocals navigate through time shifts with expert precision. It’s a great backdrop for a song about time: however tranquil it may seem, it is unstoppable and ‘ends all things.’ The terrific percussion work of Bobby Jarzombek sets the pace with complex rhythms with Joey Vera on bass, topped off by Jim Matheos’ mind-bending shred on lead guitar.
To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com
Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-18-16.
The 6-18-16 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 – “Delirium” – LACUNA COIL
#14 – “Take It All” – POP EVIL
#13 – “I Like It Heavy” – HALESTORM
#12 – “Joyride” – CHEVELLE
#11 – “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH
#10 – “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR
#9 – “Stronger” – THROUGH FIRE
# 8 – “Is There Anybody Out There?” – MACHINE HEAD
# 7 – “Hell To Pay” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
# 6 – “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN
# 5 – “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER
# 4 – “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT
# 3 – “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN
# 2 – “Human” – HELLYEAH
# 1 – “Black Honey” – THRICE
Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 4-30-16.
The 4-30-16 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 – “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH
#14 – “Dust” – TREMONTI
#13 – “Colourblind” – HANDS LIKE HOUSES
#12 – “Here I Am” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA
#11 – “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN
#10 – “In Chains” – SHAMAN’S HARVEST
#9 – “The Sound Of Silence” – DISTURBED
# 8 – “Mayhem” – HALESTORM
# 7 – “Falling Apart” – PAPA ROACH
# 6 – “If I Were” – NOTHING MORE
# 5 – “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT
# 4 – “Human” – HELLYEAH
# 3 – “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
# 2 – “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
# 1 – “Emotionless” – RED SUN RISING
Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 4-9-16.
The 4-9-16 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 – “Lightning In The Sky – DEVOUR THE DAY
#12 – “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER
#11 – “Stressed Out” – OUR LAST NIGHT
#10 – “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN
#9 – “If I Were” – NOTHING MORE
# 8 – “Mayhem” – HALESTORM
# 7 – “Human” – HELLYEAH
# 6 – “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
# 5 – “In Chains” – SHAMAN’S HARVEST
# 4 – “Emotionless” – RED SUN RISING
# 3 – “Happy Song” – BRING ME THE HORIZON
# 2 – “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
# 1 – “The Sound Of Silence” – DISTURBED