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2016 Active Rock Radio / Octane Quarterly Report: Q1

Active Rock Radio Quarterly Report - Hard Rock Daddy

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 first 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 first quarter of 2016, you will find the Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown songs for the same time period.

YTD YTD
RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE TOP 50 SPINS
1 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 22,441
2 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 18,342
3 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 16,789
4 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 14,934
5 MUSE “Reapers” 14,665
6 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 13,995
7 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 13,047
8 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 12,538
9 DISTURBED “The Light” 11,834
10 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 11,832
11 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 11,021
12 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 9,918
13 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 9,504
14 SEETHER “Save Today” 9,446
15 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 9,251
16 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 8,790
17 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 8,051
18 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 7,815
19 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 7,668
20 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 5,578
21 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 5,434
22 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 5,426
23 HALESTORM “I Am The Fire” 5,154
24 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 5,115
25 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 4,806
26 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 4,531
27 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 4,277
28 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 4,120
29 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 4,091
30 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 4,025
31 GHOST “Cirice” 3,521
32 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 3,498
33 ROB ZOMBIE “Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO” 3,357
34 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 3,029
35 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 3,018
36 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 2,940
37 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 2,697
38 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 2,676
39 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 2,630
40 SIXX: A.M. “Rise” 2,617
41 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 2,138
42 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 2,110
43 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 2,064
44 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 1,973
45 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 1,915
46 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 1,623
47 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 1,545
48 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 1,398
49 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 1,390
50 BARONESS “Shock Me” 1,385

 

 

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 first 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.

YTD RANK ARTIST SONG TITLE
1 Bring Me The Horizon “Happy Song”
2 Trivium “Until The World Goes Cold”
3 Red Sun Rising “Emotionless”
4 Saint Asonia “Let Me Live My Life”
5 Shaman’s Harvest “In Chains”
6 Five Finger Death Punch “My Nemesis”
7 Parkway Drive “Vice Grip”
8 Shinedown “State Of My Head”
9 Pop Evil “Ways To Get High”
10 Five Finger Death Punch “Wash It All Away”
11 From Ashes To New “Through It All”
12 Nothing More “Here’s To The Heartache”
13 Killswitch Engage “Hate By Design”
14 Highly Suspect “Bloodfeather”
15 Papa Roach “Falling Apart”

 

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 2/27/16

HRD Radio Report - HELLYEAH

HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/27/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 1863
2 2 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 1820
3 3 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1697
4 5 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 1655
5 4 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 1478
6 6 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 1391
7 8 MUSE “Reapers” 1301
8 7 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 1273
9 9 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 1048
10 10 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 992
11 12 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 939
12 13 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 933
13 14 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 796
14 15 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 774
15 17 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 675
16 16 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 654
17 19 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 629
18 11 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 588
19 18 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 544
20 20 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 468
21 21 ROB ZOMBIE “Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO” 453
22 22 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 420
23 24 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 369
24 26 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 339
25 30 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 312
26 28 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 306
27 29 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 305
28 27 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 263
29 23 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 263
30 38 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 237
31 44 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 220
32 32 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 212
33 36 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 198
34 35 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 193
35 33 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 175
36 40 ANTHRAX “Breathing Lightning” 156
37 31 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 151
38 42 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 146
39 43 CILVER “I’m America” 140
40 39 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 140
41 47 BARONESS “Shock Me” 126
42 45 FILTER “Take Me To Heaven” 126
43 41 MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” 125
44 48 SMASHING SATELLITES “Gamblin’ Man” 91
45 0 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants” 85
46 46 WAYLAND “Bloody Sunrise” 75
47 70 HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES “As Bad As I Am” 73
48 65 CANDLEBOX “Vexatious” 70
49 51 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Ride” 68
50 52 BOBAFLEX “A Spider In The Dark” 64



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

HELLYEAH – “Human”

With the mileage that Hellyeah got out of their 2014 release, Blood For Blood, it feels like the band never really went away (which is a good thing for their fans, and Active Rock radio for that matter). This past week, Hellyeah released “Human,” the first single off of their upcoming album, and they are picking up right where they left off. Not that there should have been any doubt after Blood For Blood, but this one-time “supergroup” is not only a full-fledged band, but one that deserves to be mentioned in the rarefied air of the elite groups in hard rock and metal today.

“Human” once again showcases the raw emotions that frontman Chad Gray wears on his sleeve, much like he did with “Hush” and “Moth” the last time around. With a unique ability to deliver angst-ridden, yet melodic, vocals, Gray continues to distinguish himself amongst his peers. Lyrically, “Human” takes things up a notch with clever word play that comes off as natural, never forced. It should be noted that Gray has the advantage of working with a powerful group of musicians whose chemistry continues to evolve in an impressive manner. If you’ve ever seen Hellyeah in a live setting, you’d understand that, as intense as the band sounds on record, they take it to another level in concert. There is no doubt that “Human” will reach the upper echelon of the Active Rock radio chart. The only thing that remains to be seen is if it gets enough support to climb to #1 in the not-too-distant future.

 

 

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…

SOTO“FreakShow”

EVANS BLUE“iGod”

UGLY KID JOE“Bad Seed”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

HANDS LIKE HOUSES“Colourblind”

ART OF DYING“Tear Down The Wall”

 

DROP IT…

Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

The Struts“Kiss This”

Pucifier“The Remedy”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Shinedown survives declining airplay to claim a fifth week at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart.  Pop Evil also fell back slightly, preventing them from reaching the top, and remains at #2 (at least for the moment).  Foo Fighters still sit at #3.  The big mover of the week is Disturbed’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, “The Sound Of Silence,” making a jump from #4 to #1 at least in the realm of possibility next week.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Aside from a few position swaps, movement was fairly scarce this week.  The Top 29 songs have exactly the same membership as a week ago; only the order has changed…

Ghost joins the Top 30 with a solid week of airplay gains…

Halestorm’s latest single, “Mayhem,” leads a trio of songs breaking into the Top 40…

Surprisingly, given the lack of movement above, there are actually five songs making their Top 50 debut this week, the strongest being “Running With Giants,” the first official single from the forthcoming Thousand Foot Krutch album.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Disturbed“The Sound Of Silence”

Deftones – “Prayers/Triangles”

Halestorm – “Mayhem”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Shinedown – “State Of My Head”

Cage The Elephant – “Mess Around”

Escape The Fate – “Alive”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

At the top of the chart, the unpredictable nature of things gets highlighted once again.  Pop Evil’s radio support for “Ways To Get High” did show some signs of weakening prior to the official weekly chart being published, but I really thought that there would be enough of a bump to get them to #1.  The top of the chart is still attainable for them, but at this point, it would have to be a concerted effort on the part of one (or more) chains to get them there.  Short of that happening, it may be down to a Foo Fighters vs Disturbed fight for king of the mountain.

At the bottom of the chart the number of spins needed to break into the Top 50 continues to fall lower and lower.  Six months ago, cracking the published chart required 90+ spins nationally (nearly 50% more airplay than was needed this week).  That’s a sign that playlists may be getting even narrower than usual.  However, there is at least a chance that some of the low threshold at this point is seasonal.  To my surprise, a look back to the same week in 2015 revealed numbers that are very similar in the lower reaches of the chart this 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 2/20/16

HRD Radio Report - Hands Like Houses

HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/20/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 1996
2 2 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 1847
3 3 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1631
4 4 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 1401
5 8 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 1382
6 7 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 1324
7 5 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 1270
8 6 MUSE “Reapers” 1257
9 13 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 981
10 12 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 972
11 11 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 888
12 15 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 880
13 16 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 874
14 17 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 743
15 18 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 729
16 19 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 640
17 28 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 540
18 21 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 500
19 33 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 479
20 22 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 421
21 25 ROB ZOMBIE “Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO” 398
22 24 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 396
23 23 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 365
24 26 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 359
25 20 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 328
26 29 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 309
27 34 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 292
28 31 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 292
29 32 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 289
30 37 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 281
31 35 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 228
32 38 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 215
33 39 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 198
34 27 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 194
35 41 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 169
36 40 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 163
37 36 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 145
38 50 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 140
39 43 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 136
40 42 ANTHRAX “Breathing Lightning” 131
41 48 MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” 130
42 44 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 128
43 46 CILVER “I’m America” 121
44 62 HALESTORM “Mayhem” 117
45 58 FILTER “Take Me To Heaven” 111
46 47 WAYLAND “Bloody Sunrise” 96
47 45 BARONESS “Shock Me” 93
48 49 SMASHING SATELLITES “Gamblin’ Man” 85
49 56 AWOLNATION “Woman Woman” 61
50 54 STONE SOUR (f. LZZY HALE) “Gimme Shelter” 59



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

HANDS LIKE HOUSES – “Colourblind”

In the immortal words of Tom Petty…“the waiting is the hardest part.”  Of course, Tom Petty fans never had to wait nearly a year for an album to be released after the lead single dropped. But that it exactly the case for fans of Aussie rockers Hands Like Houses, whose third studio album (Dissonants) will be released this week.  “Colourblind” is actually the third single from the 12-song album.  Sandwiched between this single and the first single (“I Am”) was “New Romantics,” a track that never gained significant traction, but has been featured regularly in the “Spin-It” section of the HRD Radio Report.  There’s no telling why the second single didn’t garner the same response as the lead single, but hopefully, Active Rock radio will embrace “Colourblind” and give it the attention that it deserves.

“Colourblind” opens with a subdued, atmospheric intro before bursting into a melodic anthem, highlighted by the powerfully bright upper register of frontman Trenton Todd Woodley, who also has the ability to tap into darker, more angst-ridden moments for emphasis.  Much like Nothing More’s smash hit “Jenny,” “Colourblind” takes you on a dynamic musical roller coaster ride throughout.  If Active Rock radio embraces these Aussie rockers in the same manner that they have Nothing More, there is realistic potential for “Colourblind” to be one of the most popular songs of the year.

 

 

 

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…

HANDS LIKE HOUSES“Colourblind”

SOTO“FreakShow”

BOBAFLEX“A Spider In The Dark”

EVANS BLUE“iGod”

UGLY KID JOE“Bad Seed”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

ART OF DYING“Tear Down The Wall”

 

DROP IT…

AWOLNATION – “Woman Woman”

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

The Struts“Kiss This”

Pucifier“The Remedy”

Theory Of A Deadman“Blow”

Parkway Drive“Vice Grip”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Shinedown reaches a month at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart, holding off runner-up Pop Evil by a relatively comfortable margin.  A change is forthcoming, but probably remains at least a few weeks away.  Foo Fighters remain at #3 with “Saint Cecilia.”

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Disturbed’s “The Sound Of Silence” continues to ascend rapidly, joined in the Top 10 this week by both Bring Me The Horizon and Trivium

Five Finger Death Punch nearly doubles their airplay from the previous week with their latest single, “My Nemesis,” breaking into the Top 20 along with Deftones and The Struts

Four songs reach the Top 30, led by “Impossible,” a resurgent single by Lacey Sturm

Four songs achieve Top 40 status, truly highlighting the schizophrenic nature of “Active Rock” at the moment, ranging from The Foals to Anthrax

Three newly charted songs, led by “Mayhem,” (the next single from Halestorm), debuting in the Top 50 this week, joined by the return of the Stone Sour/Lzzy Hale cover of the Rolling Stones classic, “Gimme Shelter.”

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Disturbed“The Sound Of Silence”

Deftones – “Prayers/Triangles”

Five Finger Death Punch“My Nemesis”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Shinedown – “State Of My Head”

Parkway Drive – “Vice Grip”

Aranda – “We Are The Enemy”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

If you look at this week’s chart from top to bottom, you’ll see one of the better examples of the incredibly … well let’s call it “diverse” nature of the active rock format.  The gap from metal icons Megadeth and Anthrax to around a half dozen alternative artists seems to be incredibly large, but illustrates one of at least two possibilities.  Either the format is in the midst of a full-blown transitional phase, effectively en route to becoming what was once called “mainstream rock,” or there’s essentially a war underway to define the format.  A third possibility also comes to mind…the need for a thorough evaluation of every station that is included in the chart.  If you dig into the station-by-station playlists (with the weekly spin counts included), there are some stations included that are playing nothing remotely identifiable as “active rock,” while others appear to play less than one current song per hour.    Any format chart is eventually defined by which stations are included, and to me, it seems glaringly obvious that the current composition (one way or another) is in urgent need of an overhaul.

 

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 2/13/16

HRD Radio Report - Anthrax

HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/13/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 2122
2 2 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 1781
3 3 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1543
4 6 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 1374
5 7 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 1270
6 9 MUSE “Reapers” 1208
7 10 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 1203
8 13 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 1159
9 5 SEETHER “Save Today” 1081
10 4 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 1038
11 11 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 1001
12 12 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 943
13 14 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 888
14 8 DISTURBED “The Light” 851
15 15 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 808
16 20 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 687
17 16 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 685
18 17 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 678
19 19 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 601
20 18 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 465
21 23 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 463
22 25 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 386
23 26 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 380
24 27 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 361
25 35 ROB ZOMBIE “Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO” 357
26 28 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 342
27 21 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 338
28 49 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 325
29 29 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 313
30 22 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 303
31 34 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 285
32 33 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 275
33 50 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 272
34 30 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 264
35 31 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 251
36 24 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 247
37 36 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 227
38 32 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 222
39 40 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 186
40 43 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 146
41 41 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 145
42 45 ANTHRAX “Breathing Lightning” 126
43 47 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 116
44 46 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 113
45 44 BARONESS “Shock Me” 100
46 48 CILVER “I’m America” 97
47 42 WAYLAND “Bloody Sunrise” 94
48 51 MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” 89
49 53 SMASHING SATELLITES “Gamblin’ Man” 75
50 61 GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” 66



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

ANTHRAX – “Breathing Lightning”

Since the turn of the millennium, Anthrax’s studio releases have been fewer and further between than the time period between 1984-1998.  There has been an undeniable shift in the hard rock and metal genres in recent years, but Anthrax’s music has always had a timeless quality to it.  If they chose to continue creating new music with their signature sound, they would have no trouble connecting with fans.  Getting radio attention, on the other hand, would not necessarily be so easy in the current climate.  “Breathing Lightning” features enough of the band’s signature sound to appeal to longtime fans, but it is the infusion of huge melodic hooks that is likely to bring in new fans from younger generations that didn’t grow up with their music. While “Breathing Lightning” wasn’t written to be “radio-friendly,” the end result is a song that has huge radio potential.  With a vast catalog of timeless thrash songs, would it be sacrilege to say that the band’s most memorable chorus has arrived in 2016 (over 30 years after their debut)? Perhaps, but it doesn’t make it any less true.  The melodic refrain of the song (which conjures up memories of Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same”) sets the stage with a theatrical intro, and is intertwined around customary in-your-face Anthrax riffs throughout.  Although it doesn’t appear on the radio-edit, the full-length version of the song ends with a beautifully melodic, haunting fade out.  When all is said and done, “Breathing Lightning” is a good bet to be one of the top 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…

SOTO“FreakShow”

BOBAFLEX“A Spider In The Dark”

EVANS BLUE“iGod”

UGLY KID JOE“Bad Seed”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

HANDS LIKE HOUSES“New Romantics”

 

DROP IT…

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

The Struts“Kiss This”

Pucifier“The Remedy”

Theory Of A Deadman“Blow”

Parkway Drive“Vice Grip”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Shinedown notches a third straight week at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart, giving up little ground to #2 Pop Evil.  A change is forthcoming, but probably not for another week (or more).  Foo Fighters’ “Saint Cecilia” once again gained more ground from the #3 spot than the current runner-up.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Disturbed turned out to be the only new arrival to the Top 10, replacing their previous single (“The Light”) with their current one (“The Sound Of Silence”)…

Nary a change in the Top 20 songs aside from some shuffling of their order on the chart…

Charging into the Top 30 this week are the latest singles from both Rob Zombie and Deftones

New to the Top 40 this week is “My Nemesis,” the latest single from Five Finger Death Punch, and last week’s highest debuting single from Killswitch Engage

A trio of new arrivals takes up the bottom three spots in the Top 50 this week.  The highest debuting song comes from Monster Truck, with a track that has been in the Canadian Active Rock Top 5 for the past three months.  Also cracking the Top 50 is the debut single from Smashing Satellites (“Gamblin’ Man”), and the latest single from the Grammy-winning Ghost.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

3 Doors Down – “In The Dark”

Disturbed“The Sound Of Silence”

Deftones – “Prayers/Triangles”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Seether – “Save Today”

Five Finger Death Punch“Wash It All Away”

Disturbed“The Light”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

I’m pleased to see more crossover of songs that have been successful in Canada gaining traction on the U.S. chart.  There’s no shortage of common titles on the two charts, but frequently, it seems that songs that fare exceptionally well north of the border end up getting overlooked by U.S. radio.  In addition to the Monster Truck title that debuted this week, the current single from Wolfmother also broke more quickly on Canadian stations than on their U.S. counterparts.  It’s a small trend that I’d like to see continue, as there have been a number of airplay-worthy songs that failed to see significant breakthroughs in the larger market over the past several years.  Glorious Sons, I Mother Earth, The Wild, and The Lazys are all recent prime examples of band that had songs worthy of U.S. airplay.

 

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 2/6/16

HRD Radio Report - SOTO

HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 2/6/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 1 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 2163
2 3 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 1732
3 6 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1415
4 2 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 1382
5 5 SEETHER “Save Today” 1369
6 7 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 1333
7 8 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 1252
8 4 DISTURBED “The Light” 1183
9 10 MUSE “Reapers” 1084
10 9 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 1062
11 11 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 997
12 12 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 926
13 24 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 811
14 15 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 800
15 14 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 740
16 17 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 653
17 22 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 614
18 18 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 566
19 20 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 564
20 19 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 564
21 21 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 460
22 16 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 435
23 27 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 391
24 23 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 385
25 26 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 380
26 25 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 361
27 29 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 345
28 30 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 325
29 28 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 296
30 33 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 264
31 31 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 258
32 32 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 255
33 34 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 245
34 39 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 240
35 51 ROB ZOMBIE “Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO” 233
36 41 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 194
37 36 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 186
38 35 TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN “Loaded Dice & Buried Money” 167
39 37 TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA “Forget About The Blame” 159
40 38 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 155
41 43 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 125
42 40 WAYLAND “Bloody Sunrise” 115
43 78 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design” 114
44 42 BARONESS “Shock Me” 112
45 45 ANTHRAX “Breathing Lightning” 111
46 44 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 108
47 49 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 99
48 50 CILVER “I’m America” 91
49 0 DEFTONES “Prayers/Triangles” 80
50 0 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “My Nemesis” 77


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

SOTO – “FreakShow”

Whether you’re familiar with the vocal powerhouse that is Jeff Scott Soto or not, it’s not likely that you’ve experienced his previous work on an Active Rock radio station.  With his latest band, SOTO, which features “a union of hotshot young musicians,”  JSS has dialed it up a notch. Fulfilling a desire to return to his heavier roots (after playing with the likes of Journey and Yngwie Malmsteen), JSS has put together a band that is as formidable as any on the Active Rock music scene today.  Following up SOTO’s debut album (Inside The Vertigo), the band is set to release their sophomore album (Divak) in April.  Ahead of the album release, SOTO has dropped “FreakShow,” a powerful single that features a heavy groove, intense rhythm, and of course, the stellar vocals of JSS.  Active Rock may not be the sandbox that Soto is known for playing in, but with this killer track, that should change.  Don’t be mislead by a background that is decidedly more mainstream.  “FreakShow” is in the wheelhouse of format heavyweights Sevendust.  In fact, if Sevendust recorded this song, there’s no doubt that it would shoot up the charts.  It’s time for the Active Rock world to discover what many others already know…JSS is a force to be reckoned with, and so are the rest of the musicians that make up SOTO.
 

 

 

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…

SOTO“FreakShow”

EVANS BLUE“iGod”

SMASHING SATELLITES“Gamblin Man”

BOBAFLEX“A Spider In The Dark”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

HANDS LIKE HOUSES“New Romantics”

UGLY KID JOE“Bad Seed”

 

DROP IT…

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

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

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

The Struts“Kiss This”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – “Forget About The Blame”

Pucifier“The Remedy”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Shinedown retains in the top spot on this week’s Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart, and looks as though they may be safe for at least another week or two.  Pop Evil made a small dent in the sizable gap between themselves and #1, but still lags nearly 20% behind the frontrunner in spins.  Foo Fighters’ “Saint Cecilia” enjoyed a three-spot climb on more than 10% increased airplay, but still remains well behind the top two.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

No new arrivals in the Top 10 this week, just some shuffling of the order, but that seems likely to change next week with three of the songs now falling…

Format powerhouses Disturbed and Papa Roach both reach the Top 20 with their latest singles…

Breaking into the Top 30 for the first time is “Impossible,” from Lacey Sturm’s solo effort…  

Two songs are newly arrived in the Top 40, led by the debut of a NSFW (not safe for work) title from Rob Zombie that nearly quadrupled its total spins from the week before…

New to the Top 50 (compared to last week’s published chart) are four additional songs, the highest debut being “Hate By Design,” the latest from Killswitch Engage.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Foo Fighters – “Ways To Get High”

Disturbed“The Sound Of Silence”

Rob Zombie“Well, Everybody’s…in a UFO”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Five Finger Death Punch“Wash It All Away”

Disturbed“The Light”

Theory Of A Deadman – “Blow”

 

 

TRENDS AND OBSERVATIONS

A small bit of “inside radio” to consider.  The “Going For Adds” date is when labels and artists start to push for stations to add a particular song to their respective playlists.  Coordinating the airplay creates the best opportunity for songs to achieve a critical mass of spins, which in turn produces the highest possible chart position.  This also conveniently serves the real purpose for singles to exist – sales of albums and/or tickets.

In some respects, stations jumping the gun (and disregarding the “Going For Adds” date) is a plus for listeners, who get new music sooner because of the decision.  On the other hand, it can turn into a drag if stations are reluctant to move on from a song because it remains on the chart or “keeps its bullet” (the terminology which indicates that a song is still climbing the chart/gaining airplay).

This week’s chart includes around a half dozen songs that first showed signs of U.S. airplay back in August of 2015.  There are simply too many menu options for listeners to be fed the same lunch day after day after day.  The “early adopters” need to realize that they should also be the first ones to move on from any song that they jump the gun on so that the songs don’t become “stale” to their listening audience, which ultimately hurts the artist more than it helps.

 

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 1/30/16

HRD Radio Report - Evans Blue

HRD RADIO REPORT 

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

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

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/30/16.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

TOP 135 HARD ROCK SONGS 2015

TOP 50 ACTIVE ROCK SONGS (by spins) OF 2015

TOP 30 OCTANE BIG ‘UNS COUNTDOWN SONGS OF 2015

CHART CHART ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO
POSITION POSITION SPINS
THIS WEEK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1 2 SHINEDOWN “State Of My Head” 2086
2 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wash It Away” 1803
3 5 POP EVIL “Ways To Get High” 1613
4 3 DISTURBED “The Light” 1551
5 4 SEETHER “Save Today” 1452
6 6 FOO FIGHTERS “Saint Cecilia” 1253
7 7 NOTHING MORE “Here’s To The Heartache” 1248
8 9 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Bloodfeather” 1102
9 18 3 DOORS DOWN “In The Dark” 924
10 11 MUSE “Reapers” 912
11 14 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Mess Around” 874
12 12 TRIVIUM “Until The World Goes Cold” 862
13 8 THREE DAYS GRACE “Fallen Angel” 715
14 15 SAINT ASONIA “Let Me Live My Life” 702
15 17 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Happy Song” 655
16 13 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Blow” 616
17 20 FROM ASHES TO NEW “Through It All” 604
18 16 PARKWAY DRIVE “Vice Grip” 567
19 23 RED SUN RISING “Emotionless” 543
20 21 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “In Chains” 531
21 19 ARANDA “We Are The Enemy” 509
22 24 PAPA ROACH “Falling Apart” 487
23 22 ALL THAT REMAINS “Victory Lap” 457
24 30 DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence” 445
25 25 ESCAPE THE FATE “Alive” 370
26 26 THE STRUTS “Kiss This” 353
27 27 ADELITA’S WAY “Bad Reputation” 324
28 28 FAILURE ANTHEM “Paralyzed” 278
29 36 SLIPKNOT “Goodbye” 275
30 29 STITCHED UP HEART “Finally Free” 267
31 35 DROWNING POOL “By The Blood” 242
32 34 ANDREW WATT “Ghost In My Head” 229
33 37 LACEY STURM “Impossible” 211
34 38 MEGADETH “Dystopia” 209
35 32 TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN “Loaded Dice & Buried Money” 207
36 31 NATHANIEL RATELIFF / NIGHTSWEATS “S.O.B.” 200
37 33 TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA “Forget About The Blame” 166
38 39 PUSCIFIER “The Remedy” 157
39 54 WOLFMOTHER “Victorious” 148
40 42 WAYLAND “Bloody Sunrise” 125
41 51 DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning In The Sky” 123
42 47 BARONESS “Shock Me” 105
43 46 FOALS “Mountain At My Gates” 105
44 43 FOO FIGHTERS “Walk” 100
45 56 THROUGH FIRE “Stronger” 86
46 52 ANTHRAX “Breathing Lightning” 85
47 44 STONE SOUR (f. LZZY HALE) “Gimme Shelter” 85
48 45 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “Venom” 80
49 41 TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” 73
50 108 BLACK STONE CHERRY “In Our Dreams” 69


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

EVANS BLUE – “iGod”

With the relatively short attention span of people today, and a seemingly endless supply of new hard rock music, it’s somewhat risky to disappear from the public’s eye for an extended period of time.  That is, of course, unless you come back with a vengeance, the way that Evans Blue has with their first new material in nearly four years with “iGod,” the lead single from their upcoming album, Letters From The Dead.  The sound of Evans Blue continues to evolve, moving in a decidedly heavier direction than the single that gained the most traction last time around, “Warrior.”  Many bands in the current Active Rock climate would have taken this heavy song over the top with angry growls/screams, but Evans Blue has a style that is all their own, and melody is a big part of it.  The more that you peel back the layers of “iGod” (especially listening through headphones), the more that you discover that the song is clear fit for Active Rock, but also infuses influences of other sub-genres such as prog, thrash and metal. Frontman Dan Chandler delivers the thought-provoking lyrics dynamically as he shifts between rage and melody.  While the inspiration for “iGod” is not stated, Chandler does reveal that the song “depicts our failure to recognize or consider a perspective other than our own.”  Even if it is just a coincidence that the song was released during the height of election year strife, it seems fitting just the same.  Regardless of the inspiration, it’s good to have Evans Blue back on the scene with another powerful single.

 

 

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…

EVANS BLUE“iGod”

SMASHING SATELLITES“Gamblin Man”

BOBAFLEX“A Spider In The Dark”

SILVERTUNG“Face The Music”

VEER UNION“Defying Gravity”

HANDS LIKE HOUSES“New Romantics”

UGLY KID JOE“She’s Already Gone”

 

DROP IT…

Foals“Mountain At My Gates”

Twenty One Pilots“Stressed Out”

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

Cage The Elephant“Mess Around”

The Struts“Kiss This”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – “Forget About The Blame”

Three Days Grace“Fallen Angel”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

As expected, Shinedown claims the top spot on this week’s Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart with their latest single, “State Of My Head,” dethroning Five Finger Death Punch after just two weeks.  Pop Evil easily leapfrogs over Disturbed to claim the #3 position, setting them up make a run at the top spot in the coming weeks.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Two songs crack the Top 10 this week, with the biggest splash coming from 3 Doors Down, as “In The Dark” continues to rocket up the chart…

Two songs reach the Top 20 for the first time, including “Emotionless,” the latest single from last year’s breakout artist Red Sun Rising

New to the Top 30 this week is “Goodbye,” the latest from format mainstays Slipknot

Wolfmother returns to the U.S. Top 40 after an extended absence (over five years I believe), joined by Wayland who are getting close to their highest chart position ever with “Bloody Sunrise”

“At least” three songs make their Top 50 debut this week.  I choose that phrasing because, once again, the published chart last week and the “last week” positions published this week fail to match up.  The most notable of the discrepancies is the sudden appearance of a song by the Foo Fighters that was nowhere to be found in any published information a week ago, yet is now listed as having been #44.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Pop Evil“Ways To Get High”

3 Doors Down“In The Dark”

Disturbed“The Sound Of Silence”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Five Finger Death Punch“Wash It All Away”

Disturbed“The Light”

Three Days Grace – “Fallen Angel”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

The obvious topic for this week is the sudden appearance of a song on the chart that shows a major discrepancy from last week to this week.

It’s hard to imagine that I’m the only one asking questions, but I guess it’s possible that I am.  A lot of attention is paid to airplay and chart positions for promotional purposes, but given the frequency of discrepancies lately, it stands to reason that they aren’t viewed as crucially as they once were, at least in the eyes of those at the highest level of the industry.

The consolidation of radio ownership makes the charts easier to manipulate with concentrated “drops/adds” if someone was so inclined.  The overall decline of airplay for current rock makes that possibility even greater.

There certainly seems to be a growing disconnect between radio success and financial success.  Having a “hit” (or even a string of them for that matter) doesn’t guarantee anything in the way of sales.  While there is still some benefit (both tangible and in terms of bragging rights), perhaps some of the bloom has fallen off of the rose where charts are concerned, taking with it some of the importance that the industry has traditionally attached to them.

 

WRAP-UP

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