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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/