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THINK TANK – Facts & Figures on Active Rock #1’s

Over the past few weeks, as we’ve been targeting that elusive #1 slot at Active Rock with our clients The Glorious Sons, we got to thinking about just how many acts have achieved that pinnacle of chart success since the advent of electronic monitoring in Canada.

Digging back through the Mediabase archives, it was just over 13 years ago that their first “Rock” chart appeared, one that tabulated spins from various Active Rock and Alternative stations across the country into something that was much more credible than the national charts that had existed previously. But even this chart – based on verified airplay – had its issues, most notably that songs needed to straddle the sonics of both formats in order to deliver a substantial ranking, something which hampered the growth of those tracks which had a more pure Active or Alternative sound. This concern would be resolved in late-2008 with the launch of two format-specific charts, both of which presented a more clearly defined picture of what was happening on the Canadian airwaves.

Looking back at the older Rock and more recent Active Rock chart history from the past 681 weeks (April 10, 2004 through April 22, 2017), some of the numbers are pretty amazing:

— 122 songs have held the #1 slot.
— 55 acts (of which 15 are Canadian) have spent time on top of the chart.
— The most successful chart act is Foo Fighters, with 12 of their songs spending a collective 97 weeks at #1 (that’s just seven weeks short of two solid years!).
— The most successful Canadian acts? Finger Eleven (a collective 23 weeks at #1), Three Days Grace (16 weeks) and Monster Truck (14 weeks).
— The longest run at #1? Red Hot Chili Peppers ruled for an incredible 15-weeks back in 2011 with “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”.
— Four songs have each clocked 14-week runs: Foo Fighters “The Pretender”; Linkin Park “What I’ve Done”; Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California” and Stone Temple Pilots “Between The Lines”.
— For Canadian acts, Finger Eleven’s “Paralyzer” has the honours for 13-weeks; Three Days Grace “Chalk Outline” was there for 9-weeks, while Monster Truck’s “Sweet Mountain River” spent 8-weeks at #1.
— 2013 could be considered the “golden era” for domestic acts, when tracks from Monster Truck, The Sheepdogs, Headstones, Billy Talent and Three Days Grace combined for a massive 28-weeks on top.

— Since then, things have tightened up considerably, with only four Canadian acts rising to the top over the past few years:

2017 (to date) – Bleeker “Highway” (2 weeks)
2016 – Billy Talent “Afraid Of Heights” (1 week)
2015 – The Glorious Sons “The Contender” (1 week)
2014 – Sam Roberts Band “We’re All In This Together” (3 weeks)

— And finally, here’s the full list of how many weeks each act has spent atop the podium during the Mediabase monitoring era:

Grandtheft & Delaney Jane drop beautiful acoustic version of their recent hit “Easy Go”

2016 JUNO Awards

The JUNO Awards handed out the first batch of honours during Saturday night’s Gala, congrats to Coldplay for “International Album of the Year”, The Dirty Nil for “Breakthrough Group of the Year” and Claire Boucher (aka Grimes) winning “Video of the Year” for the brilliant “Kill v Maim”. Full list of nominees & winners can be viewed HERE

THINK TANK: The North American College and Community Radio Chart (NACC)

For as long as I remember I’ve loved Radio. As a kid I used to call up my local Top 40 DJ to request songs and after high school I went to a broadcasting college. In my sophomore year I staged a 97 hour-long-broadcast to raise money for charity. It involved me staying awake for almost a week while playing music, organizing interviews and collecting donations. I loved every minute of it and it became so successful it was picked up by local TV outlets. I’ll never forget watching Tom Gibney refer to me as “the marathon man” on the 6 o’clock news.

Why did I bother with all of that? Well, mostly because I thought it would be fun. I love radio and I love a challenge. I was also 18 at the time and pretty much anything seems like a good idea at that young age. [Read more…]

THINK TANK: Developing Artist Programs

There are some trends we’re not quite sure about, like the current fascination with koji rice, virtual reality headsets and tie dyed shirts (yes, sadly, they’re back again). One trend we really like here at Frontside is that of the various developing artist programs that are popping up seemingly everywhere at Canadian radio.

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Major Lazer Drops “Cold Water” ft. Justin Bieber and MØ

Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber has finally arrived. The highly anticipated single is essentially a supergroup of everyone Diplo has made music with over the past couple years. It builds on the success he found with Bieber, helping to relaunch the artist’s career with the Diplo/Jack Ü collaboration “Where R Ü Now.” It also marks yet another collaboration between the producer and MØ, the enigmatic Swedish electro-singer who popped up on last summer’s smash “Lean On,” which became the first song on an artist-owned/operated Indie Label to go #1 on the Mediabase Top 40 Chart.

Watch the new “Cold Water” lyric video below: