Rock News

  • May 18th, 2024

    Townsquare Media recently made a deal to sell three upstate New York classic rock stations to Family Life Ministries Radio

    The stations include the classic rock simulcast of WTBD, Delhi, NY (97.5); WDHI, Delhi, NY (100.3); and WIYN, Deposit, NY (94.7).

    Townsquare applied to the FCC for STA (Special Temporary Authority) requests for those three signals in January.

    “Due to economic conditions in the market, the licensee was forced to take the station off the air temporarily,” Townsquare Media wrote. 

    Family Life Ministries Radio acquired the stations for a reported $150,000

    Family Life owns FM stations in upstate New York. It is owned and operated by the Bath, New York-based Family Life Ministries.

  • May 18th, 2024

    ONI, the Active Rock band fronted by Jake Oni, premiered a brand new single, “Control.” 

    “Control” was written by Oni and producer Josh Gilbert, the former bassist for As I Lay Dying and current bassist in Spiritbox

    After an exclusive debut via Sirius XM’s Octane, “Control” is now available via YouTube and streaming DSPs. 

    ONI’s most recent album, The Silver Line, arrived last year.

    The band’s touring history includes treks with Megadeth, Gojira, and Devin Townsend

  • May 18th, 2024

    Anthony “Roach” Proffitt, a 16-year Southwest Florida Rock market fixture, has left Fort Myers’ Rock 103.3

    In a Facebook post shared last week, Roach wrote: “I’m sorry to say that Rock 103.3 is no longer part of rock radio in Southwest Florida.” 

    Sun Broadcasting launched Rock 103.3 on W377AP Bayshore/93.7 WHEL-HD2 Sanibel/Fort Myers in March 2022, overseen by Roach, former 93X WXNX Program Director. (Sun flipped WXNX to Country in September 2020.) 

    Roughly two years later, Sun has now flipped 103.3 to Sports. 

    “We left on amicable terms,” Roach told #HAPPENS Shawn Alexander.

    Roach can be reached at his company, Frontrow Productions, or antproffitt (at) yahoo (dot) com. 

    Read Roach’s entire post below. 



  • May 13th, 2024

    German-based label OUT OF LINE Music appointed long-time music executive Nick Walters-Ocean as Executive Vice President of A&R / General Manager of North America. Ocean will build the label’s new U.S. home base in Miami, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The independently owned label houses artists such as Ten56., Cane Hill, Emarosa, True North, Being As An Ocean, Novelists, Combichrist, Villain of the Story, and more.

    Nick played an integral role throughout his 14-year tenure at Sumerian Records, working with artists like Bad Omens, Asking Alexandria, and Des Rocs

    “OUT OF LINE Music is the perfect name and fit for my continued journey within this ever-changing industry,” Ocean shared via statement. “I appreciate André & Yvonne inviting me to their family and trusting in my ability to help grow the artists and brand in North America. The team supports my vision in creative direction and taste in diverse music genres, and I look forward to contributing my toolset to the culture they’ve built throughout the years.”

    Owner/Founder André Kobliha added: “Nick came into the picture at exactly the right time, and it quickly became clear that our tastes, opinions, and visions align. Out Of Line is a place for anyone who doesn’t fit into a particular box, a place for unique artists from diverse backgrounds, and with Nick, we have found an extremely experienced and dedicated partner for our venture to grow the Out Of Line brand. It’s great to have such an industry veteran join the Out Of Line family, and with this step, we reinforce our dedication and commitment to the US as our most important market.”

  • May 10th, 2024

    Metallica‘s “Screaming Suicide” tops the chart dated May 18, following previous 72 Seasons No. 1s “Too Far Gone?” (one week in November 2023), “72 Seasons” (two weeks last July) and “Lux Æterna” (11 weeks beginning in December 2022), according to Billboard

    Metallica now has 14 No. 1 singles on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock chart. Only Shinedown (19) and Three Days Grace (17) have more chart-toppers in the chart’s 43-year history. Metallica is tied for number three with Five Finger Death Punch and Foo Fighters

    Most No. 1s, Mainstream Rock Airplay:

    • 19, Shinedown
    • 17, Three Days Grace
    • 14, Five Finger Death Punch
    • 14, Foo Fighters
    • 14, Metallica
    • 13, Van Halen
    • 12, Disturbed
    • 12, Godsmack
  • May 9th, 2024

    Pete Ganbarg launches Pure Tone Records, a joint venture with Atlantic Records

    The GRAMMY Award-winning A&R executive will continue to A&R a handful of acts on the Atlantic Music Group roster, including Shinedown, Halestorm, and twenty one pilots, among others. Platinum-selling Canadian singer Forest Blakk, previously signed to Atlantic by Ganbarg, is Pure Tone’s first official signing. An A&R veteran with 35 years of experience, Ganbarg started at Atlantic in 2008 as EVP of A&R and became President of A&R in 2018. 

    Ganbarg personally signed and/or worked with the above-mentioned artists and Jason Mraz, Christina Perri, Melanie Martinez, Skillet, Matchbox Twenty, Theory Of A Deadman, among others. 

    Atlantic Music Group Chairman & CEO Julie Greenwald and Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman said in a joint statement: 

    “For the past 16 years, Pete has brilliantly led our A&R mission — discovering, signing, and championing a genre-crossing array of hit artists, while also boosting our theatrical presence with a string of award-winning cast albums. At the same time, he’s mentored and built a fantastic A&R team who are expert at nurturing baby acts and superstars alike. The formation of Pure Tone is an important event for Pete and Atlantic, as he brings his decades of experience, his impeccable taste, and great ears to steering his own ship, and we’re thrilled to be his partners on this exciting next phase of his musical journey.

  • May 9th, 2024
    The 9th Annual Music Industry Reunion will be held on May 22, 2024, at Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas, California. 
    Pas Music Industry Reunion events in New York and Los Angeles brought together hundreds of industry folks from rock radio, management, publicity, and marketing firms. A special experience this year will celebrate the lives of three departed pioneering free-form rock DJs who passed away: Jim Ladd (KMET, KLOS, SiriusXM, KLSX, KNAC); Geno Michellini (KLOS, KOME, KMEL, KFI, KLSX); and Dusty Street (KROQ, KSAN, KLOS, SiriusXM, KMPX). 
    Connect with The Music Industry Reunion via their Facebook group

  • May 8th, 2024

    Steve Albini passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at his home in Chicago, Illinois. 

    Steve recorded (he hated the term “produced”) essential albums from NirvanaPixies, and PJ Harvey. His extensive discography also includes work with Failure, The Breeders, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Superchunk, Helmet, Jawbreaker, Dazzling Killmen, Jesus Lizard, Neurosis, and many others. 

    He fronted Big Black from 1981 to 1987 and the short-lived band Rapeman. In 1992, he formed Shellac with Todd Trainer and Bob Weston. A new Shellac record, To All Trains, was already scheduled for release next week via Touch & Go Records.  

    I spent some time with Steve at his Electrical Audio recording complex in Chicago in 2006, where he recorded Zao’s The Fear is What Keeps Us Here. We documented the sessions with a DVD included in deluxe editions of the album (see it here on YouTube). As he worked away in his signature boilersuit-style uniform, I found Albini as clever, diligent, and driven as his reputation promised. But he was also gentle and a great storyteller who didn’t hold back on rich details and insights. 

    Steve was 61. He is survived by his wife, documentary filmmaker Heather Whinna.

  • May 7th, 2024

    The brand-new Falling In Reverse single “Ronald” features rapper Tech N9ne and Slaughter To Prevail frontman Alex Terrible.

    The track is set to appear on Falling In Reverse’s first album since 2017’s Coming Home. 

    Popular Monster, arriving on Epitaph Records on July 26, will contain the double-platinum title track, as well as the gold-certified singles “ZOMBIFIED,” “Voices in My Head,” and “Watch the World Burn.” The track listing also includes “Last Resort – Reimagined,” “Ronald,” and five more songs.  

    Popular Monster tracklist: 

    1. Prequel 

    2. Popular Monster 

    3. All My Life 

    4. Ronald (feat. Tech N9ne & Alex Terrible)

    5. Voices In My Head 

    6. Bad Guy (feat. Saraya) 

    7. Watch The World Burn 

    8. Trigger Warning 


    10. NO FEAR

    11. Last Resort – Reimagined

  • May 6th, 2024
    Beartooth notched their second No. 1 Mainstream Rock Airplay single in six months. 
    “I Was Alive,” which went to No. 1 at Active Rock last week (and remains there a second week), is No. 1 on the May 11-dated Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart
    The Caleb Shomo-led band first cracked the chart in 2015 with “Beaten in Lips,” which peaked at No. 33. “Hated” (2017) and “Disease”) (2018) both hit the Top 10. 
    “I Was Alive” and their previous No. 1, “Might Love Myself,” both appear on the band’s fifth album, The Surface, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums in October 2023. According to Luminate, The Surface has earned 91,000 equivalent album units (sales plus streaming equivalent albums) since its release. 
  • May 6th, 2024
    Former 98.5 The Sports Hub morning drive co-host Rich Shertenlieb will take over the morning show at WZLX Boston
    The iHeartMedia classic rock format station parted ways with Pete McKenzie and Heather Ford less than a year after Kevin Karlson‘s sudden passing. The three co-hosts had been part of the WZLX lineup since 2005. 
    “First and foremost, we’d like to thank Pete McKenzie and Heather Ford for all the laughter, wild stories, and fun moments they have brought to Boston morning radio over the years,” a message played on air Monday morning said, as reported by the Boston Herald.
    “We truly appreciate them. With that said, we have decided to close that chapter of WZLX.”
    Karlson, who died in October 2023, and McKenzie had been together in various markets since 1985. 
    WZLX announced Shertenlieb as their replacement via a social media post on Monday (May 6). 
  • May 3rd, 2024

    Active Rock station KEGL (97.1 The Eagle) has returned to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.

    KEGL Dallas (97.1) was relaunched over a year ago as “97.1 The Freak” in October 2022, with a hot-talk format that included personalities who previously worked mainly at sports talk stations. The return of The Eagle means the return of Active Rock staples like METALLICA and GUNS N’ ROSES

    “I’m excited that The Eagle is back and ready to rock Dallas/Ft. Worth again,” said Patrick Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming for Dallas/Ft. Worth. “This is a legendary brand for the market, and listeners have been asking to have it back on air and we listened!”

    “We are thrilled to announce the return of a legendary station to the DFW airwaves, 97.1 The Eagle,” said Amy Leimbach, iHeartMedia Region President. “Active rock enthusiasts can rejoice as their beloved station is back, ready to once again be the destination for all things rock!”

    Following a year and a half of programming a hot talk format on KEGL Dallas (97.1), iHeartMedia returns the station to its rock roots. 

    The on-air lineup of “97.1 The Eagle” will be announced later.

  • April 30th, 2024

    Cumulus Media launched a new series yesterday (April 29), taking fans behind the scenes of the making of Mötley Crüe’s latest single. “Dogs of War” is the group’s first song since adding guitarist John 5 (ex-Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson) to their lineup and their first with Big Machine Records.

    The latest Your Music Plus audio series (launched in February 2023 as Your Music First) includes insights and stories from the band and will air on Cumulus Media’s Rock stations across the U.S. over the next eight weeks. 

  • April 30th, 2024

    In a social media post, SLIPKNOT confirmed what fans long suspected: their new drummer is Eloy Casagrande

    Speculation began when Casagrande suddenly dropped out of Sepultura on the eve of the band’s final world tour. Casagrande made his live debut with Slipknot at a warmup show at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown, California, before their set at this year’s Sick New World in Las Vegas over the weekend. 

    The band just announced the return of the Knotfest Festival to their native Iowa and a North American leg of the 25th anniversary tour to support their double-platinum self-titled debut. The Here Comes the Pain Tour includes Knocked Loose, Orbit Culture, and Vended as support. 


  • April 30th, 2024

    According to Mediabase, BEARTOOTH‘s “I Was Alive” is No. 1 on this week’s Active Rock chart. 

    In November 2023, the band achieved their first #1 on active rock radio with “Might Love Myself” after only 15 weeks. “I Was Alive” is now their second No. 1 and once again managed to top the format after only 15 weeks. Both songs appear on the band’s latest album, The Surface

    BEARTOOTH’s 2014 single “In Between” was certified gold by the RIAA in 2020. 

    I’m proud to have been part of the journey with BEARTOOTH mastermind Caleb Shomo and his longtime manager, Thomas Gutches, from the first EP when they drafted me to help tell the band’s story. I’ve since written each BEARTOOTH bio for every album cycle and conducted several interviews with Caleb and the band for different outlets over the years, including Knotfest and Alternative Press

    I love these guys and their team, and I send my heartfelt congrats to them and everyone at Red Bull Music. 



  • April 23rd, 2024

    MÖTLEY CRÜE will release a new single, “Dogs of War,” on Friday, April 26, as part of their newly announced deal with Big Machine Records.

    Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Black Veil Brides), the song features the current line-up of cofounding members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee with new guitarist John 5 (ex-Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson, ex-David Lee Roth).

    “It’s a great match for us,” Neil told Classic Rock. “We’re good friends with [Big Machine founder/CEO] Scott Borchetta, who put together the Nashville Outlaws album back in 2014. His company just knows radio, how to get it out there, how to get the right people listening.”

    “We self-released Too Fast For Love on our own Leathür Records label,” he added, speaking of the Crüe’s 1981 debut. “It cost $3,000 to make and was done in three days. It was a glorified demo tape, but we were the record label until we got signed by Elektra. We haven’t been on a record label for 20 years. But Scott shares our philosophy, and he’s a brilliant guy.”

    Mötley recorded three new songs with longtime producer Rock more than a year ago, including “Dogs Of War” and a cover of BEASTIE BOYS’ “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!.”

  • April 21st, 2024

    OZZY OSBOURNE is among the 2024 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, this time in recognition of his solo career. 

    It’s the second such honor for Osbourne, who was inducted alongside the rest of the original BLACK SABBATH line-up in 2006.

    (Ozzy, rather famously, once asked to have Sabbath removed from consideration in 1999, calling it “meaningless.”) 

    In an email to Billboard, the 75-year-old heavy metal icon said that becoming one of Rock Hall’s multiple nominees “feels big. I’m more than honored.” 

    “I definitely wouldn’t say I was confident” about solo success, he added, noting that the 2021 induction of late guitarist RANDY RHOADS in the musical excellence category “made me feel we could be on to something. With every new music venture, there’s always a certain amount of surprise when the fans embrace it because no one wants to make a record and have it flop. I feel like I was invited to a party in 1980, and it hasn’t stopped. Not bad for a guy who was fired from his last band.”


    JIMMY BUFFETT, MC5, DIONNE WARWICK, and NORMAN WHITFIELD will be presented with the Musical Excellence Award. 

    The induction ceremony will be held on October 19 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. It will air live on Disney+. An edited version will run on ABC later and be available on Hulu the day after.

  • April 21st, 2024

    GREEN DAY scored their ninth No. 1 single on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with “Dilemma.”

    It marks the Bay Area, California trio’s second consecutive number-one hit after “The American Dream is Killing Me.” 

    Both songs appear on the band’s fourteenth album, Saviors, which arrived on January 19. 

    Watch the “Dilemma” music video here

  • April 18th, 2024

    The BAD OMENS single “Just Pretend” was just certified platinum by the RIAA for digital sales and streams in excess of 1 million.  

    The smash rock hit, which originally went gold in July 2023, has continued to be a success on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart, among other places. 

    “Just Pretend” was written and produced by the band’s own Noah Sebastian and Joakim Karlsson. Sebastian revealed in an interview with NME that it began as a parody of “butt rock” radio hits: 

    “At the time, I was frustrated with people in my ear talking about, ‘Oh, you need to focus on the radio,” the band’s frontman explained. “Never having an ulterior motive when writing has always been a strict rule of ours. We just want to make music that we like and we’re proud of. So with ‘Just Pretend,’ it started as this ironic butt-rock song. Even the way I was singing in the demo, I was doing this exaggerated bravado. As silly as the vocal sounded I was like, ‘This is actually a really great chorus.’ I was kind of just freestyling. I had written some chords and I just started singing in the booth over it. And this melody came out, the lyrics came out really quickly.” 

    Once the song hit No. 1 on the rock radio charts, Bad Omens concluded, “It’s the most ironic full-circle moment this band will probably ever have.”

    “Just Pretend” appears on the band’s 2022 album, The Death of Peace of Mind (Sumerian Records). The album’s title track was certified gold in January of this year. 


  • April 17th, 2024
    Earlier today, 101 The Fox (KCFX-FM) in Kansas City released a statement about the passing of longtime afternoon host Brian “Slacker” Adams, who died last night (Tuesday, April 16th) after a valiant battle against cancer. Slacker, a 33-year veteran of Kansas City radio, was on-air at 101 The Fox for the last 16 years. He was 59.
    “It is with a broken heart that we share with you that our friend Slacker has passed away due to complications from AML.
    His wife Jennifer and daughter Brianna were with him at home as he left this life. We know you’ll join us at 101 The Fox in expressing your heartfelt condolences to Slacker’s family. Slacker had two great passions – his family and his time on the air in Kansas City.
    For over 33 years, the last 16 at 101 The Fox, Slacker loved to entertain his radio audience. He helped Veterans with Cars 4 Heroes and many other charities. He pointed out the little absurdities we all deal with, making us laugh at him and ourselves.
    Named a Radio Legend by his peers, Slacker was the voice of and for Kansas City. Sadly, that voice is now silent.
    If you choose, Slacker asked that you pray for his family and all who are affected by cancer. And pick up the phone and talk to that friend you haven’t gotten around to talking to today. Slacker would like that.”
    101 The Fox, Kansas City
    101 The Fox will air a one-hour Slacker Special tonight at 6:00 p.m. Central.
    In the special, Slacker talks about his favorite interviews, music, and what he loved about being on the radio in Kansas City.
    To stream the special, visit
    The station has also posted a video tribute to Slacker HERE.
  • April 16th, 2024
    Pop Evil adds another gold plaque to their proverbial wall with “Waking Lions.” 
    The lead single from the Michigan Hard Rockers‘ 2018 self-titled album was just certified gold by the RIAA. 
    The complete list of Pop Evil’s gold singles is as follows: 
    • “Waking Lions” (MNRK Music Group) released 2017 / certified gold 2024
    • “100 in a 55” (Republic Records) released 2008 / certified gold 2022 
    • “Trenches” (eOne Music) released 2013 / certified gold 2021 
    • “Footsteps” (eOne Music) released 2015 / certified gold 2021
    • “Torn to Pieces” (eOne) released 2014 / certified gold 2020 
    All but “100 in a 55” (which peaked at No. 8) went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. 
    “Deal with the Devil” (2013), “Breathe Again” (2020), “Survivor” (2021), and “Skeletons” (2023) were also No. 1 singles. 
  • April 16th, 2024
    As fans mourned the passing of C.J. Snare, who died on April 5, his band’s biggest hit entered Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart for the first time. 
    “Love of a Lifetime,” co-written by the FireHouse singer and guitarist Bill Leverty, appeared on the group’s 1990 self-titled debut. 
    FireHouse’s third single (and first-ever power ballad) broke into the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1991 and peaked at No. 5 a few months later.
    It was also a hit in Australia and Canada and cracked the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 40. 
    “Love of a Lifetime” was certified gold by the RIAA in December 1991. 
    This week marked the song’s first appearance on the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart, where it debuted at No. 9. 
  • April 16th, 2024

    Five Finger Death Punch is the biggest gainer on the Active Rock chart this week, jumping 19 spots to No. 16 with “This is the Way,” the Las Vegas hard rock band’s collaboration with the late DMX. “This is the Way” is also No. 1 this week on Billboard‘s Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart. 

    Linkin Park’s “Friendly Fire” is No. 1 with 2206 spins, according to the Mediabase chart for April 9 – 15. 

    Foo Fighters’ “The Glass” falls from No. 1 to No. 3, with Green Day’s “Dilemma” moving up a single spot to No. 2. 

    This week’s complete Active Rock Top 10:

    1. Linkin Park “Friendly Fire” (Warner)
    2. Green Day “Dilemma” (Reprise/Warner)
    3. Foo Fighters “The Glass” (Roswell/RCA)
    4. Beartooth “I Was Alive” (Red Bull/The Orchard)
    5. Pearl Jam “Dark Matter” (Republic)
    6. Metallica “Screaming Suicide” (Blackened/ Q Prime)
    7. Asking Alexandria “Dark Void” (Better Noise)
    8. Des Rocs “I Am The Lightning” (Sumerian)
    9. NOTHING MORE “IF IT DOESN’T HURT” (Better Noise)
    10. Godsmack “Truth” (BMG) 
  • April 9th, 2024

    BILLY MORRISON‘s collaboration with OZZY OSBOURNE cracked Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart this week. 

    “Crack Cocaine,” which also feature’s Morrison’s longtime BILLY IDOL bandmate, STEVE STEVENS, debuts at No. 28. 

    Other new entries on the chart include P.O.D.‘s “Afraid to Die” (featuring JINJER‘s TATIANA SHMAYLUK) at No. 38 and SET IT OFF‘s “Fake Ass Friends” at No. 40. 

    Earlier today, the Ozzman and ex-THE CULT bassist Morrison announced a forthcoming series together called The Madhouse Chronicles. The show will see the pair talking about conspiracy theories, UFOs, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Head over to for more information. 

  • April 9th, 2024

    SiriusXM‘s Liquid Metal added the following tracks this week: 

    • Better Lovers “The Flowering” (SharpTone) 
    • Knocked Loose “Don’t Reach For Me” (Pure Noise Records)
    • Entheos “An End To Everything” (Metal Blade)
    • Seeyouspacecowboy/Courtney LaPlante “To The Dance Floor For Shelter” (Pure Noise Records)

    Courtney LaPlante, of course, is the front woman for Spiritbox

    Check out Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin in our Famous Firsts section

    It’s also his birthday later this week! 

  • April 3rd, 2024

    “Record Label Layoffs Hit Radio Promotions Staffs: Why It’s Happening.”

    Billboard addressed that question today in a new piece by Steve Knapper (with additional reporting by Gail Mitchell). 

    The article includes quotes from Ron Poore, a 21-year veteran who worked Paramore’s “This Is Why” last year as Senior VP of Promotion at Atlantic Records.
    Billboard’s reporting also includes interviews with Diane Monk Harrison (WEA), Skip Bishop (ex-Sony), Don Cristi (laid off by iHeartMedia), Bob McLynn (Crush Music), and Ed Brennan (ex-Atlantic).
    Several rock and alternative artists, including Green Day and Fall Out Boy, are name-checked. 
    It’s well worth the read right here
  • April 2nd, 2024

    #HAPPENS favorites THE GHOST INSIDE and LINES ØF LOYALTY both crack Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay Top 40 this week. 

    THE GHOST INSIDE, who participated in a moving Q&A at this year’s #HAPPENS event in Las Vegas (where the band is based), debut at No. 36 with “Wash It Away” (Epitaph). Meanwhile, LINES ØF LOYALTY (who hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin) debut at No. 40 with “Hurts To Be Human” (C3&B). 

    Pearl Jam is No. 1 for a second week in a row with “Dark Matter” (Monkeywrench/Republic). 

    Sum 41 “Landmines” (Rise) moves up four spots to No. 28. 
    Sleep Theory “Fallout” (Epitaph) and Fame On Fire “Nightmare (The Devil)” (Hopeless) are both up three spots, at No. 23 and No. 31, respectively. 
    The following songs have all moved up two spots: 
    • NOTHING MORE “If It Doesn’t Hurt” (Better Noise) No. 9 
    • Godsmack “Truth” (BMG) No. 13 
    • Dead Poet Society “Running In Circles” (Spinefarm) No. 15
    • HARDY “Rockstar” (Big Loud Rock) No. 17 
    • From Ashes To New ft. Against The Current “Barely Breathing” (Better Noise) No. 20 
    • Black Stone Cherry “When The Pain Comes” (Mascot/MLG) No. 21 
    • Cage The Elephant “Neon Pill” (110/RCA) No. 27
    • Bad Omens x Poppy “V.A.N.” (Sumerian) No. 33
    • Royale Lynn “Six Feet Deep” (Epitaph) No. 35 
    Each of these songs moves up a spot: 
    • Beartooth “I Was Alive” (Red Bull) No. 6
    • Metallica “Screaming Suicide” (Blackened/Q Priime) No. 8 
    • Des Rocs “I Am The Lightning” (Sumerian/Virgin) No. 11 
    • The Warning “S!CK” No. 19 
    • Blind Channel “Deadzone” (BloodBros/Century Media) No. 26 
    • Dayseeker “Dreamstate” (Spinefarm) No. 29 
    • Velvet Chains “Stuck Against the Wall” (WWDD) No. 39 

    See the entire Billboard Mainstream Rock chart here

  • April 2nd, 2024

    AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED, and SLIPKNOT are among this year’s Rocklahoma headliners. 

    Rocklahoma returns August 30 – September 1 to Rockin Red Dirt Ranch in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. 

    The Labor Day Weekend event will feature AVENGED SEVENFOLD and EVANESCENCE (Friday), DISTURBED and A DAY TO REMEMBER (Saturday), and SLIPKNOT and LAMB OF GOD (Sunday).

    The lineup also includes HALESTORM, SKILLET, MASTODON, ANTHRAX, CLUTCH, NOTHING MORE, KERRY KING, BADFLOWER, POP EVIL, BAD WOLVES, SET IT OFF, DES ROCS, and many more hard rock and metal artists. 

    Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) acquired Rocklahoma and will work with creators Pryor Creek Music Festivals and other key stakeholders. 

    Rocklahoma is hosted by Eddie Trunk.

    Complete information is available at


  • April 2nd, 2024

    Papa Roach‘s 2021 collaboration with TikTok star Jeris Johnson just went gold. 

    “Last Resort (Reloaded)” appears on Johnson’s 2021 album, my sword, released by 300 Entertainment

    The RIAA certified the track gold for over 500,000 digital units. 

    The reimainged song joins a number of other Papa Roach albums and singles on the band’s proverbial wall. 

    Previous certifications include: 
    • Infest (Dreamworks) 2000 — certified triple-platinum in 2001 
    • Lovehatetragedy (Dreamworls) 2002 — certified gold in 2002 
    • Getting Away with Murder (Geffen) 2004 – certified platinum in 2005 
    • “Scars” (Geffen) 2004 – certified gold in 2005 
    • “Help” (Better Noise Music) 2017 – certified gold in 2021 

    Congrats to Papa Roach, Ian Dietrich and Lewis Kovac at 10th Street, Jeris Johnson, Chris Cary, 300 Entertainment, and everyone else involved!

  • February 19th, 2024

    The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and Taylor Swift accounted for 29% of all cassette sales, according to Luminate (via Billboard). 436,000 cassettes were sold in the U.S. in 2023 (vs. 439,700 this year before). Cassettes made up just 0.41% of the 105.32 million albums sold (cassettes, vinyl, CDs, digital downloads). 


    1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (18,000)

    2. Taylor Swift 1989 (Taylor’s Version) (17,500)

    3. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (16,000)

    4. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3: Awesome Mix Vol. 3 (13,000)

    5. Taylor Swift Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) (11,500)

    6. Nirvana Bleach (8,000)

    7. Metallica 72 Seasons (7,500)

    8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 (6,000)

    9. Barbie: The Album (5,500)

    10. Phoebe Bridgers Punisher (5,500)

  • February 19th, 2024

    A handful of rock-label signings have come to light this month, including: 

    • GRAMMY-nominated American black metallers DEAFHEAVEN with the Warner Music-owned Roadrunner Records 
    • Melodic hardcore merchants HIGHER POWER with the Believe Digital-owned Nuclear Blast 
    • DREAM THEATER keyboardist JORDAN RUDESS with the Sony/Century Media-distributed InsideOut Music 
    • THRICE frontman DUSTIN KENRUSE with BMG for his forthcoming solo work 
    • Alt-metal band A KILLER’S CONFESSION with MNRK Heavy 
    • ALL FOR METAL with the newly launched Reigning Phoenix Music 


  • February 18th, 2024

    PAPA ROACH is No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart this week for the tenth time. “Leave a Light On” climbs from No. 4 to the top spot on the survey dated February 24. It’s the fourth No. 1 single from the band’s 2022 album, Ego Trip

    This makes PAPA ROACH one of 11 bands with ten or more No. 1 singles in the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart’s 43-year history. (SHINEDOWN tops ’em all, with 19.) Ego Trip is one of only eight albums (from seven different bands) to produce four or more chart-toppers from the same album.

    Two of those records belong to SHINEDOWN. The rest of the list includes LINKIN PARK, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, and THE BLACK CROWES. 

  • February 11th, 2024

    #HAPPENS taps longtime journalist and rock manager Ryan J. Downey to lead new ROCK division.

    Downey will curate a New Music Discovery experience for the Active Rock and Mainstream Rock community, bringing new content to the recently relaunched #HAPPENS website and delivering a rock-oriented #HAPPENS VIP newsletter to inboxes three times per week. These new services will operate in tandem with the #HAPPENS New Music Discovery Download Service soft-launched in January 2024.

    “I’m very excited to help the team at #HAPPENS expand the service they provide to the rock music community,” says Downey. “Music is a universal language, and rock, in particular, continues to play a pivotal role in my life, like so many of us. #HAPPENS recognized the need for a new destination point for artists, programmers, on-air talent, labels, and the like to stay current on the genre. When they invited me to embark on the journey with them, the idea of partnering together for the Rock side made perfect sense.”

    Industry veterans Todd Sievers, Ken Pittman, and Beatrix Danko established the annual #HAPPENS event in 2018. The top radio programmers, label executives, tastemakers, artists, and brands unite for thought-provoking conversations, unique social experiences, and live showcases each year. Participants have included The Offspring, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Nickelback, Fever 333, Daughtry, Biffy Clyro, Nita Strauss, Mammoth WVH, and members of Deftones, Korn, and System Of A Down, among many others.

    “I really enjoyed working with Ryan as a manager and respect his commitment and passion to his artists and for the Rock format,” says Sievers. “His pension for details, metrics, and creative entrepreneurship is impressive. We think he will be an incredible addition to the #HAPPENS team and will help us grow into the industry-leading artist development company at the rock format.”

    #HAPPENS mission is to foster Music, Discovery, and Community. The launch of the new ROCK destination comes just a few months after the launch of ALTERNATIVE, headed up by Shawn Alexander, who previously spent over 27 years at ALL ACCESS as SVP/Strategy, Music Formats & Alternative Editor.

    “I’ve been an admirer of Ryan’s vast array of content for a while now,” Pittman says. “Giving him the reins and having him lead our new Rock division is an opportunity we simply could not turn down. I’m beyond excited to partner with Ryan and create an amazing service to our community.”

     Downey has contributed as writer, host, and executive producer to several broadcast, digital, and print outlets, including MTV News, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, and the GRAMMYs. He hosts the Speak N’ Destroy podcast and publishes the top rock and metal publication on Substack, Stream N’ Destroy.

    As host of the MI Conversation Series at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Downey’s guests have included Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Ace Frehley (KISS), and Rob Halford (Judas Priest). He is the co-author of books with Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides and Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse, as well as graphic novel stories for Pantera, Type O Negative, and Ice Nine Kills.

    While Senior Editor for Alternative Press, he wrote over a dozen cover stories on artists, including in-depth features on Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Motionless In White. As a longtime artist manager, Downey represents Demon Hunter, Throwdown, and producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Queensrÿche).  

    Downey and the rest of the team will be at #HAPPENS2024, February 28 – March 1 in Las Vegas.

  • February 10th, 2024

    Daughtry achieved a significant milestone as “Artificial” ascended to the top spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, dated February 17. 

    It’s been 17 years since the Chris Daughtry-led band first broke into the chart with “It’s Not Over,” which peaked at No. 5 in March 2007. 

    Chris Daughtry began his career in earnest as a contestant on American Idol, where he placed fourth during the competition show’s fifth season in 2006. 

    Though “Artificial” is Daughtry’s first Mainstream Rock No. 1, the band has previously topped other Billboard airplay charts multiple times. This includes four No. 1 hits on Adult Pop Airplay between 2007 and 2009, as well as one each on Pop Airplay and Adult Contemporary.

    Daughtry returned to the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with 2020’s “World on Fire.” 

    Meanwhile, “Artificial” continues its ascent on the Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, moving from 14 to 13 with a 13% increase in audience impressions. The song also ranks at No. 12 on the most recent Hot Hard Rock Songs list, bolstered by both radio airplay and streaming activity.

    “Artificial” arrived as a standalone single as the follow-up to 2021’s Dearly Beloved, which has accumulated 88,000 equivalent album units to date, according to Luminate. 

  • January 16th, 2024

    Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Offspring will perform at the Harley-Davidson Homecoming, set for July 25 – 28, 2024, at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

    The confirmed lineup also includes Jelly Roll, HARDY, Warren Zeiders, Cypress Hill, and Destroy Boys, among others. 

    Complete information is available at


  • January 15th, 2024
    Shinedown added to their record for the most No. 1 singles since the launch of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with “A Symptom of Being Human.” 
    The band hit No. 1 for the first time back in 2005 with “Save Me” and most recently with “Daylight” in August 2022. “A Symptom of Being Human” is their 19th No. 1. 
    Written by frontman Brent Smith and bassist Eric Bass (who also produced the track), “A Symptom of Being Human” is the fourth single from the band’s seventh album, Planet Zero. The Atlantic Records set was Shinedown’s first to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart in July 2022. 
    Congratulations to the band, their label, and their team, including Gwyther Bultman and In De Goot Entertainment / McGathy Promotions, who manage the band. 
    Here are the acts with the most No. 1s since the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart began in 1981: 
    Shinedown (19) 
    Three Days Grace (17) 
    Five Finger Death Punch (14) 
    Foo Fighters, Metallica, Van Halen (13) 
    Disturbed, Godsmack (12) 
    Tom Petty*, Volbeat (10) 
    *Solo and with the Heartbreakers. 
  • September 25th, 2023

    Audacy announces The Black Keys and Jelly Roll will headline this year’s Riptide Music Festival on December 2nd and 3rd on Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. The lineup includes Bleachers, Lovejoy, Cannons, Silversun Pickups, MisterWives, Beach Weather, little image, The Beaches, Jack Kays and more to be announced for the end-of-year beach party. 

    “Riptide Music Festival is the premier beachfront event and we can’t wait to bring two days of amazing music, food and fun to the sunny sands of Fort Lauderdale,” said Claudia Menegus, Regional President, Audacy. “What’s especially exciting about this year’s lineup is that we’ve included some of the hottest crossover stars in music today, giving our devoted attendees the acts they love and welcoming new festival goers with the chance to experience a wide variety of performers. Don’t miss out on two days of live music on two stages and this epic celebration of sound and sensation!”

    The LowTide pre-sale for two-day tickets begins tomorrow (9/26) at 9a.(ET). The pre-sale is exclusive to Audacy/Miami stations – Alternative WSFS (104.3 The Shark), Country WKIS (KISS Country 99.9), WPOW (Power 96), Classic Hits WMXJ (102.7 The Beach), AC WLYF (101.5 LITE FM) and Sports WQAM (560 Sports) newsletter subscribers.

    General on-sale of Wave 1 two-day tickets begins Monday, October 2nd at 8a (ET). Find all the ticket info and more at