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Rock Radio Hooked on Three Days Grace’s “Painkiller”

It is not yet contending for dominance with format leaders like Chevelle’s “Take Out the Gunman” and The Pretty Reckless’ “Heaven Knows,” but it soon will be.

“Painkiller,” the latest from Three Days Grace, continues to explode at active rock radio. The format’s eleventh-most-played song over the trailing seven days (up from #23 in the week prior), the single was also the week’s most-added track.

Twenty active rock stations picked up the single, which showcases new lead singer Matt Walst. Avenged Sevenfold’s “This Means War,” the format’s next-most-added track, launched at sixteen new stations this week.

Other songs with notable station pickups include Redlight King’s “Times are Hard” (10), Adelitas Way’s “Dog on a Leash” (8), Avatar’s “Bloody Angel” (6) and Hellyeah’s “Sangre por Sangre” (6).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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