RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 22, 2019)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. The ho-ho-hot stats may be slowing down a bit temporarily, but there’s still plenty to talk about. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

CIRCLING BACK AROUND: Five weeks ago, it was the #1 song at the format. Now, it’s back at the top. Post Malone‘s “Circles” leads the list for the second nonconsecutive week. The global hit remains at #8 on the Hot AC radio survey, with additional action at several other formats.

Ant Saunders leads a pack of three new songs in the top 40 this week, climbing from 44-38 with “Yellow Hearts”. It’s his first tune to reach the region. The collaboration “Walking”, off the most recent compilation from record label 88rising, climbs from 45-39. It’s the first top 40 entry for its two lead performers, Joji and Jackson Wang, the fourth solo for Swae Lee and the eighth for Major Lazer. Finishing it off, the brothers known as AJR move from 42-40 with their fourth top 40 song at the format, “Dear Winter”.

The only new top 50 debut this week is the emerging TikTok hit “Falling”, the first charting song for Trevor Daniel, which lands at #50. It should reach the top 40 sometime next month.

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