RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 27, 2020)

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. For all the top pop positions you want, here is a look at what’s popping at the format this week:

FROZEN POSITIONS: As we hit the midway point of the holiday freeze, superstar Ariana Grande is frozen at #1 on the Top 40 chart for a second week with the title cut from her album Positions. The follow-up single, “34+35”, advances from 15-13.

Ed Sheeran has this week’s only new entry in the top 40 with “Afterglow”, which debuts way up at #25. It’s his 21st top 40 hit. The song is also doing very well at the Hot AC format in its first week, where it enters at #19 and marks his 17th top 40 hit.

Three seasonal songs scored enough airplay to enter the top 50 this week, but will be gone by the next update: the Jonas Brothers return to the chart at #45 with “Like It’s Christmas”, Mariah Carey‘s new version of “Oh Santa!” (with the aforementioned Grande and Jennifer Hudson) lands at #47 and Taylor Swift‘s “Christmas Tree Farm” starts at #49. The original version of Carey’s tune dates back to 2010, while the other two entries were released last year.

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