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. From Christmas, FL to North Pole, NY, this year’s holiday season is coming fast and so are some massive musical gifts. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:
ON THE “GOOD” LIST: Santa’s certainly been quite nice to Lizzo this year, as “Good As Hell” remains at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the fourth week. The multi-format smash is down more than 600 spins this week, but is still a fair distance ahead of a number of songs. Can her second chart-topper at the format remain at the top through the holiday freeze? Stay tuned.
Soaring from 43-29, “South Of The Border” becomes the 20th top 40 hit on the pop radio chart for Ed Sheeran, as well as the 14th solo top 40 hit for Camila Cabello and the ninth for Cardi B (if Mediabase officially credits the latter two performers.) The single marks the third to reach the top 40 from Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project album. Leaping from 47-40, “Checklist” checks into the top 40 for MAX and Chromeo. It’s the fourth top 40 song for the former and the second for the duo, who last charted in 2014.
There’s also some decent top 50 debut action this week, with the first chart appearances by Doja Cat and Brockhampton leading the way. “Juicy” and “Sugar”, which pair nicely in both an edible and musical manner, are new at #47 and #49, respectively. “Juicy” rises a notch to #8 on this week’s Rhythmic radio chart and is headed towards the top ten on the Urban list. Meanwhile, a third new tune bows in the region this week: The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights”, lighting up at #50. Released a couple of weeks ago, during the same period as “Heartless”, the song continues to see sales and streaming action without an official radio push. “Heartless” makes a huge move from 23-16 on the chart, as it races up the top 40 at several radio formats.