This Week In Billboard Chart History: Janet Jackson Takes 'Escapade' To No. 1
This week in 1990, Jackson scored her sixth of 15 leaders on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, remembering key chart feats for New Kids on the Block, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
March 10, 1990
Janet Jackson scored her sixth of 15 career No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Escapade" ascended 2-1 (and held atop the Billboard Hot 100). Since she first reigned with "What Have You Done for Me Lately" on the March 22, 1986, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, her 15 leaders are the most among all acts. Usher follows with 12 in that span.
March 11, 2000
Lonestar became the first act to lead the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs charts simultaneously with different songs: "Amazed" crowned the Hot 100 for a second week and "Smile" rose to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs.
March 12, 1988
We're rick-rolling you … but we're also giving you advance notice! Rick Astley topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut U.S. single, "Never Gonna Give You Up."
March 13, 1976
The 4 Seasons top the Billboard Hot 100 with "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)." In 1994, a remixed version of the song rose to No. 14.
March 14, 1992
After blasting to nine consecutive top 10s in 1988-90, New Kids on the Block-mania had lessened (amid the rise of rap and grunge) and the Boston boy band hadn't released a new album in two years. Out to re-ignite its image, the group, rebranded as NKOTB, offered ballad "If You Go Away." Twenty-two years ago today, it soared to its No. 16 peak from No. 36. (In 2008, "The Block," the quintet's first album since 1994, made a triumphant No. 2 bow and peak on the Billboard 200.)
March 15, 2008
Carrie Underwood tops Hot Country Songs with "All-American Girl," her fifth of 12 career No. 1s to date.
March 16, 1996
A record week for Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men: Their "One Sweet Day" spends its 16th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, wrapping the longest reign by any song in the chart's history.