This Week In Billboard Chart History: Rihanna's 'Rude Boy' Rules Hot 100
This week in 2010, she scored her sixth of 13 No. 1s so far. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Richard Marx and Little Peggy March
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
April 21, 2007
Timbaland scores his first and only (so far) Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead artist, as "Give It to Me," featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, hits the top spot. Timbaland had guested on Furtado's leader "Promiscuous" the year before.
April 22, 1989
Twenty-five years ago today, Madonna's "Like a Prayer" ascends to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. The set spawned smashes in the title cut, "Express Yourself," "Cherish," "Oh Father" and "Keep It Together."
April 23, 1988
As "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" reaches the apex, Whitney Houston links her record seventh consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.
April 24, 2010
Rihanna's "Rude Boy" spends its fifth and final week atop the Billboard Hot 100. The song marked her sixth No. 1 – and in the four years since, she's more than doubled her total to 13 leaders, the third-best sum (tied with Michael Jackson) in the chart's history. The Beatles boast 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey with 18.
April 25, 1992
Richard Marx's unsolved mystery song "Hazard" peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became his eighth of nine career top 10s tallied between 1987 and 1994.
April 26, 2008
Fueled by the monster hit "Bleeding Love" (written by Jesse McCartney and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder), Leona Lewis' album "Spirit" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
April 27, 1963
Little Peggy March began a three-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with "I Will Follow Him." She was 15 years and one month old when the song reached the summit, making her the youngest female to ever notch a Hot 100 No. 1 - still a record. "I am surprised that the record still stands," March has marveled to Billboard. "A lot of singers in the '60s were teenagers; I was just the youngest. However, today the singers keep getting younger and younger. Having a No. 1 is an achievement which I am thankful for. I imagine that one day my record will be broken, and I will hand over the crown. I would love to be a part of the celebration when and if it happens."