This Week In Billboard Chart History: Tom Petty's 'Fever' Rises
Twenty-five years ago this week, his first solo album began its Billboard 200 climb (and wouldn't back down). Plus, remembering key chart feats for Hunter Hayes, Janet Jackson, and R.E.M.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
May 12, 2012
Hunter Hayes debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 99 with "Wanted." The ballad would go on to reach No. 16, as well as rack three weeks atop Hot Country Songs. Before its release, Hayes, who this week will soar onto the Billboard 200 with his sophomore album, treated Billboard to an acoustic version of the song at our New York offices.
May 13, 1989
Tom Petty's first solo album (although it includes contributions from his band the Heartbreakers) enters the Billboard 200 at No. 87. It goes on to peak at No. 3 in July 1989 and produce the hits "I Won't Back Down," "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "Free Fallin'." The set also comes at a time of Traveling Wilburys-mania, when the supergroup of Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and the late Roy Orbison (who passed away in December 1988) all scored renewed success with the band and solo.
May 14, 1994
R. Kelly has notched 11 No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Twenty years ago today, he wrapped his longest reign, as "Bump N' Grind" spent its 12th and final frame at No. 1.
May 15, 1993
After scoring seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from her 1989 album "Rhythm Nation 1814," Janet Jackson picked up right where she left off, as "That's the Way Love Goes," the first single from "janet.," began an eight-week run at No. 1.
May 16, 1964
Fifty years ago today, a Motown classic, Mary Wells' "My Guy," rises 3-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She rode a string of hit singles composed by Smokey Robinson and followed "Guy," her only No. 1, with a pair of top 20 duets with Marvin Gaye.
May 17, 2008
Not a bad first impression: Colbie Caillat's debut smash "Bubbly" wraps a 19-week run at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The reign is the longest for a female artist's first single in the chart's 53-year history.
May 18, 1991
Powered by the biggest hit of the group's career, "Losing My Religion," which rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, R.E.M. lands its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, "Out of Time."