This Week In Billboard Chart History: Drake Begins R&B/Hip-Hop Domination
This week five years ago, the rapper/singer scored his first No. 1 with 'Best I Ever Had.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for M.C. Hammer, Carole King and Nelly
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
June 23, 1990
M.C. Hammer's signature party tune, "U Can't Touch This," tops Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. (Donning parachute pants as you watch now is optional.)
June 24, 2000
Enrique Iglesias scored his second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Be With You" bounded to the summit. His "Bailamos" had led in 1999.
June 25, 1983
As Irene Cara's "Flashdance…What a Feeling" led the Billboard Hot 100 for its fifth of six weeks, a pair of future new wave classics debuted: Taco's "Puttin' on the Ritz" entered at No. 75 and Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance" started at No. 90. The songs went on to reach Nos. 4 and 3, respectively.
June 26, 1971
Carole King began a five-week command on the Adult Contemporary chart with "It's Too Late." Iconic parent album "Tapestry" spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, then the longest reign for a non-soundtrack studio album by a woman until. Adele's "21" now holds the mark with 24 weeks on top.
June 27, 2009
Five years ago today, Drake dominated Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on his first try, as "Best I Ever Had" spent its first of seven weeks at No. 1. He's scored 11 leaders on the chart since his arrival, the most among all acts in that short span.
June 28, 2008
Even though it's called the Billboard Hot 100, that doesn't mean a band named Coldplay can't be No. 1. The group's "Viva La Vida" reached the summit six years ago today.
June 29, 2002
Nelly began a whopping 14-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, as "Hot in Herre" reached No. 1. After the song completed a seven-week reign, he replaced himself at the top for seven more weeks with "Dilemma," featuring Kelly Rowland.