B'DAY: Seven years ago this week, Beyonce bounded to her first solo No. 1s on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200.
The singer jumped 3-1 on the Hot 100 dated July 12, 2003, with "Crazy in Love," featuring then-future husband Jay-Z. On the Billboard 200 the same week, Beyonce's debut solo album, "Dangerously in Love," bowed at the summit.
While celebrating her first Hot 100 leader on her own, Beyonce had already banked four leaders with Destiny's Child: "Bills, Bills, Bills" (1999), "Say My Name," "Independent Women Part I" (2000) and "Bootylicious" (2001). On the Billboard 200, the trio had reigned with one title, "Survivor" (2001).
Seven years after her maiden solo coronations, Beyonce has bested the No. 1 sums of Destiny's Child on the Hot 100 (5-4) and Billboard 200 (3-2). The superstar earned the honor of Billboard's top female artist of the 2000s.
One of Beyonce's smashes has been given a country makeover. Reba McEntire recently covered "If I Were a Boy," a No. 3 hit on the Hot 100 in 2008, for CMT's "Crossroads" series:
DOGG DAYS: Snoop Dogg has spent the past five weeks atop the Hot 100 as a featured artist on Katy Perry's "California Gurls." Seven years ago this week, Billboard shined the spotlight on the rapper's first 10 years as a recording star.
"I didn't have a picture of (my success) even happening," Snoop Dogg told Billboard in the feature. "I just wanted to work hard and be in a position that if it ever did happen, I would have earned it instead of someone just giving it to me."
Snoop Dogg's first three albums topped the Billboard 200: "Doggy Style" (1993), "Tha Doggfather" (1996) and "Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told" (1998). He has since added seven more top 10 sets. On the Hot 100, in addition to "California Gurls," Snoop Dogg has ruled with his own "Drop It Like It's Hot," featuring Pharrell (2004), and as a guest on Akon's "I Wanna Love You" (2007).
Nate Dogg, who ranked at No. 5 on the Hot 100 this week in 2003 (see below), paid tribute to Snoop Dogg's impact on rap in the retrospective. "Snoop started out in Long Beach (Calif.) and was the first person to actually make gangsta rap mainstream. He has become one of the premier rappers of all-time.
"When you think about rap, you're always going to have to include Snoop Dogg."
'CRAZY' COOL: Below is the top 10 on the Hot 100 dated this week in 2003, when Beyonce dethroned Clay Aiken after two weeks in the chart's top spot. (Ruben Studdard, who defeated Aiken for the 2003 "American Idol" crown, dipped 2-13 with "Flying Without Wings").
Position, Title, Artist(s)
No. 1, "Crazy in Love," Beyonce featuring Jay-Z
No. 2, "Magic Stick," Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent
No. 3, "This Is the Night," Clay Aiken
No. 4, "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)," Ashanti
No. 5, "21 Questions," 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg
No. 6, "Get Busy," Sean Paul
No. 7, "Unwell," matchbox twenty
No. 8, "Bring Me to Life," Evanescence featuring Paul McCoy
No. 9, "Right Thurr," Chingy
No. 10, "So Gone," Monica