This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1989, New Kids on the Block Hit No. 1 for the First Time

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The boy band crowned the Hot 100 with "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)." Plus, remembering feats by the Beatles, Paula Abdul & Roxette.

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.

June 13, 1970
The Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time, with "The Long and Winding Road." It's the Fab Four's still-record 20th Hot 100 No. 1.

June 14, 1997
Then-monikered Puff Daddy's tribute to slain rap star the Notorious B.I.G., "I'll Be Missing You," began an 11-week rule on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was made even more poignant by Biggie's widow, Faith Evans, singing its chorus. Vocal act 112 added harmonies to the reworking of The Police's eight-week 1983 No. 1, "Every Breath You Take."

June 15, 1991
25 years ago: Paula Abdul began her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "Rush, Rush" logged its first of five weeks at No. 1. (She spent between one and three weeks on top with her other five No. 1s.)

June 16, 1990
Pretty Woman gave Roxette a pretty big hit. From the soundtrack of the hit Julia Roberts film, the Swedish duo began a two-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "It Must Have Been Love." On June 3, Roxette released its newest album, Good Karma; its lead single, ballad "It Just Happens," has already reached the top 10 on the Sweden Digital Songs sales chart.

June 17, 1989
New Kids on the Block achieved their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as love song "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" rose 2-1. The Boston boy band had previously hit No. 10 with "Please Don't Go Girl" and No. 3 with "You Got It (The Right Stuff)." After "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," the group would add a second No. 1 with the title cut from their album Hangin' Tough, as well as another top 10 from the set, the No. 2-peaking "Cover Girl."

June 18, 1988
In 1988, Rick-rolling meant that Rick Astley was on a roll (in that ancient, pre-Internet era). After spending two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Never Gonna Give You Up" that March, Astley returned to No. 1 with "Together Forever."

Astley has just released his first album in more than a decade, 50 (his current age). Asked by the BBC if that means that the set is twice as good as Adele's 25, he said, "Ha-ha! I hadn't thought of that before. It is a play on the Adele thing, for sure, but turning 50 is just one of those milestones in anyone's life. You can mark it in different ways and I was just fortunate that I was making a record."

June 19, 1965
After three prior hits (the classic "Baby I Need Your Loving" rose the highest, No. 11) the Four Tops scored their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" reached the top.


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