This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2003, Beyonce Scored Her First Solo Hot 100 No. 1

Beyoncé and Jay Z
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Beyoncé and Jay Z watch during the first half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland.

"Crazy in Love," featuring Jay Z, began its eight-week reign. Plus, remembering feats by The Black Eyed Peas, Garth Brooks & Don Henley.

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

July 11, 2009
The bad news for The Black Eyed Peas: seven years ago today, their "Boom Boom Pow" ended a 12-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100. The good news? They replaced themselves at No. 1 with follow-up "I Gotta Feeling," which went on to spend even more time on top: 14 weeks. The 26-week domination for the songs marks the longest by a single act in the Hot 100's history.

July 12, 2003
Clearly, it was her destiny to achieve solo stardom. Thirteen years ago today, Beyonce earned her first of five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s apart from Destiny's Child (with whom she achieved four leaders), as "Crazy in Love," featuring her then-future-husband, Jay Z, began an eight-week command.

July 13, 1985
A year after landing its first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with "The Reflex," Duran Duran ruled again, as "A View to a Kill," the title theme to the 14th James Bond film, rose 2-1.

July 14, 1990
"Holding you, I held everything. For a moment, wasn't I the king?" Garth Brooks sings in "The Dance," his modern country classic that began a four-week reign on Hot Country Songs on this date 26 years ago. Read Billboard's recap of Brooks' July 8 New York show here.

July 15, 1989
Don Henley's third solo album, The End of the Innocence, debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 97. Two months later, it peaks at No. 8; it's eventually certified 6-times Platinum by the RIAA. In 2000, when Henley released follow-up Inside Job, he reflected on Innocence in a Billboard cover story. "I still love the song 'New York Minute,' and 'The Last Worthless Evening' is just straight-ahead pop, but it's good. And, of course, [the title cut, a No. 8 Billboard Hot 100 hit co-written with and co-produced by Bruce Hornsby] is very fixed in time. I think it has enough universality that it could still apply today, but it was about the Reagan era." Henley also relayed the reach of the No. 21-peaking "The Heart of the Matter": "I have a collection of the most amazing letters about that song from all over the world that I treasure. I'm gonna keep them forever."

July 16, 1988
1988 marked a renaissance for pop singer-songwriter Eric Carmen. That February, he earned his first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack smash "Hungry Eyes," since 1976; the song also rose to No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Carmen, formerly the Raspberries' frontman, followed with another melodic gem: "Make Me Lose Control," which on July 16, 1988, crowned AC (similarly his first No. 1 on the list in 12 years). The same week, "Control" entered the Hot 100's top 10, on its way to a No. 3 peak.

Speaking of the AC survey …

July 17, 1961
Happy 55th birthday, Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart! The ranking originated with Brook Benton's lighthearted "The Boll Weevil Song" as its first No. 1. (The most recent new leader, Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!," is the 796th AC No. 1.)


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