This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2012, Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Ruled the Hot 100

Rihanna, "Diamonds"
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Rihanna, "Diamonds"

The song helped spark her first No. 1 album, "Unapologetic." Plus, remembering feats by The Beatles, Elvis Presley & Pearl Jam.

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

Nov. 28, 2009
Let's hear it for New York! Seven years ago today, Jay Z and Alicia Keys began a five-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Empire State of Mind."

Nov. 29, 1969
The Beatles scored their 18th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, all in the '60s, with the iconic "Come Together." The following year, they'd add their final two toppers, upping their total to a still-record 20 No. 1 hits.

Nov. 30, 1991
Genesis returned with its first album in five years (since 1986's Invisible Touch), as We Can't Dance opened at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, the band's only top 10 debut. The set would spin off the Phil Collins-sung hits "No Son of Mine," "I Can't Dance," "Hold On My Heart," "Jesus He Knows Me" and "Never a Time."

Dec. 1, 2012
A shining star: Rihanna earned her 12th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of 14 to date) with "Diamonds." The song (co-written by Sia) ushered in Rihanna's first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Unapologetic.

Dec. 2, 1995
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men began the longest reign in the 58-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, as "One Sweet Day" spent its first of 16 weeks (or, 112 sweet days) atop the tally.

Dec. 3, 1977
Just weeks after his passing, Elvis Presley collected his record 80th, and last, top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit, as "My Way" rose 48-38 on its way to a No. 22 peak.

Dec. 4, 1993
Pearl Jam tallied its first Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1, as "Daughter" spent its first of eight weeks at the chart's summit.


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