This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2011, Lady Gaga Landed the Hot 100's 1,000th No. 1 With 'Born This Way'

 Lady Gaga performs in Las Vegas
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 Lady Gaga performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 24, 2011 in Las Vegas.

Plus, remembering feats by George Michael, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes, Baauer, Adele & Debbie Gibson.

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

Feb. 26, 2011
Making a fitting grand entrance at No. 1, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" became the Billboard Hot 100's landmark 1,000th No. 1. The song arrived as the title cut to her second full-length studio album, which she had touted ahead of its release as "greatest album of this decade." The set yielded four total top 10s.

The same historic week, the Glee Cast passed Elvis Presley for the most Hot 100 chart hits. To date, the TV troupe charted a record 207 entries.

Feb. 27, 1988
30 years ago: George Michael began presiding over the Billboard Hot 100 with his gospel-tinged "Father Figure," the second of four No. 1s that he tallied from his debut solo album Faith.

Feb. 28, 1998
20 years ago: Amid buzz for the blockbuster Titanic, Celine Dion's love ballad from the movie "My Heart Will Go On" roared onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 for the first of its two weeks on top.

March 1, 1997
LeAnn Rimes notched her first of two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, as Unchained Melody/The Early Years debuted at the summit. The set followed her No. 3 breakthrough Blue and was followed by her second leader, You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs, in September 1997.

March 2, 2013
Five years ago: Baauer blasted in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with EDM/trap track "Harlem Shake." He had produced the song in his bedroom studio on Feb. 5, 2013, not expecting the onslaught of user-generated viral videos that would follow. "It's literally unbelievable," Baauer said upon the song's coronation. "It's amazing to have this track recognized by the world."

March 3, 2012
Adele's aptly-titled 21 collected a 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, passing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard to become the longest-leading album by a female artist. 21 went on to total 24 weeks on top. In 2015, the set was revealed as the all-time No. 1 in the Billboard 200's history.

March 4, 1989
Debbie Gibson soared to her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as ballad "Lost in Your Eyes" lifted 2-1. "Obviously, dance songs can stand the test of time, but nothing penetrates and spans all age groups, all ethnicities or all genders like a ballad," Gibson told Billboard in 2014 upon the 25th anniversary of the release of parent album Electric Youth. "One of my favorite things, to this day, is that many people come up to me and tell me that they learned how to play the piano from that song and from that sheet music, which is such an honor to me."


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