This Week In Billboard Chart History: Brandy & Monica Fight Their Way To No. 1
This week in 1998, the divas' harmonic dispute 'The Boy Is Mine' topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Elton John and Eminem
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
June 2, 1990
Twenty-four years ago today, the Mariah Carey era began on Billboard charts. The then-20-year-old newcomer made her entrance with debut single "Vision of Love," which launched at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 85 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It would eventually lead both charts.
June 3, 2000
No sophomore slump for then-18-year-old Britney Spears: 14 years ago today, she scored her second Billboard 200 No. 1 album when her second set, "Oops!...I Did It Again," bowed at the summit.
June 4, 1988
Brenda Russell rose to her highest Billboard Hot 100 rank, as "Piano in the Dark" jumped 10-6. Rapper Flo Rida reworked the song as "I Cry," which, in December 2012, also reached No. 6. "Cry" actually samples a sample: Bingo Players first turned "Piano" into "Cry (Just a Little)," which reached No. 15 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in March 2012. "It's pretty cool that artists like Flo Rida and Bingo Players can be inspired to interpret a song like 'Piano in the Dark' in completely new genres," Russell says. "As an artist and writer, it's the highest compliment we can be paid."
June 5, 1965
A fun, fun, fun No. 1: the Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda" spent its second of two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.
June 6, 1998
And so the battle began: Brandy and Monica spent their first of 13 weeks sparring atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Boy Is Mine." On the same date, it began its eight-week command of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It went on to become 1998's Song of the Summer, ahead of runner-up "You're Still the One" by Shania Twain and third-place finisher "Too Close" by Next.
June 7, 1975
Truly fantastic: Elton John's "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" becomes the first album ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. John's ninth studio set features the No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Someone Saved My Life Tonight."
June 8, 2002
Twelve years ago today, "The Eminem Show" premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album includes the Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 smash "Without Me."