This Week In Billboard Chart History: Jay-Z Debuts Atop Billboard 200
A year ago this week, Hova scored his lucky 13th leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alice Cooper, Richard Marx and UB40
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
July 21, 1990
Black Box flew to No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with "Everybody Everybody." In a 2008 episode of Fox's "Family Guy," we were treated to a cutaway of Cleveland Brown singing the club classic. Why? He was touring with the group ... according to Peter's imagination.
July 22, 1972
Alice Cooper logs his first week in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, as "School's Out" rises 12-10 (a bit after summer vacation had already started). It would peak at No. 7. Cooper would add two more top 10s: "You and Me," which reached No. 9 in 1977, and "Poison" (No. 7, 1989).
July 23, 1988
After reaching the top five, but not No. 1, with each of his first three singles – "Don't Mean Nothing," "Should've Known Better" and "Endless Summer Nights" – Richard Marx crowned the Billboard Hot 100 at last with power ballad "Hold On to the Nights," the fourth and final release from his self-titled debut album. His new set, "Beautiful Goodbye," bowed on last week's Billboard 200 (dated July 26) at No. 39, marking his highest-ever debut and first top 40 album in 20 years.
July 24, 1993
UB40 sends its reggae-spiced cover of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, from the Sharon Stone movie "Sliver," would reign for seven weeks and become 1993's top song of the summer.
July 25, 1981
On this date 33 years ago, Air Supply crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with "The One That You Love." Although it's the Australian duo's sole No. 1, the pair arrived with seven consecutive top five smashes in 1980-82.
July 26, 1975
Van McCoy's "The Hustle" rolled to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won the Grammy Award for best pop instrumental performance in 1976, despite the inclusion of a simple spoken command: "Do the hustle!"
July 27, 2013
A year ago today, Jay-Z debuts atop the Billboard 200 with "Magna Carta… Holy Grail," marking his 13th No. 1 – the most among solo acts and second-most overall after the Beatles (19). The same week, the set's lead single, "Holy Grail," with Justin Timberlake, blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8. It would peak at No. 4.