This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1983, Michael Jackson Moonwalked to No. 1

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Michael Jackson sings at a concert August 27, 1984 in Buffalo, NY. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s 'Thriller,' the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.

The King of Pop began a seven-week reign on the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Baauer, Britney Spears and 50 Cent.

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

March 2, 2013
Two years ago today, 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, not expecting the onslaught of fan-made 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 collects 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 goes on to total 24 weeks on top.
 

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 last year 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."
 

March 5, 1983
Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" began its seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, marking his longest reign of 13 No. 1s (matched in 1991 by "Black or White"). (He also made four trips to the summit with the Jackson 5.) His 13 leaders remain the most among solo males in the chart's history.

March 6, 1965
An all-time classic reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on this date 50 years ago: the Temptations' "My Girl."
 

March 7, 2009
Britney Spears scored her fifth Pop Songs No. 1, as "Circus" jumped 3-1.

March 8, 2003
50 Cent began a nine-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with "In Da Club."

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