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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2009, the Black Eyed Peas Settled in at No. 1

The Black Eyed Peas, 2011.
Robert Astley Sparke

The Black Eyed Peas photographed in 2011.

Six years ago, the group began a record six-month stay atop the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by 'til Tuesday, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey.

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

April 13, 1985
Thirty years ago today, Boston's 'til Tuesday made its chart debut, as "Voices Carry" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 81. Exactly three months later, the song would peak at No. 8, while its video won the band best new artist honors at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards. Lead singer Aimee Mann has since forged a hit solo career and formed duo The Both, with singer-songwriter Ted Leo. What might be next for Mann? Perhaps a musical, to be written with Leo. "We haven't started writing music for it," she told Billboard last year. "But, that's something I want to take a stab at in the next couple years."

April 14, 1990
Twenty-five years ago, Tommy Page tops the Billboard Hot 100 with "I'll Be Your Everything," a song he co-wrote with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block, with whom he'd been touring. "My whole life I dreamed of having a No. 1 record, ever since I could remember getting into music. I wanted to be on top of the Billboard charts," Page remembers.

April 15, 1995
Twenty years ago today, Montell Jordan's explanatory jam "This Is How We Do It" began its seven-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

April 16, 1983
"Billie Jean," the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from Michael Jackson's monster album Thriller spends its seventh and final week atop the chart. After a one-week break while Dexys Midnight Runners reigned with "Come on Eileen," Jackson returned to the top on the April 30 Hot 100 with "Beat It" for three weeks.

April 17, 2010
Five years ago today: Muse had no trouble following its whopping 17-week Alternative Songs No. 1 "Uprising," as next single "Resistance" spent its fourth and final week atop the tally.

April 18, 2009
The Black Eyed Peas begin their unprecedented six-month stranglehold atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Boom Boom Pow" reaches No. 1. The song would lead for 12 weeks and be dethroned by the group's follow-up, "I Gotta Feeling," which led for 14 frames,  giving the Peas a record 26 consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100.

April 19, 2008
Mariah Carey spent her second of two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Touch My Body," her 18th (and most recent) leader. She continues to boast the most Hot 100 No. 1s among solo artists. Alluding to her upcoming Las Vegas residency and best-of package, "We're going to be celebrating those real soon," Carey told Billboard on April 9 when she showed her support of the City of Hope charity by appearing at its New York City benefit dinner and auction.