This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2012, Adele's '21' Made History Atop the Billboard 200
Five years ago, the set broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a woman. Plus, remembering feats by George Michael, Celine Dion & The Rolling Stones.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Feb. 28, 1998
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
20 years ago: LeAnn Rimes notched her first of two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, as Unchained Melody/The Early Years debuted on top. 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. Rimes just hit No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart (dated March 4, 2017) with "Long Live Love," telling Billboard that she co-wrote the song "to speak to our need for love."
March 2, 2013
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, 1967
50 years ago: The Rolling Stones rolled to their fourth of eight career Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s with the soothing "Ruby Tuesday." The song was released as the B-side to "Let's Spend the Night Together," but due to the A-side's then-controversial lyrics, "Ruby" earned more airplay and charted higher. The song also sparked the 1972 founding of the restaurant chain of the same name (with the moniker reportedly suggested by Bob Hope).
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. (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.