This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1997, Puff Daddy & Faith Evans' Tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. Hit No. 1
"I'll Be Missing You" began an 11-week reign on the Hot 100 leaders 10 years ago. Plus, remembering feats by The Beatles, Paula Abdul & Shakira.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
June 12, 1999
Latin pop was mainstream 18 years ago. After Ricky Martin spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Livin' La Vida Loca," Jennifer Lopez dethroned him, as "If You Had My Love," her first Hot 100 hit, began its own five-week command. To date, Lopez has notched 31 Hot 100 entries, including four total No. 1s.
June 13, 1970
The Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time, with "The Long and Winding Road." It's the Fab Four's still-record 20th Hot 100 No. 1.
June 14, 1997
Then-monikered Puff Daddy's tribute to slain rap star The Notorious B.I.G., "I'll Be Missing You," began an 11-week rule on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was made even more poignant by Biggie's widow, Faith Evans, singing its chorus. Vocal act 112 added harmonies to the reworking of The Police's eight-week 1983 No. 1, "Every Breath You Take."
June 15, 1991
Paula Abdul began her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "Rush, Rush" logged its first of five weeks at No. 1. She spent between one and three weeks on top with her other five No. 1s. (The same week, a beloved vocal group made its debut: Boyz II Men bowed with its first Hot 100 hit, "Motownphilly," at No. 63. It would reach No. 3 that September.)
June 16, 1990
Pretty Woman gave Roxette a pretty big hit. From the soundtrack of the hit Julia Roberts film, the Swedish duo began a two-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "It Must Have Been Love."
June 17, 2006
Another Latin pop leader: After charting five previous songs, including 2001's No. 6-peaking "Whenever, Wherever," Shakira finally shook her way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as "Hips Don't Lie," featuring Wyclef Jean, spent its first of two weeks at No. 1.
June 18, 1988
In 1988, Rick-rolling meant that Rick Astley was on a roll (in that ancient, pre-Internet era). After spending two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Never Gonna Give You Up" in March, Astley returned to No. 1 with "Together Forever."