This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Whitney Houston Made History on the Billboard 200
"Whitney" became the first album by a woman to debut at No. 1. Plus, remembering feats by Nelly, N*Sync & Michael Jackson.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
June 27, 1987
30 years ago: Whitney Houston's second album, Whitney, launched atop the Billboard 200, becoming the first set by a woman to soar onto the chart at No. 1. It would go on to reign for 11 total weeks. But why stop there: The same week, Whitney's lead single, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," became the LP's first of four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s. The album followed Houston's self-titled first set, which led the Billboard 200 for 14 weeks in 1986.
As Chart Beat column founder Paul Grein noted in a story on page 1 of the June 27, 1987, Billboard issue, Houston became "the first artist to hit No. 1 [on the Billboard 200] with his or her first two albums since The Monkees scored with their first four releases in 1966-67." Also, at the time: "Only two other artists [had] hit No. 1 with their first two major-label albums: Elvis Presley and The Beatles."
June 28, 2008
Even though it's called the Billboard Hot 100, that doesn't mean a band named Coldplay can't be No. 1. The group's "Viva La Vida" reached the summit nine years ago today.
June 29, 2002
Nelly began a whopping 14-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, as "Hot in Herre" reached No. 1. After the song completed a seven-week reign, he replaced himself at the top for seven more weeks with "Dilemma," featuring Kelly Rowland.
June 30, 1990
New Kids on the Block-mania rolled on, as "Step By Step" began a three-week rule atop the Billboard Hot 100. The goal of the instructional song? You remember: how "to get to you, girl."
July 1, 2000
From New Kids to N*Sync: After leading the Pop Songs chart for 10 weeks with "Bye Bye Bye," N*Sync returned to the top with another boy band classic, "It's Gonna Be Me."
July 2, 1988
Michael Jackson achieved a Billboard Hot 100 first, as "Dirty Diana" reached No. 1, becoming the fifth leader on the list from his album Bad. The set remains the only album by a male artist to produce five Hot 100 No. 1s. Since, only Katy Perry's Teenage Dream (2010-11) has also yielded five toppers.