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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2007, Fergie Had a 'Big' Hit on the Hot 100

Fergie of Black Eyed Peas, 2007
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Fergie of Black Eyed Peas performs on stage during the Live Earth London concert, at Wembley Stadium on July 7, 2007 in London, England.

Plus, remembering feats by The Beatles, Aerosmith & Justin Timberlake.

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

Sept. 4, 1965
The Beatles earned their ninth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, of their record 20, with "Help!"

Sept. 5, 1998
Almost 25 years after its first appearance on the list, Aerosmith rocked its first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." Of its prior 26 entries, the iconic Boston band had notched six top 10s, peaking as high as No. 3 with fellow love song "Angel" in 1988. Aerosmith would add its eighth, and most recent, top 10 with "Jaded," which reached No. 7 in 2001.

Sept. 6, 1980
Diana Ross reigned supreme on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Upside Down" danced to the summit. After scoring 12 No.1s with The Supremes in 1964-69, she scored six as a soloist in 1970-81.

Sept. 7, 1985
John Parr's '80s classic, and soundtrack smash, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" wheeled to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Sept. 8, 2007
Then on break from The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie crowned the Billboard Hot 100 solo with her ballad "Big Girls Don't Cry," from her debut solo album, The Dutchess. Long-awaited follow-up Double Dutchess arrives at last Sept. 22.

Sept.  9, 2006
He brought sexy back. He also brought "SexyBack" to No. 1, as Justin Timberlake scored his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1. In 2016, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" became JT's fifth solo leader; with *NSYNC, he led with "It's Gonna Be Me" in 2000.

Sept. 10, 1988
Responding to the explosion of modern rock and college radio, Billboard launched the Alternative Songs chart. Such format staples as Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and INXS inhabited the maiden ranking, with Siouxsie & The Banshees' "Peek-a-Boo" its inaugural No. 1.