2019 American Music Awards

This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2003, Kelly Clarkson Was 'Thankful' to Debut Atop the Billboard 200

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Kelly Clarkson during American Idol Season 1 Finale - Performance Show at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. 

Plus, remembering feats by Sean Paul, Mariah Carey & Avril Lavigne.

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

April 29, 2006
Rising "Temperature": Sean Paul scored his third of four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s. He'd return to the top more than 10 years later, as featured on Sia's "Cheap Thrills."

April 30, 2016
After their breakthrough self-titled album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2013, The Lumineers landed their first leader on the list, as Cleopatra debuted at No. 1.

May 1, 2010
B.o.B and Bruno Mars each earned their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as the rapper and featured singer, respectively, rose 2-1 with "Nothin' On You." The collab marked the first Hot 100 entry for each artist.

May 2, 1987
British band Cutting Crew topped the Billboard Hot 100 on its first try with "(I Just) Died in Your Arms," which flew 5-1.

May 3, 2003
A key indicator that American Idol finalists could graduate to post-show sales success: Kelly Clarkson debuted atop the Billboard 200 with her first album, Thankful. She's added seven more top five sets since.

May 4, 1996
How did Mariah Carey follow up the longest-leading hit in Billboard Hot 100 history? With another No. 1! After "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, held the top spot for 16 weeks in 1995-96 (a record tied by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, in 2017), "Always Be My Baby" ascended to the summit for a two-week command. The song became her 11th of 18 No. 1s, the most among soloists.

May 5, 2007
Avril Lavigne logged her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, "Girlfriend." She had previously reached a No. 2 high with her debut hit, "Complicated," in 2002.

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