Zayn was no stranger to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart as part of One Direction -- the group claimed four chart-toppers on the list between 2012 and 2014. Zayn departed the act in early 2015, and saw his solo debut single “Pillowtalk” and his first album, Mind of Mine, open at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, respectively, in 2016.
In 1970, The Jackson 5 took its first four charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 to No. 1: “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There.” A little more than two years later, the group’s future King of Pop -- Michael Jackson -- notched his first solo No. 1 with “Ben,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 dated Oct. 14, 1972. Jackson scored a total of 13 No. 1s on the Hot 100, and six No. 1s on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Less than three months after *NSYNC’s final new single, “Girlfriend,” fell off the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002, the group’s Justin Timberlake released his debut solo single, “Like I Love You.” While it peaked at No. 11, Timberlake hit the summit for the first time on his own in 2006 with “SexyBack.” On the Billboard 200 albums chart, he first led the list with the parent album of "SexyBack” -- FutureSex/LoveSounds.
Almost a decade after Ricky Martin departed Menudo in 1989, he earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” It was the lead single from his self-titled album which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart dated May 29, 1999.
Of the four Beatles, Paul McCartney has scored the most chart-toppers. Counting his solo efforts, his co-billed sets with his band Wings, along with those efforts credited to just Wings, he’s notched nine No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, and seven No. 1s on the Billboard 200 chart. Among his leaders on the Hot 100: “Coming Up (Live at Glasgow),” “Ebony and Ivory” (with Stevie Wonder) and “Say Say Say” (with Michael Jackson).
After finding success with B2K, singer Omarion landed a pair of No. 1s on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his solo debut O (on the March 12, 2005-dated list) and its follow-up, 21 (Jan. 13, 2007). B2K claimed their own No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their Diddy collaboration “Bump, Bump, Bump” (Feb. 1, 2003).
The quiet Beatle collected three solo No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100: “My Sweet Lord/Isn’t It a Pity” (1970), “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” (1973) and “Got My Mind Set On You” (1988). He also topped the Billboard 200 albums chart with All Things Must Pass (1971) and Living In the Material World (1973).
In the midst of his successful chart run with his siblings as part of The Osmonds, Donny Osmond notched a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Go Away Little Girl.” The track topped the list for three weeks, beginning on Sept. 11, 1971. It led the list just a few months after The Osmonds’ debut chart hit, “One Bad Apple,” completed a five week run at No. 1 in March.
Ringo Starr is the lone Beatle without a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart (he peaked at No. 2 with 1973’s Ringo), however, he’s hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 twice. He climbed to the top of the singles heap with “Photograph” in 1973 and “You’re Sixteen” in 1974.
Bobby Brown departed New Edition in 1985 and released his first solo album, King of Stage, the following year. He became a solo superstar in 1988 with the bow of his second effort, Don’t Be Cruel, which spent six weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart. The set launched five top 10-charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including the No. 1 “My Prerogative.” Brown later notched a second No. 1 single as the featured artist on Glenn Medeiros’ “She Ain’t Worth It.”
The Beatles’ John Lennon led the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist once in his lifetime, with 1974’s “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.” Shortly after he died on Dec. 8, 1980, he claimed a posthumous No. 1 with “(Just Like) Starting Over,” which reached the top on the list dated Dec. 27, 1980 and spent five weeks at No. 1. On the Billboard 200 albums chart, Lennon topped the tally in 1971 with Imagine, in 1974 with Walls and Bridges, and then posthumously with Double Fantasy (Dec. 27, 1980; with wife Yoko Ono).