Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Nov. 12, 2011
Rihanna began her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spent its first of 10 weeks at No. 1. She logged her second-longest command in 2016 with “Work,” featuring Drake, which ruled for nine weeks.
Nov. 13, 1965
The soundtrack to The Sound of Music hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and became one of the biggest albums of all time – it ranks at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Albums recap, behind only Adele‘s 21. The film’s legendary Julie Andrews is still working; the first season of her educational pre-school show Julie’s Greenroom arrived on Netflix in 2017, and she is rumored to make a cameo in the new Mary Poppins Returns film, starring Emily Blunt, which premieres Dec. 19.
Speaking of Adele …
Nov. 14, 2015
“I was so frightened that no one cared,” Adele told syndicated morning radio host Elvis Duran hours after “Hello” was released. Her fears were clearly unfounded. The ballad blasted onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1, setting the record for the most U.S. downloads sold in a week: 1.11 million, according to Nielsen Music, as it became the first song ever to sell 1 million downloads in a week. The song, which went on to top the Hot 100 for 10 weeks, introduced her third LP, 25, which itself arrived with a Nielsen-record 3.38 million copies sold in its first frame.
Nov. 15, 2014
Tove Lo topped the Pop Songs airplay chart for the first of two weeks with her debut hit, “Habits (Stay High).”
Nov. 16, 1996
Ginuwine trotted to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Pony.” A week later, the song reached its Billboard Hot 100 peak of No. 6.
Nov. 17, 1984
Jitterbug … Wham! danced to its first of three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s with “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” Lead singer George Michael would go on to add seven more leaders as a soloist.
Nov. 18, 2000
Destiny’s Child began its longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as “Independent Women Part I” spent its first of 11 weeks at No. 1.
Additional reporting by Xander Zellner