Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
June 1, 1991
Several notable albums enter the Billboard 200, led by Paula Abdul‘s Spellbound at No. 5 (the set would begin a two-week reign the following week). Also new: Ice-T’s O.G. Original Gangster (No. 17), Alan Jackson’s Don’t Rock the Jukebox (No. 42) and Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony (No. 58).
June 2, 1990
Do you remember this great ballad? Phil Collins tops Adult Contemporary with his bittersweet, introspective “Do You Remember?” for the first of five weeks. It’s one of his eight solo No. 1s at the format, in addition to three more as lead singer of Genesis.
June 3, 2000
No sophomore slump for then-18-year-old Britney Spears: 15 years ago today, she scored her second Billboard 200 No. 1 album when her second set, Oops!…I Did It Again, bowed at the summit.
June 4, 1988
Brenda Russell rose to her highest Billboard Hot 100 rank, as “Piano in the Dark” jumped 10-6. Rapper Flo Rida reworked the song as “I Cry,” which, in December 2012, also reached No. 6. “Cry” actually samples a sample: Bingo Players first turned “Piano” into “Cry (Just a Little),” which reached No. 15 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in March 2012. “It’s pretty cool that artists like Flo Rida and Bingo Players can be inspired to interpret a song like ‘Piano in the Dark’ in completely new genres,” Russell says. “As an artist and writer, it’s the highest compliment we can be paid.”
June 5, 1993
As Janet Jackson’s “That’s the Way Love Goes” logged its fifth of eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, what else was making notable moves? Three songs hit the top 10: Robin S.’ “Show Me Love” (14-8), Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately” (11-9) and Inner Circle’s Cops theme “Bad Boys” (13-10). Plus, UB40’s eventual seven-week No. 1 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” reached the top 40 (52-37) and Sting’s love song “Fields of Gold” debuted at No. 85.
June 6, 1998
And so the battle began: Brandy and Monica spent their first of 13 weeks sparring atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Boy Is Mine.” On the same date, it began its eight-week command on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
June 7, 1975
Truly fantastic: 40 years ago today, Elton John‘s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy becomes the first album ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The set includes the classic “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.”