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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Alicia Keys Locks In Atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

This week in 2004, she scored her third of eight No. 1s so far. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Blondie, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson.

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

April 28, 1979
Blondie‘s debut Billboard Hot 100 entry “Heart of Glass” becomes it first No. 1. The group would later lead with “Call Me,” “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture.”

April 29, 2006
Rascal Flatts‘ biggest pop crossover hit, “What Hurts the Most,” spends its fourth and final week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

April 30, 1983
MJ-mania was in full effect 30 years ago today: a week after Dexy’s Midnight Runners ended Michael Jackson‘s seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Billie Jean,” the King of Pop returned to the throne with “Beat It,” which would lead for three weeks.


May 1, 2004
Ten years ago today, Alicia Keys added her third of eight No. 1s so far on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the smoldering piano ballad, “If I Ain’t Got You.” The reign helped her earn the honor of Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the 2000s. She’s currently on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” soundtrack with “It’s On Again,” a collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar.

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. The group, active again after a long hiatus (with lead singer Nick Van Eede the sole original member), scored a second top 10 in 1987 when “I’ve Been in Love Before” reached No. 9.

May 3, 2003
A key indicator that “American Idol” finalists could graduate to post-show sales success: Kelly Clarkson debuts atop the Billboard 200 with her first album, “Thankful.” She’s added five 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, “Always Be My Baby” ascended to the summit for a two-week command.