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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Black Eyed Peas Begin Record Six-Month Hot 100 Reign

Five years ago this week, the group began its unprecedented 26-week Billboard Hot 100 rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Montell Jordan, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey.

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

April 14, 1990
Tommy Page tops the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’ll Be Your Everything,” a song he co-wrote with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block, with whom he’d been touring. “My whole life I dreamed of having a No. 1 record, ever since I could remember getting into music. I wanted to be on top of the Billboard charts,” Page remembers.

April 15, 1995
Montell Jordan’s explanatory jam “This Is How We Do It” began its seven-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


April 16, 1983
“Billie Jean,” the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from Michael Jackson’s monster album “Thriller” spends its seventh and final week atop the chart. After a one-week break while Dexys Midnight Runners reigned with “Come on Eileen,” Jackson returned to the top with “Beat It” for three weeks.

April 17, 1971
Three Dog Night commenced its longest Billboard Hot 100 command, as “Joy to the World” began a six-week reign. The band had led for two weeks in 1970 with “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” and would rule for a week in 1972 with “Black & White.” The group’s Hot 100 history spans 1969-75, with all 21 of its entries reaching the top 40.

April 18, 2009
Five years ago today, the Black Eyed Peas begin their unprecedented six-month stranglehold atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Boom Boom Pow” reaches No. 1. The song would lead for 12 weeks and be dethroned by the group’s follow-up, “I Gotta Feeling,” which led for 14 frames, giving the Peas a record 26 consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100.

April 19, 2008
Mariah Carey spent her second of two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Touch My Body,” her 18th (and most recent) leader. She boasts the most Hot 100 No. 1s among solo artists. She releases her new album, her first studio set since 2009, on May 6.

April 20, 1991
Wilson Phillips lands its milestone third No. 1 from its self-titled album with “You’re in Love.” “Hold On” and “Release Me” had reigned in 1990. The act remains the only group (of at least three members) to notch three No. 1 hits from a debut album in the Hot 100’s history.