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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2009, The Black Eyed Peas Began a Historic No. 1 Run

With "Boom Boom Pow," the quartet started a record 26-week streak atop the Hot 100. Plus, remembering feats by Blondie, Madonna & Whitney Houston.

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

April 17, 2010
Usher earned his third No. 1 (of four so far) on the Billboard 200, as Raymond V Raymond opened at the summit. It generated his ninth (and most recent) No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, “OMG,” featuring will.i.am. Speaking of will.i.am …

April 18, 2009
The Black Eyed Peas began their unprecedented six-month stranglehold atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Boom Boom Pow” reached 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.

On the same date: George Strait scored his record-extending 44th No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as “River of Love” rose 3-1. Conway Twitty ranks second with 40 leaders, followed by Merle Haggard (38), Ronnie Milsap (35) and Alabama (33).


April 19, 1980
Pioneering alt act Blondie, fronted by Deborah Harry, began its longest Billboard Hot 100 rule, as “Call Me” spent its first of six weeks at No. 1. The group’s “Heart of Glass” had led for a week in 1979. It would top the chart twice more in 1981, with “The Tide Is High” (for one week) and “Rapture” (two).

April 20, 1991
Wilson Phillips landed 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.

April 21, 2007
10 years ago: Timbaland scored his first and only (so far) Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead artist, as “Give It to Me,” featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, hit the top spot. Timbaland had guested on Furtado’s leader “Promiscuous” the year before.

April 22, 1989
Madonna‘s Like a Prayer ascended to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. The set spawned smashes in the title cut, “Express Yourself,” “Cherish” (both reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100), “Oh Father” (No. 20) and “Keep It Together” (No. 8).

April 23, 1988
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” reached the Billboard Hot 100’s apex, marking Whitney Houston‘s record seventh consecutive No. 1.