Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
June 9, 2007
Seven years ago today the reign began: Rihanna‘s “Umbrella,” featuring Jay-Z, led the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of seven weeks.
June 10, 1989
Country’s vaunted rookie class of 1989 yielded arrivals from such stars as Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Travis Tritt (plus, technically, Taylor Swift, who was born that Dec. 2 …) Also new in 1989: Clint Black, who topped Hot Country Songs with his first single, “Better Man,” 25 years ago today. Since his arrival, Black has tallied a lucky 13 No. 1s.
June 11, 2011
Three years ago today, Little Monsters rejoiced, as Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” bowed at No.1 on the Billboard 200. The set has sold 2.3 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
June 12, 1999
Latin pop was in full invasion mode 15 years ago. After Ricky Martin spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” Jennifer Lopez dethroned him, as “If You Had My Love” began its own five-week command.
June 13, 1970
The Beatles top the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time, with “The Long and Winding Road.” It’s the Fab Four’s still-record 20th Hot 100 No. 1.
June 14, 1997
Then-monikered Puff Daddy‘s tribute to slain rap star the Notorious B.I.G., “I’ll Be Missing You,” began an 11-week rule on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was made even more poignant by Biggie’s widow, Faith Evans, singing its chorus. Vocal act 112 added harmonies to the reworking of the Police’s eight-week 1983 No. 1, “Every Breath You Take.”
June 15, 1991
Paula Abdul began her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as “Rush, Rush” logged its first of five weeks at No. 1. She spent between one and three weeks on top with her other five No. 1s. The same week, a beloved vocal group made its debut: Boyz II Men bowed with its first Hot 100 hit, “Motownphilly,” at No. 63. It would reach No. 3 that September.