Janet Jackson photgraphed by Mary Ellen Matthews in 2009.
Mary Ellen Matthews
Twenty-two years ago, the diva began an eight-week reign on the
Billboard Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Roxette, Rihanna and
May 11, 1991
Sweden’s most famous musical duo, Roxette,
reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Joyride.” The album from
the pair (which is still together) also produced the No. 2-peaking
“Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)” and the top 40 hits
“Spending My Time” and “Church of Your Heart.”
May 12, 1990
Sinead O’Connor is best known for
her four-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which also
led Alternative Songs for a week. But, on this date 25 years ago, the
ballad’s follow-up became a No. 1, too, as “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
topped the latter list. Two other songs made big moves on Alternative
Songs that week: Depeche Mode’s “Policy of Truth” vaulted 30-5 and Billy
Idol’s “Cradle of Love” leapt 19-10.
May 13, 2006
Rihanna reached the top of the
Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with “SOS.” Amazingly, she’s added
12 more No. 1s since then, tallying the second-most leaders, 13, among
women all-time. Only Mariah Carey (18) has more.
May 14, 1988
Twenty-seven years ago today, Gloria Estefan
made her first trip to No. 1, as love song “Anything for You” (with
Miami Sound Machine) reigned. She’d lead again with “Don’t Wanna Lose
You” in 1989 and “Coming Out of the Dark” in 1991.
May 15, 1993
After scoring seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson picked up right where she left off, as “That’s the Way Love Goes,” the first single from janet., began an eight-week run at No. 1.
May 16, 1964
A Motown classic, Mary Wells‘ “My
Guy,” rose 3-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She rode a string of hit
singles composed by Smokey Robinson and followed “Guy,” her only No. 1,
with a pair of top 20 duets with Marvin Gaye.
May 17, 2008
Not a bad first impression: Colbie Caillat‘s debut smash “Bubbly” wraps a 19-week run at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart. The reign is the longest for a female artist’s first single in the chart’s 54-year history.
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