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10 Interesting Facts About Artists’ Billboard Milestones

by Brittany Hendricks
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Did you know there are records for the biggest drops off the Billboard chart? Or that multiple artists have posthumously set world records? Well some of your favorite artists in the industry (current and past) have set world records on the Billboard charts, and you might not even know it.

Take a look through 10 Interesting Facts About Artists’ Billboard Milestones and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

1. Most Weeks At #2 Without Hitting #1 – “Work It” – Missy Elliot

The Producer/Rapper’s 2002 hit single spent 10 weeks at the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 without reaching #1. She shares this achievement with Foreigner’s 1981 song “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”

2. Youngest Artist To Top Hot 100 – “I Want You Back” – Michael Jackson

As one member of the Jackson 5, Little Michael became the youngest artist to ever top the Hot 100 in January 1970. He was only 11 years, 155 days old.

3. Biggest Jump To #1 (Billboard 200) - Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G.

Even though he wasn’t alive to relish in his achievement, Notorious B.I.G. had one of the biggest jumps to #1 (176-1) on the Billboard 200 in April 1997, one month after he was gunned down in his car in Los Angeles.

4. Most Weeks At #1 – “One Sweet Day” – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

What a sweet time period it was. Mariah Carey’s duet with Boyz II Men spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100! Others on this list include Whitney Houston, Brandy, and Destiny’s Child.

5. Most Consecutive Weeks In Top 10 After Top 10 Debut – “Starships” – Nicki Minaj

The former American Idol judge’s single spent 21 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting in the Top 10. Others in the category include The Black Eyed Peas, Whitney Houston, and (then) Puff Daddy.

6. Most #1 Singles From One Album – Bad – Michael Jackson

A familiar face to setting records, Michael Jackson tops the list of most #1 singles from one album with five singles from his album Bad. He shares this achievement with Katy Perry’s five singles from her sophomore album Teenage Dream.

7. EP To Reach #1 On the Billboard 200 – Collision Course – Linkin Park & Jay-Z

In 2004, Linkin Park & Jay-Z joined the ranks of the Jar of Flies in being two of the only artists in the United States to have an EP reach #1 on the Billboard 200.

8. First Time Any Catalog Album Outsold The Number-One Album – Michael Jackson

The issue dated July 11, 2009 was the first time any catalog album outsold the number-one album on the Billboard 200. Three of Michael Jackson’s albums (Number OnesThe Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller) claimed positions 1-3 respectively on Top Pop Catalog Albums and Top Comprehensive Albums in the week following Jackson’s death

9. Most #1 Hits – Aretha Franklin & Stevie Wonder

Aretha Franklin & Stevie Wonder are tied at 20 for the most #1 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Ray Charles sits at the bottom of the Top 10 with 11 #1 singles.

10. Most Top 10 Songs Among Female Artists Since 2000 – Beyonce

Blue Ivy’s mother is the top-selling female artist on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with 19 Top 10 singles since 2000. Alicia Keys follows closely behind with 15 Top 10s in that same time period.

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