Rihanna logged her second of 14 Hot 100 leaders 10 years ago. Plus, remembering feats by Janet Jackson, Elton John & Lady Gaga.
June 5, 1993
As Janet Jackson’s “That’s the Way Love Goes” logged its fifth of eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, parent album janet. launched atop the Billboard 200, arriving as her third of seven No. 1 sets to date.
June 6, 1998
And so the battle began: Brandy and Monica spent their first of 13 weeks sparring atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Boy Is Mine.” On the same date, the combative collab began its eight-week command on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
June 7, 1975
Truly fantastic! Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy became the first album ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
June 8, 2002
The Eminem Show premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album spun off the Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 smash “Without Me.”
June 9, 2007
Ten years ago today: Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” featuring Jay Z, led the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of seven weeks. As for the chant in the hook where Rihanna repeats “ella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh,” says co-writer The-Dream: “The ‘ella’ part was a play on reverb. Back in the day, we couldn’t afford the good reverb program,” so the phrase was repeated “to make it sound like it.”
June 10, 1995
Nicki French’s update of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” which made the song over as a high-NRG dance track, topped the Pop Songs airplay chart.
June 11, 2011
Little Monsters rejoiced, as Lady Gaga’s Born This Way bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The set’s title cut had crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks beginning that February .