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10 Things We Learned About Jay-Z from Magna Carta Holy Grail: He Deeply Appreciates Michael Jackson (and his socks)

Today in Billboard History – 30 years ago today, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


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Dec. 7, 1991

Michael Jackson scores his 12th of 13 career Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as “Black or White” reaches the top in just its third week on the chart.

"Thriller" went and turned 30 on us. Did you know…

1] With sales of 29 million, according to the RIAA, “Thriller” is the best-selling studio album in U.S. history. The set is tied with the Eagles’ best-of collection, “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.” 

2] "Thriller" has spent the most weeks (37) atop the Billboard 200 of any album by a single artist. Only the "West Side Story" soundtrack (54) has reigned longer. 

3] "Thriller" is the only album by a male artist to generate five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles. YIKES, THAT WAS ‘BAD’

4] The “Thriller” No. 1s “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” are two of Jackson’s 13 Hot 100 leaders, the most of any solo male artist. 

5] "Thriller" became the first album to generate seven Hot 100 top 10 hits.

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Sept. 2, 1995

Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” becomes the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The ballad was written and produced by R. Kelly.

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Aug. 27, 2011

Katy Perry scores a fifth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” from her album “Teenage Dream.” The set joins Michael Jackson’s “Bad” (1987-88) as the only sets to generate five Hot 100 No. 1s each.

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Aug. 25, 2001

The appeal of the King of Pop knows no boundaries: Alien Ant Farm’s amped-up cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” (originally a No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 pop hit in 1989) began a four-week rule over Alternative Songs.

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July 2, 1988

Michael Jackson made Billboard Hot 100 history, as “Dirty Diana” reached No. 1, becoming the fifth leader on the list from his album “Bad.” The set, which will be reissued in celebration of its 25th anniversary in August, remains the only album by a male artist to produce five Hot 100 No. 1s. Since, only Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (2010-11) has also yielded five toppers.