10 Interesting Facts About Artists’ Billboard Milestones

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Photo credit: Ash Newell

Did you know there are records for the biggest drops off the Billboard chart? Or that someone’s sexual orientation was used to set a world record? 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. Longest Time For An Album To Reach #1 – Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

The former American Idol and X Factor judge’s album spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 charts before finally reaching the number one spot on the 65th week.

2. Oldest Female To Debut at #1 – Love Is Answer – Barbara Streisand

On October 17, 2009, the Funny Girl actress became the oldest female to debut at #1 at 67 years and 176 days old. She was born April 24, 1942.

3. 1st Openly Gay Musician To Debut at #1 – Trespassing – Adam Lambert

The runner-up of American Idol Season 8 became the first openly gay musician to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 in May 2012 with his sophomore album.

4. 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.”

5. Biggest Jump To #1 (Hot 100) – “My Life Would Suck Without You” – Kelly Clarkson

The American Idol winner’s 2009 single jumped 96 spots (97-1) on February 7, 2009. Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” trails behind with only jumping 95 spots in 2008.

6. Biggest Single-Week Downward Movement – “Stitch by Stitch” – Javier Colon

The first winner of The Voice became the top artist whose single made the biggest single-week downward movement, falling from 17 to 96 (79 positions) on July 23, 2011.

7. Biggest Drop Off Hot 100 – “Mean” – Taylor Swift

While she has one of the most entries in the Hot 100 in a one-week period, Miss Swift is also the artist with the biggest drop off the Hot 100. Her single “Mean” fell off the Hot 100 from a #11 position.

8. Oldest Female Artist To Top Hot 100 – “Believe” – Cher

Believe is correct. Cher became the oldest female artist to top the Hot 100 at 52 years, 297 days. The song remained at #1 for a little under one month.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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