Black History Month celebrates pop music’s chart champs

Paul Grein
Writer
Yahoo Music

Black artists have been setting records on the pop music charts virtually as long as there have been pop music charts; this week, the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack stays atop the Billboard 200, while Drake’s “God’s Plan” repeats at No. 1 on the Hot 100. To commemorate Black History Month in its final week, here are two dozen black artists who have made chart history.

<p>First album to spawn seven top 10 singles on the Hot 100: Thriller (1983-84). Also: First album to spawn five No. 1 singles: Bad (1987-88). And: First single to enter the Hot 100 at No. 1: “You Are Not Alone” (1995). (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images) </p>
Michael Jackson

First album to spawn seven top 10 singles on the Hot 100: Thriller (1983-84). Also: First album to spawn five No. 1 singles: Bad (1987-88). And: First single to enter the Hot 100 at No. 1: “You Are Not Alone” (1995). (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

<p>Most consecutive No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 (seven). Also: Female artist with the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (46). And: First album by a female artist to debut at No. 1: Whitney (1987). (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images) </p>
Whitney Houston

Most consecutive No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 (seven). Also: Female artist with the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (46). And: First album by a female artist to debut at No. 1: Whitney (1987). (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

<p>Oldest album to rank No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The Very Best of Prince was nearly 15 years old when it topped the chart in 2016, following Prince’s death. Also: Most albums on the Billboard 200 simultaneously (19). And: Most albums in the top 10 simultaneously (five). (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Prince

Oldest album to rank No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The Very Best of Prince was nearly 15 years old when it topped the chart in 2016, following Prince’s death. Also: Most albums on the Billboard 200 simultaneously (19). And: Most albums in the top 10 simultaneously (five). (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Only artist to enter the Hot 100 at No. 1 with three singles. Also: Artist with the most consecutive years with at least one No. 1 single (11). And: Female artist with the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 (79). (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) </p>
Mariah Carey

Only artist to enter the Hot 100 at No. 1 with three singles. Also: Artist with the most consecutive years with at least one No. 1 single (11). And: Female artist with the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 (79). (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

<p>Only album to spawn seven top five hits on the Hot 100: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989-91). Also: Only album by a female artist to spawn seven top 10 hits. And: Only artist with three albums that each spawned five or more top 10 hits. (Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images) </p>
Janet Jackson

Only album to spawn seven top five hits on the Hot 100: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989-91). Also: Only album by a female artist to spawn seven top 10 hits. And: Only artist with three albums that each spawned five or more top 10 hits. (Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

<p>Most consecutive weeks with at least one song on the Hot 100 (431). Also: Male solo artist with the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 (51). And: Solo artist with the most Hot 100 hits (161). And: Most simultaneous songs on the Hot 100 (24). (Photo: Lagerhaus/WireImage) </p>
Drake

Most consecutive weeks with at least one song on the Hot 100 (431). Also: Male solo artist with the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 (51). And: Solo artist with the most Hot 100 hits (161). And: Most simultaneous songs on the Hot 100 (24). (Photo: Lagerhaus/WireImage)

<p>Only act with three singles that have logged 10 or more weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Also: First single to log 16 weeks at No. 1 (“One Sweet Day,” with Mariah Carey, 1995-96). And: First single by a group to enter the Hot 100 at No. 1. (Photo: David Becker/Getty Images) </p>
Boyz II Men

Only act with three singles that have logged 10 or more weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Also: First single to log 16 weeks at No. 1 (“One Sweet Day,” with Mariah Carey, 1995-96). And: First single by a group to enter the Hot 100 at No. 1. (Photo: David Becker/Getty Images)

<p>Only artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her/his first six studio albums. Also: Most simultaneous songs on the Hot 100 by a female artist (12). (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS) </p>
Beyoncé

Only artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her/his first six studio albums. Also: Most simultaneous songs on the Hot 100 by a female artist (12). (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)

<p>Female artist with the most consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 (216). Also: Only female solo artist to land four No. 1 singles in a calendar year. RiRi achieved the feat in 2010. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) </p>
Rihanna

Female artist with the most consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 (216). Also: Only female solo artist to land four No. 1 singles in a calendar year. RiRi achieved the feat in 2010. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

<p>Youngest solo artist to top the Hot 100. The former child star was just 13 when he topped the chart with “Fingertips, Pt. 2” in August 1963. Also: Only album to spend its first 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200: Songs in the Key of Life (1976). (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Wonder Productions, Inc.) </p>
Stevie Wonder

Youngest solo artist to top the Hot 100. The former child star was just 13 when he topped the chart with “Fingertips, Pt. 2” in August 1963. Also: Only album to spend its first 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200: Songs in the Key of Life (1976). (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Wonder Productions, Inc.)

<p>First male solo artist with three singles in the top 10 on the Hot 100 simultaneously (May/June 2003). Also: First male solo artist with four singles in the top 10 simultaneously (April 2005). (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images) </p>
50 Cent

First male solo artist with three singles in the top 10 on the Hot 100 simultaneously (May/June 2003). Also: First male solo artist with four singles in the top 10 simultaneously (April 2005). (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

<p>Female solo artist with the most Hot 100 hits (83). (Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows Music & Arts Festival) </p>
Nicki Minaj

Female solo artist with the most Hot 100 hits (83). (Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows Music & Arts Festival)

<p>Solo artist with the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 (14). (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation) </p>
Jay-Z

Solo artist with the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 (14). (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

<p>Group or duo with the most consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 (139). (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images) </p>
Destiny’s Child

Group or duo with the most consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 (139). (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

<p>The only male solo artist with two singles that have logged 10 or more weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Pharrell was featured on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (12 weeks on top in 2013). He followed up with his own “Happy” (10 weeks in 2014). (Photo: Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester) </p>
Pharrell Williams

The only male solo artist with two singles that have logged 10 or more weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Pharrell was featured on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (12 weeks on top in 2013). He followed up with his own “Happy” (10 weeks in 2014). (Photo: Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)

<p>The longest climb to No. 1 on the Hot 100 by a solo artist. His romantic ballad “All of Me” topped the chart in its 30th week in May 2014. (Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Moet Hennessy) </p>
John Legend

The longest climb to No. 1 on the Hot 100 by a solo artist. His romantic ballad “All of Me” topped the chart in its 30th week in May 2014. (Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Moet Hennessy)

<p>The solo artist with the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 (19). He achieved the feat in 2004 with his hits “Yeah!” (featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris) and “Burn.” (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Usher

The solo artist with the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 (19). He achieved the feat in 2004 with his hits “Yeah!” (featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris) and “Burn.” (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>First artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with two albums in back-to-back weeks. The rapper debuted in the top spot on March 11, 2017 with Future and on March 18, 2017 with HNDRXX. (Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns) </p>
Future

First artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with two albums in back-to-back weeks. The rapper debuted in the top spot on March 11, 2017 with Future and on March 18, 2017 with HNDRXX. (Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns)

<p>First female artist to simultaneously occupy the top two spots on the Hot 100. She achieved the feat in April/May 2002 with “Foolish” and Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?,” on which she was featured. Also: First solo artist to simultaneously occupy three spots in the top 10. (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images) </p>
Ashanti

First female artist to simultaneously occupy the top two spots on the Hot 100. She achieved the feat in April/May 2002 with “Foolish” and Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?,” on which she was featured. Also: First solo artist to simultaneously occupy three spots in the top 10. (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

<p>American group with the most No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 (12). Diana Ross went on to collect six more No. 1 hits as a solo artist. Only one other woman — Mariah Carey — has amassed 18 career No. 1 hits.(Photo: Archive Photos/Getty Images) </p>
The Supremes

American group with the most No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 (12). Diana Ross went on to collect six more No. 1 hits as a solo artist. Only one other woman — Mariah Carey — has amassed 18 career No. 1 hits.(Photo: Archive Photos/Getty Images)

<p>First artist to land a posthumous No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. The R&B legend topped the chart with poignant “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” in March1968, three months after he died in a plane crash. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) </p>
Otis Redding

First artist to land a posthumous No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. The R&B legend topped the chart with poignant “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” in March1968, three months after he died in a plane crash. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

<p>Oldest artist to top the Hot 100. Satchmo was 62 when he topped the chart with his version of the Broadway showstopper “Hello, Dolly!” in May 1964. (Photo: David Redfern/Redferns) </p>
Louis Armstrong

Oldest artist to top the Hot 100. Satchmo was 62 when he topped the chart with his version of the Broadway showstopper “Hello, Dolly!” in May 1964. (Photo: David Redfern/Redferns)

<p>Solo artist with the album that spent the most weeks on the Billboard 200. The balladeer’s 1958 compilation Johnny’s Greatest Hits charted for 490 weeks. (Photo: Brian McLaughlin/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) </p>
Johnny Mathis

Solo artist with the album that spent the most weeks on the Billboard 200. The balladeer’s 1958 compilation Johnny’s Greatest Hits charted for 490 weeks. (Photo: Brian McLaughlin/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

<p>Only single to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 twice (in two separate chart runs). “The Twist” rode that dance craze to No. 1 in both 1960 and 1962. (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame) </p>
Chubby Checker

Only single to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 twice (in two separate chart runs). “The Twist” rode that dance craze to No. 1 in both 1960 and 1962. (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)

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