On This Day In Music History

On this day in 1983, Michael Jackson started a seven week run on the US charts with ‘Billie Jean’. This is Jackson’s fourth solo US number 1; which was also a number 1 hit in the UK.

In 2000, Madonna went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with her version of the Don McLean 1972 hit ‘American Pie’. It was her 50th UK hit and the singers ninth UK number 1 and taken from the soundtrack to the 2000 film The Next Best Thing.


In 2006, Corinne Bailey Rae went to number one on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘Corinne Bailey Rae.‘ Rae became the only fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at number 1 on the UK chart.

In 2017, Ed Sheeran was at number 1 on the UK album chart with his third studio album ÷ (pronounced ‘divide’). All the tracks on the album reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart in the week of the album’s release, due to heavy streaming.