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On This Day In Music History

On this day in 2008, Mariah Carey smashed Elvis Presley’s US chart record by scoring the 18th number one of her career with ‘Touch My Body’, from her new album E=MC2. Carey had now surpassed Elvis Presley’s 17 number ones, The Beatles still held the record with 20 US number 1 hit singles.

In 2011, Adele broke the record for the longest time at number 1 in the UK album chart by a female solo artist after her second album, 21 spent 10 consecutive weeks at the top of the chart.

Born on this day in 1961, Eddie Murphy, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. A regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. Appeared in the 2006 motion picture musical Dreamgirls. Scored the 1986 US No.3 single, ‘Party All The Time.’

Born on this day in 1985, British singer, songwriter Leona Lewis, singer, winner of the third UK series of the The X Factor. Lewis had the 2006 UK number 1 single ‘A Moment Like This’. The download single set a world record, by being downloaded over 50,000 times within 30 minutes of being available online.