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This Day in Hollywood History

Sept. 2, 1995

Michael Jackson was alone at the top in 1995. The King of Pop saw his ballad "You Are Not Alone" debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 12 years ago. Cool, right? There’s more. Accompanied by its infamous $7 million music vid featuring then-wife Lisa-Marie Presley, the tune is the first single in Billboard history to open at the top spot. It only stayed there for a week and is currently the last of MJ’s 13 No. 1 hits, but the song would also lead the pack on the R&B charts and go platinum. Michael’s not alone with the first-week sales honor anymore. Since then, eleven other singles have debuted in first place.

Mariah Carey "Fantasy"

Whitney Houston
"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"

Mariah Carey
& Boyz II Men "One Sweet Day"

P. Diddy
& Faith Evans "I’ll Be Missing You"

Mariah Carey

Elton John
"Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"

Céline Dion
"My Heart Will Go On"

"I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing"

Lauryn Hill
"Doo Wop (That Thing)"

Clay Aiken "This Is the Night"

Fantasia Barrino
"I Believe"

By Joyce Eng