This Day in Hollywood History


Sep. 2 2007, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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Sept. 2, 1995

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 , 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.

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"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"

& "One Sweet Day"

& "I'll Be Missing You"


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

"My Heart Will Go On"

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"

Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

"This Is the Night"

"I Believe"


By Joyce Eng


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