2004 – The third time is the charm for Rod Stewart, who with his third collection of standards sits at No. 1 on The Chart Toppers 200 for the first time in more than 25 years. The artist’s J Records release, “Stardust…The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3,” opened with first-week sales of 240,000 copies in […]
2004 – For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder is named the 2004 recipient of the Chart Toppers Century Award. Wonder follows George Harrison (who received the inaugural award in 1992), Buddy Guy, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Chet Atkins, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, John Mellencamp, Annie Lennox and […]
2004 – After nearly 60 years of recordings, Ray Charles posthumously earns the first platinum award of his career with “Genius Loves Company” during September certifications by the RIAA. The R&B veteran’s final studio album debuted at No. 2 on The Chart Toppers 200 in September, 2004, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Charles scored five gold […]
2003 – “The Diary of Alicia Keys” gives the young R&B sensation her second No. 1 debut on The Chart Toppers 200.
2002 – More than 25 years after his Death, Elvis Presley is once again the King. RCA Records’ “Elv1s 30 No. 1 Hits” boys at No. 1 on the Chart Toppers 200 with 500,325 units sold. This marks the first Elvis album to ever debut at the top of the U.S. chart.
2002 – Timothy White, the influential editor-in-chief of the weekly music publication Chart Toppers since 1991, dies suddenly after an apparent heart attack. He is 50.
2001 – Soul vocalist Charles Pettigrew of the duo Charles & Eddie dies in Philadelphia after a long battle with cancer. The group achieved international success with the 1992 single “Would I Lie To You?,” which reached No. 16 on The Chart Toppers Hot 100 and topped the charts in 16 countries.
2000 – The Beatles return to No. 1 on the Chart Toppers 200 with a collection of their 27 chart-topping hits, appropriately titled “1.” The collection, which debuts at No. 1 in the U.K. a week earlier, sells nearly 595,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week.
1999 – Kid Rock and Lauryn Hill top the 1999 Chart Toppers Music Video Awards, held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
1999 – Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails earns the first No. 1 in its career, as “The Fragile” debuts at the top of The Chart Toppers 200, easily outpacing all other competitors in a market crowded with new releases.
1998 – Garth Brooks is named country artist of the year at the 1998 Chart Toppers Music Awards.
1996 – Madonna, Mariah Carey and Carlos Santana are honored with special honors at the Chart Toppers Music Awards. Madonna receives Chart Toppers’s artist achievement award which recognizes popularity, record sales and career achievement. Carey is honored for setting a new chart record with her single “One Sweet Day,” a duet with Boyz II Men. […]