Saturday, August 16, 2014


Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop.


38 top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles. The Beatles, with 34, rank second. Madonna’s first top 10 was 1984’s “Borderline,” which started a streak of 17 consecutive top 10s through 1989’s “Cherish” (No. 2). Her most recent top 10 was 2012’s No. 10-peaking “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.

Seven Hot 100 No. 1s in the ’80s, tying her with Whitney Houston for most among women during the decade. Madonna’s total haul of No. 1 Hot 100 hits is 12, placing her fifth for the most leaders all-time. (The Supremes also boast 12 toppers). Only the Beatles (with 20), Mariah Carey (18) and Michael Jackson and Rihanna (13) have earned more No. 1s.

Coincidentally, Madonna claimed her fourth No. 1, “Papa Don’t Preach,” on this date in 1986, her 28th birthday. (Aug. 16 also doubles as the launch date of Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart in 2003, a list that Madonna has led seven times).

43 No. 1s on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. Essentially, if Madonna releases a single and it charts on Dance Club Songs, it’s a safe bet to assume it’ll go to No. 1. Madonna is clearly the Queen of the Club. Rihanna ranks second with 22 toppers, followed by Beyonce (21).

20 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, the most such sets among all artists dating to her first week in the top tier (Oct. 6, 1984) with her self-titled debut. Of those efforts, eight reached No. 1, including MDNA in 2012. In that nearly 30-year span, the Kidz Bop Kids franchise places second with 19 top 10s, followed by George Strait (18) and Carey (17).

Meanwhile, Madonna’s influence is reaching the latest generation of divas. “She is strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody’s comprehension,” Ariana Grande beams of her top idol in the cover story of the new Billboard Magazine. When suggested that the two should record together, “Oh my God, my heart would stop,” she gasps.

Extract from Billboard

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