written by Jeff Harris
This week in Michael Jackson’s HIStory: June 27, 1970
The Jackson 5’s third Motown single “The Love You Save” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks (6 weeks on the R&B chart) knocking The Beatles off of the top of the chart for the second time in two months. They become the first act in Billboard chart history to have their first three chart entries go to number one. It is also a record that they would shatter again just one week shy of four months later, when the follow up single “I’ll Be There” topped charts in October.
This week in Prince’s History: June 25, 2004
Prince’s 28th album “Musicology” is certified platinum by the RIAA. Part of the album’s sales and chart success was due in part to the artists’ unique marketing of it. All fans that purchased tickets to Prince’s “Musicology Tour” received a copy of the CD which was included in the price of a concert ticket. Billboard Magazine even changed their chart methodology so that these sales would be included in their weekly tabulation of album sales through Soundscan. As a result of this clever marketing technique, “Musicology” became Prince’s biggest selling album since “Diamonds And Pearls” 13 years before. The album would eventually go double platinum by January of 2005.
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