Was Alicia really first?

Friday 11 January 2008

A music chart expert and professional journalist, Fred Bronson is the author of The Billboard Book of Number One Hits and writes for numerous television and radio projects.
Hi Fred. I love reading your column every week. Last week you mentioned that Alicia Keys was the first solo artist to occupy the top two positions on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. Didn't Mariah Carey do this in 2005 with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off"? Thanks. George Eng, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dear George. Mariah Carey did hold down the top two spots on the Hot 100 with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off", but she didn't duplicate that achievement on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. On that tally, "Shake It Off" advanced 3-2 the week of Sept. 10, 2005. That same week, "We Belong Together" fell 1-4 and "Shake It Off" was runner-up to "Like You" by Bow Wow featuring Ciara, which rose 2-1.

(Billboard's Chart Beat Chat)

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