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Michael Jackson

First album to spawn seven top 10 singles on the Hot 100: Thriller (1983-84). Also: First album to spawn five No. 1 singles: Bad (1987-88). And: First single to enter the Hot 100 at No. 1: “You Are Not Alone” (1995). (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Black History Month celebrates pop music’s chart champs

Paul Grein

Black artists have been setting records on the pop music charts virtually as long as there have been pop music charts; this week, the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack stays atop the Billboard 200, while Drake’s “God’s Plan” repeats at No. 1 on the Hot 100. To commemorate Black History Month in its final week, here are two dozen black artists who have made chart history.