Despite having made 45 prior visits, Taylor Swift didn’t score her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 until “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” her 46th attempt, soared 72-1 on the ranking earlier this month.
This week, P!nk tops the Billboard 200 at last, as “The Truth About Love” launches at the summit. Having first appeared on the list more than 12 years ago, P!nk had charted five previous studio albums and one best-of set, rising as high as No. 2 with “Funhouse” in 2008.
(Swift had, however, already tallied two No. 1s on the Billboard 200 prior to her first Hot 100 coronation, while P!nk had collected three Hot 100 leaders before crowning the Billboard 200.)
What other star acts have, perhaps surprisingly, yet to top a prominent Billboard chart? And, who yet might?
On the Hot 100, Justin Bieber remains in the hunt for his first No. 1, among 29 total charted titles, having risen as high as No. 2 in April with “Boyfriend.” Could “As Long as You Love Me,” featuring Big Sean, become his first No. 1? It currently bullets at No. 7.