Chart Watch Extra: #1 Solo And In A Group
Rob Thomas this week becomes the 26th musician in chart history to reach #1 on The Billboard 200 both as a solo artist and as a member of a group, duo or collective of artists (such as Ruff Ryders and The Firm). Thomas achieves the feat as his group Matchbox Twenty lands its first #1 album with North. Thomas hit #1 on his own in 2005 with his first solo album, …Something To Be.
Three artists have hit #1 on their own and as part of two groups. They are Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Eminem.
Here's a complete list of the 26 artists who have reached #1 on The Billboard 200 both as a solo artist and as a member of a group, duo or collective of artists.
Nat "King" Cole hit #1 in May 1957 with Love Is The Thing. The album featured his velvety versions of such romantic standards as "Stardust," "When I Fall In Love" and "At Last." Cole had had two #1 albums in 1945 and 1946 with his jazz trio, The King Cole Trio.
Paul McCartney has had seven #1 albums, starting with his first solo album, McCartney, in May 1970. No singles were released from that album (!). "Maybe I'm Amazed," one of McCartney's best solo songs, might well have been a #1. McCartney's tally of seven #1 albums includes five albums with his band, Wings. McCartney also amassed 19 #1 albums with the Beatles, from 1964's Meet The Beatles to 2000's 1.
George Harrison had two #1 albums, starting with All Things Must Pass in January 1971. (Harrison had released a couple of minor instrumental albums before this triple-disk album, but this was his formal solo debut.) The album spawned the #1 smash "My Sweet Lord." Harrison also had 19 #1 albums with the Beatles.
Janis Joplin hit #1 on her own (posthumously) in February 1971 with her second solo album, Pearl. The album spawned her #1 smash "Me And Bobby McGee." She had hit #1 in October 1968 with Big Brother & The Holding Company's second album, Cheap Thrills. She was the first female artist to top the chart on her own and with a group.