Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1999 #FBF

Published: Friday 8th Jun 2018 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’ll fast backward to Maxwell’s (born Gerald Rivera) 1999 hit ‘Fortunate.’  Found aboard the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence-led film ‘Life,’ the neo-soul jam – penned and produced by R. Kelly – was initially rejected by Rivera before Kelly convinced him to record it instead of the title track to the film’s soundtrack (a tune later made a hit by K-Ci & Jojo).

Released in March of that year, the tune eventually peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 (where it was found this week that year).  Unknown to the crooner at the time, ‘Fortunate’ not only went on to be the Hot 100 peak of his career but also the biggest hit of his career with sales that currently hover slightly under the Platinum mark.  Going on to become a fan favorite amongst his many unforgettable R&B gems, look inside to relieve the magic of ‘Fortunate’ and see who joined him in the Hot 100 this week 19 years ago:

Hot 100 This Week in 1999

Hot 100 This Week

Click here to read the full “Chart Check” from this week.

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  1. i hate black and white bitchezzz…they both not sh6t June 8, 2018

    Maxwell keep the night poppin….yall need to leave rkelly alone. id love for them to do another song

  2. pat June 8, 2018

    pop, latin, r and b, rap, and country all in the top 10. wow

  3. Section8DaGreat June 8, 2018

    The reason why R&B is not as popular as it was is because black people have abandoned it. The white audience will like whatever blacks deem as COOL and HIP. That is why hip hop is so popular because it brands you as being cool if you like it. If we (black folks) show that you can listen to R&B and have swag and be hip, it will catch on with other races and they will follow. IT ALWAYS HAPPENS!

    • StarXavi June 8, 2018

      I actually agree with this for the most part. We definitely need great black artists to return to R&B.

  4. Antincia foster June 10, 2018


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