Monday, December 16, 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The Heist

"Beyoncé sang for an estimated 104 million people at the Super Bowl on Sunday, and Justin Bieber has scored his fifth No. 1 album. But the biggest victory in the music industry is an independent rap duo from Seattle and its hit song about the pleasures of smelly secondhand clothes. The duo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for the third time in a row with its song 'Thrift Shop,' featuring Wanz, which had 381,000 downloads last week — far more than any other song — and continues to gain radio play on multiple formats, including pop. The track has had 2.7 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s self-released album, “The Heist,” is No. 16 this week with 21,000 sales. 'The Heist,' which opened at No. 2 in October, has sold a total of 313,000 copies" (Ben Sisario, "Rap Duo Wins the Week with 'Thrift Shop,'" New York Times, 2/7/13).

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