Week Ending April 21, 2013. Songs: Duo of the Year
As recently as seven months ago, few of us had heard of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This week, the hip-hop duo (rapper Ben Haggerty, 29, and producer Ryan Lewis, 25) has two of the top three hits on the Hot 100. “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) jumps from #5 to #2. (It will probably rise to #1 next week.) “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) dips from #2 to #3. Moreover, they have the top two hits (and back-to-back #1 hits) on Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs. And their debut album, The Heist, returns to the top 10 on The Billboard 200.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the first act to have two of the top three hits on the Hot 100 in the same week since Rihanna scored in October 2010 with Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” (on which she was featured) and her own “Only Girl (In The World).” They’re the first duo or group to achieve the feat this since the Black Eyed Peas scored in 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
A third song by the duo, “Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert), rebounds from #100 to #93 in its sixth week. The song has climbed as high as #89.
“Can’t Hold Us” jumps to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. “Thrift Shop” dips to #2 following 14 weeks on top. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the first act to have back-to-back #1 hits on this chart since 2 Chainz scored in August 2012 with “Mercy” (which co-billed Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T) and “No Lie (which featured Drake).
“Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” have sold a combined total of 7,058,000 copies in the U.S. The Heist has sold 610,000 copies. That dramatizes how we’re living in a singles market. (Of course, new and previously unproven acts like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the most prone to having this lopsided result.)
“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess holds at #1 for the second week. It’s P!nk’s first song to spend two or more weeks on top since another collabo, “Lady Marmalade,” spent five weeks on top in June 2001. P!nk was joined on that movie smash by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya.
On Hot Digital Songs, “Just Give Me A Reason” is #1 for the fourth time the past five weeks. That’s the longest run at #1 on the digital chart for a female-led collabo since “We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris had five weeks on top in late 2011.