Week Ending Feb. 3, 2013. Songs: “Thrift Shop” Sets Digital Record
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #1 for the third week. It’s #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fourth week. Impressively, the song’s sales have increased in each of those four weeks, from 236K to 279K in its first week at #1, then to 341K, then to 357K, and now to 381K. It’s the first song in the nine-year history of the Hot Digital Songs chart to post a sales increase in each of its first four weeks at #1.
The genial song about bargain-hunting has a shot at another sales record. This is the fourth time the song’s weekly sales have topped 300K. (It first reached that mark in the week that included Christmas). The song may match fun’s record for the most weeks above 300K in weekly sales. “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae) topped that mark seven times.
“Thrift Shop” holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fourth week. This is the longest run at #1 on the R&B chart for a song by a white artist since Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without U” spent 11 weeks on top in 2007. The song is #1 on Hot Rap Songs for the fifth week.
Needless to say, it’s the best-selling song so far this year. It will probably be up for a Grammy for Record of the Year at next year’s ceremony.
Two more songs by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debut this week. “Can’t Hold Us” opens at #97. “Same Love” bows at #99.
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #2 for the third week. The song tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Mars’ eighth song to reach that threshold; his fifth as a lead artist. The song also tops the all-genre Radio Songs chart for the seventh week. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that it’s the first song by a male solo artist to spend seven weeks at #1 on that chart since Mars’ own “Just The Way You Are” in 2010.
Mars’ will probably have two songs in the top 10 simultaneously before long. His follow-up, “When I Was Your Man,” leaps from #49 to #22 in its seventh week. Digital sales rank: #7 (105K). Mars is the only artist with two songs in the top 10 on this week’s Hot Digital Songs chart.