Week Ending March 31, 2013. Songs: “Thrift Shop” Sets First Quarter Record
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz sold 4,178,000 copies in the first quarter of 2013. That’s more, by far, than any song has sold in the first quarter of a calendar year in digital history. The old record was set last year, when “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae sold 2,753,000 copies in the first quarter.
“Thrift Shop” logs its sixth week at #1 on the Hot 100. That’s the longest run since Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” spent six weeks on top in December and January. It’s the longest run by an ongoing duo (not just a one-time collabo) since LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” (featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock) had six weeks on top in the summer of 2011.
“Thrift Shop” tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 12th week. That enables it to surpass Robin Thicke’s 2007 hit “Lost Without U” for the longest run at #1 by a white artist since the chart originated (as Harlem Hit Parade) in October 1942. (Mariah Carey, whose “We Belong Together” logged 14 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart in 2005, is biracial. Her father was of African American and Venezuelan descent. Her mother is of white Irish descent.)
Two other songs by the duo are moving up the Hot 100. “Can’t Hold Us” jumps from #27 to #15 in its eighth week. “Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert) re-enters the chart at #93. The latter song has already climbed as high as #89.
Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” jumps from #4 to #2. It’s vying to become Mars’ fifth #1 hit; his fourth in a lead role. The song was selling for 69 cents in the iTunes store on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to boost its chances of hitting #1 next week. Will it make it? The song is a very big hit: It logs its second week at #1 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart. In addition, it tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
On the other hand, it has a lot of ground to catch up. Billboard reports that “Thrift Shop” has a 25% lead over “When I Was Your Man” in overall Hot 100 points. (And “Thrift Shop” actually increased its lead over Mars’ hit slightly this week.)
“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess jumps from #6 to #5 in its seventh week. It’s P!nk’s eighth song to reach the top five; Ruess’ third (following two hits with his group fun.) It’s the second top five hit from P!nk’s The Truth About Love album, following “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” Truth is P!nk’s first studio album to spin off two top five hits, though her hits compilation Greatest Hits….So Far!!! also did the trick (with “Raise Your Glass” and “F**kin’ Perfect.”)
In addition, “Just Give Me A Reason” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.