Week Ending May 5, 2013. Songs: Macklemore Pulls A Gaga
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis this week becomes the first duo in the nearly 55-year history of the Hot 100 to reach #1 with its first two chart entries. They achieve the feat as “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) moves up to #1. “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) held the top spot for six weeks earlier this year. Among all acts, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the first act to reach #1 with its first two chart hits since Lady Gaga scored in 2009 with “Just Dance” (featuring Colby O’Donis) and “Poker Face.”
“Thrift Shop” tops the 6 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the 20th song to reach that plateau. It’s the third by an ongoing duo, following a pair of LMFAO hits: “Party Rock Anthem” (featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, 7,653,000) and “Sexy And I Know It” (6,102,000). “Thrift Shop” raced to 6 million in just 36 weeks, a pace topped by only one song in digital history. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra got there in just 30 weeks. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” also took 36 weeks. (That smash tops 7 million this week. Details below.)
“Can’t Hold Us” holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs for the third week. “Thrift Shop” headed the chart the previous 14 weeks. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the first lead artist to remain #1 on this chart for 17 or more consecutive weeks since Alicia Keys was on top for 17 consecutive weeks in late 2007 and early 2008 with “No One” (10 weeks) followed by “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” (seven weeks). If you broaden the discussion to include featured artists, Lil Wayne was on top for 18 consecutive weeks in 2011 with Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” and then DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” (which also featured Drake and Rick Ross).
A third hit by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert), jumps from #94 to #83 in its eighth week. It also jumps from #30 to #26 on Alternative Songs. It is being promoted only to alternative radio.
“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko dips from #3 to #4. It holds at #1 on the all-format Radio Songs chart for the second week.
“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #9 to #7. The song also jumps to #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs, displacing “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera.