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.
PSY’s “Gentleman” vaults from #12 to #5 on the Hot 100 in its second week. It’s the K-Pop star’s second top five hit in a row. “Gangnam Style” spent nine weeks in the top five, including seven straight weeks at #2. “Gentleman” is succeeding on the strength of YouTube and other streaming data. It’s receiving only minimal radio play. It registered a scant 65 plays in the April 15-21 tracking week, according to BDS data. That puts it at the lower end of the 100 most-played “mainstream top 40” track in that span.
“Gentleman” jumps to #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs, displacing “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera.
“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z drops from #6 to #8. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the first 2-million seller from Timberlake’s current album. His last album spawned three 2-million-sellers: “SexyBack” (featuring Timbaland, 4,185,000), “What Goes Around…Comes Around” (2,375,000) and “My Love” (featuring T.I., 2,208,000).
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess holds at #1 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (262K)…“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton jumps from #5 to #2 in its 11th week. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (245K)…“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz dips from #2 to #3 in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (147K)…Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” dips from #3 to #4 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (128)…PSY’s “Gentleman” vaults from #12 to #5 in its second week on the chart. It’s his second top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #20 (72K).
The Second Five: “Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko drops from #4 to #6 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (162K)… Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds at #7 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (142K)…“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z drops from #6 to #8 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (83K)… “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera dips from #8 to #9 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (86K)…Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” dips from #9 to #10 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #21 (71K).
Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” dips from #10 to #11 in its eighth week.
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” rebounds from #14 to #12 in its 34th week. The song has climbed as high as #7. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the band’s second song to hit this level. “It’s Time” has sold 2,315,000…“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #16 to #13 in its 12th week. Digital sales rank: #8 (127K).
Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” drops from #11 to #14 in its 29th week. The song climbed as high as #8. Digital sales rank: #6 (129K). The song holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the eighth week. This is the longest run at #1 by an ongoing duo since “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” by the husband-and-wife duo Carl Butler and Pearl topped the chart for 11 weeks in 1962-1963. Florida Georgia Line’s follow-up, “Get Your Shine On,” rebounds from #41 to #35 in its 13th week on the Hot 100.
Fall Out Boy lands its sixth top 20 hit as “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” leaps from #30 to #15 in its 11th week. The group’s album, Save Rock And Roll, enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week.
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams is the week’s top new entry at #19. Digital sales rank: #10 (113K). It’s Daft Punk’s highest-charting hit to date. The electronic duo had previously climbed as high as #61 with 1997’s “Around The World” and 2001’s “One More Time.” “Get Lucky” is from the pair’s fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, which is due May 17. That will be the act’s first studio album in more than eight years. In the intervening period, they recorded the music for Tron: Legacy, which seems to have boosted their profile. The soundtrack has sold 581K copies.
“Power Trip” by J. Cole featuring Miguel jumps from #26 to #21 in its 10th week. It’s about to become J. Cole’s second top 20 hit, following “Work Out” (#13 in 2012)…Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” vaults from #45 to #22 in its second week…Taylor Swift’s “22” jumps from #32 to #24 in its eighth week… “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida rebounds from #39 to #31 in its 14th week. The song has climbed as high as #29.
Two songs from will.i.am’s fourth studio album, #willpower, score on this week’s chart. “#ThatPower,” featuring Justin Bieber, jumps from #60 to #43 in its fifth week. The song has climbed as high as #42. “Fall Down” (featuring Miley Cyrus) is the week’s second highest new entry at #58. #willpower is due to enter The Billboard 200 next week with first-week sales of about 20K copies. That will probably put it in the top 20, but not the top 10.
Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me” jumps from #57 to #46 in its ninth week…Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” jumps from #85 to #59 in its 17th week. Pitch Perfect is in its 16th week as the highest-charting soundtrack to a theatrically-released film… “All Around The World” by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris rebounds from #74 to #65 in its eighth week. The song has climbed as high as #22.
Jason Derulo’s “The Other Side” debuts at #75…“I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding debuts at #76. It’s from Harris’ third studio album, 18 Months. The song is also a bonus track on Goulding’s second album, Halcyon… “Molly” by Tyga featuring Cedric Gervais, Wiz Khalifa & Mally Mall jumps from #86 to #78 in its fifth week. The song has climbed as high as #66… “U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko featuring Future & Rick Ross jumps from #99 to #86 in its second week.
Miguel’s “How Many Drinks?” debuts at #88. It’s from his album Kaleidoscope Dream, which reached #3 on The Billboard 200. The song contains a sample of the contemporary standard “We’ve Only Just Begun,” as performed by O’Donel Levy. The Paul Williams-Roger Nichols tune received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year for 1970…“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams debuts at #94…“Beat It” by Sean Kingston featuring Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa debuts at #98. It’s from Kingston’s upcoming third studio album, Back 2 Life…“Freaks” by French Montana featuring Nicki Minaj re-enters the chart at #99. The song has climbed as high as #77.
Neil Diamond’s 1969 smash “Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)” sold 19K copies last week. Diamond performed the song at a Fenway Park in Boston on April 20, five days after the Boston Marathon terror attack. The song, which has become associated with Boston, was also played at other ballparks around the country (and the world) in a show of support. The song has sold 1,745,000 digital copies. You may be surprised to learn that it never reached #1. It peaked at #4 in August 1969 (behind Zager & Evans’ long-forgotten novelty hit “In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus),” the Rolling Stones’ rock classic “Honky Tonk Women” and Tommy James & the Shondells’ trippy pop hit “Crystal Blue Persuasion.”
“The Motto” by Drake featuring Lil Wayne tops the 3 million mark this week. The song reached the top 20 on the Hot 100. It’s Drake’s second best-selling hit. “Forever,” featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem, has sold 3,265,000.
R.I.P. Richie Havens, whose evocative version of George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun” reached #16 in May 1971, died this week. He was 72. The song appeared on the Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road, but wasn’t released as a single.