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Fences and Macklemore - An array of stars attended the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand and were photographed at the event in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 21st September 2014
Drake has provided us with a classic example of sour grapes. The rapper hosted the ESPY Awards on Wednesday (16th July) at the Nokia Theater in L.A. and performed two new songs in which he managed to include a snide remark about Macklemore. But why does Drake seemingly despise Macklemore so much?
Seven months has not been long enough for Drake's wounds, inflicted at the Grammy Awards, to heal. The 27-year-old rapper hosted the ESPY Awards (Excellent in Sports Performance Yearly Awards) on Wednesday (16th July) and performed two new sports themed songs. Unfortunately for another rapper, Macklemore, Drake included some blatantly obvious and envious references to his success.
Drake at the ESPY Awards last night.
Continue reading: Why Did Drake Dis Macklemore Whilst Hosting The 2014 ESPY Awards?
Macklemore - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis play to their biggest crowd to date (37,000) at Marley Park. The gig didn't get off to the best of starts when half way through the second song the band's computer system crashed leaving the gig delayed by half an hour before starting again. - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 10th July 2014
Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Wanz arrived at Dublin Airport ahead of their concert at Marlay Park tomorrow, Dublin, Ireland - 09.07.14. - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 9th July 2014
Macklemore - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Surrender Nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas to perform at the club's 4 year anniversary celebration - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Wednesday 4th June 2014
The 26 year-old producer went to the streets of New York to ask alleged fans what they actually know about Ryan Lewis.
The award-winning duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis must have hoped for more educated fans!
Although there is only one vocalist, it takes a team effort to create hit tracks such as 'Thrift Shop,' 'Same Love' and 'Can't Hold Us,' with which a producer is essential.
But do people actually know this? Jimmy Fallon wanted to find out so he sent the real Ryan Lewis into New York to see if the public knew who he was, in a segment for the 'Tonight Show.'
Because apparently people really don't know!
Ryan Lewis has been forced to ask "Who is Ryan Lewis?" after he began to realise that his professional other half and rapper, Macklemore, was getting a lot more attention than him. Turns out that people don't really know what the producer and DJ actually does.
Luckily, Jimmy Fallon is here to give the music star the publicity leg-up he so clearly needs. Lewis appeared on The Tonight Show last night and featured in a street canvassing stunt to gauge just how much people knew about him with some pretty hilarious results.
Lewis hit the city streets armed with a camera and some questions to interview the general public on their thoughts towards hip hop; more specifically Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; more specifically just Ryan Lewis.
Continue reading: "Who Is Ryan Lewis" Asks Ryan Lewis In Hilarious Jimmy Fallon Clip
Macklemore AKA Ben Haggerty has released a statement explaining his choice of costume at a Seattle show. His wig, witches nose and beard has been “sensationalised” as perpetuating a racist stereotype. Macklemore explained the disguise was “random” and apologised for any offence.
Macklemore has released a statement apologising for the “offensive” costume he wore on stage in Seattle on Friday (16th May).
Macklemore has released a statement explaining his costume choice.
The 30-year-old appeared on stage at the EMP Museum in Seattle wearing a false nose, wig and beard. A costume choice which landed the American rapper in a P.R. disaster zone as many accused him of alluding to Jewish stereotypes. Of course, this incident simply emphasises how this stereotype continues to thrive as this was the first thing a number of commentators thought when they saw Macklemore in disguise. Talk about irony!
It's not pretty
Despite Macklemore’s protestations that his pick ‘n’ mix costume was simply a random guise, not intended to portray a racial stereotype in any way, shape or form, it sort-of-has been construed as a racial stereotype – you know; the ones the Nazis used with a view to persecuting Jews. Those ones. During ‘Thrift Shop’.
Mackelmore is facing fierce criticism for his choice of fancy dress
“A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody,” read a defensive Tweet from Macklemore whom – we assume, because we have to – thinks that apologising would be an admission of guilt. We’re assuming that because of the lack of apology, by the way. We haven’t had a chat about it, us and Mack.
Drake said some things about Macklemore, then the world moved on.
Despite the success of his debut album The Heist, it’s safe to say that Ben Haggarty, aka Macklemore isn’t really the most beloved rapper out there. His Grammy win over the Kanye West, Drake and most of all Kendrick Lamar (whom it seemed like everyone was rooting for) only made the situation worse.
Macklemore's "nice guy" image is a bit chipped at the edges.
Maybe the rapper was trying to placate those same critics, by instagram-ing an “apology” text message to Lamar after the show, but the idea completely backfired. It could have come and gone and Haggarty’s reputation would have stayed relatively unscathed, only he had to go and commit the biggest sin for a celebrity – over-sharing.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who were prized with Best Rap Album, admit to Kendrick Lamar, "you got robbed," at the 2014 Grammy awards.
Many believed the rightful winner was Compton newcomer Kendrick Lamar's debut 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City,' and another person who agreed with the masses was Macklemore himself.
The rapper, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, took to Instagram shortly after the award ceremony and posted a screenshot of a text message he sent to fellow nominee Kendrick Lamar.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' live performance of 'Same Love', at today's (Sun 26th) Grammy Awards, will feature 34 happy couples tying the knot, as a symbol of marriage equality.
The 2014 Grammys will not be just the biggest night of the year for musicians and singers.
During the live performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's Grammy nominated track 'Same Love, there will be a mass wedding frenzy as 34 couples are set to tie the knot on-air, the New York Times reports.
Straight, gay, different race, old or young, each couple will serve as a symbol of marriage-equality, which the song became heavily associated with last year.
Representatives for both performers have refused to comment.
The 56th annual Grammy awards lineup, which already includes the likes of Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk, among others, has just got a whole lot more exciting with the addition of Beyonce and Madonna. So far, plans to include the two iconic performers in the lineup are only tentative, but it is a definite possibility, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A performance by Beyonce would be the first chance to hear the new songs live.
The ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday, January 26 from LA’s Staples Center. The Times article cites a recent interview with GRAMMY producer Ken Ehrlich, who does not confirm or deny the pop divas' participation in the upcoming event. Bey and Madge’s representatives have also refused to confirm or deny the booking. Let the speculation begin.
Continue reading: Grammy Awards Rumors: Madonna, Beyonce Added To Lineup?
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis board, an unaware, New York City bus, the Grammy's multi-platform campaign, and perform their hit track 'Can't Hold Us'.
For commuters on a New York City bus, the start of this cold wintery day seemed like any other, until one of music's hottest new acts jumped aboard.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis shocked the bus riders by performing an impromptu concert while it was still driving.
After the duo paid their fare, Lewis pulled down his hood, pushed 'play' on his boom box, and began to clap the beat, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
In another year full of scandal and turmoil, it's nice to know these celebrities had their hearts in the right place.
With great stardom comes great responsibility, as Taylor Swift proved this year. The singer had a phenomenally successful year with her RED tour, but she was also very charitable with her earning – the most charitable celebrity, in fact, according to DoSomething’s annual list for 2013.
The beautiful and talented Swift turned out to be quite charitable as well.
Taylor Swift fans will know that she’s no stranger to charitable donations and was also on the list last year. In 2013, however, there were several notable events, which helped Taylor stand out from the pack.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift And One Direction Named Most Charitable Celebrities Of 2013
The rapper let his feelings be known during his latest on-stage rant
Kanye West isn't afraid to make his feelings be known and as you may expect, the rapper had plenty to say after the nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards were revealed last week, with his latest album Yeezus only getting two nominations in the rap categories. Rather than count his blessings, Kanye let his feelings be known at a recent stop off in Phoenix, Arizona, where he queried what the Grammys are "trying to say."
Kanye can't believe he only has two Grammy nods
A video of Kanye's near-15-minute rant made its way on to KissFM's Instagram page and website, with the opinionated rapper questioning why on earth he has been overlooked in favour of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sara Bareilles and others Kanye would never consider to be on his level. Informing the crowd, the rapper raved, "Yeezus is the top 1 or 2 album on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say?"
Has hip hop finally taken its rightful place at the Grammys?
Hip hop artists don’t tend to have a great relationship with the Grammys, with people like Jay Z and Kanye West having openly boycotted the ceremony after being snubbed for awards. This year, however, is the year of hip hop if anything. Jay Z is the undisputed king of the nominees list with nine nods to his name, including the coveted Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song, for his Magna Carta Holy Grail hits "Tom Ford," "Part II (On the Run)," and "Holy Grail," respectively, MTV reports. This comes after two years of Mr Carter boycotting the awards. In 2002 he refused to attend the Grammys, explaining: “I am boycotting the Grammys because too many major rap artists continue to be overlooked.”
Was it Jay Z's boycott that fixed the situation?
He boycotted the 2011 and 2012 awards for the same sentiment. Hov did make the 2013 Grammys in a big way, however and it looks like he will also make an appearance at the 2014 awards.
Thicke's hugely successful single has edged ahead of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky,' but there's still time for the final results to change
'Blurred Lines' is the biggest selling single of 2013 in the UK, the Official Charts Company revealed today (7 Dec), having sold more than 1 million copies in the UK alone. Robin Thicke's controversial track managed to beat Daft Punk's come-back single 'Get Lucky' to the top of the yearly chart, providing these results don't prompt a huge surge in re-interest in the Daft Punk track.
Thicke's position as the top selling artist might not be assured yet
With 1.44 million copies sold in the UK, Thicke's single edged ahead of the French electronic heroes by a few thousand copies, with 'Get Lucky' so far having sold 1.28 million copies. Either way, this is great news for Pharrell Williams, who appears on both tracks.
Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar also lead in the top honours, in a year dominated by hip-hop artists
The nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards have been announced and after a year when hip-hop comebacks and newcomers have dominated the music scene, it is rap that leads the way in the Grammy nominations for next year. Jay-Z leads the nominations with nine nods in total, followed closely by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar, both of which have seven nominations each.
Jay-Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are among the most celebrated artists this year
It isn't just hip-hop being honoured at the awards show, as the two most coveted categories: Record of the Year and Album of the Year, only have two rap representatives in them (three if you count T.I.'s verse on 'Blurred Lines,' which is up for Record of the Year), with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick and The Heist by Macklemore both up for Album of the Year. Daft Punk are up for both categories, with 'Get Lucky' and their album Random Access Memories earning recognition from the Grammy committee. The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles and Red by Taylor Swift make up the rest of the album list and 'Blurred Lines,' 'Locked Out of Heaven' by Bruno Mars, 'Royals' by Lorde and 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons completing the Record of the Year category.
Ryan Lewis and Macklemore - The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. 6/12/2013 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th December 2013
Macklemore - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform live at American Airlines Arena, which was broadcast as a live feed for the 2013 American Music Awards. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also accepted the award remotely for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year. During his acceptance speech, Macklemore quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before speaking out about slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin - Miami, Florida, United States - Sunday 24th November 2013
There were winners, there were losers and there were awkward moments.
The American Music Awards took place Sunday night and, surprise surprise, Taylor Swift cleaned out. Of course, Swift wasn’t the only one who walked off with too many statuettes to carry (artist of the year, pop/rock female artist, country artist and country album for Red) but this does continue her impressive winning streak. The full list of winners was written up by USA Today.
Taylor Swift just keeps on winning.
The lineup for the EMAs is just taking shape. No twerking prospects thus far.
Katy Perry is one MTV darling who just keeps coming back – this time she will be at the EMAs (European Music Awards), almost three months after performing at the oh-so-scandalous VMAs back in August, the good folk from MTV have announced. On 10 November, Perry will take the stage in Amsterdam to perform 'Unconditionally' – the second single off her third album, Prism. The EMA audience might be in for an even bigger treat than those who got to witness the singer’s performance of 'Roar' at the VMAs, since Perry has mentioned in previous interviews that 'Unconditionally' is actually her favorite track off the album.
The 'Roar'singer's schedule is fully booked these days, most recently with an appearance at the iTunes festival in London.
This is a return to the EMAs for Perry, who got to host in both 2008 and 2009. The same cannot be said about the other lead performer, however. Ron Burgundy, the 70s news anchor and lead character in Anchorman, was recently announced as the other lead act of the EMAs. Of course Will Ferrell or rather, Ron Burgundy, is sure to bring some class to the event, if only by bringing his perfectly quaffed hair to the event.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - Rapper Macklemore of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performs live during a concert at the Mediolanum Forum on October 09, 2013 in Milan, Italy. - Milan, Italy - Thursday 10th October 2013
Macklemore - American rapper Macklemore who plays two sell out shows at the O2 tonight and tomorrow night out shopping.He tried his hardest to go un-noticed by wearing a hoodie over his leather jackets with shades,but the large security guy by his side carrying his shopping gave him away to eagle eyed fans on the street. - Dublin, Ireland - Saturday 14th September 2013
MTV's 2013 video awards had no Kanye interventions but provided plenty of juicy gossip amidst the evening's victories.
Well the MTV VMAs are over for another year after last night's Brooklyn ceremony signalled the end of weeks of speculation, Twitter support rallying, and news of who would perform and who wouldn't present the 29th year of the music video awards.
Justin Shows Off His Moon Men.
The decision to run without a host this year was an unusual one for the awards show that has historically had celebrities and comedians bringing the bad jokes and keeping the proceedings stitched together. By being broadcast host-less, the awards presented the opportunity for the music and stars to enjoy greater precedence than ever before in an evening of true music celebration.
Continue reading: MTV VMAs Round-Up: The Surprises, Scandals & Sore Losers
With six nominations, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are bound to win at least once MTV video award.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have huge plans for this year's MTV video awards on 25th August. Aside from performing and being up for six of the prestigious moon men awards, they've set their sight on the evening's biggest gong: the 'Video of the Year.'
Macklemore Is Looking Forward To Dominating The Awards.
The pair are going head-to-head with Justin Timberlake in the tussle to become the night's most awarded act with their six nominations: 'Thrift Shop' is up for 'Video of the Year,' 'Can't Hold Us' is nominated for 'Best Hip Hop Video,' 'Best Cinematography,' 'Best Direction' and 'Best Editing.' 'Same Love' could very well take 'Best Video with a Social Message' for its theme of equality and condemnation of homophobia.
Continue reading: Macklemore Wants To Win MTV Video Music Award For Grandchildren
The host this year is creating a bigger stir than ever before...
The host of the MTV VMAs for 2013 will be...(drum roll)...nobody! That's right, MTV have announced they're going to go ahead with a host-less awards ceremony this year. After the award ceremony's inaugural event in 1984, only three shows have gone ahead with no host at the helm to reign in the unruly popstars and generate some bad jokes.
J.T Will Don Those Jazzy Red Boots To Sing & Collect The Prestigious Award.
The evening, held in Brooklyn, New York, on 25th August will feature special performances from the cream of the crop of pop music, including Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Lady Gaga, One Direction and Kanye West. A stellar line-up, but no host.
Continue reading: Monumental MTV Awards Host Announced For 2013 Video Music Awards
The pair own Wireless this year.
Wireless Festival, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z – a match made in heaven as far as festival organizers, reporters, fans – all those involved really – are concerned. The pair are splitting up the headlining duties on the three nights of the festival between the two of them, with Justin having performed last night and bringing in Jay for an encore. Tonight it’ll be Hova who takes center stage, as Timberlake only comes on for a couple of tracks. On Sunday, they will share the main stage at the festival for an entire set.
Timberlake's performance was nothing short of spectacular.
Musicians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are to be the "poster children" for MTV's all-day Fourth of July celebration that they've called "Music Independence Day."
The 'Can't Hold Us' No.1 duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are to help MTV celebrate Independence Day during the channel's 12 hour dedication to music. According to MTV, "Macklemore & Lewis's independent status makes them the perfect poster children for MTV's July 4 Music Independence Day Blow Out, a 12-hour celebration of music from superstars and emerging artists alike." VH1 and CMT will also be getting in on the all-day party, with 12 hours' worth of music programming planned from 6am to 6pm on the national holiday. MTV describes the order of the day to be "all your favorite videos - in between celebrating our nation's birth/blowing stuff up," with no further hint as to what exactly will be blown up.
Mack & Lew Heading A Day To Celebrate Artists New And Old.
In a return to its musical roots, along with VH1 and CMT, MTV will turn Wednesday 4th into a 12 hour party with hours dedicated to various different genres to soundtrack your celebrations as well as online battles between emerging bands on the 'Artist Platform.' Bands looking for a kickstart in the music industry's competitive environment can compete against each other to win a TV-airing of their music video which could give them a much-needed publicity boost. The president of Viacom Networks, Van Toffler, explained the potential benefits of the 'Artist Platform': "Even if they don't make it on the air, it's good exposure and provides a gathering place for fans."
Continue reading: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Help MTV's 'Music Independence Day Blow Out'
The song is a catchy pop tune and the video - a mashup of celebrities.
It looks like there’s a new pop star in the vicinity – or an aspiring one anyway. You may not have heard Bonnie McKee’s name before (in which case, you better get used to it), but the songwriter is the one behind major hits by Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Tayo Cruz, Britney Spears and many, many others. Now she’s thrown in her bid for a solo career in front of the mic. Appropriately, with its poppy tune, upbeat chords and summery vibe, the song sounds strongly reminiscent of a Katy Perry number or two – presumably, also written by McKee. If the poppy, synth-infused tune American Girl isn’t exactly to your liking, maybe the video will change your mind.
The video features McKee of course, but it also has more cameos than a Saturday Night Live episode. Starting with Katy Perry, we also get to see celebrities like Macklemore, Aram Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Karmin, Nicole Scherzinger, Kiss, George Takei, Perez Hilton, etc. etc. – and that’s not even half the list. It also features McKee eating a red-white-and-blue popsicle, but that’s beside the point. This is probably one of the benefits of working in the music industry – lots and lots of friends available for help, should you ever feel like launching a musical career of your own.
Continue reading: Friends In High Places Aid Songwriter Bonnie McKee's Bid For Pop Stardom
The Hangout Festival is turning into a real success story for the organizers.
The Hangout Musical Festival returns to Gulf Shores, Alabama, this weekend with a pretty varied line-up including Stevie Wonder, Kings Of Leon and Tom Petty as well as a number of notable hip-hop acts. Though the headliners will no doubt draw sizeable crowds, the lies of Kendrick Lamar and the outstanding Public Enemy are the most interesting performances on offer.
Lamar, hip-hop's current golden child, hits the stage on Saturday (May 18, 2013) playing tracks from his critically acclaimed major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. Watch out for singles Swimming Pools and Poetic Justice (with Drake) and the superb Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe.
Legendary group Public Enemy, who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will take to the stage rather early on Saturday (1.30pm). The hip-hop outfit are still a live force to be reckoned with and you shouldn't miss these.
Machine Gun Kelly was among the notable stars to win big at this year's MTVu Woodie Awards
The mtvU Woodie Awards have been announced, and, ahead of MTV's 30-minute special this Sunday (March, 17), Machine Gun Kelly was named Woodie of The Year in the multi-genre ceremony.
"As many dark times that we've had, the fans have always shown me the light and I'm ready to take on the world with them," Machine Gun Kelly - a keen fan of 50 Shades of Grey - said after winning Woodie of the Year. "No quote can describe my gratitude. F---ing thank you! Lace up." He won Breaking Woodie last year, so this is just a natural progression, right? The Breaking Woodie award THIS YEAR went to rapper and Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, who won over Alt-J, The Lumineers, Dillon Francis, and others. His track Chum has been one of the most popular of 2012. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - history makers with their No. 1 single Thrift Shop - got the Branching Out Woodie, beating out Amanda Palmer, Avicii, Deadmau5, Jack White and The XX.
Amongst the performers are Zedd, who, before missing out on the Breaking Woodie, said: "I am thrilled to be performing at the 2013 Woodies!," said Zedd. "As a nominee I'm both thankful and excited for the opportunity and can't wait to unveil my set for the fans." Performances from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Twenty One Pilots, and a surprise visit from T.I are the other reasons to tune in on Sunday to see how it all unfolded.
Continue reading: Machine Gun Kelly Wins Big At MtvU Woodie Awards
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are bringing their electrifying live show to SXSW.
Chart-topping duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are heading to SXSW in Austin this month to perform at 'The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon' showcase. The three-day live residency, held between March 12-14 at The Belmont Austin, is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated line-ups of the festival, with Alt-J, The Flaming Lips and Paramore also having signed on.
Macklemore aka Ben Haggerty scored a huge hit this year with 'Thrift Shop,' a track created with his collaborative producer Ryan Lewis that reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling over 2.2 million copies.
The accompanying video has been viewed on YouTube more than 135 million times. His debut studio album The Heist charted at No.2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 78,000 copies in its first week. The pair will headline the first night of the Warner Sound event, after sets from the likes of rapper Action Bronson, Rockie Fresh, Icona Pop, Blondefire, Charli XCX and Sirah. They are due on stage at 12.10am and are likely to play an electrifying set through till 1am.
Continue reading: Macklemore And Ryan Lewis To Headline SXSW's Warner Sound Showcase
Carly Rae Jepsen's seven week run in the digital charts is equalled by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Carly Rae Jepsen should be looking over her shoulder right now, because Macklemore’s coming to get her. Metaphorically speaking, that is. MTV reported yesterday (February 27, 2013) that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ breakthrough hit ‘Thrift Shop’ is still riding high at the top of the Billboard Digital Songs chart, with seven weeks at the top.
This is the longest that any song has retained that place at the to of the digital song chart since Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe,’ which also managed a seven week run last year. ‘Thrift Shop’ has quickly become one of those inescapable hits, playing in every shop you enter and every time you switch the radio or television on. So far, fans have downloaded the song over 360,000 times, making it only the second song to ever sell more than 300,000 downloads (along with Fun’s ‘We Are Young.’). It looks as though Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ - which has received one hell of a promotional boost since the Harlem Shake dance craze went viral on YouTube – could well be the next to join that elite club of 300,000 plus downloads, as it’s already rising at 297,000 as we speak. The iTunes chart (also downloads) speaks a similar story, with Macklemore at the top there as well.
Some unexpected twists and turns have hit this week’s Billboard Hot 100, including Justin Timberlake’s 'Suit and Tie's' massive leap from 84 to 4.
'Suit and Tie' marks Justin's 12th Hot 100 Top 10 single as a solo or featured artist and his first since her appeared on Ciara’a 'Love Sex Magic' in 2009. The biggest news, though, is probably the number one. Bruno Mars’s 'Locked Out Of Heaven' finally got bumped from the top spot, after a six-week reign, by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s 'Thrift Shop'. The song snagged the top spot mostly because of its digital sales (431 000 downloads last week, coupled with a lot of streaming). 'Thrift Shop' actually beat the streaming record, with 1, 68 million streaming plays this week, beating out the previous streaming record holder, Gotye’s 'Somebody That I Used To Know' by a narrow margin. 'Locked Out Of Heaven' has slipped to number 3, followed by The Lumineers’ 'Hey Ho' at number 4 and Taylor Swift’s 'I Knew You Were Trouble', which fell down one spot this week to number 5.
Good ol’ Britney Spears comes in at number 6 with 'Scream and Shout', featuring Will.i.Am, while Swedish House Mafia’s 'Don’t Worry Child' stays put at number 7. Rounding out this week’s top ten are 'Diamonds' by Rihanna, Justin Bieber’s 'Beauty and a Beat' and Philips Philips’ 'Home' at 8, 9 and 10 respectively.
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