Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make Billboard history
May 9th, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make Billboard history

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have taken "Thrift Shop" all the way to the bank.

The duo have made history on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, as their first two singles, the aforementioned "Shop" and the more recent "Can't Hold Us" with Ray Dalton, have both shot to No. 1.

That makes Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in Billboard's history to see their first two singles climb to the top of the chart.

While their single "Same Love" hasn't gone quite as far (at least, not yet), it is making just as much of an impact. The artist rhymes about questioning his sexuality as a kid, and discusses the inequality and stereotyping the gay community faces.

In an interview with Out magazine, Macklemore said that he wanted to tackle the issue of gay rights through a hip-hop track but wasn't sure how to do it.

“I knew I wanted to write a song about gay rights, about marriage equality, and about homophobia in hip-hop, but I didn’t know how,” the rapper said. “I tried, at first, writing from the perspective of a gay, bullied kid. That’s what sparked the song in the first place: reading the story of a 13-year-old who committed suicide.”

In the end, he continued, "Same Love" is a song about equality.

"[W]e play it regardless of what we think the response is going to be. There’s been such ground made in terms of acceptance in the hip-hop community," Macklemore said. "What Barack Obama did, and what Frank Ocean did, and what, hopefully, ‘Same Love’ did is start a conversation.”


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  1. Calling somone an Ape is ignorant...i don't read most of these blogs but someone informed me.

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    May 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. i am in focus with the musician on the right and what is important

    i'm not ignorant - she tells people i am ape...

    May 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. i am in focus with the musician on the right and what is important

    i'm not ignorant - you tell people she's an ape....she's not an ape.

    May 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. It's good to see Ron and Harry together again

    even if they are making crappy hip hop music.

    May 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. di bed shows==not schmitt

    not that talented.

    May 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make Billboard history

    Never before have two turds smeared so much human waste all over the billboard charts. Even Katy Perry got smudged on her new white blouse.

    May 13, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. gettingdressed

    Alot of work for nothing.....

    May 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Obvious

    "start a conversation" = everyone rubber stamp whatever the liberal says

    No questions asked either, you phobic person. Just follow like a good little sheep.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. parents vids

    never heard of them before

    May 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drapes

    i can point out my comments no need too point out my comments...not a problem

    May 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ignore: the usual with the 1 on the left.

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    May 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. shaunistheman

    I don't understand. The headline says they made history, by having their first two singles reach number one. Then the article only talks about the one single that they released that didn't hit number one. I have to question why you would just headline the article "Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have a song about Gay Acceptance and here's my take on it".

    May 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      "their first two singles, the aforementioned "Shop" and the more recent "Can't Hold Us" with Ray Dalton, have both shot to No. 1."

      "While their single "Same Love" hasn't gone quite as far"

      Try reading the article before posting nonsense.

      May 12, 2013 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Are they triumph, peace and that other jerk?

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    May 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. All reviewed.... NEXT

    gotta go.

    May 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Boss says we got 4 laps...business as usual...kapeesh?

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    May 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Crack is BACK!

    Hoes!

    May 11, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  17. they wanted to use the equpment but not permitted too be around..

    KEEP ATTACHING. UNTIL WE ARE DONE WITH THIS COWARD HOE

    May 11, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  18. When you have a chance...

    eat poo

    May 11, 2013 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  19. when u have a chance...match the blog name too the file..

    so we are organized....

    May 11, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  20. saud

    thanks

    May 11, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  21. map is a file

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    May 11, 2013 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  22. MoreFiles

    the 1 on the left is not talented....

    May 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Cat Files

    the 1 on the left is a a not talented

    May 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  24. simplybcuzimme

    Macklemore brings awareness to things that society tries to push aside, just because you may not like his music does not mean that you have to be ignorant to the creativity invested into bringing up issues in society.

    May 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  25. M.A.P.

    These guys remind me of something warm, brown, oddly shaped and very smelly. Something that we normally wipe on the walls and sculp into our favourite figurines. Something we enjoy to release into water and watch as it swirls and swirls and then it is gone. Too bad these loosers won't be.

    May 10, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • CB-25-L

      What is wrong with you? "Wipe on walls .... shape into figurines?" If you're not a 6-year old child then prepare to be alone for the rest of your life, TROLL!

      May 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

      Dear CB-39- whatever.

      I am not alone, I am surrounded by turds shaped into my favourite celebrities – there's Nicki Minaj, Courtney Love and all my other favourites waiting to play. Looks like the joke's on YOU!

      May 11, 2013 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  26. Cute couple. How long have they been together?

    ?

    May 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  27. she's a not talent.

    all of this has too get cracked open...thanks.

    May 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  28. resuts left: macklemoore==gee that was as surprise...

    hahahaha

    May 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Arrow is back too her again...

    we love this group

    May 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Cassie Furlough

    Gentleman on the right reminds me of Zachary Quinto! LOL! Ron Weasley and Spock started a band!

    May 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  31. ToughLove50

    the cowards lost again–

    May 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Bloo conf call...

    thanks

    May 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  33. kids behind schedule..

    the one on the right has a really good voice.

    May 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  34. kids behind schedule..

    the 1 on the right has a really good voice.

    May 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  35. The W could win

    these 2 guys are great musicians and really should be more recognized for their efforts grand billboard is a huge start but they need more of a push

    May 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Coward 3 Farts

    i love these 2 singers

    May 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  37. why do you think he believes them...

    sad

    May 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  38. If you need the truth dear...just ask

    no reason too call it a d bag

    May 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  39. #F**ckingAwesome

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    May 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hi # Swag

    what do u think of the these singers?

    May 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  41. #swag

    #YOLO

    May 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Print a and b

    May 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Emma

    Are they embiciles?

    May 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  44. jeff

    I never heard it. Not too sure what they are talking about.

    May 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Andrew

    Ignorant much? You realize blacks are gay too. I've meet more gay blacks than whites. What does that tell you?

    May 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |

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