Rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis top the BIllboard hot 100

In their 16th week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis have reached the top of the prestigious chart with the single “Thrift Shop,” a triumphant  achievement for the fast-rising local duo.

“Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) also knocks Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” out of the No. 1 spot after six weeks.

“The Heist,” the duo’s independently released album, has been on a roll since entering the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2 on the week of Oct. 27.

According to a story by Gary Trust in Billboard.biz, “Thrift” is the first debut to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart since Wiz Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow” in February 2011.

And here’s another interesting factoid from Billboard.biz: Macklemore and Ryan are the first duo to top the Hot 100 with its first record since. Los Del Rio’s 14-week reign with “Macarena” in 1996!


Up-and-coming Canadian singer-songwriter Steph Macpherson

Up-and-coming Canadian singer-songwriter Steph Macpherson, who made an appearance at the 2010 Lilith Fair and has opened concerts for such artists as Sarah McLachlan, Tom Cochrane, Sugarland, Erykah Badu and Sheryl Crow, performs Jan. 9 at Seattle’s High Dive. It’s the opening show on her West Coast tour.

BC Musician magazine said this about Macpherson: “(Her) voice is clear, well-trained and hauntingly beautiful, and her vocal melodies are deadly infectious.”

“My parents once told me that as a small child, I would yell and squeal for no other reason than just the sheer joy of using my voice,” Macpherson says. “I loved creating sounds. Nothing has changed (well, not nothing), but I have learned a more pleasant way of expressing myself using the same tools.”

Macpherson, who blends folk, pop, rock and country, talks about her new album, “Bells  & Whistles” (Cordova Bay Records).

(Previously published at, GENE STOUT)