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!

By GENE STOUT

Macklemore’s ‘Thrift Shop’ goes platinum

Seattle rapper Macklemore may not be shopping at Goodwill anymore — at least not out of necessity. As of Thursday, he and his musical partner Ryan Lewis had sold one million copies of their single, “Thrift Shop,” which humorously praises the delights of finding great clothes on the cheap.

“Thrift Shop” was released in August, 2012 and has been on the Billboard singles charts 12 weeks, where it recently locked in the No. 10 spot. All of this is even more remarkable for the fact that Macklemore has no record contract, a trend increasingly common in the music industry.

Macklemore has had a strong Northwest following for some time, particularly since “My, Oh My,” a tribute to the late announcer for the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus. But it was last year’s heartfelt support anthem for same sex marriage, “Same Love,” that catapulted MackLemore to national fame.

(Previously published at Seattletimes.com posted by Posted by Paul de Barros)