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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis come together once again for the release of their second studio LP, entitled 'This Unruly Mess I've Made'. The follow-up to 2012s 'The Heist' has been eagerly-anticipated, with Macklemore becoming a global talking point, and not always for strictly musical reasons. The duo's debut LP was a trendy, catchy affair, and the singles 'Can't Hold Us', 'Same Love' and 'Thrift Shop' received huge success and acclaim. This latest release again tackles social issues and problems such as racial inequality, drug-addiction and unhealthy dietary regimes, while Ryan Lewis' production is as grandiose as ever.
The album's opener 'Light Tunnels' is impressive; it's a six and a half minute epic that finds Macklemore recounting his journey to the 2014 Grammys, where he won the award for the Best Rap Album, beating Kendrick Lamar in what was to be the start of Macklemore's public clashing with those accusing him of being a 'culture vulture', and generally questioning his rightful place in the hip-hop mainstream. The passion in Macklemore's delivery and the intense, epic production from Ryan Lewis makes for a captivating album, and he's certainly opening up with integrity, honesty and personality.
'Downtown' follows, and this features hip-hop veterans and influential figures Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and Kool Moe Dee, as well as Eric Nally of Cincinnati band Foxy Shazam. It might seem a little obvious to have this follow a track that so explicitly sets out his intentions though; the opener ends with the lyric "time to explain this unruly mess I've made", and you can't get more blatant than having it as the title of the album. Why criticise though? It's great to hear these pioneers rap alongside a modern artist on such a grand scale, and the track is textured, dramatic and encapsulating. It does descend into some strange musical-esque ending though, which is certainly unexpected if nothing else.
Continue reading: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - This Unruly Mess I've Made Album Review
The rapper accuses the two stars of appropriating black culture in the new track.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have just dropped new song ‘White Privilege II’, a follow-up to 2005’s ‘White Privilege’, taken from their upcoming album This Unruly Mess I've Made. On the track Macklemore addresses racism, Black Lives Matter, white privilege, and cultural appropriation, while also calling out Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have just dropped song ‘White Privilege II’.
‘Take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?’, Macklemore raps before turning his attention to artists who have been accused of appropriating black culture. ‘You've exploited and stolen the music, the moment/ The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with/ The culture was never yours to make better.’
Continue reading: Macklemore Calls Out Miley Cyrus And Iggy Azalea In 'White Privilege II'
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
Other winners on the night included Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and of course, One Direction
Sunday (25 August) night saw the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York taken over by the biggest names in pop for one night only, as the 29th annual MTV Video Music Awards took the recently-completed venue by storm in an awards show that, like most VMAs, will be long remembered. In all there were eleven different winners in the sixteen different categories, whilst the ceremony itself was an onslaught of musical surprises and memorable performances, as the VMAs continued to live up to it's billing as the 'Oscars for youth.'
Justin was the biggest winner on the night
The biggest winner of the night was pop's returning prince Justin Timberlake, who not only won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his services to the music industry, but also took home another three awards for two of his The 20/20 Experience music videos. His comeback single 'Suit & Tie' won Best Direction, whilst the follow-up single 'Mirrors earned the former N*Sync singer the Best Editing and the coveted Video of the Year Award. And speaking of N*Sync, during Timberlake's medley of hits prior to the Video Vanguard handing over, we were finally treated to the long-overdue reunion of N*Sync, who performed their memorable hits 'Girlfriend' and 'Bye Bye Bye.' We would have been more surprised, if it wasn't such a poorly kept secret.
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 2013 Teen Choice Awards, held last night (11th August) saw the likes of the Twilight cast; Pretty Little Liars; The Vampire Diaries and Glee taking home a full sized surf board as a trophy.
The 2013 Teen Choice was held last night, Sunday 11th August, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The event was star studded with attendees photographed on the red carpet including Selena Gomez, Lucy Hale, Brittany Snow, Michelle Rodriguez, Chloe Grace Moretz, Cher Lloyd and Naya Rivera.
Selena Gomez on the red carpet.
The Teen Choice Awards are an annual event held to celebrate what teenagers think deserves recognition from the world of film, TV, fashion and music. It was first held in 1999 and has gradually grown increasing popular with the passing years. This year, according to the Teen Choice Award Website, over 150 million teenagers voted on the various categories.
Continue reading: 2013 Teen Choice Awards: On The Red Carpet And Highlights
Freaky megastar Lady Gaga has just been announced to be making her 'Artpop' return with a performance at MTV's video awards in August.
Lady GaGa has performed before at the MTV VMAs but it seems the prestigious, explosive awards ceremony can't get enough of the 'Bad Romance' singer's outlandish outfits and stage surprises. To date the 27 year-old pop star has 13 of MTV's shiny 'Moonmen' awards to her name with probably a few more to come.
Not Convinced This Photo Is The Right Way Up...
MTV announced this year's first performer at a live event that will see huge industry names such as Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (6 nominations each) along with Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Pink plus many more all up to win an award for their music videos. Categories will include 'best pop video', 'artist to watch', 'best video with a social message', 'best cinematography plus awards for best male and female videos.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga To Mark Return At MTV VMAs With Brand New Single
The MTV Video Music Awards have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake sharing six nods.
The nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake leading the field. Armed with their videos for 'Can't Hold Us' and 'Thrift Shop,' the hip-hop duo will square off against JT at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 25, 2013.
Both acts received six nominations, with Timberlake getting nods for his 'Suit and Tie' and 'Mirrors' promos. Elsewhere, Bruno Mars appears to have every chance of taking home the prize of 'Video of the Year' with 'Locked out of Heaven,' though Robin Thicke's controversial clip for 'Blurred Lines' and Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' will also be popular.
The VMAs - one of the biggest events on the pop music calendar - represents the first time a major awards show has been held in Brooklyn. The place has been a mecca for art and culture for years, though the Barclays Center appears to have truly put it on the map.
Continue reading: MTV Video Music Award Nominees: Will Macklemore Clean Up?
Bonnie McKee, featuring everyone you've ever heard of.
Think of someone currently in the pop music business – no really, anyone – and they’re probably in Bonnie McKee’s new music video for American Girl. If you’re wondering who Bonnie McKee is, you wouldn’t be the first. It’s not that you haven’t heard her music, it’s just that the songwriter has so far stayed behind the scenes, writing music for people like Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Tayo Cruz, Adam Lambert and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Bonnie McKee - we might be seeing a lot of this face in the future.
Coincidentally, all of these people make cameo appearances in her American Girl video. Joining them are other stars, like Kiss (we’re not even kidding), Macklemore, Jewel, Jason Derulo, Karmin, Kelly Osbourne – seriously, it’s pretty much the 2012 Billboard chart squeezed into a single video. Plus an appearance by McKee herself, of course. In the video, she’s eating a cheeseburger and sucking on a popsicle. It’s not as bad as it sounds, though. And to be fair, the song is quite catchy.
Vampire Weekend held off stiff competition from Demi Lovato to land their second Billboard 200 No.1.
Indie rockers Vampire Weekend have topped the Billboard 200 chart with their latest record 'Modern Vampires of the City,' besting commercial efforts from the likes of X-Factor judge Demi Lovato, Lady Antebellum and the Great Gatsby soundtrack featuring music from Jay-Z and Florence and the Machine.
The New York outfit's album sold 134,000 in its first week of sales, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. It was also the first independently distributed album to debut at No.1 on the chart since country singer Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' in November last year. It was another country star - George Strait - who finished in second place this week with sales of 120,000, while Lovato's 'Demi' sold 110,000 copies to take No.3. Last week's No.1, 'Golden' by Lady Antebellum fell to No.5 while the soundtrack to Gatsby dropped to No.4 from No.2.
Meanwhile, on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, rapper and producer team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis held the top spot with 231,000 downloads of their hit 'Can't Hold Us.' Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, featuring rapper T.I. and Pharrell Williams took second, ahead of Pink.
Continue reading: Vampire Weekend's Billboard No.1 Is A Triumph For Independent Music
We pick the hottest acts and the dig through the underground hype for you, the reader...
As the annual South by Southwest festival heats up over there in Austin, Texas, we’ve cast a jealous eye over the line-up and picked out five of some of the bigger names that you really should start queuing nice and early for and thrown in five hype bands for you, too, so you can get all hip with your friends, upon your return and start laying down all those “saw them first lines,” when they blow up next year.
First up, the acts that have already broken, that you really need to check out, or at least pretend that you did, if you were stuck in that queue for BBQ wings…
1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – their ‘Thrift Shop’ song really blew up, especially online, where they challenged Carly Rae Jepsen’s chart record for ‘Call Me Maybe.’ No one can predict whether or not Macklemore’s going to be a one hit wonder or whether he’s got more up his sleeve, he’s known for putting on a good show, and all six of their shows are likely to be rammed.
The Harlem Shake will top the Billboard Hot 100 this week after a rules change that now sees YouTube plays as indicators of popularity.
For the first time in its 55-year-history , the Billboard Hot 100 will not base its chart on record sales alone, now taking on-board YouTube plays to decide who tops the weekly rundown. The move comes just in time for Baauer's song Harlem Shake, which is expected to make is debut at No.1 this weekend after becoming the latest viral video phenomenon.
The bass heavy hip-hop track got almost no mainstream attention following its release as a free download last May, though its popularity exploded this month after thousands of fans uploaded YouTube videos of themselves dancing along. Around 4,000 Harlem Shake videos are being uploaded each day. "The notion that a song has to sell in order to be a hit feels a little two or three years ago to me," said Billboard's editorial director Bill Werde, "The music business today - much to its credit - has started to learn that there are lots of different ways a song can be a hit, and lots of different ways that the business can benefit from it being a hit."
Continue reading: But...How? Harlem Shake To Top Billboard Hot 100 After Rules Change
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