By GENE STOUT
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!
Read the Billboard.biz story here.