Monday, June 10, 2013

Music News Bytes: Macklemore and Ray Lewis, The Real Deal

Nice!  On a day when I featured Macklemore and Ray Lewis' Same Love as today's Song of the Day, Billboard reports that the dynamic upstarts have just made "chart history."  The duo have just reached the top spot on the magazine's radio airplay chart with their current smash, Can't Hold Us.  "So what's the big deal?," you might ask.  Well this makes the very first time in this particular chart's history where a duo's first two singles reached such a summit.

Of course, their first song to hit the top of the radio airplay chart was the irresistibly fun Thrift Shop, and their newest, a hip hop ballad in support of gay marriage that just happened to be featured here today, debuted at #35 on the Pop Songs chart.  For any act to achieve such a feat is impressive, and for an indie act to do so is even more remarkable.

Though he's been around making music for 13 years now, independent rapper Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) always had a strong Internet following, but he really reached the height of his success with producer Ray Lewis and their bestselling album, The Heist. Like many others, the duo first came on to my radar with their first single, which seemed like it would be one of those one hit wonder-type of things, but with Can't Hold Us, the guys really put out a totally different type of sound that's got a pretty inspiring sound.

And then comes Same Love, a more down tempo song with a positive message that speaks to me, and should speak to many others.  This one made me see these Seattle-based guys as a real cool deal.  Of course I've got all three songs downloaded, but now I'm thinking of downloading the entire set.  I love it when talented people can make such a huge success for themselves such as these guys, so congrats to them!  

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