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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Downtown’ Cruises Up the Charts

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Downtown" soars 30-7 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in just its second chart week, marking the pair's fifth, and quickest, trip to the top 10. "Downtown," which features Eric…

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Downtown” soars 30-7 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in just its second chart week, marking the pair’s fifth, and quickest, trip to the top 10. The song surpasses the seven-week jaunt it took “Thrift Shop” to reach the top 10 on the Dec. 1, 2012-dated chart. “Downtown” — which features Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz — simultaneously debuts at No. 5 on Hot Rap Songs, the act’s highest entry yet.


In the week ending Sept. 3 — following a performance on the MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 30) — “Downtown” sold 95,000 downloads (according to Nielsen Music), and shoots 22-1 on Rap Digital Songs (after debuting a week ago after one day of sales on Aug. 27, its release day). Streaming garnered 5.7 million domestic clicks for the week, aiding in its rapid rise.

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