Charts Don’t Lie: February 9
This past week has been pretty interesting for the Billboard 200. Following the Grammys and more recently, the Super Bowl, we've seen several artists gain substantial increases in sales. First, the song that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed at the Grammys, "Same Love", as we reported earlier this week, saw a crazy increase in sales of 350%, while their album, The Heist, saw a 62% increase.
T-Pain Hates Homophobia In Rap, Mentions Frank Ocean & Macklemore
In an interview with VladTV, T-Pain sat down and talked about the disparity between the emergence of "gay-friendly" acts in Hip-Hop, directly citing Frank Ocean and Macklemore, and his perception of Urban Music's reluctance to accomodate the LGBT community. Of this, T-Pain commented, saying:
Grammys Boost Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" Sales 350%
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' Grammy wins (or moreso Kendrick Lamar's losses) may have incited quite a backlash from the hip hop community, but overall it looks as if the duo has profited from them. "Same Love", the song in which they performed alongside the wedding of 33 couples of all different ethnicities and sexualities, has experienced a 350% increase in sales the week following the Grammys. The track moved 51,000 units--a huge jump from the 11,000 the previous week--which adds to the already 2.4 million digital sales the song has acquired since its release.
What The Kendrick/Macklemore Debate Means For Hip-Hop
There are many out there who are still upset and lay dormant, content to grumble mildly because, after all, it has been a week.
Charts Don’t Lie: February 2
The Grammys had a positive effect in terms of album sales, as those nominated and those who won both received a boost in the past seven days. Despite Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city not taking home a Grammy, the rapper still saw a spike in his sales and an almost twenty-spot jump up the charts. Of course, four-time Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also benefited this past week, seeing a ten-spot jump into the top 15 of the Billboard 200 (as if they needed it).
Kendrick Lamar On Grammy Snub: "Everything Happens For A Reason"
The Grammy Awards were once again in the crossfire of the hip-hop community when Macklemore took home four Grammys and Kendrick Lamar took home zero. We've heard Macklemore's stance on the subject plenty of times now, he even put a text message he sent to K. Dot following his Grammy win on display for the world to see.
Macklemore Tells Kendrick Lamar He Got "Robbed" At Grammys
As you are probably aware by now, much to the dismay of the rap community, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song at the Grammys awards last night. This isn't exactly surprising, despite Macklemore himself (among others) asserting that Best Rap Album should go to Kendrick Lamar.
List Of Winners From The 56th Annual Grammy Awards
The Grammy awards air tonight, and we'll be live updating the winners as the show goes on. Winners are presented in bold. So far, the untelevised awards have been presented, the most surprising being Macklemore & Ryan Lewis taking rap album of the year. Check out the nominees and winners below. Best Dance Recording
34 Couples To Be Married During Macklemore's Grammy Perfomance
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are nominated for multiple Grammys tonight, some of which are for their same-sex marriage-promoting track, "Same Love". The duo will also be performing the cut, and they have a fairly ambitious stage setup planned. 34 couples of all different ethnicities and sexualities will be married onstage while the duo perform their hit. Lewis explains that the weddings “will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing.”
Joey Bada$$ Weighs In On The Grammy's Kendrick Lamar Vs. Macklemore Debate
Yesterday it was revealed that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis almost didn't make it into the rap categories at the Grammys because they've been too successful aka mainstream aka pop this past year. However, in a landslide vote decided by the general Grammy committee, the final decision was to nominate them amongst rap competitors.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Almost Banned From Rap Category At The Grammys
The Grammys finally go down this weekend, on Sunday January 27th, so there's plenty of Grammy discussion going down these past few days both rap-related and not. In the rap sphere, the competition is stiff, mainly divided between Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Jay Z. Of course, Kanye West and J. Cole, among other rappers, also received nods this year.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Working On New Music
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had a huge 2013, despite releasing no new music. The duo's debut project, The Heist was released in 2012, but it made the majority of its impact throughout the following year, earning the two collaborators some Grammy nominations in the process. It seems that the rapper/producer team is finally through pushing their breakthrough project, as Mack announced via Instagram that he and Lewis are back in the studio together, captioning a photo of his creative partner with "Very happy to be back in the lab with this guy.... @ryanlewis".
Macklemore Covers The Source's "Man Of The Year" Issue
We can't really argue about Macklemore's success over the past year at this point. As the rapper receives radio play around the world and continues to sell his 2012 release The Heist week after week, he's been dubbed 'Man of the Year' by The Source magazine. With the title comes a new cover with Macklemore on it. We've got an excerpt from the interview, in which Macklemore comments on competing with Kendrick Lamar in several categories for this year's Grammys.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Win Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year At 2013 AMAs [Update: Full List Of Winners]
The American Music Awards are currently on the air, and although the show is not nearly over yet, we do know the outcome for Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year. The AMAs have the winner of this award also performing tonight, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
2013 AMA Performances From Justin Timberlake, Rihanna & More [Update: Kendrick Lamar, TLC, Miley Cyrus Added]
This year's AMAs have quite the line-up of performers, ranging from pop to hip-hop. Justin Timberlake was among the first performers, but you can also expect to see Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, TLC, Lady Gaga and more. Check out JT's performance below, and check back for updates as each artist performs. Nelly and Florida Georgia Line
Episode 2 Of Our Exclusive "4Eva N A Tour" BTS With Big K.R.I.T.
With this exclusive look at Big K.R.I.T.'s "4Eva N A Tour" behind-the-scenes, we catch a glimpse of life on the road with the "King Remembered In Time" artist. In this episode, K.R.I.T. gets his younger brother wasted as they celebrate his younger sibling's 21st birthday. We get a visit from Talib Kweli, who stops by the dressing room to reminisce on how his life got flipped when his girlfriend got pregnant and he lost his job at age 21, but saw a major turnaround in his life the following year with a record deal and the Black Star album.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Are Taking A Break From Spotlight
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have enjoyed enormous success over the past year, and their album The Heist doesn't seem to be falling off the charts any time soon, so it's looking like the duo can now sit back and relax while they get more and more famous.
Eminem & Macklemore Among Winners At 2013 YouTube Music Awards
The first annual YouTube music awards aired tonight, and while the Spike Jonze-helmed production was far from smooth, it was certainly interesting. Eminem, who also performed at the event, took home the "Artist Of The Year" award, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis beat out Kendrick Lamar for "YouTube Breakthrough". View the full list of nominees and winners below. Video of the Year:
Stream The YouTube Music Video Awards, Feat. Performances From Eminem, Tyler, The Creator & More
YouTube will be streaming its inaugural YouTube Music Awards ceremony live at 6 p.m. EST, with performances from Eminem, Tyler, the Creator and more. Relevant rap game nominees include Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The award show, which is being hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts, features Spike Jonze as its creative director, and countdowns are currently taking place in Seoul, Moscow, Rio and London.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead AMA Nominations [Update: Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis To Perform]
With Macklemore and Ryan Lewis being just about everywhere this year, and hitting platinum for "Thrift Shop" time and time again, it may come as no surprise that they're leading the AMA nominations. Today the annual AMA awards announced the nominees for each category. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis received six nods total, including ones for Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album.