Wrapping up their performance for the Billboard Music Awards in Vegas yesterday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis flew to Alabama to perform an hour-long set at the Hangout Festival in Alabama. Check the performance of “Thrift Shop” up top and their marriage equality anthem “Same Love” downn bottom (which was preceded by a heart-felt speech from the Seattle rapper.
“We are in a very special time in American history right now. In fact, I would say we are in the middle of the biggest civil rights movement of our generation. I don’t know how you feel, but me personally, I believe that no government, no state, no institution, no religion, no other human being can tell you who you love in your heart is right or wrong. That is up to you. Finally in 2013 we are starting to have discussion and dialogue about the issue of marriage equality. The fear and the hatred that has been passed on from generation to generation to generation is finally starting to cease and love is prevailing all over the world. I believe in tolerance, I believe in compassion and I believe in equality.”
You know how Fridays are almost always “slow musical content day-slash-magazine cover release day?” Welp, here’s another such occasion! With “Can’t Hold Us” going double-platinum, Method Man’s BFF and his running mate grace the cover of the magazine’s latest issue to talk the independent hustle.
A couple weeks after going platinum, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ latest single “Can’t Hold Us” has reached the #1 spot the Billboard Hot 100. Making the duo the first artists in the chart’s nearly 55 year history to have their first two singles take the top spot. Who needs a major?
As if they don’t tour enough already, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are gearing up to tour the world this September. Revisiting some places, making new memories in others. Hit the jump for the destinations.
The Heist is in stores now. And for the latest video from the album, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis travel from New Zealand to Los Angeles. Ryan also has a few choice words about the creation and the amount of hats each person wears in the Macklemore camp. Read after the jump.
The Seattle duo have another plaque to go on their wall with the others. According to Chart News Mack an Ryan’s debut studio album moved approximately 30,000 copies over the last seven days, bringing its total sales to 526,000 copies. Congrats to them for yet another mark in their growing list of achievements, including “Thrift Shop” being 5x platinum.