Let’s all tip our hits to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Their new album, The Heist, hit number TWO on the Billboard charts in its first week with a very impressive 78,000 copies sold. While that might not seem like much, it is. That’s especially true given the fact the record was self-released, meaning they’re going to see quite a bit of the money earned from those sales. Additionally, compare it to Machine Gun Kelly landed at number four with 51,000 units sold and dude’s on a fuckin’ major. [via]
Update: Macklemore just wrote a thank-you letter to his fans on this news. Read it below:
The fact that a small group people recording, mixing, editing videos and shipping albums from a 500 sq foot room can push 78,000 their first week is a testament to the fans. They are the ones that pushed this album, spread the word, and brought so much attention to what we do.
The music industry is coming to a point where what big companies have on their agenda can’t compete with what the people want. You guys who supported this album made it #2 on the Billboard charts. No big budget, no cosigns, no radio department. Just people that connect and care about the art enough to buy it, stand behind it and spread it amongst friends and family. 78,000 sold independently. I could have never dreamed this. Thank you all. #sharkfacegang