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Thrift Shop (song)

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"Thrift Shop"
Single by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
from the album The Heist
B-side"Ten Thousand Hours"
ReleasedAugust 27, 2012
Producer(s)Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis singles chronology
"Same Love"
"Thrift Shop"
"White Walls"
Wanz singles chronology
"Thrift Shop"

"Thrift shop" is a song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. It was released on August 27, 2012. This song is Macklemore's eighth career single and the fourth single from their album The Heist. The song has vocals from Wanz. The song was written to show Macklemore's esteem for thrift shops and saving money. The lyrics go against the displaying of expensive items many rappers do. Music reviewers liked the song for its funny lyrics and social critique. It was released in the United Kingdom in January 2013.


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Critical reception

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The song received extensive critical recognition. It has been called a critique of the advertising common in modern hip hop.[1][2] However, The New York Times critic Jon Caramanica says, "it's not quite the robust sendup of hip-hop-extravagance clichés that it aspires to be."[3] Robert Copsey from Digital Spy rated the song 5 out of 5 stars, calling it "a rare beast of a song - original, musically daring and genuinely funny."[4]


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In the United States, the song got onto the Billboard Hot 100 on September 15, 2012. It dropped out the next week but entered again six weeks later on October 20, 2012. The song then rose the chart until it entered the top ten on January 5, 2013. It replaced Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" at number one in its 16th week.[5] It remained at the top for six weeks in total.[6] It has also topped the Rap Songs chart for fifteen weeks. It's the first song in the history of the Digital Songs chart to jump in sales in each of its first five weeks at the top of the chart.[7] "Thrift Shop" sold 6,148,000 copies in 2013. This made it the second best-selling single of 2013 in the US after Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines".[8] As of November 2015, the song has sold 7,740,000 downloads in the United States. This makes it the fifth all-time best-selling digital single in the country.[9]

The song was also successful on Billboard's component charts. It was at the top of the Digital Songs chart for ten weeks. It was also at the top of Billboard's Radio Songschart for two weeks. It reached number one on the On-Demand Songs chart and stayed there for eleven weeks until March 30, 2013. It set a record on that chart as the first song to reach two million streams in a single week. The song also topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for fourteen weeks straight. It is also only the second independent song to get the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, nearly 20 years after Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" in 1994.[10]

In the United Kingdom, "Thrift Shop" entered at number twenty four on the UK Singles Chart. However, it was available as a single via iTunes since August 1, 2012. The next week, the single rose twenty-two positions to number two. Two weeks after entering the chart, the song rose one place to a peak of number one on February 10, 2013. This made Macklemore and Ryan Lewis only the second act to get a number one in Britain with a self-released single.[11][12] As of July 2013, "Thrift Shop" has sold 680,000 copies in the UK.[13]

Music video

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The music video for the song was co-directed by Jon Jon Augustavo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.[14] It was released on Lewis' YouTube channel on August 29, 2012.[14] It was filmed at several thrift shops in Seattle.[15][16][17][18][19] Macklemore tried to get rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot in the video but he did not return the calls.[20][21] Some local Seattle musicians like Thomas Grey of Champagne Champagne are in the music video. The video was nominated at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year.


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  2. McCall, Tris (January 4, 2013). "Song of the Week: 'Thrift Shop,' Macklemore and Ryan Lewis". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  3. Caramanica, Jon (19 February 2013). "A Hip-Hop Moment, but Is It Authentic? Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop' and Baauer's 'Harlem Shake'". The New York Times.
  4. Copsey, Robert. "Thrift Shop review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
  5. Trust, Gary. "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Crown Hot 100, Justin Timberlake Soars to Top 5". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
  6. Trust, Gary. "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Return To Top Of Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  7. Grein, Paul. "Week Ending Feb. 10, 2013. Albums: Josh Groban-No Hits, No Problem". Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  8. Paul Grein (January 2, 2014). "The Top 10 Albums and Songs of 2013". Chart Watch. Yahoo.
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  11. "Thrift Shop checks out at Number 1/". UK Singles Chart. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  12. Masterton, James. "UK Pop Charts for Week Ending February 16, 2013". About.com. InterActiveCorp. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  13. Lane, Daniel (July 3, 2013). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles And Albums Of 2013 So Far!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
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  15. "Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" Video Hasn't Boosted Sales at Goodwill | TIME.com". Newsfeed.time.com. 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
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  17. "Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" Has Had No Effect On Actual Thrift Shop Revenues". Ibtimes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  18. M Dew (2013-02-13). "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Thrift Shop" Video - Washington State Film Locations". Sites.google.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  19. Wednesday, September 19, 2012, by Shalini Gujavarty (2012-09-19). "Macklemore's Thrift Shop Features Arcade Bar Narwhal - Video Interlude - Eater Seattle". Seattle.eater.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  20. Paul de Barros (2013-01-03). "Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop' goes platinum | ArtsPage". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  21. Casey Mcnerthne (2013-01-24). "Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" most popular song in nation". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.