Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Debut at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (chart dated Mach 19) with the duo’s latest set, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, bows with 51,000 copies sold in the week ending March 3 according to Nielsen Music.

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The release comes nearly three and a half years after The Heist debuted atop the chart with a more robust start: 78,000 copies sold (chart dated Oct. 27, 2012). While The Heist’s lead single “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, was on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart when the album debuted (and later reached No. 1), the new album’s lead track “Downtown,” featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Look Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz, achieved its No. 6 peak months ago — on the Oct. 24, 2015 chart. That significant gap between the single’s peak and its parent album’s release may have contributed to a softer sales start for This Unruly Mess, as compared to The Heist.