Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (chart dated March 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.
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 theHot 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.
Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis reach a new high on the Billboard Artist 100, which measures the week’s most popular artists across all genres, re-entering at No. 14 after a three-month absence on the chart.