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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Return to #1; Macklemore Struggles with Sobriety

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Macklemore (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Macklemore (via ABC News Radio)

After being sidelined by "Harlem Shake" for over a month, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' smash "Thrift Shop" is back at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In the process, it's made some chart history.

Billboard reports that because it returned to #1 after a five-week break, "Thrift Shop" now holds the record for the longest gap between trips to #1 for a song in the entire 54-year history of the chart.  The previous record was four weeks, held both Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" and R. Kelly's "Bump N' Grind."  

"Thrift Shop" has sold five million copies to date, according to Yahoo! Chart Watch .  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis aren't a one-hit wonder, either; their new single, "Can't Hold Me Down," has already reached the top 30.

Unfortunately, all this success has been trying for Macklemore, who's been sober since 2008 but is trying not to fall off the wagon.  "The last three months haven't been good for me -- the pressure, the expectation, the lack of sleep, the stress, the traveling," the rapper, whose birth name is Ben Haggerty, tells Rolling Stone

Mackelmore is doing his best to stay on the straight and narrow by attending AA meetings.  "It's been a struggle the past year," he tells the magazine. "It's very important to go into the rooms of AA, smell the sh*tty coffee and be reminded that without sobriety, I would have no career."

By the way, Macklemore & Lewis' new record for longest gap between trips to #1 only counts for a song in its first run on the chart; it doesn't count songs that fell off the chart and then returned.  The longest gap under those circumstances was 16 months, held by Chubby Checker's "The Twist."

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