Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ Sees Spike Following SCOTUS Decisions
Rapper Macklemore’s pro-gay anthem “Same Love,” released last year, has seen a newfound rise in popularity following the LGBT rights wins in the Supreme Court.
According to the New York Times, on June 26, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court repealed a section of the Defense of Marriage Act and ruled out California’s proposition 8, Macklemore’s hit song rose to No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, up from No. 65 three weeks ago.
The song also saw a rise in other platforms. For example, it moved up to number 5 on the Rap Songs charts for online streaming, and it saw a 23 percent rise in sales the week of the Court decisions from the previous week, reaching a total of 788,000 copies sold.
“It’s been phenomenal,” Tom Poleman, the president for national programming at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, which operates 850 stations, told NYTimes. “Everything we are seeing shows it’s going to be another monster hit for them.”
The song is arguably the most straightforward, pro-gay lyrics out there, with some of its lines saying: “The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision/And you can be cured with some treatment and religion/ Man-made rewiring of a predisposition,” or “No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it.”
“I just wanted to hold myself accountable and hold hip-hop accountable and bring up an issue that was being pushed under the rug,” Macklemore told the NYTimes regarding the song.