Macklemore Talks ‘Can’t Hold Us’ Going Double Diamond: ‘Can I Flex?’
This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the release of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ groundbreaking debut album The Heist, and it also sees their hit single “Can’t Hold Us” reaching diamond status with the RIAA.
The achievement marks their second diamond single from the same album, which only 19 other acts having accomplished the feat in RIAA history. The duo’s 2015 track “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, also has a diamond certification. The award is given to songs and albums with 10 million sales and streaming equivalents earned.
“It’s amazing. It’s not possible for everyone to have it. I believe only 20 people have it in history. Is that correct? Can I flex?” Macklemore recently told Billboard‘s Tetris Kelly of the feat. It is an incredible feat. It’s amazing that we played those records for record label executives, and dudes were like, “Yeah, it was cool.” It’s not on the radio, but I don’t hear it. So here we are with two singles .”
“To land two RIAA Diamond singles it is not an easy feat – it’s a testament the incredible artists Ben and Ryan are and what’s possible through true partnership,” Cat Kreidich (president of the Alternative Distribution Alliance) stated in a press release. “ADA is proud to be by their side since the beginning and I know that I speak for everyone when we say that we are thrilled for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on this well-deserved milestone .”
Macklemore dropped his first single of 2022 in July, “Chant” featuring Tones and I. His new song, “Faithful”, which features a mystery feature, will be released next Friday (Oct. 28).
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