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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Same Love" Goes Platinum

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The track that has been near the top of the Billboard Top 100 officially went platinum yesterday.

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Yesterday, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's third single off the duo's debut album, The Heist, entitled 'Same Love' went platinum.

The track, which has often been referred to as their "Gay Equality Anthem," has been sitting in the top 20 of the Billboard Top 100 for the past week. The song was written over a year ago in support of Washington state’s Referendum 74 legalizing same-sex marriage and the music video was released on YouTube 9 months ago. However, with the Supreme Court's recent decision to overrule the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) the song has become overwhelmingly popular.

The 30 year-old rapper announced the news via Twitter:

In February, the song was No. 89 on the top 100. Last month, the song jumped from No. 33 on the top 100 to No. 16. During the week of the DOMA decision, the song sold roughly one-ninth of its total downloads ever totaling about 110,000 sales. The track has been downloaded about 938,000 times to date and is currently the #6 most downloaded song from the iTunes store. The music video has over 50 million views on YouTube.

The anthem has also been known for many heartwarming stories such as the eighth grade boy who played the song for his gay teacher and another instance where a lesbian couple got engaged on stage at one of Macklemore's concerts. 

Mary Lambert, a Seattle based poet and singer, is featured on the track and wrote the lyrics to the song's chorus: "I can't change/ Even if I tried/ Even if I wanted to/ My love, my love, my love she keeps me warm."

Lambert, who is a lesbian, explained in an interview with MTV what the significance of the song has to the LGBT community, and why she believes the song has such a hold on the country right now. Here's what she had to say:

"Everywhere I go, someone has a story about how the song has helped them, and it really resonates with me, because so much of the song is my story. I didn't want to say this at the time, because I'm not egotistical, but I felt like this was the song I was meant to write, this is completely my story, my experience in the church, and being a lesbian... After we wrote it, I thought of it as Ben [Haggerty, aka Macklemore] being the brain and the pragmatic part of the song, thinking about it intellectually, and I provided the heart and the emotional spark. And that's what makes an anthem, and I think that's why it's taken off... It's telling of what time it is in our society."

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