Patience has paid off for Seattle rap combo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
The duo's breakthrough single "Thrift Shop" will log a third week at #1 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart thanks to sales of 357,000, holding off Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble," which inched up to #2 on sales of 190,000.
After flying up 80 spots into the top five last week, though, Justin Timberlake's comeback single, "Suit & Tie," was down six slots to #8 as sales cooled off by 65 percent to 109,000 on the same day that JT was added as a performer on the February 10 Grammy Awards.
The digital singles chart welcomed Lil Wayne's "Love Me" at #3 (up 15 on sales of 171,000), followed by will.i.am and Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout," (170,000), the Lumineers' "Ho Hey" (141,000), Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child," (132,000) and former #1 Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" (#7, 126,000). The top 10 was rounded out by the new Maroon 5 single, "Daylight" (104,000) and Phillip Phillips' "Home" (104,000).
The action on the iTunes singles chart was similar, with Macklemore at #1, followed by Swift, will.i.am and Lil Wayne, then the Lumineers, Swedish House Mafia, Mars, Timberlake, Maroon 5 and Phillips.
In another slow week on the Billboard top 200 album charts, the big story was a 31 percent jump for the Lumineers' self-titled debut. On the heels of their "Saturday Night Live" performance, they sold nearly 50,000 copies to edge them up five spots to their highest chart position to date at #2, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
A Grammy nominees compilation will debut at #4 on sales of 41,000, with Grammy nominees Mumford edging up three spots to #6 as sales were up by 51 percent to 38,000. After topping the charts last week with his major-label debut, A$AP Rocky's Long.Live.A$AP took a 73 percent tumble to #7 as sales tailed off to 38,000.
The iTunes album chart featured a slightly different mix than Billboard, with the "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack topping the tally, followed by country veteran Gary Allan with Set You Free, the Lumineers, A$AP, Imagine Dragons' Night Visions, Macklemore's The Heist, Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox, Mumford's Babel, Swift's Red and the pre-orders for Justin Bieber's Believe Acoustic.
In fact, next week's charts could see the biggest numbers of the year so far with the one-two combo of Bieber's expected fifth #1 debut and Destiny's Child's Love Songs compilation. Other new titles next week include the latest from Tegan & Sara and the solo debut from "The Voice" winner Cassadee Pope.