Downtown (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song)

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"Downtown"
Downtown-Macklemore-Ryan-Lewis.jpg
Single by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz
from the album This Unruly Mess I've Made
ReleasedAugust 27, 2015 (2015-08-27)
FormatDigital download
RecordedJuly 2015
StudioRobert Lang Studios, Avast Studios, & London Bridge Studio
GenreHip hop[1]
Length4:54
LabelMacklemore LLC
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis singles chronology
"Arrows"
(2014)
"Downtown"
(2015)
"Dance Off"
(2016)
Kool Moe Dee singles chronology
"Wild Wild West"
(1999)
"Downtown"
(2015)

"Downtown" is a song by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz. The song was officially released on August 27, 2015 as the lead single from their second studio album This Unruly Mess I've Made (2016). A music video for the song was uploaded to Ryan Lewis' own YouTube channel on the day of the song's release.

Background[edit]

On the song Macklemore said, "Ryan [Lewis] made a beat on the road called 'moping around,' I got the beat, I thought it said moped." "Coincidentally we had both purchased mopeds for being on the road so we could go around, leave the venues that we were performing at, and I wrote a song about mopeds, which now a year and a half later is out in the world."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

AXS described the song as a sequel to the duo's successful single "Thrift Shop",[3] while USA Today called it "a hip hop recreation of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk"."[1] It came at #18 on the annual Triple J Hottest 100 for 2015.[4] However, Time named "Downtown" the sixth-worst song of 2015.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Downtown" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated September 12, 2015 at number 94.[6] Its chart debut was fueled by sales of 11,000 digital downloads in its first two days, along with 886,000 domestic streams during the same period, nearly all from views of the song's music video.[7] The next week, following its first full week of availability and a performance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, the song jumped to number 18 with the week's largest gain in digital download sales,[8] having sold 95,000 copies and logged 5.7 million streams for the week.[9] It has since peaked at number 12.[10] As of November 2015, "Downtown" has sold 772,000 copies domestically.[11] Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also performed the song live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 9, 2015.[12]

In Australia, "Downtown" entered the Australian Singles Chart at number nine as the second highest debut on the week commencing September 7, 2015.[13] The song rose to number two on the week commencing September 14, 2015.[14] On the week commencing October 5, 2015, "Downtown" replaced Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" at number one after being blocked from the position for three weeks,[15][16] becoming Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' fourth number one single in the country.[17] It has since been certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[18]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song, lasting five minutes and 22 seconds, was uploaded on August 27, 2015 to Ryan Lewis' own YouTube channel. It was directed by Macklemore, Lewis, and Jason Koenig, and was filmed in Spokane, Washington.[19] Ken Griffey Jr. is featured in the music video. As of November 2018, it has over 176,000,000 views on YouTube.

In popular culture[edit]

Media[edit]

"Downtown" was used in the movie trailers for Dirty Grandpa, along with the trailers for The Secret Life of Pets.

In July 2018, the Seattle Police Department created a music video set to "Downtown" as part of a lip-sync video competition between police departments across the United States that was popular at the time.[20]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[21]
No.TitleLength
1."Downtown" (featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz)4:52

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[59] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Belgium (BEA)[60] Gold 15,000*
Italy (FIMI)[61] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[62] Platinum 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[64] Platinum 772,000[11]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Worldwide August 27, 2015 Macklemore LLC Digital download[21]

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