‘Same Love’ becomes platinum-certified, VMA-nomianted anthem for marriage supporters
July 17, 2013
This month, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the breakout hip-hop duo who have enjoyed massive success this year for their No. 1 hits "Can't Hold Us" and "Thrift Shop," added another check point in their rapidly expanding "win" column. Their third single, "Same Love," has been certified platinum, meaning that it has sold 1 million copies - and the inspiring video for the song has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, announced on Wednesday, July 17. The video has already racked up over 58 million views on YouTube.
The song, "Same Love," talks about the importance of respecting and celebrating gay and lesbian people, and includes specific encouragement of the freedom to marry. It was originally written in support of Referendum 74, the Fall 2012 ballot initiative that upheld the freedom to marry in Washington state. The song was passed around online at the time, but in recent weeks, the track has climbed in popularity, recently reaching No. 16 on theBillboard Hot 100 charts, selling a record number of downloads, and achieving massive airplay across the radio and streaming services.
In the song, which also features singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, the lyrics read:
We press play, don't press pause / Progress, march on / With the veil over our eyes / We turn our back on the cause / til the day that my uncles can be united by law
A certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all / But it's a damn good place to start / No law is gonna change us / We have to change us / Whatever God you believe in / We come from the same one / Strip away the fear / Underneath it's all the same love / About time that we raised up
To sing a song about something I really believe in and a cultural shift that needs to happen within society [and] to be able to also do my passion at the same time… to just turn the car on and hear my voice on three different radio stations, it blows my mind. I have to keep telling myself that there are songs that have shifted my views and have changed me. That’s just through a song. Maybe that’s what we’re doing, too.
Watch the video below: