Four years after it was first released, Macklemore’s marriage equality anthem ‘Same Love’ has hit #1 on the Australian charts.
The song’s surprise return to the top of the charts comes amid the controversy surrounding his performance of Same Love at the National Rugby League (NRL) grand final.
It was announced last week Macklemore would perform Same Love alongside three of his other biggest hits at NRL final, one of Australia’s biggest sporting events.
But opponents of same-sex marriage have tried to stop the song being performed at the grand final. Including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott who said politics should be kept out of sport.
Australia is currently holding a public postal survey on marriage equality. Australians are being asked whether they think the law should be updated to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Despite the controversy Macklemore promised to ‘go harder’ during his performance on Sunday.
Thanks to the attention created by the controversy, Same Love has just hit #1 on the iTunes chart.
The Seattle rapper took to Twitter to celebrate the songs ascension to the top of the charts.
‘Yesterday someone started a petition in Australia to ban me from playing Same Love at the #NRLGF. Today it’s #1 on iTunes,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘Love is winning’.
Yesterday someone started a petition in Australia to ban me from playing Same Love at the #NRLGF. Today its #1 on iTunes. Love is winning ❤️
— IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME (@macklemore) September 28, 2017
The Same Love video also climbed to #1 on the iTunes video chart, knocking off Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do.
Macklemore now has three songs in the Australian top 20 including Good Old Days featuring Kesha at #2 on the charts.
Same Love, released in 2013 was produced by Ryan Lewis and features Mary Lambert on guest vocals. It tells the story of how Macklemore came to be in favour of marriage equality thanks to his gay uncles.