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Mac Miller hits No. 1 without help from radio or a major label
Mac Miller hits No. 1 without help from radio or a major label

How did Mac Miller do it? It seems improbable, but the party-all-the-time Jewish rapper from Pittsburgh found himself at the top of the Billboard 200 on Nov. 16, without a radio hit, and more important, without a major-label machine there to take the credit. Miller, 19, sold 144,000 copies of his debut album, "Blue Slide Park," making him the first independent artist to claim the top spot since 1995. He's not a protege of a superstar, nor have any of "Blue Slide Park's" songs charted. He's not hawking the latest cell phone. He doesn't have a famous girlfriend. Even his skills on the mic are passable at best. Yet here he is, a teenager working with...

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