Ghost’s ‘Mary on a Cross’ Rises TikTok Trend to Top of Hard Rock Chart – Billboard


Swedish rockers Ghost earn their first number 1 on Billboardof the Hard Rock Streaming Songs chart, as “Mary on a Cross” crowns the September 3-dated list.

During the August 19-25 tracking period, the song jumped 48% to 4.9 million official US streams, according to Luminate.

Originally released as a two-song single in 2019 (alongside “Kiss the Go-Goat”, “Cross” has been revitalized in recent weeks due to a trend of using both the original version and an edited version of the song on TikTok.

“Cross” also debuts at No. 11 on Rock Streaming Songs.

Meanwhile, the track ranks 13th in Hard Rock digital song sales with 1,000 downloads sold (also up 48%). It initially reached No. 2 in 2019.

The track also tops the LyricFind US and LyricFind Global surveys for a third straight week.

Globally, “Cross” debuted at numbers 102 and 158 on the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. US rankings, respectively.

“Cross” is currently not promoted as a radio single. In March, Ghost released their latest album, Impera, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums and No. 2, the group’s highest charting, on the Billboard 200. The set’s third single, “Spillways”, is top 20 on Mainstream Rock Airplay (22-20); it follows two No. 1s: “Call Me Little Sunshine,” for two weeks in May, and “Hunter’s Moon” (one, January).


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