Ghost’s “Mary On A Cross” Officially Certified Gold In The United States Following TikTok Success


Propelled by viral success on TikTok, Swedish theatrical metal outfit Ghost have added another gold single in the United States to their growing collection of accolades. A fan-altered version of the band’s 2019 b-side track “Mary On A Cross” caught fire on the aforementioned social media service earlier this year, leading to a highly increased profile for the group.

Capitalizing on the popularity, the band themselves release their own ‘slowed+reverb’ version of the track, so that they could reap the benefits of an official version of the fan-made edit.

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On September 22nd of this year, “Mary On A Cross” was the band’s second most streamed track on Spotify, having notched up 107,200,386 streams. As of today, December 05th, it is now their most streamed song by a landslide, sitting at 204,793,983 streams. In that same period, “Square Hammer“—their previously most streamed track—went from 112,702,764 streams to 122,478,731.

November 30th saw the RIAA officially certify “Mary On A Cross” as gold in the United States, marking the band’s fourth gold single this year. The outfit previously received certifications for “Cirice” from their 2015 third studio album “Meliora“, “Dance Macabre” from 2018’s “Prequelle” and the aforementioned “Square Hammer“.

A platinum album/single in the United States represents 1,000,000 units, while gold signifies 500,000 units. Outside of traditional physical/digital sales, the certifications factor in digital streams/downloads with 10 permanent track downloads counting as 1 unit and 1500 on-demand audio/video streams from a particular album also counting as as a unit.

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