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Ghost has longest-running rock chart-topper of the year with ‘Rats’

Ghost perform at Huxleys Neue Welt on April 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Redferns

Ghost‘s current single “Rats” has just notched its seventh consecutive week at Number One on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs chart as well as the Active Rock radio survey, making it the longest-running track to top those charts this year. Released this past spring, “Rats” has already accumulated more than 25 million streams worldwide, and the companion music video has logged more than 11 million views.

The song is the second chart-topper from the Swedish heavy rock act, following 2016’s “Square Hammer.” Its previous Top 10 rock hits include the Grammy-winning “Cirice” and “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,” both from 2015’s breakthrough Meliora album.

“Rats” is the first single from the band’s fourth and latest studio LP, Prequelle, which was released in June.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for “Rats”:

Ghost will hit the road this fall for its “A Pale Tour Named Death” tour that commences October 25th in Dallas, Texas, and includes two headline arena shows, at the Forum in Los Angeles on November 16th, and New York City’s Barclays Center on December 15th.

RELATED: Check out Donny Fandango’s interview with Tobias Forge of Ghost from earlier this year

Ghost leader Tobias Forge was asked by Guitar World about whether he played “the majority of the instruments” on the band’s studio recordings, to which he replied, “At some point or another, I’ve played everything. But then to give you an example, you have heard the new album — I can’t play saxophone. But I can hum how I want a saxophone solo to be played.”

He added, “And I’m an able drummer, I can play Top 40 rock okay, but I can’t record hard-rock drums in a studio situation. That would be a waste of time. So I had a real drummer come in to do that work, even though I wrote the drum patterns. And that goes for all the records and all the songs… when you hear Ghost, it’s my drum style. It’s my bass style. It’s my keyboard style. It’s my guitar style.”

Watch an “unofficial” video for Prequelle track “Faith”:

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