Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song
LOS ANGELES, CA – Friday, December 7, 2018 — Having become the first Swedish rock band ever to win a Grammy Award – 2016’s Best Metal Performance for the song “Cirice” – today, Ghost has nabbed two new Grammy nominations, Best Rock Album for Prequelle and Best Rock Song for “Rats”
“Being nominated a second time is a big honor,” said Ghost’s Tobias Forge.  “What gladdens me even more, besides our two nominations this time around, is to see my fellow Swede and Lincöpian, Ludwig Göransson, being nominated for four awards.  Six Grammy nominations is pretty freaking cool for two guys from Linköping.”
Prequelle, released June 1, 2018, entered the Billboard 200 chart at #3, and has already been named #1 on the “Best Rock/Metal Albums of the Year” lists in Revolver, Metal Hammer UKSweden Rock, All Access and Grunge.  The album has been streamed nearly 100-million times.
“Rats,” the fist-pumping first single from Prequelle, maintained the #1 spot at Active Rock Radio for eight consecutive weeks, setting a record as the chart’s longest-running #1 song of 2018.  Loudwire named “Rats” one of the best metal songs of 2018, the song has racked up more than 16-million streams and the companion music video, with its “gleeful, ‘Thriller-esque choreography,” has accumulated more than 15-million YouTube views.
Ghost wraps up its Fall North American tour next Saturday (12/15, remaining dates below) with a headline show at New York’s Barclays Center.  The band will take a quick break from its February 2019 headline European tour to attend the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10.  Ghost will be main support on Metallica’s 25-date European Stadium Tour next summer.
 7    Place Bell, Laval, QC Canada (Montreal)
 8    Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON
10   The Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11   Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA (Philly)
13   Palace Theater, Albany, NY
14   Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
15   Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
The Swedish-born Tobias Forge, who has been referred to as “the Andrew Lloyd Webber of Rock,” is Ghost’s creative force, singer, songwriter, musician, and architect of the elaborate storylines that are woven through the band’s four full-length studio albums, EPs, music videos, webisodes, and live shows, all of which advance the Ghost storyline.  Forge grew up listening to a wide array of 70s and 80s rock – Alice Cooper, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Starship, Iron Maiden, and Foreigner.  He’s a hardcore music junkie; at home in Sweden, he has a most impressive collection of vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes, and when on tour, he regularly arranges for visits to local record haunts and ships back even more treasures.  He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and kazoo.  Ghost’s new album, Prequelle, is loosely based on The Black Plague of 14th century Europe, a metaphor Forge hopes will apply to the societal ills of today.
Ghost’s music began as being much heavier, harder and “more metal,” but over the band’s recent history, their songs have evolved to embrace a more catchy, rock sound.  Four of the band’s songs have hit Billboard’s Top 5 Rock chart – “Circe” claimed the #4 spot in 2015, “From The Pinnacle to the Pit” went to #5 in 2016, and both “Square Hammer” (2017) and “Rats” (2018) held the #1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  Ghost’s music retains its rock edge as well as its dark lyrical themes like The Black Plague, the Antichrist, the Inquisition, avarice, and the Apocalypse.  Ghost won a Grammy Award in 2016 for “Cirice” in the category of Best Metal Performance.

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