Ghost's 'Rats' Hits No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs Chart


The band earns its second leader, following “Square Hammer.”

Ghost notches its second total and consecutive No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as “Rats” rises 2-1 on the list dated July 7.

The Swedish hard rock act first led Mainstream Rock Songs with “Square Hammer,” which ruled for two weeks in January-February 2017.

“Rats” reaches No. 1 in its 12th week on the chart, after “Hammer” took 17. Ghost had charted two prior titles on the tally: “Cirice” (No. 4, 2015) and “From the Pinnacle to the Pit” (No. 5, 2016).

Meanwhile, “Rats” ranks at its No. 14 high on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart for a second week, reaching a new-best 5.2 million audience impressions (up 1 percent) in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. “Rats” is now one spot f Ghost's top peak on Rock Airplay, as “Hammer” hit No. 13.

“Rats” is the lead single from Prequelle, Ghost's fourth studio album, released June 1. It became the band's second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, launching with 66,000 equivalent album units on the June 16-dated tally, also good for the band's highest-charting album (No. 3) on the all-genre Billboard 200.