Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”  and “Mr. Crowley” Both Hit New Milestones

As a result of streaming, two classic songs from Ozzy Osbourne have reached new sales milestones in the U.S. “Crazy Train” has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) on September 1 for accumulating four million certified units. That same day, “Mr. Crowley” was certified gold for accumulating half a million units. According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.

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Bad Wolves Receive Platinum Record For “Zombie”

Chart-topping metal band Bad Wolves have received a Platinum record in the USA for their runaway hit “Zombie”, a cover of The Cranberries 1993 classic. Notably, the band is the first rock band to reach platinum for a 2018 release and the first since Imagine Dragons in 2017. The plaque was presented to Bad Wolves by their co-manager, Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch), Eleven Seven Label Group CEO Allen Kovac, and promoters Larry and Fred Frank of Frank Productions/Live Nation prior to their set at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. Normally at Ghost Cult, we don’t pay attention to charts, popularity or what a band sells, but this is a momentous moment for a metal band, and all the proceeds (over #$250,000 USD) from the single have gone to the children of singer Dolores O’Riordan, for whom the track is dedicated.  Continue reading

Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct Album Certified Platinum In The United States

Metallica‘s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct was released back in November via Blackened Recordings, and after selling 291,000 equivalent album units in its first week, the new record became their sixth to land at #1 on The Billboard Top 200. Earlier this week Hardwired… To Self-Destruct reached another milestone, as it was certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America) for 1,000,000 units sold. Continue reading