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Ghost are Loudwire's 2022 Artist of the year

Loudwire has chosen Ghost for the 2022 Artist of the Year. Frontman of Ghost Tobias Forge joined Loudwire for an interview. Forge discusses their latest album 'Impera', his bandmates' identities, going viral on TikTok and the future of Ghost concerts.

Tobias talks about the musical difference of their 'Impera' album. “I knew there were things on the album that would be up against some sort of reaction. I felt the same way about 'Zombie Queen'. I felt the same way about 'He Is'. I felt like we were taking giant steps sideways, in a good way, already on the second record. Intentionally, because I didn’t want to repeat Opus Eponymous,” Forge explains. “There were moments where, I wouldn’t say doubts, but I could hear elements of the record that’s like, ‘This might be pushing it a little.’ But where would we be going if not forward? That’s what we do.”

In 2022 Ghost experienced a viral trend on TikTok on their 2019 song "Mary on a Cross". It eventually turned the song into one of Ghost's most-played songs on Spotify.

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Tobias said “I’ve always felt like it was a song that was… I’m not implying that anyone spat on it, but it was like, ‘I can’t believe this is not a song we made a single out of,’” Forge says. “When that happened, I felt… I wouldn’t say vindicated, because no one shat on it. I’m really happy that it’s a song that I’ve always felt very strongly about. That we always played … that’s already a part of the DNA of what we do. I’m super stoked about that.”

For the future of the live shows of Ghost, Tobias talked about playing in large outdoor spaces “Rammstein, obviously, is the perfect example of exactly just that,” Forge raves. “If you look at a show that they did in 1995, it’s basically the same gags, they’re doing the same things, it’s just magnified and placed out in this huge field. I think that Ghost could do that, but in order to make that happen, you need to be able to sell a lot of tickets everywhere. It costs so much to make that show that you can not just do it once, you can not do it twice, you can not do it 10 times, you need to do it so many times and it takes such a long time to recover that money. You’re literally burning money. That would be my long term goal.”

Congratulations to Ghost on for the Loudwire's artist pick of 2022 and congrats to a great 2022 and we look forward to seeing and hearing more of Ghost in 2023.

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