Ghost gets some good news after awards letdowns
The Court of Appeal has dismissed the complaint by the former Nameless Ghouls that there was a conflict of interest during last year’s Ghost lawsuit. The former members had alleged that the lead judge in the case, Henrik Ibold, and Ghost’s frontman are both members of the Swedish Order Of Freemasons and therefore Ibold could not have been impartial.
Court President Charlotte Brokelind stated that while Ibold should have informed both parties once he became aware that they were both a part of the organisation but that them being members of the same organisation didn’t constitute a conflict of interest. While this appeal has been dismissed, the appeal against the result of the lawsuit is still to be decided at a later date.
The decision comes on the heels of a disappointing week for Ghost after losses at the Grammy Awards and the Swedish Grammis. Latest album Prequelle lost out at the Swedish Grammi Awards to Tribulation’s Down Below in a surprise result as Ghost had previously won with consecutive releases in 2017, 2016 and 2014. Ghost also had a disappointing night at the US Grammy Awards in the Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song categories, losing out to Greta Van Fleet and St Vincent respectively. St Vincent’s inclusion and win in the category has raised comparisons to 1989’s Grammy Awards where favourites Metallica lost to Jethro Tull, who weren’t even in attendance as they were so unlikely to win. Ghost’s front man was unable to appear in his Cardinal Copia identity due to the event’s security disallowing masks.
Ghost also received good news as Dance Macabre reached the number one spot on the Top Mainstream Rock Songs Billboard Chart, previous single Rats had held the number one position for seven weeks last year.
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