American Idol Dropout Benson Boone’s “Ghost Town” Earns Gold Cert

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American Idol dropout Benson Boone took to social media to celebrate his first single “Ghost Town” released through Warner Bros. records, achieving RIAA gold certification in the United States. In other words, “Ghost Town” has sold over 500,000 Units.

The singer/songwriter was signed and mentored by Imagine Dragons lead singer and founder of Warner Bros’ Night Street Records Dan Reynolds.

The singer also announced that he will be releasing five new songs in July 2022.

“What a crazy experience getting this plaque. “Ghost Town” is officially Gold and it’s all because of you guys,” Benson wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of himself holding the plaque. “I could not be more grateful for everyone one you:) NOW WHO’S READY FOR 5 SONGS TO COME OUT NEXT MONTH??? COMMENT YOUR FAV SONG OF MINE.”


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For certification purposes, each permanent digital download or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams counts as 1 unit.

“Ghost Town” was one of the first songs Benson ever wrote. “I was in an Uber on the way to my first recording session in Los Angeles,” he remembers., “The melody and lyrics just popped into my head.”

Benson released “In the Stars” in April

Also, back in April, Benson dropped his second song, “In The Stars.” Benson shared, “I wrote this song about losing someone that I loved very much. My great grandma was 97 years old and I was very close with her when she passed. This song is about all the beautiful memories that we hope to keep from our passed loved ones.” Listen to it HERE.

Why Benson quit American Idol: “I didn’t want to show the world someone I’m not.”

Benson auditioned for American Idol in 2021. Not only did he make it to Hollywood, but rumor had it he made the Top 24. “Social media is the biggest opportunity to get people to know you personally,” he says. “Hopefully, they will not only like my music, but they’ll understand and like me as a person, so I’m more than just a song to them.” That desire to connect with fans authentically is why he quit American Idol, the official press release states. “It was a very hard choice,” Benson admits. “I didn’t really know who I wanted to be as an artist yet, and I didn’t want to show the world someone I’m not.”


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