Chester Bennington Returns to Billboard Charts on Mark Morton's 'Cross Off'

Bennington: Brandon Cox; Morton: Travis Shinn; Courtesy of Spinefarm Records
Chester Bennington & Mark Morton

The track, featuring Bennington's lead vocals, debuts on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales.

Longtime Lamb of God and Burn the Priest guitarist Mark Morton strikes out on his own with "Cross Off," which becomes his first Billboard-charting song as a solo artist, bowing at No. 18 on the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart dated Jan. 19.

"Cross Off" debuts with the assistance of a high-profile guest: late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who recorded his vocals for the track in April 2017, three months before his July 20, 2017, death.

The cut enters Hard Rock Digital Song Sales with 2,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. It also drew 209,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week.

"Cross Off" is additionally making inroads at radio, as it's bubbling under the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart and racked up 271,000 overall audience impressions in its first week of availability.

Should the single reach Mainstream Rock Songs, it'll mark Bennington's first posthumous appearance on the list and his first in any iteration since LP's "Final Masquerade," which peaked at No. 35 in February 2015. Morton would make his first visit (solo or group) since Lamb of God's "The Duke" (No. 40, January 2017).

"Cross Off" is from Morton's debut solo album, Anesthetic, due out March 1 via Spinefarm/WPP.

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