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Kate sets new UK chart record

As a by-product of the publicity for Before the Dawn, Kate has seen eight of her albums catalogue return to the Top 40, and her entire eleven album output is in the Top 50. That is Kate takes 22% of the Top 50 album chart this very special week.

As well as dominating this week’s albums rundown including two albums in the Top 10 The Whole Story no.6 and Hounds of Love no.9), Kate now rides only behind Elvis, the overall record holder who managed 12 entries in the Top 40 following his untimely death in 1977, and The Beatles who notched up 11 simultaneous Top 40 entries with their 2009 album reissues.

The other albums re-entering the top 40 are: 50 Words for Snow no.20, The Kick Inside no.24, The Sensual World no.26, The Dreaming no.37, Never for Ever no.38, Lionheart no.40  Outside the Forty Aerial is at no.43, Directors Cut at no.44, and The Red Shoes at no.49.

Kate is no stranger to making chart history. Back in 1978 she became the first female artist in history to score a UK Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with a self-penned song. Wuthering Heights went on to top the chart for four weeks, becoming the first of Kate’s 26 Top 40 hits.

Running up that Hill, Wuthering Heights, and the This Woman’s Work are also back in the singles chart at numbers 51, 58 and 80 respectively. With Babooska and The Man with the Child in his Eyes, Kate has five singles in the Top 100.


Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Kate Bush.Her new live shows have created a huge stir, but for them to help push her catalogue to make such a significant sales impact is further evidence of the love that the British public have for her music, from generation to generation.”

(Via Daily Mirror)

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  1. Gary Alexander

    Have just looked at the official charts and it’s yet another 1st for Kate Bush who except for Elvis Presley and The Beatles now holds the record for most simultaneous albums in the top 40. Here are this week’s official placings:

    See the full list of Kate’s Official Albums Chart performance this week, comprising 11 entries in the Top 75, below:

    20 50 WORDS FOR SNOW
    43 AERIAL

    RUTH, Wuthering Heights, and the This Woman’s Work are also back in the charts; number 51, 58 and 80 respectively!!!

    Another first for our Kate!!!!

  2. Kiki

    She also had the first number one album by a British female solo artist – Never For Ever in 1980.

    She sets these records so casually, not sure she’s even aware of these things when they happen!

  3. Gary Alexander

    And the first number one single written by a British female artiste

  4. John Harbinger

    It is truly wonderful that new generations are enjoying Kate’s music.

    Also, surely it is a first, that a living artist has achieved this? That should be a record itself!!!



  5. Gabriella

    AWESOME !!! way to go Kate !!!!

  6. neil

    I am expecting a backlash soon sadly its almost inevitable.
    I think Never Forever was the first album self penned by a British woman to go staraight in at number one, i doint think it was first British number one album by a woman as such

  7. Adam

    What a shame that we don’t have reissues by now — we’d all be getting them and the numbers would be much higher. I’d be happy with some SHM SACDs, but really there should be the full catalogue remixed and in surround sound, god knows why this should take as long as it does.

  8. Fabio

    Hello and sorry for being out topic. I am just back from a trip to India, where I couldn’t see the KBN site in the whole country. Just wanted to tell in case you are not aware of it or you can do something to manage about it.

  9. Gary

    Can it get any better

  10. D

    Delighted to see The Dreaming (my personal fave) selling so well. Good on you Kate, well deserved.

  11. Britt williams

    She deserves this! Thanks Kate for your magnificent comeback; this needs a lot of courage and love for your fans! <3 We're truly touched!

  12. Michael

    As an American, I will live vicariously through the British album charts and just enjoy Kate’s amazing success! America, you are missing out on a legend! Wake up!

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