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Kate in the Music Charts

A very good round up of the performance of Kate’s singles and albums in music charts around the world can be found on Music Chart Heaven

This is where you find that Aerial and King of the Mountain did better in Sweden (no.2) than in the UK (no.3), The Kick Inside did better in the Netherlands than in the UK (same chart positions), that The Man With the Child in His Eyes was no.1 in France, and many other strange and interesting things.

Futureheads Assault UK Charts with Hounds Of Love

Update 27th February: The Futureheads scored a new entry in the official UK Singles Chart today at number 8!

The Futureheads have released their critically acclaimed version of Kate’s Hounds Of Love in the UK on Monday and according to Homeground Magazine’s Dave Cross “the single is showing in the top ten of the midweek sales flashes…the position may drop a bit by the time the final chart is revealed on Sunday, but it’s looking good to stay in the ten.” (Trivia note: this would be the first Kate-penned top ten hit in the UK singles chart since Running Up That Hill in 1985, if you discount the sampling of Kate’s voice singing a line from Cloudbusting on the 1992 Utah Saints number 4 dance hit Something Good. It’s also the first time that music downloads will be a factor in the singles chart success of a Kate composition.)

The track has received excellent reviews. From the Top of The Pops website: “If Hayley Westenra is reading this, THIS is how you do a cover of a Kate Bush song, opera girl! The ‘Heads take a ’70s new wave power pop approach to songwriting, and then play as if they have too many good ideas and really, really short attention spans. Which can make listening to them feel like someone yelling interesting words from a dictionary, using a variety of comedy voices. Taking this ‘swots on caffeine’ approach to a genius pop song from another wayward talent ranks up there with jumbo Kit Kats as one of the great ideas of our time. Where Kate’s voice swooped and cajoled, the ‘Heads jibber and burp. Where her backing track was all drummy clatter, theirs is jagged guitars and urgent harmonies. Making this a rare example of a cover version that actually adds to your enjoyment of the original.”

The Gigwise website also reviews the single: “…both artists versions of Hounds Of Love excel in flair and panache, but the Futureheads bring something else to it – they stamp, with authority, their own stop-start guitar jabs and vocal ebullient flavour to the song. Voices and melodies materialise from every crevice and coagulate to form what has now become the spell-binding Futureheads trademark.” Drowned In Sound said “Sunderland’s finest haven’t just left their own indelible footprints on here, but merely stamped the remnants of Ms. Bush’s quirky ballad into the carpet with last night’s dinner’s morsels, and if it weren’t for some long time dead bloke from Tupelo, would surely be gracing the top of the charts by this time next week.” BBC Teletext: “Cover versions aren’t always a good idea, especially when the song was a classic to start with – but the Futureheads have done a grand job with their version of this Kate Bush hit, chucking in guitars and harmonies, upping the tempo and giving it their own sense of identity. A winner.” Metro newspaper has named it single of the year and given it 5 stars. You can read even more articles and reviews of The Futureheads in this site’s forum’s Medialog section.

Kate back in the charts!

UK Chart Update: She’s back! Kate has 2 albums in this week’s official chart. The Whole Story is at number 62 (with sales of 3,500), whilst Hounds Of Love returns at number 46 (4,500 sales). It is worth noting that Hounds Of Love has now spent a full year (52 weeks) on the UK album chart! We can expect both CDs to fall from the chart pretty quickly as the stores end their sales. (thanks again to Matt Hutchinson)

Charts update

Thousands of copies of Kate CDs are currently winging their way out of UK record shops due to the special offer prices being offered by UK record sellers. The Whole Story has re-entered the official UK album chart at number 45. Hounds Of Love (now on sale at HMV for an unbelievable £2.99 – yes, it’s the remastered version with extra tracks) is hovering outside the top 75 at number 78, and is expected to join The Whole Story in next week’s chart – it’s certainly been a while since two of Kate’s CDs were in the UK charts. (thanks again to Matt Hutchinson for the chart lowdown – follow the UK charts at www.dotmusic.com.

The Whole Story still selling

Some people who contact the site wonder when they’ll ever see a Kate album in the charts again. How about next week? Here’s some interesting chart news from Matt Hutchinson: “Keep an eye on this Sunday’s album chart, Kate could be about to feature! The Whole Story is subject to some heavy discounting at the moment (mainly at HMV). As a result the album has spent the last 6 weeks hanging around the lower end of the top 200 albums chart. But for some reason this week she is selling even more, and looking at today’s mid week chart she has moved from number 113 up to number 72. Nearly 1200 copies of the album have been sold so far this week, easily ahead of recent releases by such acts as Geri Halliwell, Hearsay and Tori Amos! Not bad for an album that is about to celebrate its 15th birthday.” (thanks Matt)

In a related newsbit: Caroline Corr (of The Corrs) was asked on the Mojo magazine website: “What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?”, she replied: “The one I listen to most is Kate Bush’s The Whole Story”.

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