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Kate: No.1 Globally, climbs back to #4 peak in US, congratulates LF System!

Kate is this week back at No.1 on the formidable Billboard Global 200 singles chart, the one that covers the combined chart performances from around the whole world! She has knocked Harry Styles off the global top spot, the second time Kate has achieved this staggering feat with her song, and once again basically has “the biggest song in the world” as Billboard describe it themselves. In the USA today, thanks to ever-increasing American radio airplay and formidable download sales and streaming figures, Kate has climbed back up the US Charts to No.4, returning to her highest ever placing in the Billboard Hot 100! Can she climb even higher? This is her SIXTH week in the US Top Ten. Anecdotally, we are hearing from fans in the US that Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) is being played everywhere.

Kate has also climbed back up several other national charts; to No.6 in The Netherlands, No.5 in Germany and No.2 in Switzerland. Tomorrow we will see if she has risen further in the Canadian charts and that incredible Billboard Global 200, where she is currently back up to No.3. See Friday’s news post for more current global chart news, including Kate at No.1 in Ireland and Australia for the 4th time in each country.

Spotify updates: The song is at No.1 globally on Spotify this week, and yet again on today’s Daily Global chart, her 13th time topping it! Also very significantly, Hounds of Love has climbed to No.7 on the Global Albums Weekly chart on the world’s largest streaming music platform! Spotify have launched a newly curated “This is Kate Bush” playlist (see it below) that features 50 tracks from throughout Kate’s career and could well help listeners explore other corners of Kate’s catalogue. Her monster hit just continues to astonish.

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On her official website, Kate has graciously congratulated LF System who take over the No.1 position in the UK charts after Kate had a three week run at the top. The ACR rule now applies again to Kate’s track, so Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) has to achieve twice as many streams as other songs to achieve the equivalent in converted sales, hence the drop to No.3 on the chart. Kate writes:

Many, many congratulations on the UK No. 1 single for LF SYSTEM.
So many of you have loved the last two episodes of Stranger Things, released last Friday. We’ve received an overwhelming number of messages. I just want to say again, how very proud I am that RUTH has been included in the shows in some small way.

Thank you everyone for supporting RUTH with such positivity. It’s lovely to see the song continuing to do so well around the world – it’s just boomeranged back to No 1 in Australia!  
 Hope you can get a chance to enjoy the arrival of summer.
   Best wishes,
      Kate

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Finally, something we haven’t linked here before was this solid hour-plus Youtube discussion about Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) from the Produce Like a Pro Youtube channel. It includes chats with those involved in the song and Hounds of Love album, such as drummer Stuart Elliott, engineer Brian Tench and engineer Nick Launay (talking about his work on The Dreaming).

Kate STILL ruling worldwide charts!

Global charts

Last week Part Two of Stranger Things 4 landed on Netflix and continued to break viewing records for the streaming service. As expected, Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) featured again in an epic scene in which all the characters in the show were pitted against almost insurmountable odds. An intense version of the song (called the TOTEM remix, from soundtrack composer duo Patrick Buchanan and David James Rosen) was used and is rapidly spreading across Youtube and beyond.

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As a result, Kate’s song has climbed BACK to the summit of many charts (not that she had slipped far at all!) and, briefly here’s the current chart picture:

Official charts: Kate is No.3 in the UK charts today, after having been No.1 for a staggering 3 weeks. Kate is No.1 again today in Ireland for the fourth week in a row! Kate is No.1 again in Australia for her 4th non-consecutive week at No.1 in that country. Kate is No. 2 in New Zealand. As radio airplay in America builds each week, Kate has climbed back up to No.6 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Kate has climbed back up to No.4 in the Canadian charts. Kate has climbed back up to No.3 on the Billboard Global 200 (which covers the whole world!). Elsewhere on Billboard Kate is enjoying her 5th consecutive week at the top of the Hot Alternative Songs chart.

iTunes: Kate is currently No.1 in the world on iTunes. Around the world, Kate is No.1 in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, New Zealand and the United States, No.2. in Chile, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom, No.3 in Poland and Switzerland, No.4 in Mexico, No.5 in Brazil, No.6 in Belgium, No. 7 in Denmark, No.9 in Austria and No.10 in Norway, Poland and Spain.

Spotify: Kate has today once again reached No.1 in the Global Weekly Spotify chart. Always worth pointing out that, amazingly, this means that no other song was streamed more last week on the world’s biggest streaming music service. Kate is also today No.1 yet again on the Spotify Daily Global Chart, her 10th time on top of this chart now. Around the world she is still No.1 on Spotify in Australia, Canada, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States and Top 10 in 22 other countries. Mind-blowing. Also, Babooshka has now passed 100 million streams on Spotify!

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Stranger Things Actress Sadie Sink

We had some lovely words of thanks to Kate from Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink in this Vulture interview this week.
“….The amount of times that I’ve listened to her music over the past two years is ridiculous. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like I’ve created her in my head. I need to reach out in some way. I would love to write her a letter or something, because she played such a big role in Max’s journey. I owe her so much.
Okay, let’s get a message out to Kate right now. Sadie, what would you tell her?
A giant thank you. Not only from me, but from the character of Max and from Stranger Things in general, because she’s added so much heart to the show and her music has made such an impact on season four. It’s so wonderful knowing she thought my scene had so much heart, because I think she really played the biggest role in that.”

Press: A great article in The Quietus by Matthew Lindsay recently is well worth a read. “This song once more finds itself dropping into a bitterly divided world. But in this world polarised by misunderstanding and division, it’s unsurprising that ‘Running Up That Hill”s searing pursuit of empathy and understanding still cuts so deep, and resonates so powerfully.” The Guardian have a wonderful feature in which stars discuss what Kate’s music means to them, including Brian Molko, Peaches, Sharon Van Etten, Mike Scott from The Waterboys and Russell Mael from Sparks.

Music producer Rick Beato shares with his 3 million Youtube followers exactly what it is about the song structure of Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) that delivers such an emotional wallop. And yes, that D against E♭ dissonance is <chef’s kiss emoji>…

Director Taika Waititi claims today in an NME interview that at one point he was going to use Kate’s music in his newly released film Thor: Love and Thunder “…Yeah, there were a bunch of Kate Bush songs I wanted to have in there. We were gonna have ‘This Woman’s Work’, which was gonna be great for [a scene with] Natalie Portman’s character.”

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And to finish off this update two wonderful videos capturing the viral nature of Kate’s track and also how it has now been embraced worldwide as the anthem the world didn’t realise it needed right now; empathic, galvanising, hopeful, powerful, moving, comforting and renewing.

Korean outfit MayTree have an excellent a capella take

And, what happens when 1600 strangers in Australia have a few drinks, then learn to sing Running Up That Hill in 3 part harmony? Pub Choir joy. No wonder she’s been Number 1 there for four weeks!

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Running Up That Hill: 3rd week at UK No.1! Kate: “I just can’t believe it!”

Kate Bush Fans with Running Up That Hill singles - collage
Kate’s fans celebrate with their Running Up That Hill singles!

Kate has reached No.1 for the THIRD week in a row in the UK! Amazing! To celebrate we asked Kate’s fans to send us photos of them holding their Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) singles and you can see the large version of the image here. Thanks guys! Kate has also today scored her third consecutive week at No.1 in Ireland! And in Australia today Kate returned to No.1 after slipping to No.2 last week. So that’s three non-consecutive weeks at No.1 for her in Australia. Wow. Right, time to find some time to watch Part Two of Stranger Things season 4. What a summer!

Kate has posted on her site:

Still up on that Hill…

Whoooo Hoooo everybody!  I just can’t believe it  –  No. 1 for the third week. We’re all so excited!  In fact it’s all starting to feel a bit surreal.

    I’ve just watched the last two episodes of Stranger Things and they’re just through the roof. No spoilers here, I promise. I’d only seen the scenes that directly involved the use of the track and so I didn’t know how the story would evolve or build. I was so delighted that the Duffer Brothers wanted to use RUTH for Max’s totem but now having seen the whole of this last series, I feel deeply honoured that the song was chosen to become a part of their roller coaster journey. I can’t imagine the amount of hard work that’s gone into making something on this scale. I am in awe. They’ve made something really spectacular.

   I want to let you know about the amount of unofficial merchandise that’s out there. I haven’t seen it myself but I keep getting reports that there’s a huge amount: T-shirts, etc –  some of which is very poor quality, some of which is pretty good and could be mistaken for being official. The only official merchandise is the already existing material that’s available through the official websites.

    We hope you understand that we want to honour the energy that’s being generated by the audiences right now. An energy that feels very special, unique and quite frankly, bloody moving.
    Thanks very much everyone,
           Kate

Running Up That Hill charts / news updates!

Press collage by the always excellent Kate Bush Clippings

Our surreal early summer continues with Kate Bush EVERYWHERE. Let’s take another look at what’s happening with all things Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) and Stranger Things. More of Kate’s music will be used in the hit Netflix show this coming Friday, July 1st, and we can only guess what the impact of this will have considering what’s been happening since Part 1 landed on May 27th. Thanks for all the lovely comments about the bumper Kate Bush Fan Podcast episode we put out last week to celebrate Kate’s global chart success. It felt important to mark the moment that way, speaking to many fans about all of this unexpected worldwide activity. You can hear it here and also listen out for an extra discussion on all things Running Up That Hill this week from Bush Telegraph.

Behind the scenes: Special effects used in THAT famous scene that featured Kate’s music

Stranger Things: While Part 1 of the current season of Stranger Things consisted of seven episodes, (you know, the ones that made Kate a global chart phenomenon) Part 2 is only two episodes long. However…those hoping to quickly binge it on Netflix (8am Friday morning GMT / midnight Thursday night PST) to find out how Kate’s music features, note that episode 8, “Papa“, runs for 1 hour 25 mins and the finale, episode 9, “The Piggyback“, is a whopping 2 hours 19 minutes long. So, two movies, essentially! Running up that duration length…

Stranger Things Part 2

Following on from Kate’s great interview on BBC Radio 4 last week, you can now hear a short excerpt of myself, Seán, and Mandy Watson (singer with Cloudbusting) chat about Kate’s resurgence on BBC Radio 4 here on The Listening Project (it’s 13 mins into the programme). Our full unedited hour-long discussion will be archived permanently in the British Library as part of this project to capture everyday people talking about all kinds of topics. Speaking of Cloudbusting, the band played a polished rendition of Running Up That Hill on the popular This Morning programme on ITV in the UK today and Mandy had a friendly chat with hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby afterwards about all the Kate madness. More about the band here.

Cloudbusting on This Morning
Cloudbusting perform Running Up That Hill on ITV’s This Morning programme

Some press articles of note: The Classic FM site posted a fascinating article that delves into the music theory on why Running Up That Hill is so amazing! Medium also discusses Kate’s inspired chord sequence in the song here and proposes that she started a major trend among film composers. As Kate celebrates a second week at No.1 in Ireland, The Irish Examiner looks at examples of her Irish roots here. In a lovely opinion piece in the same paper, Clodagh Finn writes:

…it has also given us this glorious statistic: “Kate Bush is currently the youngest (19 with ‘Wuthering Heights’) and oldest (63, with ‘Running Up That Hill’) female artist to have a UK number one with a self-written song.There is so much optimism in that single sentence. It tells the story of a supremely talented young woman whose creativity crashed through barriers in the male-dominated pop world of the 1980s, but it also shows that life goes on and, at 63, it is still possible to attract new audiences.

Global Charts: Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) is currently no. 4 in the Billboard Global 200 (her highest placing was that staggering No.1 feat two weeks ago). Kate is looking good (but not certain) for a THIRD week at No.1 in the UK charts based on what we’re seeing from her performance on the midweek charts, however Scottish DJ duo LF System have a rapidly rising viral hit on their hands at No.2. We’re still in shock that we’re captivated by the UK charts all over again! Exciting. Let’s see what happens, once again, we find out where Kate has placed in her home country at about 5.30pm on Friday – BBC Radio 1 will let us know first. The Whole Story has climbed to No.17 in the UK album chart. In the US Kate is enjoying her 3rd week at No.1 in the Billboard Hot Alternative Songs chart.

Kate enjoys her 3rd week topping the Alternative Songs Billboard chart

Official Charts: To recap, around the world on official charts, Kate is currently No. 1 in the UK, No. 1 in Ireland, No.2 in Australia (after two spectacular weeks on top), No.2 in New Zealand (also after having an astounding fortnight there at No.1), No. 10 in France (down from No.3), No. 4 in Germany, No. 9 in the USA (having reached 4 and then 5 in previous weeks), No.7 in Canada (down from No.2 last week as no less than FIVE new songs from Drake’s new album storm the Canadian Top 10), No.3 in Sweden (down from No.1), No. 2 in Switzerland (down from No.1), No.5 in Austria (down one from No.4).

iTunes: As I write Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) is back at No.1 in the US iTunes charts, a position she has enjoyed and maintained many times over the past few weeks. She is No.5 on iTunes worldwide currently, No.2 in the UK, No. 1 in Australia, No.1 in Canada, No. 6 in Brazil, No.2 in France, No.9 in Germany, No.7 in Ireland, No.14 in Mexico, No.1 in New Zealand and No.9 in Switzerland.

Spotify: Kate is currently the #42 most listened to artist in the world on Spotify with 40,636,714 monthly listeners! In a Top 50 dominated by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Drake, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Post Malone, Kate has surpassed Queen at No.43, making her the current most streamed artist who started their music career in the 20th century. Unreal. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) continues it’s astonishing performance on the world’s largest streaming music platform. After over 4 weeks and 180 million+ streams it is No.3 on the weekly Top Songs Global chart AND also No.3 on the Daily Global Chart as I write this today. In national weekly charts she is No.1 in the UK, No.2 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, Czech Republic, South Africa, Israel and Luxembourg, No.3 in Switzerland, Lithuania, Latvia, No.4 in France, Austria, United Arab, Emirates, No.5 in the USA, Germany, No.6 in Canada, Sweden and No.7 in Belgium. Dig deeper and you’ll find that Kate is No.31 in Pakistan, No.49 in Peru, No.34 in the Philippines…it goes on and on – check it all out here.

TikTok: There are now 1.93 million videos on this app featuring Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God). We’ll let that sink in for a while…

Youtube: Running Up That Hill is now by FAR the most viewed Kate video on the site with over 80 million views, and at this rate it is estimated that it could hit 100 million views by the end of July.

And finally, as we slowly try to drag ourselves out of the pandemic, the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever events will be happening after a couple of years away and the Dublin, Ireland organisers have announced their event for Kate’s birthday, Saturday July 30th in Fairview Park. Get your red dresses and tights ready! A lot of fun, always.

Kate UK No.1 For Second Week!! Kate: “It’s so exciting!”

Kate’s extraordinary run of chart success continues this weekend as she is STILL No.1 in the UK singles chart for the second week in a row with Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – we are starting to run out of superlatives here! In the week in which we heard Kate herself say “just extraordinary … quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad” – well, we will happily take the madness! Kate holds off the ubiquitous ‘As it Was’ by Harry Styles at no.2 and a fast rising chart hit ‘Afraid To Feel’ from LF System at No.3. And as we know, this is the third week running that Kate has outsold every other song on the chart, and the chart rule reset two weeks ago has rightfully sent her to the top spot for two weeks.

Today, Kate is also No. 1 in the Irish singles chart for the second week running…feeling all the love in her maternal homeland! Comhghairdeas mór, a Cháit! It’s still all so hard to take in. Don’t forget to listen to our epic Global Fan Celebration Kate Bush Fan podcast episode here!

Kate has written about her second week at the UK Number 1 AND her Irish Number 1 on her official site:

    It’s so exciting! RUTH is at No. 1 in the UK for the second week running and is now No. 1 in Ireland. My mother was Irish and would’ve really loved this.

    I’ve received so many positive messages in response to the interview on Woman’s Hour this week. I’m a great admirer of Emma Barnett who now presents the show with fellow host, Anita Rani. I really enjoyed Emma’s uncompromising stance on Newsnight and I love to hear her challenging and championing so many different issues on Woman’s Hour now. It seemed the perfect place for me to express my gratitude for the extraordinary attention the song is receiving. It took me a long time to build up the courage to listen to the interview. I was so touched, not just by Emma’s lovely comments but also by Caitlin Moran’s ‘warm up’, as she put it. Both Emma and Caitlin responded with such genuine affection to my work. It means a great deal. It really does.

     I’d also like to thank everyone in the team around me, who are just as excited with the scale of the response to the song as I am. We’ve all worked together for many years and I feel very privileged to have people with such a huge range of talents and sensitivities who are involved in the many processes that are needed to get the work out there.   

   Just a week to go until the last two episodes of Stranger Things. I can’t wait to see how the story is going to unfold. I think we’d better all hang on to our hats…

Thank you so much for your beautiful feedback and for your continued support for the song,
              Kate

Kate chats to BBC Radio 4: “The whole world’s gone mad!”

A wonderful interview with Kate this morning on the Woman’s Hour programme on BBC Radio 4. Kate said the situation was “just extraordinary … quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad.”

“It’s such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention. But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this,” Kate said. “The Duffer brothers created the series and actually we watched it from the first series onwards, so I was already familiar with the series. And I thought what a lovely way for the song to be used in such a positive way. You know, as a kind of talisman almost really for Max. And yeah, I think it’s very touching, actually.”

Listen again here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0018gqv

Running Up That Hill updates: Kate “overwhelmed” and “really moved”

Photos by John Carder Bush from his book Kate: Inside the Rainbow

The news of Kate’s second ever Number 1 in the UK with Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) has become a huge story as the UK midweeks chart indicate that Kate could hold on to the Number 1 spot in her home country for a second week running, a story picked up by the NME here and Official Charts site here, though she of course faces competition from the likes of Drake and LF System…we will see what happens. The BBC have called it a “remarkable resurgence” in popularity for Kate. Music Week have described the result as “incredible.The Guardian called her UK Number 1 “improbable and inspiring” while Billboard says that Kate has “run a UK chart race like no other artist.” Across the Irish sea, Entertainment.ie and The Journal celebrate her Irish Number 1 chart success here and here.

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Article in Saturday’s The Guardian Newspaper

Kate herself wrote yet another heartfelt post on her official site thanking everyone for supporting the song with the headline “On Top of that Hill.

The Duffer Brothers have created four extraordinary series of Stranger Things in which the child actors have grown into young adults. In this latest series the characters are facing many of the same challenges that exist in reality right now. I believe the Duffer Brothers have touched people’s hearts in a special way, at a time that’s incredibly difficult for everyone, especially younger people.

By featuring Running Up That Hill in such a positive light – as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters) – the song has been brought into the emotional arena of her story. Fear, conflict and the power of love are all around her and her friends.

I salute the Duffer Brothers for their courage – taking this new series into a much more adult and darker place. I want to thank them so much for bringing the song into so many people’s lives.

I’m overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support the song is receiving and it’s all happening really fast, as if it’s being driven along by a kind of elemental force.

I have to admit I feel really moved by it all.
Thank you so very much for making the song a No 1 in such an unexpected way.

Kate
Sky News report on Kate reaching Number 1 in the UK

By landing at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, Kate achieves three all-time Official Chart records simultaneously; the longest-ever gap between Number 1 singles (44 years since Wuthering Heights), longest time taken for a single to reach Number 1 (37 years), and, as well as being the youngest ever with Wuthering Heights aged 19, Kate also becomes the oldest female artist (at 63) ever to score a UK Number 1 single, replacing Cher, who was 52 when Believe topped the Official Singles Chart in 1998. Cher has congratulated Kate on beating her record on Twitter:

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company, comments: “It has been fantastic to see the iconic Kate Bush climbing up the Official Singles Chart with Running Up That Hill – and to see her breaking a slew of records into the bargain. The way that a new generation of music fans have taken her classic track to their hearts really does cement Kate’s position as an all-time great, if that were at all necessary.”

BBC Radio 2 had an excellent hour long Sounds of the 80s Kate Bush Special hosted by Gary Davies on Friday night and featuring our own Dave Cross selecting his favourite Kate tracks from that decade – you did an amazing job, Dave! Also featured were Midge Ure, Suzanne Vega, Moya Brennan from Clannad, Sananda Maitreya and Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott. Listen back to the show here. BBC Radio 6 also had a two-hour Now Playing show hosted by Tom Robinson “celebrating her back catalogue with two hours of listener picked hits, hidden gems, lost classics and vintage album tracks.” Lovely to hear the likes of Houdini and Rocket’s Tail played on the radio! Listen back here.

On Celebrity Gogglebox on Channel 4 in the UK, some well-known faces were gripped by Kate’s song as they watched THAT scene from Stranger Things. Excellent.

Legendary producer, Alan Parsons has congratulated Kate in a Facebook post. He writes: “I am so thrilled for Kate Bush for making music history as the oldest song to hit #1 on the Streaming Charts and hitting #1 on Billboard Global 200! I have always had the highest regard for her artistry. Stuart Elliott and Ian Bairnson played on many of her records, and Andrew Powell (Alan Parson’s Project Orchestral Arranger) produced her first two albums.”

The Sunday Times Style Magazine has a quote from me, Seán (!), on Kate’s fashion sensibilities here. I was also briefly quoted in an article for the prestigious Christian Science Monitor newspaper by Stephen Humphries, syndicated to Yahoo News in the US, here.

Vanity Fair magazine has interviewed Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink about her thoughts on Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God).

What was your familiarity with Kate Bush before filming this season?

I did not know Kate Bush beforehand, but then I immediately skimmed through her work and then became increasingly more obsessed, and then I was listening to her all the time. I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve listened to “Running Up That Hill.” It’s been a lot, but I’m still not sick of it, which is good. [Laughs.] Knowing the emotional connection that she has to that song, and how it’s kind of her anthem, played into it. It’s something about the energy of the song, the synth and the lyrics and everything. It’s so perfect. They could not have picked a more perfect song.

So how were you listening to it as you filmed the sequence, and as you prepared for it?

I think on the day that we were filming the running sequence in episode four, we had the song playing. And I always would have it playing in my headphones. There was an actual cassette in the Walkman and I could listen to it if I wanted to, but I did do a whole day in my own time where I just was home and had it playing on in the background for the entire day, just to see if I would go insane, because that’s what Max was having to do. So I’m like, Oh, my God. Would you get sick of it? How is she doing this all day?

And you did not get sick of it!

Honestly! It just brings up so many emotions, and it’s such an epic sequence, and I feel like it’ll always be tied to that moment.

Drummer Stuart Elliott

Finally, drummer Stuart Elliott, who played drums on Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) and also on the vast majority of Kate’s albums, has been interviewed by the Percussion Discussion podcast and has some great things to say about Kate and the current global success of the song here.

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Official Charts Updates: Kate is number ONE in the UK, Ireland, Australia (2nd week at the top!), New Zealand (2nd week at the top!), Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Austria. She is number 3 in France and remains at number 4 in Germany! She remains in the Top 5 in the USA, dropping one place from 4 to 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA, and she holds at #2 in Canada. Hounds of Love has reached 12 in the US Albums charts, her highest ever US album chart placement.

Billboard Charts: Kate is Number 1 on the Global 200 and No.1 in the US on both the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales sales charts. Also number 1 in the Billboard regional charts in Belgium, Iceland and Luxembourg.

Spotify: Kate moves down one place to #2 on the Global Weekly Spotify chart after reigning at the very top of the world’s biggest music streaming platform for a week! On the national weekly Spotify charts, she is number 1 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK and USA. Kate is No.1 on the daily Global Spotify viral music chart.

iTunes: Kate is number 3 in the world on iTunes, and number 1 in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.

Shazam: Kate drops 1 place to number 2 in the most searched for songs on the Shazam app in the world!

KATE IS No.1 IN THE UK CHARTS!

A few short weeks ago I’d never have imagined I’d be running this headline. For us fans, it feels historic. Kate has achieved her second NUMBER ONE single in the UK Top 40, something she hasn’t done since Wuthering Heights in 1978. It reflects the huge global chart success that Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) is having after it was used so powerfully in Stranger Things on Netflix. Reaching the summit in her home country in this way feels like her crowning achievement. We’ll have all the media reaction and chart facts and figures in upcoming posts, but for now I’d simply like to congratulate Kate on her astounding success. You deserve every minute of it – Seán x

Dave Cross from HomeGround writes: “When Running Up That Hill first came out it was such a special time for us at Homeground, and all Kate fans as we watched the world catch up with Kate and her beautiful music, and now nearly 40 years later it’s quite extraordinary and a bit surreal to watch it happen again, but this time it’s bigger. Congratulations to Kate, and everyone involved. Dave xx

And here are some words from Krys on behalf of herself and Peter at HomeGround: “What a wonderful and exciting time we find ourselves in in this crazy world. Number One! Over the last couple of weeks we have watched as Running Up That Hill has exploded around the planet. It shows the power and longevity of this remarkable song. It was powerful in 1985, when most of us were in our teens and twenties. There was nothing like it – it was fresh and full of energy. Now it’s happening to a new audience: a brilliant and positive song for them to enjoy and feel just like we did then and have carried it with us ever since. Congratulations, dearest Kate. With love, Krys xxx

Kate is No.1 in Ireland!

I am THRILLED to announce that Kate is NUMBER ONE here in Ireland! FANTASTIC! First Irish singles chart #1 since Wuthering Heights in 1978!

Kate: “It’s all so exciting!”

Kate has posted yet again on her official site as the chart excitement just continues to mount. She sounds very excited. Us too, Kate!

Running Up That Hill…

It’s all so exciting! Since the last post, Running Up That Hill has gone to No 1 in Norway and Austria. This is such great news and we just heard today that it’s up from No 8 to No 4 in the US.
The track is being responded to in so many positive ways. I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before!
I just want to say a really big thank you to everyone in the US who has supported the song. It’s the first time I’ve had a top ten single over there and now it’s in the top 5!
Thank you so much again to the Duffer Brothers – because of their latest, extraordinary series of Stranger Things, the track is being discovered by a whole new audience.
  Best wishes,
        Kate

After chart rule reset, Kate is heading for her second UK #1!

Photo by John Carder Bush from his book Kate: Inside the Rainbow

In previous posts last week we touched on the controversy surrounding a UK chart rule, called ACR (accelerated chart ratio), which prevented Kate from reaching Number 1 in the UK charts last Friday for the second time (and preventing all of us fans having a big celebratory party after 42 years!). It had been brought to the attention of the industry by Alan Jones writing about it in Music Week. The great news is that Kate’s record label has finally stepped in to request a reset of the rule for Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – a revoking of which will hugely help Kate to score her second ever career UK Number 1 single.

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In an article today, the BBC set out to explain what happened, why the rule is there, and why it didn’t work as intended in the case of Kate’s huge viral hit:

“The Top 40 used to consist of songs you could buy in a record shop, and every sale was equal. If a record label hadn’t pressed enough copies of a 7-inch or CD single, it might miss the chart altogether. In some instances, record labels even stopped manufacturing a hit single in order to convince people to buy the album instead (Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around and the Fugees’ Killing Me Softly both suffered this fate). But in the streaming era, every song is available everywhere all the time. This poses the charts with a problem. If you counted streams on a like-for-like basis, classic songs like The Killers’ Mr Brightside would never leave the Top 40; and a modern hit like Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits would currently be spending its 50th week in the Top 10.

In order to give other artists a chance and keep the charts from becoming stale, the record industry invented something called “accelerated decline“. It works like this. A new record earns one “sale” when it is streamed 100 times on a subscription service like Apple Music or Spotify Premium; or 600 times on an ad-funded service. But older songs need to attract 200 premium / 1,200 ad-funded streams before a “sale” is counted.

The current UK midweeks chart reveals Kate out in front.

Which leads to the bizarre situation where Running Up That Hill was comfortably the most-streamed song in the UK last week (with more than 2.5 million plays) but Harry Styles was able to waltz into the number one spot because his song, As It Was, enjoyed a more favourable streams-to-sales ratio. This week, the playing field has been levelled.

The Chart Supervisory Committee, which oversees the Top 40, revoked the accelerated decline rule for Running Up That Hill over the weekend, meaning its streams are now worth the same as all the singles around it, including Harry Styles.

The situation is unusual, but not entirely without precedent. Under chart rules, the “standard” streaming ratios can be applied to any single if its sales increase by 25% week-on-week. Record labels can also request a “manual reset” to the ratio “in exceptional circumstances, where a track is being scheduled for promotion”. This is exactly what EMI Warners (Peter: you got the record company wrong, BBC!) did for Kate Bush. It’s not clear why the request took a fortnight to be enacted (the rules state that one week’s notice is sufficient) but it seems no-one could deny the feel-good factor of granting the star her first number one single since 1978’s Wuthering Heights. By Monday, the singer was already 5,000 sales ahead of Styles, a lead that’s unlikely to be surpassed.”

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New Kate Bush Fan Podcast Episode: Running Up Those Charts!

As Kate Bush continues to storm the charts across the world with Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), Seán chats to performer Danimay Palmer about the global, sudden success Kate is enjoying right now. Danimay has gained a following recreating Kate’s looks and performances on social media – and this is a chance to check in with someone who represents the younger generation of fans Kate is gathering worldwide! A great chat between two very excited Kate Bush fans.

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

Kate posts (again!) about the global chart success of her song!

Kate has this morning posted yet another message to her fans via her official site, www.katebush.com – delighted for you, Kate! Enjoy it all, richly deserved.

Running Up That Hill has just gone to No 2 in the UK charts and No. 1 in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden….
How utterly brilliant!  It’s hard to take in the speed at which this has all been happening since the release of the first part of the Stranger Things new series.  So many young people who love the show, discovering the song for the first time.
    The response to Running Up That Hill is something that has had its own energy and volition.  A direct relationship between the shows and their audience and one that has stood completely outside of the music business.  We’ve all been astounded to watch the track explode!
   Thanks so much to everyone who has supported the song and a really special thank you to the Duffer Brothers for creating something with such heart .
    All best wishes,
         Kate

Kate climbs the charts worldwide! Friday update!

Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) is now nothing short of a global hit single phenomenon and we have the chart update bullet points for you to prove it this evening!

  • UK: Kate has climbed to #2 in the official UK Top 4o Singles Chart, beating her previous best chart placing with the same song in 1985 when it reached #3. Only Wuthering Heights placed higher for her in the UK chart at #1 in 1978. Kate’s compilation album, The Whole Story, has climbed to Number 19 in the UK albums chart.
  • Australia: Kate has climbed to #1 (!!!) on the ARIA Australian Singles Chart with ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’. It is her second Australian No.1 single after Wuthering Heights reached the top for three weeks in 1978.
Kate is number 1 in Australia!
  • Ireland: Kate has climbed to #3 in the Irish Singles Chart with Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)! This beats her previous Irish chart placing with this song in 1985 when she reached number 4. It now matches The Man With The Child In His Eyes as her second highest placed Irish single ever!
  • New Zealand: Kate is No.1 in New Zealand! This is Kate’s second Number 1 in the country after Wuthering Heights in 1978.
  • Germany: Kate has climbed 10 places to number 4 on the German Singles charts, almost matching her chart peak with the same song in 1985 when she reached number 3, which was her highest ever German singles chart placing to date.
  • The Netherlands: Kate has climbed to #3 in the Dutch singles charts! It is now tied with Wuthering Heights in 1978 as her highest ever Dutch single chart placing!
  • Lithuania: Kate has climbed to the number ONE spot on the Lithuanian singles chart today!
  • Sweden: Kate is Number 1 on the Swedish singles chart!!
  • Switzerland: Kate is Number 1 on the Swiss singles chart!!
  • USA/Canada and more: As we reported earlier this week Kate had her highest ever entry in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week at 8 and entered the Canadian chart at number 4. On the Billboard Global 200 Chart Kate is the highest new entry this week at number 3.

And let’s take a look at those streaming/download charts:

Spotify: As you can see above, today Kate has climbed to Number 1 in the Spotify Weekly Global music chart, a week that has seen Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) dominate the world’s largest music streaming service. As of today, Friday, she is having her fourth day on top of the Daily Global Chart, but this weekly one cements that jaw-dropping success. Kate has been getting over 8,000,000 streams of the song each day. We can now confirm that she is Number 1 on the Spotify weekly charts in Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, UK and the USA and Top 5 in many more.

iTunes: Kate remains number 1 on iTunes in Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Poland – with the release of a new album by BTS saw tracks by the very popular Korean boy band leaping to the top of many iTunes charts.

Shazam: Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) remains the number 1 most searched for song on the Shazam worldwide.

UK Chart Analysis: A very interesting (and chart geeky!) note about her UK placing at number 2 this week. Writing in Music Week, Alan Jones mentions the impact on Kate’s UK chart placing of a relatively new rule in the UK charts called the ACR or “Accelerated Chart Ratio” designed to keep the chart fresh. He writes: “Despite its continuing presence at the top of the chart, As It Was wasn’t No.1 on digital downloads or streams this week, trailing some distance behind Kate Bush’s resurgent Running Up That Hill on both metrics. In fact, the only measurement on which As It Was was more popular was CD sales, where its one trumps Bush’s zero – and yet, there it sits, No.1 again. Back on the chart for the first time since 1985, when it peaked at No.3, Running Up That Hill’s current popularity is fuelled by its prominent and frequent use in Season 4 of the Netflix sci-fi/drama series Stranger Things. No.8 last week, Running Up That Hill now surges to No.2 (a new peak), with consumption of 44,739 units, made up of 5,863 digital downloads, 38,875 sales-equivalent streams and one 10-inch picture disc dating from 2013. It is, of course, encumbered with ACR, otherwise its combination of 7,470,792 premium audio streams, 1,029,666 ad-funded audio streams and 657,694 premium video streams, when added to its digital sales, would give it a total of 83,613 sales, relegating Styles to No.2 and providing Bush with a richly-deserved second No.1, more than 44 years after her first single, Wuthering Heights, topped the list. Running Up That Hill’s renaissance is also reflected on the album chart, where Bush’s chart-topping 1986 compilation The Whole Story leaps 76-19 (2,729 sales) – its highest position for eight years – while RUTH’s parent album Hounds Of Love is back in the Top 200 at No.84 (1,431 sales).

ACR explained: On 10 March 2017, Ed Sheeran claimed 9 of the top 10 positions in the UK Singles chart when his album ÷ was released. The large number of tracks from the album on the singles chart, 16 in the top 20, led to a change in how the chart is compiled with tracks from a lead artist eligible for entry limited to three. Also the idea of Standard Chart Ratios (SCR) and Accelerated Chart Ratios (ACR) were introduced, with ACR halving streaming points for records that have been in the charts for a while (which includes most catalogue tracks, excepting certain cases). So there you have it!

Running Up That Hill updates: all the charts and more!

Kate Bush and Stranger Things

Okay, we will bravely try to summarise where we are in terms of the seemingly unstoppable global popularity of Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) in the wake of it appearing on the Stranger Things TV show. Kate’s phenomenal chart numbers and statistics on this have resulted in hundreds of articles and press reports and we will compile these in a separate post. We’ll contain our excitement (eep) to calmly bring you these bullet points this Tuesday, 7th June 2022:

  • Kate has scored her first ever Top Ten hit in the USA on the Billboard Hot 100 with the highest new entry at number 8. Her previous best was with the same song at number 30 in 1985. 37 years is the longest ever gap between a song’s debut and its first appearance in the US top 10.
  • Hounds of Love has re-entered the Billboard 200 Album Charts at Number 28, matching Kate’s highest ever US album chart position (The Red Shoes also placed at 28 in 1993).
  • Hounds of Love tops the Billboard Alternative Albums chart, which of course we’d have swooned at in 1985, but it is technically her first ever number one on a Billboard album chart. It follows Love and Anger’s appearance at the same position on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1989. She’s also the highest new entry at number 3 with Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) in the Billboard Global 200, however that one is calculated. We’ll take it!
Billboard Hot 100
  • She has entered the official UK Top 40 at number 8 (a record run of Top 20 hit singles for a female artist across 6 consecutive decades). The UK midweeks chart has her climbing to Number 2, indicating an even higher placing on Friday’s official UK chart.
  • She entered the Irish Top 40 at 10, Australian Top 40 at 2, New Zealand Top 40 at 2, Canadian Top 100 at 4, and German Singles Chart at 14.
  • Kate has posted a message about her excitement at this unprecedented response on her official site and also a separate press release.
  • As of today, Kate has climbed to Number 1 on the Global Daily Spotify Chart for the first time, which means more people are listening to Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) on the world’s largest music streaming platform than any other song. A truly momentous milestone. See all the stats breakdown from today here. It is also the Number 1 song in 18 different countries on Spotify; Australia, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK, USA.
  • It remains the Number 1 song on iTunes in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, France, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg and New Zealand.
  • It remains the Number 1 most searched for song in the world on the Shazam app.
Spotify 7th June 2022 Global Daily chart

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We’ll be juggling all the various chart watching as the week progresses, with a keen eye on where she lands in the UK Top 40 on Friday, with Kate’s song having just been added to BBC Radio 1‘s “Hot Recurrents” Playlist (probably first time she’s been play-listed on that station since the 1990s!) A clear indication of how young the audience for Running Up That Hill is now skewing – Kate is usually a BBC Radio 2 fixture when she enters the charts.

The UK press have typically shared in the excitement with articles discussing Kate’s work. Alexis Petridis suggests “10 Kate Bush tracks to delight new listeners” in The Guardian here while Rebecca Nicholson on why Kate is timeless in the Observer here. She writes: “If any song can steel itself against over familiarity, it’s Running Up That Hill. Whether it is for the first time or the 500th time, you still hear it now and think, what the hell was that? And then you play it again.” Many, many media outlets in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere ran stories when Kate posted her message on her official site. It’s always cause for excitement.

Mike Chester, Warner Records EVP of radio and commerce

Over in the USA, the world’s largest music market, Mike Chester, Warner Records EVP of radio and commerce has said: “Kate Bush’s global resurgence by way of her song’s integration into Stranger Things has catapulted her back into the zeitgeist of popular culture. This exciting moment of discovery moved us to service the song to all formats of radio, immediately. We’re thrilled that our partners at the DSPs and radio are reacting so favourably to this watershed moment.”

According to an excellent article in Primetimer: “That means Bush’s record company is pushing the song like it’s a brand new hit, and it’s looking for airplay on stations that play current tunes instead of stations that only play classic rock. That’s incredibly rare, because labels want listeners to focus on what’s new. By reactivating “Running Up That Hill,” the record company is indicating its faith that the song is going to outlast this first wave of attention.” A strategy that has worked in the past for songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers. The article goes on to say that “After decades as a beloved alternative artist, she’s suddenly in the mainstream alongside Harry Styles and Lizzo. It’s hard enough for an alt rock artist to crack the top of the Hot 100, but it’s unprecedented for a legacy alt rocker to make her first top 10 appearance after so many years.”

If you want to read some very in-depth geeky US chart discussion on what it is about Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) that made it so rife for this kind of revitalisation – well some Billboard staffers discuss this question and more here. And we recommend this excellent blog post by Sean Ross over on Radio Insight which discusses Kate’s career journey on that heavily formatted medium, US radio.

Stranger Things' Music Supervisor Expands Series' Sound In Season 2 –  Deadline
Stranger Things’ music supervisor Nora Felder

Stranger Things’ music supervisor Nora Felder, who has given a few interviews at this stage, is once again interviewed by Billboard and asked about the current chart success: “With regard to the phenomenon of this surreal Kate Bush moment, I’d have to say my reaction is still, “Ummm, is this really happening?!?” I was hopeful that Kate’s song would resonate for the show and be significant for today’s youth for a variety of reasons. But honestly, who could have possibly imagined or foreseen this lightning-in-a bottle moment?….for me, that reflects the power of a meaningful, timeless song – such as “Running Up That Hill” – and how its significance can be revived and re-conceived when it is married to a remarkable story such as Stranger Things …this season and Kate Bush’s song really seem to touch on the experience of alienation and emotional struggle that a lot of teens have been and continue to be going through, albeit in different ways…it was such a breath of fresh air to hear Kate Bush’s public message this weekend, particularly since it was my understanding that she’s known to be a very private person. I also believe that her decision process/mantra in relation to her art (the music) is simply to follow her heart. I truly believe her decisions throughout life are not motivated by anything else other than that. She clearly loves Stranger Things, and has a deep respect for the Duffer brothers’ vision. The fact that she allowed her song to be aligned with such powerful messages warms my heart. It makes me incredibly happy that a whole new audience is re-experiencing her song, and hope it can provide a source of strength, as many run up their own hills in life.”

Another excellent article in The Ringer by Nate Rogers has this to say: “Even when considering the way charts are changing to include more older music, though, the Kate Bush resurgence is still an aberration. “We have songs that kind of bubble up and then bubble back down,” Jason Lipshutz, the executive director of music at Billboard, explains, “and then you have the other instances like this, where it’s, like, a monumental leap on the charts.” Rogers goes on to say that “…the supernova pop-cultural moment surrounding “Running Up That Hill” has been building for decades.”

Entertainment Tonight make good use of an archive interview with Kate

Finally, while we’re in this crazy bubble of activity, give a listen to a 14 minute discussion today about Kate’s return to the US charts on the All Of It podcast here.

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