2022 – Kate Bush reaches UK #1 with Running That Hill after 37 years | Kate Bush

The unexpected and inspiring Kate Bush hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart, with “Running Up That Hill” reaching number one 37 years after the song’s release.

The 1985 track topped the national and international charts after being included in Netflix’s Stranger Things series last month, introducing it to a new generation of fans.

Bush broke three records on the UK Singles Chart with her number one spot. She is the oldest woman to top the charts while 37 years is the longest it took a song to reach number one and hit! To defeat, who finally reached his last Christmas in January 2021.

Bush also has the longest gap between No. 1 singles, at 44 years, since her debut at Wuthering Heights (the previous record holder was Tom Jones at 42). The Running Up That Hill peaked at number three when it was first released.

“It’s hard to understand how quickly all of this happened,” Bush, 63, said in a statement on her Web site earlier this week. “Lots of young people love the show [are] Discover the song for the first time.

“The reaction to Run Up That Hill is something that has its own energy and willpower. A direct relationship between the shows and their audience, and one that was completely outside the realm of music. We were all astonished to see the track explode!” The song is currently at number four in the US, the highest charting My statement to her so far.

The success of That Hill’s UK playback chart – currently around 575,000 daily views on Spotify in the UK and over 6 million daily views on the platform worldwide – was helped by the waiving of a rule last weekend detailing how old songs streamed are counted , leading to speculation that Bush opened the doors for more old songs to come back.

“Running in the very same Hill has changed things as we know them,” chart analyst James Masterton told the Guardian. “This is the first time in the era of live broadcasting that a back catalog title has not only been automatically revived, but has maintained its popularity over a long period of time.”

While the football anthem Three Lions returned to number one during Euro 2018, “a week later he disappeared from our lives as a passing fad,” Masterton added.

“The Kate Bush song has become a true and enduring hit which is why it is appropriate to break the rules to allow it to join the contemporary releases on an equal footing. This is a real game-changer because it sets a precedent for other classics to do the same when circumstances call for it.”

A “quick no” rule that applies to older songs was introduced in 2017. As streaming evolved — and after a seemingly endless 15-week run at Drake’s #1 spot in 2016 — action was taken to help new tracks have a moment. Its glory is on the charts. Therefore, while a new song earns a sale for every 100 streams, old songs must be streamed 200 times before a single sale is counted.

If not, songs like The Killers “Mr Brightside” – released in 2003 – would still be in the top 40, and Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” would be in the top ten in Week 47.

But the scales shifted last weekend when Bosch Music Records EMI ordered a “manual reset” of broadcast ratios, available “in exceptional circumstances when the track is set for upgrade.” After that, her streams instantly doubled in value, allowing her to fly away from Harry Styles’ As It Was, which ended his 10-week run in #1.

Martin Talbot, managing director of the official charting company, stressed that the rules have not changed. “Kate Bush Run Up That Hill just got a manual reset this week, a process available to all artists and often used by record companies during new campaign periods and surges of this kind,” he said.

According to Charlotte Jean, former NME editor and founder of Forty-Five, Bush’s success could cause brands to fight even more to put archival tracks into popular shows to repeat that moment.

“Kate Bush is popular, just like Stranger Things. Fans were cheering her on for #1 because it’s such a touching story.”

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“But even if more posters start asking for resets, I can’t see us switching to a permanent change that will end up flooding the charts with old tracks. I think everyone involved agrees that the charts should be broad for new releases, and those responsible for that They would be incredibly wary of any lasting change that would put the Beatles in the top 10 every week.”

John added that Bush finished second last week without the reset because he is a prime example. “It demonstrates the power of a popular show to reach a global audience and how important a soundtrack is to that popularity.”

Only four other artists reached number one at an age later than Bosch. Captain Sir Tom Moore is the oldest at 99 years 11 months and featured on the 2020 cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone. Elton John at age 74, Tom Jones at age 68 and Louis Armstrong at age 66 completed the list.

Additional reporting by Ben Beaumont Thomas

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