Kate Bush has shared a new statement celebrating the recent chart success of her 1985 song Running Up That Hill, which has spent the past few weeks climbing to the top of charts all over the world, after featuring in a pivotal scene in the latest season of sci-fi horror series, Stranger Things. See the scene below.
In a twist stranger than fiction, that scene has put Kate Bush head to head in a global chart battle with One Direction member, now solo, pop star, Harry Styles.
Here in Australia, Running Up That Hill has knocked Styes out of the top spot to earn her first-ever number one on the ARIA singles chart. In her UK homeland, Styles is at number one on the Official UK Singles Chart and Bush at number two, a new career peak for the pop icon. And in America, Bush earned her first-ever number one on the Billboard album chart last week and cracked the Billboard Top 10 for the first time. This week, she has contiued to climb to number four.
Running Up That Hill has also smashed through streaming charts, currently sitting at number two on both the Spotify and Apple global charts, and at number one on the Australian streaming charts.
Bush has shared a rare public statement, reflecting on the song’s sudden and unexpected resurgence and thanking everyone for their support, via her official website.
"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."
On YouTube, the song’s official music is currently in second place on the site’s top music video chart. Check it out below.
Kate Bush | ‘Running Up That Hill’
Bush also shared her love for Stranger Things in a previous statement, saying that she had “watched every series” of the show and “really loved it”.
“Running Up That Hill is being given a whole new lease of life by the young fans who love the show - I love it too! I wait with bated breath for the rest of the series in July."
So do we, Kate.
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