Kate Bush Has Officially Broken Three Guinness World Records. Following the recent comeback of “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” Kate Bush has formally broken three Guinness World Records.
Following a big appearance in the fourth season of Stranger Things, the song from Bush’s 1985 fifth studio album, “Hounds Of Love,” debuted at Number One on the UK singles chart earlier this month (June 17).
When it was first released 37 years ago, “Running Up That Hill…” peaked at Number Three in the UK. A reworked version of the song, which was played during the London Olympics closing ceremony in 2012, later charted.
Currently, Bush holds the following titles in the UK: Oldest female artist to reach Number One, Longest wait for a track to reach Number One on the UK’s Official Singles Chart, and Longest gap between Number Ones, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Kate Bush Has Officially Broken Three Guinness World Records. When Cher’s single “Believe” reached number one in the UK singles chart in 1998 at the age of 52, she broke the record for the oldest solo female chart-topper. As Bush, 63, assumed her throne, Cher responded on Twitter with the words “Bravo Kate.”
“Records are made to be broken!! Remember back in the day when ladies had short sell by dates!?” she exclaimed. In order for the girls who followed after us to be able to sing, we had to battle our way through the testosterone curtain.
The song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” spent 36 years and 310 days on these shores before becoming the number one song. The song beat out Wham’Last !’s Christmas’ (1984), which took 36 years and 23 days to reach Number One in January 2021, according to Guinness World Records.
Bush also achieved her first UK Number One with “RUTH” since she did so in 1978 with her debut single, “Wuthering Heights.” Tom Jones, who previously held the honor, achieved his first chart-topper in 1967 with “Green, Green Grass of Home.”
The Welsh singer didn’t return to the top of the charts until 2009, when she collaborated with Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones on the Gavin & Stacey-themed Comic Relief track, “Barry Islands In The Stream.”
This month, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” also attained the title of most-streamed song in the entire world after topping the Spotify charts in the US and the UK with 57 million plays in a single week.
“I’m amazed by the degree 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,” Bush said in a statement after the single reached the UK Number One position.
“I must admit that I am really moved by it all. I appreciate you so much for making the song number one in such a surprising way.
The renowned musician later referred to Stranger Things as “such a terrific series” in a rare interview on the “amazing” comeback of “Running Up That Hill.”
She said on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, “The concept of all these really young people hearing the music for the first time and discovering it is, well, I think it’s incredibly special.
The last two episodes of Stranger Things 4 will premiere on Netflix tomorrow, July 1. You can see the action-packed official teaser right here.