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Kate Bush Scores First Top 10 Hit With ‘Running Up That Hill’ Cover

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Although Harry Styles’ “As It Was” maintains its run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth week, it’s Kate Bush’s 1985 classic “Running Up That Hill” that’s making headlines as it re-entered the ranking at No. 1. 8. The track’s revival on Netflix’s new fourth season of “Stranger Things” became the song’s launch pad to surpass its 1985 No. 30 peak and became the song’s first breakthrough. Bush in the top 10 of the ranking.

“Stranger Things,” which is set in the late 80s, released the first volume of the new season on May 27 and incorporates the song into multiple episodes. It serves as a focal point in the plot of the character Max Mayfield, played by actress Sadie Sink.

The whole negotiation came as a surprise to Bush fans because the English singer-songwriter rarely approves of his songs being used in other media. In a recent Variety article, Wende Crowley, senior vice president of creative marketing, film and television for Sony Music Publishing, said that Bush approved the song’s participation in the series after reviewing script pages and images depicting how it would be incorporated. Bush also released a rare statement on his website stating that she was a fan of the show and shared her gratitude for the resurgence.

On the US charts, it’s almost unheard of for an older song to break into the top 10, even after a widely celebrated sync or after the death of a celebrity. One catalog track other than Christmas is believed not to have returned to this level in its original recorded form since Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” rose to No. 2 in 1992, after being featured in “Wayne’s World” . In 2020, Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” saw a huge surge in popularity in 2020 due to a TikTok meme, but still only reached No. 12 on the chart.

The sync also placed the track at #1 on the Digital Song Sales and on the Streaming Songs chart at #6. As of June 4, “Running Up That Hill” also ranked #3 on the weekly count of song consumption. , as confirmed by Luminate.

The singer-songwriter first appeared on the Billboard charts in 1979, but “Running Up That Hill” was his first top 10 Hot 100. It first hit the charts in November 1985 as part of her fifth studio album, “Hounds of Love,” and landed at #30.

Meanwhile, Styles’ “Late Night Talking” dives 4-9 in its second week on the Hot 100. Jack Harlow’s “First Class” remains at No. 2 on the Hot 100, after three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. .for U,” featuring Drake and Tems, is similarly stable at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after spending a week at No. 1. Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” climbed one spot to No. 4 in the ranking. Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” also climbs 6-5 on the Hot 100, after five weeks at No. 1. “Me Porto Bonito” by Bad Bunny and Chencho Corleone surges from its previous No. 10 spot to No. 7 .

Figures detailing equivalent album units obtained from the Billboard 200 chart come from Luminate via Billboard.

Styles’ “Harry’s House” also holds its No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for a second week, after debuting at No. 1 a week ago. The project grossed 160,500 equivalent album units in the United States in the week ending June 2; it originally launched with 521,500 units.

New to the top 10 of the albums chart is legendary English rock band Def Leppard, who mark their eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with the debut of “Diamond Star Halos”. At No. 10, the album enters with 34,000 equivalent album units earned.

Elsewhere on the album chart: Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti” remains at No. 2 with 141,500 equivalent album units, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” remains at No. 3 with 89,500 units, No. Future’s No. 1 “I Never Liked You” is still at No. 4 with 68,000 units and Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” climbs 6-5 with 53,500 units.

Thanks to its vinyl release, Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” rebounds 12-6 with 41,500 equivalent album units. Zach Bryan’s “American Heartbreak” drops 5-7 in its second week with 40,500 units and Olivia Rodrigo’s former No. 1 “Sour” lingers at No. 8 with 39,000 units after releasing an edition deluxe one year anniversary of the album. Jack Harlow’s “Come Home the Kids Miss You” slips to 7-9 with 34,500 units.