Kate Bush Scores Post-‘Stranger Things’ UK Top 10 Hit
Kate Bush has entered the Official UK Top 40 at No 8 with Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God). The surge of interest in the song follows its use in the new series of the Netflix hit, Stranger Things. It’s Kate’s seventh solo Top 10 single overall in the UK. She also had a Top 10 hit with her 1986 duet with Peter Gabriel, Don’t Give Up.
The song has become a hit worldwide – it has also entered the Irish Top 10 and is currently No 2 on the Australian singles chart.
It is currently No 2 on Spotify’s Global Daily Chart and the No 1 song on Spotify in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Saudi Arabia. As of 30 May, Spotify streams of the song in the US increased by more that 9,900 per cent.
Running Up That Hill is also a huge hit on iTunes, it’s the No 2 song in the world on the platform and No 1 in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and France.
According to yesterday’s Shazam chart, Running Up That Hill is the No 1 most searched song in the world. And the music video to the song has had 5 million views on YouTube over the last week.
Meanwhile, Stranger Things director Shawn Levy has discussed using Kate Bush’s music in the show in an interview with Hollywood Reporter. Levy said, “Sometimes the songs of Stranger Things are found in post-production, through trial and error. Running Up That Hill was in the script… I wanted to take a phenomenal song that was known by so many and bump it up to a level of emotionality that would support and amplify the scene. It’s just a musically amazing song… It’s just so thrilling. Obviously we couldn’t do any of that without Kate’s blessing, and we’re so grateful we got it.”