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Kate Bush comeback pushes eight of her albums into the Top 40

By | Published on Monday 1 September 2014

Kate Bush

So, popstars, here’s a simple strategy for you all to adopt in the future. Be an acclaimed, constantly innovating recording artist. But don’t perform live for 35 years. Then book a relatively intimate venue for your comeback and put on an awe-inspiring show that garners blanket press coverage. And in return you can expect a week of chart dominance. Now you sit back and think about it, it’s been obvious all along hasn’t it?

Yes, after all the Bush-blandishment in the papers and on the social networks last week, eight of Kate’s albums reappeared in the UK Top 40 this weekend, two inside the top ten.

In reverse order of popularity, the charting LPs are: ‘Lionheart’, ‘Never For Ever’, ‘The Dreaming’, ‘The Sensual Word’, ‘The Kick Inside’, ’50 Words For Snow’, ‘Hounds Of Love’ and ‘The Whole Story’. The only artists to have had more records in the UK album charts at any one time are Elvis Presley in 1977 and The Beatles in 2009.

Official Charts Company boss Martin Talbot told reporters: “Kate Bush’s new live shows have created a huge stir, but for them to help push her catalogue to make such a significant sales impact is further evidence of the love that the British public have for her music, from generation to generation”.