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Kate Bush breaks another ‘Billboard’ record with “Running Up That Hill”

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Kate Bush has broken another Billboard record as “Running Up That Hill” continues its post-Stranger Things resurgence.

The 1985 song has now jumped to #9 on the Alternative Airplay chart, giving Bush the longest-ever gap between top-10 hits on that particular ranking since it began in 1988.

Bush last charted in the Alternative Airplay top 10 in January 1994 with “Rubberband Girl,” a total of 28 years, five months and one week ago. That essentially doubles the previous mark of 14 years, six months and one week set by The Strokes between “Juicebox” in 2005 and “Bad Decisions” in 2020.

When “Running Up That Hill” first debuted on Alternative Airplay in June, Bush set the record for longest gap between appearances on the chart, regardless of placement.

Since its use in Stranger Things season 4, which premiered in late May, “Running Up That Hill” has been running up many, many charts, including reaching the top five on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Bush also broke several U.K. chart records as “Running Up That Hill” went to #1 in her home country.

The response to “Running Up That Hill” has been so massive that the famously press-shy Bush has issued several public statements and even gave her first interview in years.

Meanwhile, the Stranger Things episode that uses “Running Up That Hill” most prominently, “Chapter Four: Dear Billy,” has received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Supervision.

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