Kate Bush still "reeling" from Running Up That Hill's record-breaking Official Charts success this year in rare public statement

In a rare public statement, the British pop auteur reflected on her massive 2022, which saw Running Up That Hill reach Number 1, 37 years after it's initial release.

Kate Bush has released a rare end-of-year public statement, which addresses in-part her record-breaking, Number 1 success on the Official Charts this year. 

If you've been living under a rock for the past 12 months, let's catch you up; Kate found herself in the middle of a chart renaissance earlier this year when her 1985 single Running Up That Hill was heavily featured during the latest season of Netflix series Stranger Things.

Integral to the character arc of Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink's), Stranger Things helped introduce Running Up That Hill, and Kate herself, to a whole new generation. The influx of attention eventually resulted in Running Up That Hill finally climbing to Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart in June - breaking a triple of Official Charts records in the process.

In a letter to fans posted on her website, Kate admitted that she was still "reeling" from the unexpected success of Running Up That Hill, which also reached an all-time high chart position in the US this year, too.

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"It’s been a crazy, roller coaster year for me. I still reel from the success of RUTH, being the No 1 track of this summer," Kate wrote. "What an honour! It was really exciting to see it doing so well globally, but especially here in the UK and Australia; and also to see it making it all the way to No 3 in the US.

"It was such a great feeling to see so many of the younger generation enjoying the song. It seems that quite a lot of them thought I was a new artist! I love that!"

Running Up That Hill was originally released as the lead single from Kate's magnum opus of a pop record, Hounds of Love. You can read more about Running Up That Hill's journey to chart success in the UK here, and why it matters so much.

The track - entirely written and produced by Kate herself - also holds the distinction of being the UK's coveted Song of the Summer for 2022, beating out mammoth hits from the likes of Harry Styles and Beyoncé in the process.

It has been over a decade since we last had any new material from Kate (and 2024 will mark 10 years since her landmark Before The Dawn live residency in London) so fingers crossed that we'll get new music from her before the decade is out. Please!!

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