Kate Bush reacts to chart resurgence after Netflix’s Stranger Things

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Kate Bush has reacted to her 1985 classic Running Up That Hill climbing charts again after its use in Netflix’s Stranger Things and shared she’s a fan of the show.

The song features heavily in the fourth season of Stranger Things, including in a pivotal scene featuring Max in the 80s-set drama.

As a result, Running Up That Hill has reentered the top 10 in at least 34 countries, including topping iTunes Charts in the US and UK, 37 years after its release.

It’s reached No 2 on Australia’s ARIA charts, as well as No 4 on Spotify’s global chart this week.

Kate Bush shared her excitement and thanked the show’s fans in a rare statement this week.

“You might’ve heard that the first part of the fantastic, gripping new series of Stranger Things has recently been released on Netflix,” she said.

“It features the song, Running Up That Hill which is being given a whole new lease of life by the young fans who love the show – I love it too!

“Because of this, Running Up That Hill is charting around the world and has entered the UK chart at No. 8. It’s all really exciting!

“Thanks very much to everyone who has supported the song. I wait with bated breath for the rest of the series in July.”

Kate Bush is ‘selective’ when licensing her music

The gay icon, who hasn’t released any new music since 2011, gave permission for her song to feature in Stranger Things because she’s a big fan of the series.

A representative from Sony, Wende Crowley, who received the publishing request, told Variety that Bush is “selective when it comes to licensing her music.”

So in order to get the deal done, Stranger Things‘ executive producers sent script pages and footage to Bush so she could see exactly how the song would be used.

The singer ultimately gave her blessing.

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Jordan Hirst
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