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    Kate Bush Chart History

    A thread for info on Kate's chart history!

    Have focused this post on UK and US charts but can add in other ones too.

    A handy UK colour chart guide

    RED for No.1
    DARK ORANGE for Top 3
    SIENNA for Top 5
    DARK GREEN for Top 10
    BLUE for Top 20
    PURPLE for Top 30
    PLUM for Top 40
    DARK SLATE GREY for Top 75
    UNAPPETISING GREY for the non-charters

    UK CHARTS
    ALBUMS

    The Kick Inside (Feb 1978) - #3 - 69wks(re) (PLATINUM)
    Lionheart (Nov 1978) - #6 - 38wks(re) (PLATINUM)
    Never for Ever (Sep 1980) - #1 - 24wks(re) (GOLD)
    The Dreaming (Sep 1982) - #3 - 12wks(re) (SILVER)
    Hounds of Love (Sep 1985) - #1 - 61wks(re) (2x PLATINUM)
    The Whole Story (Nov 1986) - #1 - 91wks(re) (4x PLATINUM)
    The Sensual World (Oct 1989) - #2 - 23wks(re) (PLATINUM)
    The Red Shoes (Nov 1993) - #2 - 17wks(re) (PLATINUM)
    Aerial (Nov 2005) - #3 - 17wks(re) (PLATINUM)
    Director's Cut (May 2011) - #2 - 7wks(re) (SILVER)
    50 Words For Snow (Nov 2011) - #5 - 8wks(re) (GOLD)
    Before the Dawn (Nov 2016) - #4 - 1wk*

    SINGLES/EPs
    Wuthering Heights (Jan 1978) - #1 - 14wks(re) (GOLD)
    The Man With The Child In His Eyes (May 1978) - #6 - 11wks
    Hammer Horror (Oct 1978) - #44 - 6wks
    Wow (Mar 1979) - #14 - 10wks
    On Stage EP (Aug 1979) - #10 - 9wks
    Breathing (Apr 1980) - #16 - 7wks
    Babooshka (Jun 1980) - #5 - 10wks (SILVER)
    Army Dreamers (Sep 1980) - #16 - 9wks
    December Will Be Magic Again (Nov 1980) - #29 - 7wks
    Sat In Your Lap (Jun 1981) - #11 - 7wks
    The Dreaming (Jul 1982) - #48 - 3wks
    There Goes A Tenner (Nov 1982) - #101/DID NOT CHART
    Running Up That Hill (Aug 1985) - #3 - 13wks(re) (SILVER)
    Cloudbusting (Oct 1985) - #20 - 8wks
    Hounds of Love (Feb 1986) - #18 - 5wks
    The Big Sky (Apr 1986) - #37 - 5wks
    Don't Give Up [with Peter Gabriel] (Oct 1986) - #9 - 11wks
    Experiment IV (Oct 1986) - #23 - 4wks
    The Sensual World (Sep 1989) - #12 - 5wks
    This Woman's Work (Nov 1989) - #25 - 6wks(re)
    Love and Anger (Feb 1990) - #38 - 3wks
    Rocket Man (Nov 1991) - #12 - 8wks
    Rubberband Girl (Sep 1993) - #12 - 5wks
    Moments of Pleasure (Nov 1993) - #26 - 3wks
    The Red Shoes (Apr 1994) - #21 - 3wks
    The Man I Love [with Larry Adler] (Jul 1994) - #27 - 2wks
    And So Is Love (Nov 1994) - #26 - 2wks
    King of the Mountain (Oct 2005) - #4 - 6wks
    Deeper Understanding (Apr 2011) - #87/DID NOT CHART
    Wild Man (Oct 2011) - #73 - 1wk
    Running Up That Hill [2012 remix] (Aug 2012) - #6 - 3wks

    *still on chart
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    Colour chart for the US albums!

    DARK GREEN for Top 30
    BLUE for Top 40
    PURPLE for Top 50
    DARK SLATE GREY for Top 100
    GREY for Top 200 (aka At Least It Charted)

    Colour chart for the US Singles!

    DARK GREEN for Top 30
    PURPLE for Top 100 (aka It Charted!)


    US CHARTS
    ALBUMS/EPs

    The Dreaming (Sep 1982) - #157
    Kate Bush EP [US/Canada] (Jun 1983) - #148
    Hounds of Love (Sep 1985) - #33
    The Whole Story (Nov 1986) - #76
    The Sensual World (Oct 1989) - #43 (GOLD)
    The Red Shoes (Nov 1993) - #28
    Aerial (Nov 2005) - #48
    50 Words For Snow (Nov 2011) - #83

    SINGLES [Billboard Hot 100]
    The Man With The Child In His Eyes (May 1978) - #85
    Running Up That Hill (Aug 1985) - #30
    Don't Give Up [with Peter Gabriel] (Oct 1986) - #72
    Rubberband Girl (Sep 1993) - #88
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    *applauds*

    It's great that Wow is so well remembered despite only getting to #14.

    And those NFE singles - somehow they don't sit in "1980", in my head. I suppose it's that period at the start of a decade where it's obviously not the last decade any more, but we haven't stamped a collective personality onto the new one yet. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be, etc.

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    After all that, I'm thinking I should have coloured the titles, not the numbers. I shall give the colour-related dilemma some thought before I decide on a course of action.

    (Loving that she's got a mighty nine UK Top 3 albums.)

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    Thanks for compiling all this, Menju! I'd always thought RUTH charted much higher than #3, and Sat in Your Lap really surprised me, almost being a top ten hit! Also, it's very impressive that almost all of her albums were in the top 5 in the UK albums chart. Can't wait to see if 50 Words for Snow continues this trend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by other pete View Post
    It's great that Wow is so well remembered despite only getting to #14.
    It's probably because it was released so long after the release of 'Lionheart' that most people already had the album, so didn't bother with the single. If it had been the lead single, I'm sure it would have charted much higher.

    Thanks so much for doing this menju! Much appreciated. I share your passion for colour-coded charts and lists!

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    Wow, I didn't realize Hounds of Love got to #33 Stateside!

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    Quote Originally Posted by other pete View Post
    It's great that Wow is so well remembered despite only getting to #14.

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    I can still remember being in high school, and I was working on some homework, and one of my friends was playing Vice City on the PS2. And I hear the opening to this song that I instantly recognize but can't quite place. And then... "Emily..." One of the weirdest moments of my life, to be sure.

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    Haha, my roommate in College played Vice City on his PC and this would come up but i think he'd change it immediately.

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    Have updated the first post to include 50 Words For Snow. It also joins "Babooshka" and "King of the Mountain" in the Sienna Colour Club.

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    Does anyone have any numbers on her cumulative worldwide album sales since her debut?

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    A little life in you yet



    In the Radio 1 midweek chart just out, Maxwell's This Woman's Work is at #28, and Kate's "version" of it ( ) is at #38, after last Saturday's Britain's Got Talent airing.

    If I remember rightly TWW got incredibly close to charting in the top 40 a few years ago, when it was being used in a child abuse awareness campaign on TV, and for a wedding in a drama I didn't see.

    It got to #3 in the separate Downloads Chart, but it was the very last chart before the rules were relaxed to allow any track that was being bought online to be included in the main singles chart, so its downloads would only have been counted if there had been a physical single on release that week too.

    ETA better info from Wiki:
    Charts"This Woman's Work" was released on 20 November 1989 and reached a peak position of #25 in the UK Singles Chart. Fifteen years after its original release, in 2005, the song peaked at #3 in the UK Official Download Chart, due to it being featured in the Tamzin Outhwaite drama Walk Away and I Stumble. Due to the song's inclusion in Extras, the song entered the UK chart once again at 121 in the week ending 5 January 2008, rising to 76 the following week

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    ...Aaaand... it's back!

    "This Woman's Work" makes it back into the Official UK Top 75 this week for the first time since December 1989, adding a sixth week to its chart run as it makes it up to No.63 from last week's No.105. As Pete posted, it did get as high as No.76 again in January 2008 but it's the Top 75 that 'counts.'

    The Maxwell version is at No.41 this week too.

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    The Voice has been having a similar effect to Britain's Got Talent - in the current midweeks, "Running Up That Hill" is at UK #33. If it can hold on until Sunday, it would return to the UK Top 75 for the first time since October 1985.

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    I'm glaring at Placebo and thinking "donchu even dare".

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