Kate Bush, the enigmatic English singer and songwriter, will release her long-awaited new studio set this November, her record company EMI Records confirmed today (Aug. 31).
The double album “Aerial” will be issued internationally on Nov. 7, and the following day in the United States. It will be Bush’s first album release since 1993’s “The Red Shoes,” which peaked at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and at No. 28 stateside.
The first single “King Of The Mountain” is slated for an Oct. 24 release. London-born Bush has produced both the single and album, EMI says.
A 17-year-old Bush exploded onto the British singles chart with her debut 1978 hit “Wuthering Heights,” which held the top spot for four weeks and went on to become an international breakthrough. She went on to have a string of top ten hits with “Babooshka,” “Running Up That Hill” and “Don’t Give Up”, a duet with Peter Gabriel.
Three of the Brit Award-winning artist’s albums – “Never For Ever,” “Hounds Of Love” and “The Whole Story” – have reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom.
Since effectively dropping out of the public spotlight in the mid-1990s, the next phase of Bush’s recording career has been the focus of routine speculation. In October 2001, the artist whet the appetite of her devoted fanbase during a presentation at the annual Q Awards in London. While delivering her acceptance speech on winning the publication’s accolade in the classic-songwriter category, Bush told the audience, “I am actually making an album, [but] it’s just taking longer than I thought,” she said.
EMI Group told shareholders during its annual meeting last month that a Bush album was on the cards for release during the company’s current financial year.