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Kate Bush Earns First Billboard No. 1 Album Thanks to ‘Stranger Things’ Boost

'Hounds of Love' crowns Top Alternative Albums.

Kate Bush achieves her first No. 1 on a Billboard albums chart with Hounds of Love, which debuts atop the June 11-dated Top Alternative Albums survey.

The set, originally released in 1985, bows thanks to the rejuvenation of its opening song, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” which appears in multiple episodes of the new season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which premiered May 27. (Top Alternative Albums began in 2007.)

In the May 27-June 2 tracking week, Hounds earned 17,000 equivalent album units, surging by 2,086%, according to Luminate.


Bush previously reached Top Alternative Albums with two other titles, peaking at No. 9 in 2011 with 50 Words for Snow and No. 5 in 2016 with The K Fellowship Presents: Before the Dawn.

Hounds concurrently enters at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums, Bush’s best rank, after Dawn peaked at No. 11. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the LP returns at No. 28, a new best after previously rising as high as No. 30 in December 1985. It ties Bush’s No. 28-peaking 1993 set The Red Shoes for her highest career placement.

Although much of the album’s success in the latest tracking week is attributable to “Hill,” each of the songs from Hounds made sales and streaming gains as listeners either returned to or discovered the 1985 full-length. Leading the way after “Hill” – which drew 17.5 million official U.S. streams and sold 18,300, each up from nominal sums – “Cloudbusting” earned 297,000 streams, up 596% week-over-week.

Elsewhere, “Hill” crowns the Alternative Streaming Songs, Rock Streaming Songs, Alternative Digital Song Sales and Rock Digital Song Sales charts. Bush scores her first No. 1 on each survey and first appearance on all but Alternative Digital Song Sales, on which she previously ranked with catalog tracks “This Woman’s Work” (No. 19, February 2021) and “Cloudbusting” (No. 22, August 2019).

On the all-format Digital Song Sales and Streaming Songs rankings, “Hill” enters at Nos. 1 and 6, respectively.

“Hill” starts at No. 2 on the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts, her first appearance on both lists. As previously reported, the song also makes a No. 8 re-entry on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, exceeding the song’s previous peak of No. 30 in November 1985 and marking Bush’s first top 10 on the tally.

More weeks on the aforementioned charts are likely for “Hill” and Hounds as the song continues to stream and sell strongly so far in the June 3-9 tracking week, reflecting next week’s June 18-dated rankings.