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Where Is Kate Bush Now? Singer’s 1985 Hit ‘Running up That Hill’ Tops Charts Again

Edduin Carvajal
May 31, 2022
03:10 P.M.
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Netflix's hit series "Stranger Things" has been so popular that it brought one of Kate Bush's singles from the 1980s, "Running up That Hill," back to the music charts.

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Originally titled "A Deal with God," "Running up That Hill" was the debut single of Kate Bush's 1985 album, "Hounds of Love." The song's heyday was over three decades ago, but "Stranger Things" took it to the top of the iTunes chart.

Bush's song appeared in the Season 4 premiere, and it played a crucial role in Max's (Sadie Sink) storyline. But what happened to Kate Bush? Here's everything you need to know about the English musician.

Promotional picture of Kate Bush circa October 1993 | Source: Getty Images

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WHO IS KATE BUSH?

Born in Bexleyheath, England, in July 1958, Bush's road to stardom is one of a kind. She fell in love with music and started playing piano at a young age. Before turning 18, Bush had already composed more than 200 songs.

Pink Floyd's legend David Gilmour was critical in her career. He noticed how talented she was and helped her sign a contract with EMI Music Publishing. Bush's debut song, "Wuthering Heights," topped the music charts in England in 1978.

Promotional picture of Kate Bush circa October 1993 | Source: Getty Images

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Bush's popularity skyrocketed in the 1980s with her albums "Never for Ever," "The Dreaming," "Hounds of Love," and "The Sensual World." Her most recent studio album is "50 Words for Snow," released in 2011.

Apart from her incredible musical talents, Bush has also been passionate about films. She has directed, produced, and starred in many of her music videos, and some of them could easily pass for short films.

In 2013, the UK recognized Bush's impact on the entertainment industry and gave her the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to music.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO KATE BUSH?

Although Bush was one of the most influential female artists in England during the 1980s, fame was never her main goal. She was most prolific between 1978 and 1994, releasing seven albums.

[Bush's] live performances were nothing short of outstanding.

After that, she only made two studio albums with original material, one live album, and a collection of new versions of her old songs. Re-recording existing material felt like doing new records.

Photoshoot of Kate Bush in Italy in 1978 | Source: Getty Images

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The singer realized that the songs in "The Sensual World" and "The Red Shoes" could benefit from getting new versions, mainly because of the technological advances in music.

Bush also had a very unusual schedule for live shows. Her first and only tour was in 1979. Starting in the mid-1990s, Bush mainly focused on raising her son, Albert McIntosh, and being with her husband, Danny McIntosh.

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KATE BUSH'S LATEST SHOWS

In 2014, 35 years after finishing her only tour, she had a 22-night concert residency at the Hammersmith Apollo in London titled "Before the Dawn."

Her live performances were nothing short of outstanding. She got help from novelist David Mitchell, who wrote some scenes' dialogue, and her son, Albert, who acted, sang, and assisted Bush in the conception and creation of the shows.

Bush, who has always preferred a private life, said in her latest published interview in 2016 that retaining creative control over the things she does has always been important. "If you have [it], it's personal," she added—what a unique entertainer.

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