Kate Bush

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Catherine "Kate" Bush, CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. She is known for her eclectic musical style and her idiosyncratic vocal performances.

In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song. She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart. She has had 25 UK Top 40 hit singles, including the Top 10 hits "Wuthering Heights", "The Man with the Child in His Eyes", "Babooshka", "Running Up That Hill" (as well as its 2012 remix), "Don't Give Up" (a duet with Peter Gabriel), and "King of the Mountain".

In 1987, she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and in 2002, her song writing ability was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. During the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. After her 1979 tour – the only concert tour of her career before 2014 – Bush released the 1980 album Never for Ever, which made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at Number 1. She is also the first (and to date only) female artist to have Top 5 albums in the UK charts in five successive decades. In August 2014 she became the first female performer to have eight albums in the Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart simultaneously; altogether she had 11 albums in the top 50, putting her at number three for simultaneous UK Top 40 albums (Elvis Presley with 12 albums in 1977, and The Beatles in 2009 with 11 albums).

Bush was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music. She received the award from Queen Elizabeth II on 10 April 2013 at Windsor Castle.

A BBC documentary was published in August 2014 called The Kate Bush Story.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 The Kick Inside Kate Bush 4 18
1978 Lionheart Kate Bush 5 10
1980 Never for Ever Kate Bush 4.65 7
1982 The Dreaming Kate Bush 4 7
1985 Hounds of Love Kate Bush 4.1 12
1989 The Sensual World Kate Bush 4 8
1993 The Red Shoes Kate Bush 3.75 5
2005 Aerial Kate Bush 4 9
2011 Director's Cut Kate Bush 4
2011 50 Words for Snow Kate Bush 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 The Single File 1978-1983 Compilation Kate Bush 1
1984 Kate Bush Compilation Kate Bush 1
1986 The Whole Story Compilation Kate Bush 5 9
1990 This Woman's Work: Anthology 1978-1990 Compilation Kate Bush 3
Gold Ballads Compilation Kate Bush 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Live at Hammersmith Odeon Live Kate Bush 3
2014 1979 Television Special Live Kate Bush 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 5 3
1978 The Man With the Child in His Eyes Kate Bush 1
1978 Hammer Horror Kate Bush 1
1979 Wow Kate Bush 1
1980 December Will Be Magic Again Kate Bush 1
1980 Army Dreamers Kate Bush 1
1980 Babooshka Kate Bush 5 1
1980 Breathing Kate Bush 1
1981 Sat in Your Lap Kate Bush 1
1982 The Dreaming Kate Bush 5 1
1982 There Goes a Tenner Kate Bush 1
1983 Ne T'enfuis Pas / Un Baiser D'enfant Kate Bush 1
1983 Night of the Swallow Kate Bush 1
1985 Cloudbusting Kate Bush 3
1985 Running Up That Hill Kate Bush 5 6
1986 Hounds of Love Kate Bush 2
1986 The Big Sky Kate Bush 3
1986 Experiment IV Kate Bush 4 3
1989 The Sensual World Kate Bush 5 2
1989 This Woman's Work Kate Bush 5 3
1990 Love and Anger Kate Bush 1
1991 Rocket Man / Candle in the Wind Kate Bush 3
1993 Eat the Music Kate Bush 2
1993 Rubberband Girl Kate Bush 3
1993 Moments of Pleasure Kate Bush 3
1994 And So Is Love Kate Bush 3
1994 The Man I Love Kate Bush & Larry Adler 1
1994 The Red Shoes Kate Bush 3
2005 King of the Mountain Kate Bush 3
2011 Deeper Understanding (Director's Cut) Kate Bush 1
2011 Wild Man Kate Bush 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 Aspects of the Sensual World Kate Bush 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Kate Bush Compilation Kate Bush 1

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