Kate Bush “Reeling” From ‘Running Up That Hill’ Chart Success

And she supports the nurses, too...

Kate Bush has sent her annual Christmas message to fans.

It’s been quite a year for the English artist, with a fateful placement on US drama Stranger Things transforming her song ‘Running Up That Hill’ in a global success. A smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, the track was trending on TikTok for weeks and ratcheted up millions upon millions of streams.

Well, you can’t argue with magic.

In her end of year missive, Kate Bush admitted she is still reeling from the unexpected success. “It’s been a crazy, roller coaster year for me. I still reel from the success of RUTH, being the No 1 track of this summer. What an honour! It was really exciting to see it doing so well globally, but especially here in the UK and Australia; and also to see it making it all the way to No 3 in the US. It was such a great feeling to see so many of the younger generation enjoying the song. It seems that quite a lot of them thought I was a new artist! I love that!”

She added: “Again, thank you so much to everyone who supported the track and made it a hit.”

The message reflects on the trauma of the ongoing war in Ukraine, as well as showing support for NHS nurses in their strike action. Kate Bush writes: “I wonder where on earth we’ll all be at the end of next year? I hope the war will end. I hope that the nurses will be in a position where they are appreciated – they should be cherished. Let’s all hope that next year will be better than this one. I keep thinking about hope and how it was the last to fly out of Pandora’s box. Sometimes it’s all that seems to glow in the dark times we find ourselves in right now.”

Find the full message on the official Kate Bush website.

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