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Cher praises Kate Bush for breaking her record as oldest woman to hit No1 with Running Up That Hill


Cher has congratulated Kate Bush for breaking her record as the oldest woman to reach number one in the UK Official Singles Chart amid the renewed success of song Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God).

Kate’s 1985 song has shot to the top of the charts after featuring in Netflix’s Stranger Things, and at 63-years-old, Kate beat Cher’s record of being the oldest female chart-topper as she was just 52 when 1998’s Believe hit the top spot.

Taking to Twitter, Cher, now 76, praised Kate and showed female solidarity as she reflected on women’s struggles to be a prominent force in the music industry as she wrote: ‘We had to fight our way through the testosterone curtain.’

Praise: Cher has congratulated Kate Bush for breaking her record as the oldest woman to reach number one in the UK Official Singles Chart amid the renewed success of song Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

Praise: Cher has congratulated Kate Bush for breaking her record as the oldest woman to reach number one in the UK Official Singles Chart amid the renewed success of song Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

37 years after it’s initial release, Running Up That Hill has seen a surge in sales and streams thanks to the track being a soundtrack of character Max’s fight for survival in the hit TV show. 

And as Kate bagged her first UK solo number one in 40 years, Cher proved there was no hard feelings over her record being broken.

She wrote in full: ‘Bravo Kate. Records Are Meant 2 Be Broken.

‘Remember Back In The Day,When Women Had SHORT SELL BY DATES. We Had 2 Fight Our Way Through The Testosterone Curtain,& We Did it So The Girls Who Came After Us Could Sing As Long As They Want To. 

Success: Kate's 1985 song has shot to the top of the charts after featuring in Netflix's Stranger Things, and at 63-years-old, Kate beat Cher's record of being the oldest female chart-topper as she was just 52 when 1998's Believe hit the top spot

Success: Kate’s 1985 song has shot to the top of the charts after featuring in Netflix’s Stranger Things, and at 63-years-old, Kate beat Cher’s record of being the oldest female chart-topper as she was just 52 when 1998’s Believe hit the top spot

‘With Mega Respect, Me.’

Last week, Kate’s song – the lead track on her Hounds Of Love album – peaked at number two behind Harry Style’s As It Was, but on Friday it was revealed the 80s song had pipped the former One Direction star to the post.

It is Kate’s first time at number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, hit number one in 1978 when she was just 19. This means she has also bagged the record for longest gap between number one’s at 44 years. 

Running Up That Hill is also currently sitting in the number one spot in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland, and has achieved a new peak in the US charts at number four. 

Wow: Taking to Twitter, Cher, now 76, praised Kate and showed female solidarity as she reflected on women's struggles to be a prominent force in the music industry as she wrote: 'We had to fight our way through the testosterone curtain'

Wow: Taking to Twitter, Cher, now 76, praised Kate and showed female solidarity as she reflected on women’s struggles to be a prominent force in the music industry as she wrote: ‘We had to fight our way through the testosterone curtain’

Popular: Running Up That Hill has skyrocketed up the charts after it featured in episodes one and four of the newly-released fourth season of Netflix's Stranger Things (Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield, who is pictured listening to the track)

Popular: Running Up That Hill has skyrocketed up the charts after it featured in episodes one and four of the newly-released fourth season of Netflix’s Stranger Things (Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield, who is pictured listening to the track)

It originally reached number three in the UK on its release and it charted again in 12th place in 2012. 

Kate said she has been ‘overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support’ for the song as she thanked fans for making the track number one.

She also praised the creators of the popular horror drama for ‘bringing the song into so many people’s lives’.

Supportive: as Kate bagged her first UK solo number one in 40 years, Cher proved there was no hard feelings over her record being broken

Supportive: as Kate bagged her first UK solo number one in 40 years, Cher proved there was no hard feelings over her record being broken

The musician said: ‘I believe the Duffer Brothers have touched people’s hearts in a special way at a time that’s incredibly difficult for everyone, especially younger people.

‘By featuring Running Up That Hill in such a positive light, as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters), the song has been brought into the emotional arena of her story.

‘Fear, conflict and the power of love are all around her and her friends.

Congratulations: It is Kate's first time at number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, hit number one in 1978 when she was just 19 (pictured in 1978)

Congratulations: It is Kate’s first time at number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, hit number one in 1978 when she was just 19 (pictured in 1978)

Renewed success: It originally reached number three in the UK on its release and it charted again in 12th place in 2012 (Kate pictured in the music video for the song)

Renewed success: It originally reached number three in the UK on its release and it charted again in 12th place in 2012 (Kate pictured in the music video for the song) 

‘I salute the Duffer Brothers for their courage – taking this new series into a much more adult and darker place. I want to thank them so much for bringing the song into so many people’s lives.

‘I’m overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support the song is receiving, and it’s all happening really fast, as if it’s being driven along by a kind of elemental force.

‘I have to admit I feel really moved by it all. Thank you so very much for making the song a No 1 in such an unexpected way.’

Grateful: Kate said she has been 'overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support' for the song as she thanked fans for making the track number one

Grateful: Kate said she has been ‘overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support’ for the song as she thanked fans for making the track number one

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