Kate Bush

Born 30 July 1958.
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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).

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  1. Review of 50 Words for Snow

    50 Words for Snow 2011

    Reviewed by Jude Rogers
    The sublime and the ridiculous: this is classic Kate.
  2. Review of Director's Cut

    Director's Cut 2011

    Reviewed by Martin Aston
    An artist reborn, Bush tinkers with back catalogue cuts, producing great results.
  3. Review of Aerial

    Aerial 2005

    Reviewed by Darren Waters
    This is a masterpiece.
  4. Review of The Sensual World

    The Sensual World 1989

    Reviewed by Helen Groom
    As with most of her work, the thrill is in having no idea what the next song will bring.
  5. Review of The Kick Inside

    The Kick Inside 1978

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    To this day nothing sounds like it.
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