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TOP 50 HOLIDAY SONGS: A MERRY LOT
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/7a)
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WITH LOVE
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NEW LEADERS AT COLUMBIA U.K.
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JIM STEWART,
1930-2022
Remembering an indie-label legend. (12/6a)
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GRAMMY HANDICAPPING
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THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
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TRUMP CORP II
Totally less fraudulent than Trump Corp.
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: EZRA SCORES 3RD #1
6/17/22

Kate Bush has set three all-time U.K. Official Chart records as her Running Up That Hill” (Fish People) hits #1, 37 years after its initial release. On the albums chart, Columbia’s George Ezra has ascended to #1.

With her run up the chart hill, Bush secures the longest-ever gap between #1 singles in Official Chart history—44 years. The gap between 1978’s “Wuthering Heights” and this week tops Tom Jones’s 42-year gap between “Green Green Grass of Home” and charity single “(Barry) Islands in the Stream.”

Those 37 years also represent the longest time taken for a single to reach #1, besting Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” which needed 36 years to get to the top. And Bush, a month shy of her 64th birthday, passes Cher as the oldest female artist ever to score a #1.

“It’s long overdue that ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’ by the truly amazing Kate Bush should finally top the U.K. charts,” Rhino UK SVP Myn Jazeel said. “This phenomenal cultural moment came about after close collaboration between Kate and her team, Netflix and the Warner Music Sync Team, and without doubt we’ve seen that a cross-generational connection has been made, with a new audience in the U.K. and around the world joining Kate’s existing fanbase to discover and honor her timeless brilliance.

“It’s also gratifying that Kate’s wider catalog is now being discovered and enjoyed by a whole new audience. This whole occasion feels incredible for all involved, and that’s why we work in catalogue music, for moments like this that have such broad cultural relevance and impact.”

Warner is also enjoying the rise to #4 by “Afraid to Feel” by Scottish dance duo LF System. U.K. trap duo D-Block Europe have the week’s highest new entry, “Elegant & Gang,” at #18.

Ezra’s single “Green Green Grass” (Columbia) hits a new peak of #6 as his album, Gold Rush Kid, becomes his third consecutive U.K. #1 album. Gold Rush Kid heads straight in at the top on chart sales in excess of 44k, 79% of which were physical sales.

Harry StylesHarry’s House (Columbia) drops to #2 while his sophomore album Fine Line returns to the Top 10 at #6.

The sixth album from Chase & Status, What Came Before (EMI), debuts at #4, their first Top 10 record in five years. BTS’ anthology PROOF (Big Hit) debuts at #8, becoming their fifth U.K. Top 10 album. XXXTentacion’s Look At Me: The Album (Bad Vides Forever) enters at #23.

With Glastonbury fast approaching, headliner Billie Eilish is starting to see a sales surge as her Happier Than Ever (Polydor) rises to #20.