” Running Up That Hill ” is by singer-songwriter Kate Bush CBE. Written by Kate the song was the first single to be taken from her 1985 album, Hounds of love.
Written about making a deal with God in exchange for changing lives with another person. So instead of doing a deal with the Devil, Kate thought the concept of the lyrics would be more potent if it were doing a deal with God.
Kate’s record label EMI was reluctant to release the track with the title ” A Deal With God “.
They felt there would be a negative reception due to the title after some convincing Kate agreed to a change and the song was released as ” Running Up That Hill “. However, the difference only applied to the single’s release as the album version still contained the original title.
The song wasn’t originally intended to be released, EMI wanted the song ” Cloudbusting ” to become the main single from the album. Kate insisted that wouldn’t happen and managed to change their minds to release ” Running Up That Hill ” as the lead single from the album.
She felt the song represented the whole album better than ” Cloudbusting ” and eventually EMI agreed and the song was released.
” Running Up That Hill ” proved Kate had made the right decision and was to become a massive hit in the United Kingdom. The single entered the UK Singles Chart at number nine and moved up to reach number three.
It remained inside the Top Ten for five weeks and spent a total of eleven weeks on the chart.
In the United States, Kate also had success with the song, where it was to be her first hit single since 1978. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and climbed to number thirty, ” Running Up That Hill ” also reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
Some twenty-seven years later, it was remixed and released a second time with the original title ” Running Up That Hill ( A Deal With God ) “.
The new release uses the original 12” extended version with the backing track from the original overlayed with new vocals.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 30
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 6, Austrian Singles Chart 21, Belgium Singles Chart 6, Dutch Single ( Top 100 ) 6, French SNEP Singles Chart 24, German Media Control Singles Chart 3, Irish Singles Chart 4, Italian Singles Chart 31, New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 26, Swiss Music Charts 10
Official Website: Katebush.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/KateBush
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