Kate Bush's celebrated full return to the stage after a 35-year absence is proving that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Eight positions of the current British albums chart are occupied by the art-rock icon's albums, according to The New York Times, which sets a new record for the artist, whose 1978 debut single "Wuthering Heights" made her the first female in British charts history to have a self-written Number One.
In addition to being the only woman in U.K. charts history to have that many albums in the Top 40, Bush is now trailing Elvis Presley and the Beatles for having simultaneous Top 40 records; Presley had 12 at one point in his career, while the Beatles, at another time, had 11.
The country's Official Charts Company reports that Bush's 1986 compilation, The Whole Story, placed at Number Eight, while her 1985 LP The Hounds of Love occupies Number Nine. Her 2011 album 50 Words for Snow, 1978 debut The Kick Inside and 1989 LP The Sensual World all ranked in the 20s. Her 1982 album The Dreaming and 1980 record Never for Ever made it into the 30s, while 1978's Lionheart earned her a Number 40 position. Three other albums — 2005's Aerial, 2011's Director's Cut and 1993's The Red Shoes — also appeared at 43, 44 and 49, respectively.
Bush's Before the Dawn London residency spans 22 shows, which culminate on October 1st. Since her 1979 tour, the singer has shied away from performances, opting to focus on studio albums. Tickets for the shows went on sale in late March and promptly sold out. "I am completely overwhelmed and genuinely shocked by the incredibly positive response from everyone," she wrote on her website at the time.