Cher congratulated Kate Bush for taking her record (Picture: Getty)
Cher has shared her joy at Kate Bush breaking her record as the oldest female artist to get a number one in the UK Official Singles Chart.
Kate, 63, reached number one this week with Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), which was originally released 37 years ago.
It had originally charted at number three in the UK on its release and charted again at number 12 in 2012, but received renewed attention after featuring in Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Cher had previously held the record for being the oldest female artist to reach number one, having achieved it at the age of 52 in 1998 with Believe.
She took to Twitter to congratulate Kate, tweeting: ‘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.’
Cher signed off: ‘With Mega Respect, Me.’
Running Up That Hill was originally released in 1985 and was featured in Stranger Things as the soundtrack to Max’s fight for survival.
It is Kate’s first number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, which went to number one in 1978 when she was 19, meaning she also nabbed a record for the largest gap between number one singles at 44 years in total.
Kate revealed she was ‘overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support’ for the song and thanked the show’s creators for bringing the track into the consciousness of so many more people.
She 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.
‘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.
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‘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.’
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