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Kate Bush becomes the first female artist in UK history to have eight simultaneous Top 40 albums

Kate Bush becomes the first female artist in UK history to have eight simultaneous Top 40 albums

Kate Bush has become the first female artist in UK history to have eight albums in the Top 40 at the same time.

The singer has broken the record previously held by Madonna after seeing a surge in sales as her Before The Dawn residency kicked off this week at London's Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. Madonna had previously had three albums in the Top 40 in 1987.

Eight of Bush's 11 entries in the Top 75 in this week's Official UK Albums Chart have made it into the Top 40, including Hounds Of Love, 'he Kick Inside, 50 Words For Snow and Lionheart, reports the Official Charts Company. The only artists to have had more records simultaneously in the Top 40 are now Elvis, who had 12 LPs in the upper echelons of the charts after his death in 1977, and The Beatles, 11 of whose 2009 reissues achieved the same feat.

You can read the Uncut review of Bush's show on August 27 at Hammersmith Odeon here.

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