Kate Bush Becomes the First Female Artist in UK History to Have 8 Simultaneous Top 40 Albums

The surge in sales follows the start of the reclusive singer's Before The Dawn residency in London.

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

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," "The Kick Inside" 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.

Kate Bush recently asked fans not to take pictures at her live shows. In a statement on her website, she wrote: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."

Bush will perform 22 shows at London's Eventim Apollo in total, her first gigs since 1979. All tickets for Bush's shows sold out in just 15 minutes when they went on sale on March 28, 2014.

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    Scott O
    Seriously? I think I know one song by her from 25 years ago.
    Eclectic Lizard
    And? I've heard a lot of songs by Nickelback and that doesn't make them any good. Look beyond what songs become popular on the radio. By that logic, Loreena McKennitt isn't good because she only had one radio hit. Some people's music isn't meant for radio.