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Kate Bush makes history with eight chart albums

Kate Bush has become the first woman in history to have eight albums in the Official Albums Chart at the same time.

The achievement comes following her return to the stage after 35 years went down a storm with critics and fans alike.

Kate Bush's 'Before the Dawn' tour has received rave reviews.
Kate Bush's 'Before the Dawn' tour in London has received rave reviews. Credit: PA

Two of Bush's albums are now in the top 10 - The Whole Story at number six and Hounds Of Love at number nine.

Six albums are in the top 40 - 50 Words For Snow is at number 20, The Kick Inside is at number 24, The Sensual World is at 26, The Dreaming is at 37, Never For Ever is at 38 and Lionheart is at 40

A further three of Bush's albums are at numbers 43, 44 and 49.

Read: Kate Bush comeback: Critics hail 'one of the most ambitious shows in history'

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'Amazing' Kate Bush performs first show in 35 years

Kate Bush performed the first of her 22 sold out dates at London's Hammersmith Apollo - her first concerts in 35 years.

The singer whose private persona is well renowned, asked ask concert goers not to post videos or pictures of her online.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports from the venue - where fans said the singer "hasn't lost anything at all" in all the years.

Celebs offer rave reviews for Kate Bush comeback

Kate Bush photographed on her live comeback at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
Kate Bush photographed on her live comeback at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Credit: Murray Chalmers PR

Celebrity fans of Kate Bush have tweeted their delight following her first live show in 35 years.

Among those in the audience were Soft Cell's Marc Almond, columnist Caitlin Moran and radio presenter Lauren Laverne.

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Celebrities out in force for Kate Bush concert

Stars of stage and screen, including pop star Lily Allen and talk show host Frank Skinner attended Kate Bush's first concert in 35 years at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Pop star Lily Allen went to Kate Bush's first concert for 35 years.
Pop star Lily Allen went to Kate Bush's first concert for 35 years. Credit: Itv News
Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood at the Hammersmith Apollo. Credit: ITV News
Talk show host Frank Skinner arrives at the Kate Bush concert.
Talk show host Frank Skinner arrives at the Kate Bush concert. Credit: ITV News

Huge roar greets Kate Bush as she opens show

Kate Bush was greeted by a huge roar as she took to the stage 35 years after her one and only tour.

Kate Bush fans celebrate outside the Hammersmith Apollo.
Kate Bush fans celebrate outside the Hammersmith Apollo. Credit: PA

Dressed in black the singer led a procession of backing singers on stage and launched into the song, Lily.

Bush was kicking off her Before The Dawn "tour", the first of 22 shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London.

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Kate Bush tickets selling for up to £1,000 online

Tickets for Kate Bush's first concerts in 35-years are changing hands for up to £1,000 on auction websites.

The Hammersmith Apollo where Kate Bush will perform 35 shows.
The Hammersmith Apollo where Kate Bush will perform 22 shows. Credit: PA

Tickets for the 56-year-old's comeback 22-show run at the Hammersmith Apollo sold out in less than 15 minutes, but demand far outweighed the number available.

On one auction site, one seller offering two tickets for £2,000 wrote: "Two good friends were going to fly in to see this but they've had to cancel their trip and we are looking to recoup their expenses for them."

Others for later dates were slightly cheaper with prices ranging from around £150 to £800.

"Spare ticket due to a series of unfortunate events! Seating, great view," another user wrote.

However, the original buyer’s name will appear on passes and photo ID will be required on the door. Some of the sellers offered to walk in with the buyers.

Original tickets went on sale in March priced at £49, £59, £75, £95 and £135 plus booking fees, depending on where fans wanted to sit.

Lauren Laverne 'can't sleep' ahead of Kate Bush gig

Stars have been gearing up for singer Kate Bush's comeback tour, as she is set to take the stage 35 years after her only tour.

Marc Almond, one half of eighties synthpop duo Soft Cell and presenter Lauren Laverne tweeted their excitement:

Kate Bush album sales rocket ahead of new shows

Kate Bush has seen a huge spike in album sales as she prepares to return to the stage for the first time in 35 years, according to the Official Charts Company.

Kate Bush has experienced a spike in album sales ahead of her new shows.
Kate Bush has experienced a spike in album sales ahead of her new shows. Credit: PA

They said that 11 of her albums had appeared in the midweek sales flash for the Top 100 as interest in the reclusive singer's comeback increases.

On their website they said: "Her retrospective The Whole Story, which originally hit Number 1 upon its release in 1986, is currently Number 8 on the tally (a sales lift of 536% from the previous week), followed by 1985’s Hounds Of Love at Number 14."

They added: "Elsewhere, her 2011 LP 50 Words For Snow and her 1978 debut The Kick Inside are at 32 and 33 respectively, and 1989’s The Sensual World is up 52 places at Number 41."

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