Royal Blood – Figure It Out (2014)

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Brighton rock duo Royal Blood top this week’s Official Albums Chart with their self-titled album, scoring the UK’s fastest selling British rock debut in three years! Royal Blood have sold nearly 66,000 copies in the past seven days, the highest tally for a rock debut since Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ eponymous release in October 2011. The duo – consisting of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher – have gained increasing popularity following a string of summer festival sets including Download, Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds, as well as a stint supporting Arctic Monkeys at their Finsbury Park shows back in May.

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (1985)

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The lead single from Kate Bush’s fifth studio album, Hounds Of Love was her highest chart peak since Wuthering Heights, and gave her a fifth Top 10. Its parent album gave Kate her second Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, spending three weeks at the top, knocking off Madonna’s Like A Virgin.

PEAK POSITION: Number 3. Interestingly, Kate has not charted higher than Number 3 since.

CHART FACT: A remix of Running Up That Hill was arranged for the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, complete with new vocals. Upon release, this remix charted at Number 6, and is Kate’s most recent hit to date.

Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights (1978)

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It’s only fitting that the song that started our love affair with Kate should come out on top on the Top 20 of most downloaded Kate Bush songs. Kate’s debut single was based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte, a violent tale of unrequited love, jealousy and quite a lot of death. Legend has it that Kate hadn’t even read the book when she wrote the song, but, unlike us in our English Literature exam, she got away with it. Kate was just 19 when she topped the Official Singles Chart with Wuthering Heights; it would stay firmly at the top for four weeks.

GusGus – Obnoxiously Sexual (2014)

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Tourdates
August 30th — Studie 2, Copenhagen, Denmark
September 16th – Basen, Warsaw, Poland
September 17th — Studio, Krakow, Poland
September 19th — B90, Gdansk, Poland
September 20th — Eskulap, Posnan, Poland
September 21st — Eter, Wroclaw, Poland
September 23rd — Berghain, Berlin, Germany
September 24th — Werk2, Leipzig, Germany
September 25th — Strom, Munich, Germany
September 27th — CBE, Cologne, Germany
September 28th — Mojo Club, Hamburg, Germany
October 2nd — U Street Music Hall, Washington DC, USA
October 5th — Double Room, Chicago, USA
October 6h — The Highline Ballroom, New York, USA
October 8th — The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
October 9th — Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, USA
October 11th — Corona Capital Festival, Mexico
October 29th — Loft, Krasnojarsk, Russia
October 31st — Tele Club, Ekaterinburg, Russia
November 2nd — Ogni Ufy, Ufa, Russia
November 3rd — Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
November 4th — A2, St. Petersburg, Russia
November 6th — Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
November 7th — Tesla, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
November 11th – Koko- NME Party, London, UK
November 29th – Explore the North Festival, Leeuwarden, NL
November 30th – Botanique/ Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
December 01st – MeetFactory, Prague, Czech Republic
December 03rd – Paris, La Maroquinerie, France
December 04th – Rondel, Bern, Switzerland
December 05th – Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria
December 07th – Star Trznica, Bratislava, Slovakia
December 08th – Aquarium, Budapest, Hungary
December 11th – Terminal 1, Sofia, Bulgaria
December 12th – Palatul Ghika, Bukarest, Romania
December 13th – Stage Volume One, Athens, Greece

[Dedicated to Jonas Hz and Lars Skovgaard]