Scottish dance duo LF System knock Kate Bush off number one

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After three weeks, Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill was replaced by the Scottish dance group LF System at the top of the UK singles chart.

With Afraid To Love, which has received 5.5 million streams in the last seven days, the DJ pair accomplished the feat. The song, which is a viral TikTok smash, is based on a sample of Silk’s 1975 dance track I Can’t Stop (Turning You On).

It is the artist’s third number-one album, following Caustic Love from 2014 and Sunny Side Up from 2009.

The vinyl chart was topped by Last Night in the Bittersweet, which was also the week’s most popular physical album.

Kate Bush made headlines this month when her song “Running Up That Hill” topped the UK charts.

The song was made more widely known by its appearance in the fourth season of the Netflix science fiction drama Stranger Things, which is now airing.

The measure was put in place after Drake’s song One Dance enjoyed an improbable 15-week run at the top of the charts. The measure was put in place in 2017 as a method to keep the charts interesting.

As a result, whereas a new song receives one “sale” for every 100 streams, older or declining songs require 200 streams to generate just one “sale.”

The advantage was sufficient for LF System, and they duly swept to the top of the charts.

Conor Larkman and Sean Finnigan, the team’s two members, described it as the fulfilment of a dream.

Also benefited by Bush’s switch to rapid decline was Harry Styles. Running Up That Hill came in third, while his song As It Was climbed back to number two.

While this is happening, Metallica could soon experience a similar chart-topping assault thanks to Stranger Things.

The 1986 album’s lead single, Master of Puppets, is currently experiencing a revival after appearing in a recent episode of the show.

This week, it debuts at number 47 on the UK charts for the first time. Metallica could achieve its first top 40 single since The Day That Never Comes in 2008 if its sales and streams keep rising.

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