For some pop stars, the ongoing deluge of streaming series, feature shows and movies can represent a new opportunity to improve their cash flow without doing any heavy lifting.
That’s definitely been the case for former British pop star Kate Bush, who has seen an avalanche of interest in her work after one of her songs became an anthem of sorts for the Netflix series, “Stranger Things.”
It’s definitely one of the stranger things to happen to Bush in her long and illustrious career. It happens to represent an excellent opportunity to review her journey.
The Stranger Thing Factor
The song in question is “Running Up That Hill,” of course, and if you’re familiar with “Stranger Things” you probably already know that it’s been selected as the theme song for the latest season.
The rights to the song didn’t come cheap, either. Bush is believed to be making about £225,000 per week, a number that’s based in part on the song getting about a million streams a day on Spotify.
Bush seems as astonished as the rest of us when it comes to the song’s success. She described it as “shocking” in a BBC interview she recently did, adding that “The whole world’s gone mad,” which seems a fitting assessment on any number of levels.
Money, Awards and Net Worth
Kate Bush didn’t really need the cash, of course. She first hit the pop charts back in 1980, and was careful with her money, so it’s not exactly like she’s been doing street corner serenades with her hat out.
Her list of hits is impressive and then some. It was “Wuthering Heights” that hit the heights back in the day, but she’s had a regular stream of hits in subsequent decades as well, with the most recent being “50 Words for Snow” back in 2011.
Her best known singles include “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” and “King of the Mountain, and any slippage that may have occurred during the last few years has been negated by her “Stranger Things” update.
Naturally, all of this has come with a steady stream of awards, too. Those include three Grammys as well as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire add-on back in 2013.
She’s been feted as the British Female Solo Artist, too, so it’s safe to say that her trophy case is bulging with more hardware than any one person can properly handle.
As of 2022, Kate Bush has a net worth of $60 million. Unfortunately she is longer writing new music. That may be a disappointment to her legion of fans, but Kate Bush has certainly earned the right to take it easy after her astonishing musical career.
Kate Bush was a one-woman rumor mill back during her youth, but of course she’s settled down considerably since then.
She and her husband, Dave McIntosh, have one child together, and while Bush doesn’t really do interviews any more, she’s made it clear that she’s a “Stranger Things” fan, so there’s one retirement hobby we can definitely add to her list.