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‘Stranger Things’ sparks major rise in ‘Master of Puppets’ streams for Metallica

It's the Kate Bush effect all over again...

By Nick Reilly

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Streams of Metallica‘s iconic track ‘Master Of Puppets’ have increased significantly following its appearance in Stranger Things‘ season four finale.

The band’s pioneering 1986 track appears in finale episode ‘The Piggyback’, in which Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) plays the tune on a rooftop as a distraction technique for a horde of demonic bats who are guarding the lair of big bad Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower).

Since featuring on the show, the song has risen to Number Seven in Spotify‘s Top 50 USA playlist, which marks the first time it has ever broke into the playlist’s Top 10.

The band also previously praised creators the Duffer Brothers for including it in the show,

“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include ‘Master Of Puppets’ in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it,” they wrote.

They are the latest band to contribute from a feature on the show, following the runaway success of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ after it appeared in the first part of season four.

Bush has earned approximately $2.3million (£1.9million) in streaming revenue since the track appeared on the show, as well as making a series of rare public statements, including one in which she described the renewed interest in ‘RUTH’ as “really exciting”.

Bush, who wrote and produced ‘Running Up That Hill’, is likely to keep the bulk of that new income herself as she owns the copyright to her recordings, per Music Business Worldwide.

It’s since been confirmed that the singer has broken three Guinness World Records too: Longest time for a track to reach Number One on the UK’s Official Singles Chart; Longest gap between Number Ones on the UK’s Official Singles Chart; Oldest female artist to reach No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart.