Another week, another record.
Tones And I’s global hit “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch Records/ Sony Music Entertainment Australia) bags a 10th consecutive week atop Australia’s singles chart, setting a new, all-time mark among homegrown artists.
It’s been a remarkable ride for Tones, who just a year ago was busking in Byron Bay, a popular beach spot in northern New South Wales.
Her triple-platinum certified “Dance Monkey” is now No. 1 in 13 countries, including the U.K., where it climbs 7-1 for its first stint at the top, with upwards of 5.1 million streams and 50,000 chart sales this week alone.
To date, the tune has raked in more than 250 million streams globally, with 175 million of those this month.
During her long reign at the top, the Melbourne-raised, Byron Bay-based muso beat the 32-year ARIA record for most weeks at the summit by an Australian female solo artist, previously held by Kylie Minogue’s 1987 hit “Locomotion” (at seven weeks).
A huge congratulations to @tonesandimusic, who breaks the #ARIACharts record for most weeks at #1 on the Singles Chart by an Australian artist as Dance Monkey spends its tenth week in the top spot! pic.twitter.com/F3qJVwNb1C
— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) October 5, 2019
Also, Tones this week equals the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart by a female solo act, a feat jointly held by Scottish singer Sandi Thom’s “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)” from 2010 and the late Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (1992/93)
The next big target: the all-time record for longevity, set by Ed Sheeran’s 2017 beast “Shape Of You” at 15 non-consecutive weeks.
Tones And I’s very own monster hit is the first No. 1 by an Aussie act on the national chart this year. Tones (real name Toni Watson) also appears on the ARIA Charts this week with her debut single “Johnny Run Away” (No. 36, double-platinum) and the followup to “Dance Monkey”, “Never Seen The Rain” (No. 23, platinum), while her debut EP The Kids Are Coming is down one place on the ARIA Albums Chart at No. 6.
“I am so very proud of Tones and her incredible honor and achievement of becoming the longest running Australian artist at No. 1 on the ARIA singles chart, holding the top spot for 10 consecutive week,” comments Denis Handlin, chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand and president, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment.
“This is a true testament to her unique creative brilliance as an artist, her hard work and dedication, as well as her unwavering appreciation of her fans. Tones is a very special artist who has captured the world’s attention, and we look forward to continue working with her and her amazing music. Tones is the real deal.”
Tones is midway through a sold-out Australian headline tour, and she’ll head overseas next month for her first European headline tone which is also totally sold-out.