2019 American Music Awards

Jessica Mauboy, Tones And I Break 15-Year Australian Chart Drought

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Jessica Mauboy attends the BAZAAR In Bloom Charity Gala at Art Gallery Of NSW on Oct. 18, 2019 in Sydney.

For the first time in 15 years and just the third time in history, Australian female solo artists top both charts Down Under as Jessica Mauboy debuts at No. 1 on the albums survey with HILDA (Sony Music) and Tones And I extends her streak atop the singles tally with “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony Music).

HILDA is Mauboy’s fourth studio set and her second solo No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The followup to Beautiful, which peaked at No. 3 after its release in October 2013, HILDA’s songs are all co-written by Mauboy, a career first.    

The Darwin born-and-raised singer first topped the national albums list as a cast member of the 2012 feature film The Sapphires, and in 2016, with The Secret Daughter (Songs From The TV Series).

Mayboy’s latest leads albums by Post Malone, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, while Tones And I’s debut EP The Kids Are Coming completes the top 5.

Also bowing in the top 10 this week is Alter Bridge’s Walk The Sky (Sony Music), the U.S. rockers’ sixth album. It's new at No. 7, just one place below the peak of their previous album, The Last Hero, which topped out at No. 6 in October 2016.

Sydney hip-hop act Horrorshow see their third album New Normal (Elefant Traks/Inertia) open at No. 9, while British indie outfit Foals start at No. 10 with Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2 (Warner Music), their second album release of the year. The LP is the new No. 1 in the U.K.

Meanwhile, Tones And I maintains a stranglehold over the ARIA Singles Chart with “Dance Monkey,” which enters its 13th consecutive week at No. 1 and goes five-times platinum, while her followup “Never Seen the Rain” rises 21-10, for a new peak. 

According to ARIA, just two Aussie artists have had two singles in the top ten in the same week in the last decade: Harrison Craig in June 2013 and Karise Eden in June 2012. Both were winners of The Voice Australia.

“Dance Monkey” joins Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” and Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”’ at equal second in the list for songs with the longest streak at No. 1 on the main chart.

Only Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit “Shape Of You” (Asylum) has more spent more time at the Australian chart summit, with 15 weeks.

And finally, Flume is in a rush as the homegrown producer’s “Rushing Back” (Future Classic) with Sydney-based singer Vera Blue climbs 19-16, a new high in its fourth week on the tally. 

“Rushing Back” follows Flume’s collaborative Quits EP with rapper Reo Cragun, and his mixtape Hi, This Is Flume.


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