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Tones And I Makes Chart History Down Under With 'Dance Monkey'

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Tones and I

Tones And I etches her name in the history books this week as “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony) cruises to a 16th week at No. 1 on the Australian singles chart, breaking the all-time record for longest stay at the summit.

“Dance Monkey,” just Tones’ second single, eclipses the previous mark set by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (Asylum) which spent 15 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart. Also, it’s the first Australian single to hold the record since 1983, the year the official ARIA charts rolled out.

This latest chart feat caps a phenomenal rise for the Aussie singer and songwriter who, just two years ago, was discovered busking on the streets of Byron Bay. The single is now six-times platinum and has topped charts 18 territories, including the U.K. where it enters a seventh week at No. 1, the longest reign there by a female artist for more than a decade. 

“This is a truly historic achievement,” comments Dan Rosen, CEO of ARIA, in a statement. “I am so incredibly thrilled that an Australian artist now holds the record for the longest running No. 1 song in ARIA Chart history. From busking a year ago to shattering chart records, this is just the start for Tones And I.”

“Dance Monkey” has topped the global charts for Spotify, Shazam, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other music services, and the track rises 41-23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its fifth week.

Expect the song to climb even higher in the U.S. On Monday night, Tones (real name Toni Watson) makes her U.S. TV debut on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

In other chart news, Maroon 5’s "Memories" (Interscope/Universal) climbs 4-2 in its eight week on the Australian chart, DJ Regard’s “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound/Sony) stays at No. 3, Post Malone’s “Circles” (Republic/Universal) dips 2-4 and Maryland-born Arizona Zervas’ TikTok-driven viral hit “Roxanne” opens at No. 5 for the week’s only new entry in the top 50.

On the ARIA Albums Chart, Luke Combs nabs his first No. 1 with What You See Is What You Get (Capitol). The country singer’s sophomore set opens at the summit, eclipsing the No. 7 best for his debut This One’s For You.

Veteran Australian alternative rock act Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds see their latest album Ghosteen reenter the chart at No. 2, lifted by its physical release. The LP first arrived a month ago as a digital-only release, peaking at No. 7. Ghosteen is the group’s 17th studio album and their ninth to reach the top 5. It’s also the leader on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Opening at No. 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week is George Michael & Wham’s! Last Christmas - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (EMI), a collection of songs spanning the late artist’s career plus the previously unreleased solo song, “This Is How (We Want You To Get High)”. 

Finally, the wildly popular New Zealand alt-rock outfit Six60 finally impacts the Australian top 50 with Six60 (3), their third album. It’s new at No. 8.


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