Paul Kelly Scores Third Consecutive Chart-Leader In Australia With 'Songs From The South'

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Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions live for fans at the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest on April 6, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia. 

Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony Music) extends its record-setting streak atop Australia’s singles chart this week, while Billie Eilish bows at No. 2 with “everything I wanted,” her first release since When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. Meanwhile, veteran Australian singer and songwriter Paul Kelly makes it three in a row atop the national albums survey

“Dance Monkey” clocks up 17 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, two weeks longer than the previous record-holder, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You" (15 weeks). 

Tones And I (real name Toni Watson) should get another bump this week with her appearance at Wednesday night’s ARIA Awards in Sydney, where she’s up for eight awards. She'll also perform on the night.

In another run of highlights for the Aussie singer and songwriter, she performed the viral hit last week on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and took out triple j with the J Award for Unearthed artist of the year. 

“Dance Monkey” has led the charts in 19 countries including U.K., where it’s ruled the national singles survey for an eighth week, and holds at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, its peak position. 

Billie Eilish’s surprise release “everything I wanted” (Interscope/Universal) starts behind "Dance Monkey" for the Californian teen’s second highest peak on the ARIA Singles Chart after “Bad Guy,” which topped the tally in April. The next highest debut this week is Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” (Columbia/Sony) at No. 38.

Taylor Swift’s well-publicised stoush with Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun has propelled her song “Lover” up the chart. It rises 43-13 in its 12th week on the Top 50.

It took Paul Kelly 40 years to earn his first No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Now the legendary singer and songwriter can’t stop bagging chart titles as his career retrospective Songs From The South 1985-2019 (GAWD/EMI) starts at the summit. He also reached the top with his recent two studio albums, Life Is Fine (2017) and Nature (2018).

Also starting high this week is Celine Dion’s Courage (Columbia/Sony), new at No. 2 for the Canadian great’s tenth top 10, while Lady Antebellum open at No. 7 with Ocean (Big Machine/Universal), their eighth studio set.


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