Women in Music 2019

Coldplay Beats Robbie Williams to Australian Albums Chart Crown

Tim Saccenti
Coldplay

Tones And I’s winning streak continues in Australia, where the singer and songwriter’s hit single “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony) extends its record breaking run to 18 weeks. On the national albums survey, Coldplay holds off Robbie Williams to land a sixth chart-leader with their double set, Everyday Life (Parlophone/Warner).

Tones (real name Toni Watson) is coming off another bunch of career firsts. The rising star made a winning debut last Wednesday at the ARIA Awards, scooping four pointed trophies and opening the event with a performance of her global hit, which has now passed 1 billion streams across all platforms (no Australian artist has hit that mark in less time).

Also, Tones was last week announced as the first Australian added to YouTube's Artist on the Rise program, “Dance Monkey” cracked the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time and entered a ninth week atop the U.K. chart, where it’s now the third longest-running No. 1 by a female artist in U.K. chart history. Meanwhile, Tones’ fourth and latest single “Never Seen The Rain” rises 10-9 on the ARIA Singles Chart, a new peak.

The Australian top five is completed by Arizona Zervas’ Tik Tok viral sensation “ROXANNE” (Columbia/Sony), DJ Regard’s “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound/Sony), Maroon 5’s “Memories” (Interscope/Universal) and Post Malone’s “Circles” (Republic/Universal), while Harry Styles has the week’s biggest mover with “Watermelon Sugar” (Columbia/Sony) up 30-20, a new high. It’s the second track lifted from the former One Direction singer’s forthcoming sophomore solo album Fine Line, following "Lights Up" which hit No. 7 in October.

On the heels of performing “Talk” at the Nov. 27 ARIA Awards in Sydney, Khalid’s “Up All Night” (RCA/Sony) is the week’s highest debut at No. 35. It’s the U.S. singer’s fifth appearance as a lead vocalist in 2019.

On the ARIA Albums Chart, Coldplay hit the top for the first time since Ghost Stories debuted at No. 1 in May 2014, while Robbie Williams earns his 13th top 10 with The Christmas Present (Columbia/Sony), his first festive collection. 

Completing an all-British top three is Rod Stewart’s You're In My Heart (Rhino/Warner) with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which includes a cut of “It Takes Two” with Robbie Williams.

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In a week of milestones, Australian vocal four-piece Human Nature were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on what was their 30th anniversary as a group. The Sydney outfit’s career-spaning set Still Telling Everybody: 30 Years of Hits (Sony) opens at No. 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Another act feeling the warm afterglow of the ARIA Awards is The Teskey Brothers, whose second effort Run Home Slow (Ivy League/Universal) reenters the chart at No. 14. Run Home Slow scooped best group, best blues & roots album and engineer of the year at the 2019 ARIA Awards, making it three wins out of seven nominations. The Teskeys are also up for best engineered album, non classical at the 2020 Grammy Awards.


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