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Tones And I’s Global Smash ‘Dance Monkey’ Swings Onto Billboard Hot 100

After topping multiple charts worldwide, Tones and I's "Dance Monkey" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 19) at No. 96.

After topping multiple charts worldwide, Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 19) at No. 96.

The song from the Australian artist (real name: Toni Watson) bows with 7.3 million U.S. streams (up 26%), 4.2 million in all-format radio airplay audience (up 6%) and 2,000 sold (up 31%) in the latest tracking week, according to Nielsen Music.

Among countries that contribute to Billboard‘s international charts menu, “Dance Monkey” has reigned in Australia (for 11 weeks running on the ARIA Singles Chart, the longest domination ever for a female soloist), Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

Concurrently, parent EP The Kids Are Coming enters the Billboard 200 at No. 188, up 14% to 5,000 equivalent album units.


“Dance Monkey,” released on Bad Batch/Elektra in the U.S., concurrently bullets at No. 24 on the Alternative Songs airplay survey. “Sonically, it’s catchy and extremely memorable,” says Mike Kaplan, senior vp programming for Entercom Communications’ WNYL (Alt 92.3) New York, which started playing the song in August. “Its international success certainly helped convince us to share it with our listeners.”

SiriusXM’s Alt Nation channel also began playing “Dance Monkey” in August and has spun it the most of all Alternative Songs chart reporters to date. “When we started playing it, listeners said, ‘What’s that?’,” says Jeff Regan, SiriusXM senior director music programming. “That’s what we love. I always look for those ‘lean-forward’ moments.”

Alt Nation is also experimenting with the EP’s title cut and likewise hooky pop track “Johnny Run Away.” “I don’t like just ‘one-and-done,'” Regan muses. “I want to show an artist’s depth and breadth. If one hit is good, two is better. That’s the next fun part: What’s on the other side of this?”