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Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ Recognized For 1 Billion Streams

Tones And I has joined the billionaire club.

Tones And I has joined the billionaire club. 

The Aussie singer and songwriter is named to APRA AMCOS’ The 1,000,000,000 List for “Dance Monkey,” a song that has smashed chart records on both sides of the globe. 

You can’t just apply for membership to this exclusive club. The List recognizes APRA AMCOS members who have accumulated more than one billion global streams for an original song.

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Tones (real name Toni Watson) achieved the streaming feat faster than any other Aussie artist, reaching the milestone in November 2019 after the track’s May release.

Just last week, “Dance Monkey” shimmied past one billion streams on Spotify alone, and its closing in on two billion streams across all major platforms. That figure doesn’t include the official music video for “Dance Monkey,” which has clocked up more than 626 million hits on YouTube.


Written solely by Tones and recorded with Brisbane producer Konstantin Kersting, the song is now the longest-running No. 1 single in Australian recorded music history, with 24 non-consecutive weeks at the top. The song also logged 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Charts, setting a new mark for a solo female artist.

It’s currently sitting at its peak position of No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

“It was only when I wasn’t trying at all that it happened, and I wrote this song in about a half an hour,” Tones said in a speech to APRA AMCOS staff in Sydney this week. 

Billboard understands new Tones music is coming “very soon.”

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The 1,000,000,000 List calculates streaming data from all major services including Spotify, Apple Music,Vevo, Amazon, Google Play and others. It’s said to be the first award of its kind to recognize a songwriter’s achievement.

The former busker joins an esteemed lineup of recipients, including Nat Dunn (for Marshmello’s “Friends”), Dean Lewis (“Be Alright”), Flume (“Never Be Like You”), Jake Mason, Ivan Khatchoyan, and Lance Ferguson (for Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ “This Girl”), Starley and P-Money (for “Call On Me”), Troye Sivan and Alex Hope (for “Youth”) and more to come.

Tones is currently on the road with the traveling Laneway Festival, and she’ll soon set off on a five-month sold out world tour. See more of the numbers behind Tones and “Dance Monkey” here.