There’s hits, and there’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony), Tones And I’s smash matches the all-time mark for an Australian act atop the nation’s singles chart, which it has ruled for nine consecutive weeks.
It’s the latest in a growing list of accolades for “Dance Monkey,” which last week nabbed the title for longest streak by an Australian solo female artist (at eight weeks), eclipsing a record set in the ‘80s by Kylie Minogue’s “Locomotion.”
“Dance Monkey” has now topped the charts in ten territories and its official video last week was nominated for best video at the upcoming ARIA Awards.
All eyes are on whether Tones can add another week to her tally and claim outright ownership of the chart record. There’s a good chance she’ll get there. Last Saturday (Sept. 28), the Byron Bay-based former busker took a break from her national headline tour to join the likes of Paul Kelly and Dean Lewis for the pre-game entertainment spot at the AFL Grand Final.
There are few bigger platforms for mainstream exposure Down Under than the showpiece event for Aussie rules football.
Tones performed “Dance Monkey” and her new number “The Kids Are Coming” at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, or The G, as it’s known in these parts. Attendance for the final topped 100,000 and many millions more watched on from home and at pubs around the world.
Also on the ARIA Singles Chart this week, Post Malone’s “Circles” (Republic/Universal) and Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” (Sony/Universal) are unchanged at No. 2 and 3, respectively, while Marshmello’s “One Thing Right” (RCA/Sony) featuring Kane Brown improves 6-4 for a new chart peak in its 12th week on the tally. It’s the American EDM producer’s sixth top ten single on the Australian chart.
Rounding out the top 5 is Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” (BMG/Warner), which vaults 7-5 for a new high in its ninth week in the top ten.
On the ARIA Albums Chart, Post Malone’s winning vein keeps flowing as Hollywood’s Bleeding (Universal) earns a third week at No. 1, to become his longest-running chart-topper in Australia.
The highest new entry belongs to Blink-182’s Nine (Columbia/Sony) which bows at No. 4 to become the U.S. pop-punk veterans’ eighth top ten album. Nine, their second LP with guitarist Matt Skiba, is the followup to California, which topped out at No. 2 in July 2016.
And finally, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher’s sophomore solo set Why Me? Why Not (Warner) starts its Australian chart journey at No. 7. The followup to As You Were, which reached No. 9 in October 2017, Why Me is this week’s No. 1 in the U.K.