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Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ Leads U.K. Singles Chart Race

Tones And I's "Dance Monkey" (Bad Batch) could be an Aussie drought-breaker in the United Kingdom.

Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) could be an Aussie drought-breaker in the United Kingdom, where it’s leading the national singles chart in the early stage of the week. 

After nine weeks, the song leaps 7-1 on the Official Charts Company’s First Look survey, which compiles sales and streaming data from the past weekend.

If “Dance Monkey” hangs around when the Official U.K. Singles Chart is published this Friday, Tones (real name Toni Watson) will become the first Aussie to hit the summit since Iggy Azalea guested on Ariana Grande’s hit “Problem” in 2014.


“Dance Monkey” is a triple-platinum monster in Australia, where it has ruled the ARIA Singles Chart for nine straight weeks, the equal best for a homegrown act.

Meanwhile, DJ Regard’s remix of“Ride It” (Ministry of Sound) is said to be close behind at No. 2 after seven weeks on the U.lK. singles tally..

Also noteworthy is Lewis Capaldi‘s “Bruises,” which is poised to earn the British singer and songwriter his fourth top 10 single, starting at No. 8, while U.K. hip-hop act D-Block Europe could land the week’s highest new entry with “Playing For Keeps” (D Block Europe) featuring Dave, new at No. 13.