Tones And I makes it a dozen weeks atop the Australian singles chart with “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony Music), while Post Malone bags a sixth week at No. 1 on the national albums survey with Hollywood’s Bleeding (Republic/Universal).
Only a year ago, Tones was busking on the streets of Byron Bay, Australia. Now, she’s flying high on the charts in at least 13 markets, including the U.K., where it’s logged three weeks at the summit.
“Dance Monkey” is making Australian chart history almost every week. The four-times platinum single’s reign is the longest by an Australian artist, and the lengthiest by a female artist of any nationality.
Also, “Dance Monkey” last became the first single by an Australian artist to lead Spotify’s Global Chart. It’s still at No. 1 with a lead of almost 2 million streams.
Just two other tracks have also held top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart for 12 weeks: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (2014) and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (2002/03). Next up, Ed Sheeran’s all-time record, which he set with the 15-week run by “Shape Of You” in 2017. Expect at lest one more week in the penthouse. “Dance Monkey” has a 32 per cent lead over the next-best-placed single.
Tones (real name Toni Watson) has three tracks inside the ARIA Top 50 this week, with her platinum-certified “Never Seen The Rain” rising 23-21, its peak position, and her debut release “Johnny Run Away” dipping 40-50.
Elsewhere on the singles chart, Maroon 5’s “Memories” (Interscope/Universal) moves 7-3, a new best. It’s the U.S. pop-rock outfit’s sixth title to hit the top three single in Australia. Their first, “She Will Be Loved,” hit the top 15 years ago, back in September 2004.
Kosovo DJ Regard’s reworking of Jay Sean’s “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound/Sony) is still on the go, rising 11-6, while Harry Styles marks his return to the chart with “Lights Up” (Columbia/Sony), which starts at No. 7 for the highest new entry on the current frame.
It’s the former One Direction star’s first top ten single since his debut solo release “Sign Of The Times” went to No. 1 in April 2017. Styles also impacted the chart with “Sweet Creature,” which peaked at No. 39 in May 2017.
On the ARIA Albums Chart this week, Post Malone enters a sixth week in charge with Hollywood’s Bleeding, making it the album with the second longest run at No. 1 this year behind Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/Universal), which led for seven cycles.
The highest new entry comes from Hillsong Worship, whose new studio album Awake (Hillsong Music) starts at No. 3. It’s the Aussie worship collective’s first appearance on the chart since last year’s live project There Is More hit No. 2. Hillsong Worship also hit high with Let There Be Light (No. 2 in October 2016) and Open Heaven/River Wild (No. 1 In October 2015).