Tones And I is now in the history books.
The Melbourne-born, Byron Bay-based singer and songwriter (real name Toni Watson) enters a seventh week atop Australia’s singles chart with “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony), the equal longest stint atop the survey by a solo Australian female artist. Until now, Kylie Minogue owned the record outright with “Locomotion,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1987.
Triple-platinum certified “Dance Monkey,” which enters the U.K. top 20 for the first time this week and leads the ARIA Streaming Singles chart, is just Tones’ second single after “Johnny Run Away,” down 26-37 in its 18th week on the Australian chart. Her latest number, “Never Seen the Rain” dips 22-25 in its eighth week.
Tones and I has another big ARIA chart feat in her sights, the nine weeks Justice Crew ruled the singles tally in 2014 with “Que Sera,” a record which stands as the longest reign by an Australian artist.
“Dance Monkey” holds off Post Malone’s fast-rising “Circles” (Republic/Universal), one of the U.S. artist’s 13 entries in this week’s top 50. “Circles” rises 5-2 to become his seventh single to hit the top two in Australia. The single is lifted from Malone’s third and latest LP Hollywood’s Bleeding, which starts at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week, and its title track is the highest new entry on the singles chart, at No. 17.
Elsewhere on the ARIA Singles Chart, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” is down 2-3, Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid’s “Beautiful People” holds at No. 4, and Post Malone featuring Young Thug’s “Goodbyes” is up 11-5.
Camila Cabello’s “Liar,” lifted from her forthcoming sophomore solo album, Romance, is the highest debut from any artist not named Post Malone. “Liar” starts at No. 42 and should enjoy a bounce from the release last Friday of its Dave Meyers-directed music video.
With Hollywood’s Bleeding (Universal) bowing atop the ARIA Albums Chart, Post Malone scoops a second chart title after Beerbongs & Bentleys, which ruled the survey in May 2018.
Also enjoying a high-flying start is Melanie Martinez, whose K-12 (Atlantic/Warner) enters at No. 6. It’s the American singer and songwriter’s first top ten entry on the ARIA Charts, coming four years after her debut Cry Baby, which peaked at No. 27 in August 2015.
Brisbane singer and songwriter Mallrat (aka Grace Shaw) impacts the ARIA top 50 for the first time with Driving Music (Dew Process/Universal), her third EP. Featuring the catchy lead single “Charlie,” Driving Music is new at No. 10 on the albums chart.
And finally, ARIA Hall of Famers INXS make another appearance on the national charts this week, as The Swing remix set Dekadance (Petrol/Universal) bows at No. 5 on the Vinyl Albums survey.
Originally a limited edition cassette tape, Dekadance was reissued Sept. 6 to mark the 35th anniversary of The Swing, which logged five weeks at No. 1 in Australia.
Just 250,000 copies of Dekadance were released back in 1984, with six different covers, one for each band member, and just 250 12” promos were initially cut, each of which changes hands for hundreds of dollars.