NEW CHART FEAT – Tones and I becomes the first ever Australian Female Solo singer to spend ten weeks at No.1 on the Aussie Singles Chart, as her track “Dance Monkey” is cemented in the top spot after her AFL Grand Final half-time performance last weekend.
“Dance Monkey” also claims the No.1 slot in England for the first time, becoming the 32nd Australian performed chart-topper in England and the first since 2014 when Iggy Azalea was at top with Ariana Grande on “Problem”, plus she also becomes the eighth Aussie female singer to hit the top in England (full list here). “Dance Monkey” is once at the top again in Norway (8th week), Ireland (6th week), New Zealand, Denmark (both 4th week), Finland, Austria, France (all 3rd week), Belgium, The Netherlands (both second week) and it also starts a run in Switzerland this week too. It also remains at No.2 again in both Sweden and Germany (former No.1 positions) and jumps up again in Canada (35 to No.26) and Bulgaria (33 to No.27).
Tones holding onto the No.1 spot can be partially attributed to her half-time performance at the AFL Grand Final last weekend where she sang “Dance Monkey” in the centre field, which would have not only given her a massive local audience of over 4 million people, but the fact that it was broadcast around the planet also helped the song to remain at the top in many regions and climb to the top in England (where a LOT of Aussie’s live and would have watched the football game and half-time show).
Again “Dance Monkey” is creating new chart records this week, apart from now holding the record for the ‘Longest Run at No.1 by a Australian Female Performer’, she also takes out the record for ‘Longest Run at No.1 by a Aussie Female Performer on the ARIA Singles Chart (1983-2019)’, the ‘Equal Longest Run at No.1 by a Female Performer on the ARIA Singles Chart (1983-2019)’ alongside the ten week run by Whitney Houston with “I Will Always Love You” (10 weeks in 1992/3) and “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)” by Sandi Thom (10 weeks in 2006), with no other Female singer during the ARIA chart period holding on for longer than ten weeks. In the pre-ARIA Chart History the longest run at the top for a Female singer occurred in 1949 when Dinah Shore spent twelve weeks at the top with “Buttons & Bows”.
“Dance Monkey” for Tones and I is now the equal-tenth longest running No.1 song of all time in Australia (1940 to 2019), tying with further ten-week running tracks like “Mamma Mia” by ABBA (1975), “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by The Platter (1959) and “Party Rock Anthem” for LMFAO (2011), while the song also becomes the ‘Equal Longest Running No.1 Single Performed by an Australian Act (solo, duo, group, Male or Female)’ tying with 1971’s “Eagle Rock” by Daddy Cool, which means that if Tones and I can stay for another week she will become the longest running No.1 song by an Australian Act ever. For this decade the song is now the equal-fifth longest running chart topper of the 2010’s alongside the aforementioned LMFAO track from 2011.
Post Malone continues to run around in “Circles” at No.2 for a fourth straight week, while the track is newly certified Gold (●) in sales, while this is followed by the remainder of the top nine songs ALL on hold this week, with the current Canadian No.1 (6th week) single “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello at No.3 followed by peak holders “One Right Thing” for Marshmello and Kane Brown and “The Git Up” for Blanco Brown at No.4 and No.5 respectively.
Ed Sheeran lost the No.1 spot in England this week to our local chart-feat-wizard Tones and I, and here his track “Beautiful People” with Khalid is sitting at No.6, followed by the now ‘Second Longest Running Top 10 Single of all Time (1940 to 2019)’ in “Old Town Road” by Lil’ Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus (26 weeks) stable at No.7. MeduZa and Goodboys remain at No.8 with “Piece of Your Heart” and Lewis Capaldi holds for another week at No.9 with “Someone You Loved”, which has now spent 18 weeks within the Top 10 (equal tenth-longest running Top 10 single). On this week in 2015 Sam Smith debuted at No.1 in England with his James Bond theme “Writing’s on the Wall” (#43 here) and here this week Sam scores his seventh Top 10 single in Australia as his latest entry “How Do You Sleep?” is up one place to a new peak of No.10 after the ten previous weeks of charting between 11 and 14, becoming his first Top 10 placement since hitting No.6 in late March with “Dancing with a Stranger”.
* After being sung on ‘The Masked Singer’ this past week, the Billie Eilish track “Bad Guy” is back up a couple of places to No.11.
* Last weeks highest new entry for Maroon 5 and “Memories” is this week up twenty places to a new peak of No.12.
* Of the six Top 100 entries for Ed Sheeran this week, four of them climb back up including “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber (16 to No.13), “South of the Border” with Camila Cabello (36 to No.24, thanks to new remixes of the track just issued), and his older entries in “Perfect” (67 to No.66) and the ‘Longest Charted Single’ at 143 weeks in “Shape of You” (82 to No.80).
* Lizzo scores back-to-back Top 20 entries this week starting with her current U.S. No.1 single “Truth Hurts” (5 weeks at U.S. #1), which is up three places to a new peak of No.15, while her song “Good as Hell” jumps up seven places to a new chart height of No.16.
* Guy Sebastian issued an Alan Walker remix of “Choir” last week, which helps it to climb back up four places to No.17 and also score a 2x▲Platinum sales certification.
* Tones and I also sees her two other chart entries rise back up after her AFL GF performance, with her third single “Never Seen the Rain” up two to No.23 and newly ▲Platinum in sales, with her first entry “Johnny Run Away” up one spot to No.36.
* Regard’s track “Ride it” zooms up fourteen places this week to a new peak of No.28.
* Rapper blackbear and his “Hot Girl Bummer’ track rises again this week, up five to No.33.
* Jonas Brothers score a new entry this week on the new Diplo track, and they also rise with their new single “Only Human” (40 to a new peak of No.38) and they also climb with “Sucker” (54 to No.51).
* Two songs score a One-Year (52 weeks) anniversary on the charts, first is “Shallow” for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (48 to No.45) and the other is the Halsey song “Without Me” (on hold at No.84).
* Freya Ridings jumps up eight places and into the Top 50 to No.48 for the first time with her first chart entry “Castles”.
* The only climbing 5SOS track this week is their 77 week old entry “Youngblood” (55 to No.49).
* We could possibly see the “Post Malone” track by Sam Feldt in the Top 50 next week, as this week it jumps up ten places to a new chart height of No.54.
* Dean Lewis also sang at the AFL Grand Final last weekend, and his former No.1 from 2018 in “Be Alright” rises back up seven places to No.56, while his album returns to the Top 10 too.
* Birds of Tokyo and “Good Lord” rebounds nine places this week to No.74.
* Lauv’s entry from last week in “Feelings” is up nine spots to a new peak of No.78.
* While the Drax Project have the new No.2 album in New Zealand this week, their latest single “Catching Feelings” is here up six spots to a new peak of No.79.
* The only returning song this week occurs at #99 with “High Hopes” for Panic! At the Disco.
* The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is the trio of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey with “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” (HP-4, WI10-2) which plummets eleven places down to No.21 this week, while Miley also drops with “Slide Away” (17 to No.25) and Ariana dips with her “Boyfriend” track (35 to No.39).
* Post Malone this week drops with “Goodbyes” (12 to No.14) “Sunflower” (20 to No.26), “Saint Tropez” (28 to No.41), “Take What You Want” (43 to No.52), “Enemies” (47 to No.61), his albums title track “Hollywood’s Bleeding” (45 to No.62) and “On the Road” (59 to No.91).
* After peaking at No.15 last week the 5SOS track “Teeth” is back down four to No.19, while they also drop down with “Easier” (65 to No.70).
* Taylor Swift’s “Lover” track is down eight to No.30, plus she also dips down with “You Need to Calm Down” (39 to No.43) and “ME!” (86 to No.92).
* The current entry for Normani and “Motivation” (HP-28) is back down three places to No.32 this week and also newly certified Gold (●) in sales.
* Drake is down with “No Guidance” with Chris Brown (30 to No.34), “Sicko Mode” with Travis Scott (68 to No.73) and stable at No.46 with Rick Ross on “Money in the Grave”.
* The two entries for local MC and rapper Illy are down and re-certified this week, with his solo entry “Then What” down five to No.57 and now ▲Platinum, while his guest appearance on the Hilltop Hoods song “Exit Sign” dips down two spots to No.81 and is newly 2x▲Platinum in sales.
* The Khalid track “Right Back” falls nine places to No.60, while he also drops two places apiece with “Talk” (62 to No.64) and “Better” (75 to No.77).
* NF and his track “Time” drop a further eight places this week to No.85.
* Young Thug’s “The London” track falls twelve spots to No.86.
* Rule’s “Painkiller” is wearing off this week, dropping down twenty-two spots to No.98.
* #20 – Rushing Back by Flume feat. Vera Blue is the third chart entry for 2019 for the local EDM artist and now his overall fifteenth Top 100 entry since his first in 2012. And by debuting so high it also becomes his fifth Top 20 placement and first since 2016’s “Say it” with Tove Lo went to No.5, while this year he has also charted with “Friends” (#72) and “Let You Know” (#31). For local female vocalist Vera Blue (aka Celia Pavey) this is also her fifteenth Top 100 entry and now third Top 20 hit (1 as Celia, two now as guest vocalist)
* #58 – Writing on the Wall by French Montana feat. Post Malone, Cardi B. & RVSSIAN is the first entry from his November due third album simply titled ‘Montana’, which has had two previous songs issued in “Slide” and “Suicide Doors”, while this new entry has been helped into the charts by two current major acts in Post Malone and Cardi B, plus the song also features Jamaican born record producer and singer RVSSIAN (Tarik Johnston).
* #75 – Lonely by Diplo and Jonas Brothers is the seventh entry here for the American DJ and producer, who also charted last week with his track “Heartless”, which this week climbs six places to a new peak of No.93.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com