It’s been 50 weeks since an Australian act has sat at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart, and this week Tones and I sees her second entry “Dance Monkey” swing into the top branch of the charts this week, in the process her song picks up a ▲Platinum certification too.
“Dance Monkey” becomes the 1089th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2019), the 524th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 9th No.1 for 2019 ,of which she is the fourth solo female to hit the top after Ariana Grande (Jan-Feb), Lady Gaga (returned in March) and Billie Eilish (April), while this is the first No.1 for her record label Bad Batch (thru Sony, whose last #1 was “Old Town Road” three weeks ago).
This is the first time that the word ‘Monkey’ has appeared in a No.1 song title, while it’s the seventh with the word ‘Dance’, with the last being “One Dance” for Drake (7 broken weeks from 20-June, 2016). Tones & I (Toni Watson) is now the 21st Solo Australian Female singer to hit the top in her home country since the first in October of 1971 (Olivia Newton-John), while she is also the first local lass to make it to No.1 since Grace in 2015 with her cover of “You Don’t Own Me” (1 week on 25-May, 2015).
Overall Tones & I becomes the 107th Australian act to hit No.1 locally (solo, duo, group, male or female), with the last one being 50 weeks ago, Dean Lewis with “Be Alright” (20-August, 2018), and overall this is the 166th song by an Australian Artist to hit the top. She could score a second No.1 in early September too, as her debut six track EP “The Kids are Coming” (due August 30th) is set to be released, which will contain her three current chart entries.
The No.1 song from three weeks ago in “Old Town Road” for Lil’ Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus holds at No.2 again this week, while it continues its reign in both America (17th week) and Canada (16th week), after which last weeks No.1 song in “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is down two places to No.3, while it holds again at the top in Ireland (6th week), New Zealand (5th week), Germany and England (3rd week in both regions), while rounding out the top four songs is the fourth (of five) No.1 songs within the Top 10, “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish (with Justin Bieber), which is on hold at No.4 and is also logging it’s 18th consecutive week inside the Top 10 (it hasn’t dropped any lower than No.6 so far).
The next five songs are also on hold this week, many with new certifications; starting off are the two Ed Sheeran Top 10 entries this week in “Beautiful People” with Khalid at No.5 (now Gold (●) in sales) and that fifth and final T10#1 song in “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber at No.7, which picks up its first ever certification and is now 2x▲Platinum. In between the two Ed tracks at No.6 is the Post Malone and Young Thug song “Goodbyes” (newly Gold (●) in sales), after which are the tracks “Piece of Your Heart” by MeduZa and Goodboys and “Someone You Loved” for Lewis Capaldi (newly 3x▲Platinum) at No.8 and No.9 respectively. Moving up one spot to a new peak of No.10 and scoring a Gold (●) sales certification is the Blanco Brown country/hip-hop infused track “The Git Up”, his first Top 10 placing in Australia.
* Last weeks highest new entry for the Sam Smith track “How Do You Sleep?” rises four places to a new peak this week of No.11.
* With a first No.1 song for Tones and I her two other chart entries rise this week in her first entry “Johnny Run Away” (HP-12, 15 to 14) and last weeks new entry “Never Seen the Rain” which is up six spots to a new peak of No.32.
* Ali Gatie and the track “It’s You” finally cracked the Top 20 last week, while for this week it is up four spots to a new chart height of No.15, plus the song achieves Gold (●) in sales too.
* Y2K and bbno$ jump up nine spots to a new peak of No.16 with “Lalala”.
* Rick Ross debuts with a new song alongside Drake, and their seven week old collaboration in “Money in the Grave” is stable at No.17, while the pair also appear on Drake’s just dropped compile set “Care Package”, which was issued on Friday and contains previously unreleased Drake songs from 2010 to 2016. Drake also rises on his collaborations with Chris Brown on “No Guidance” (29 to 20) and the now one-year-charted “Sicko Mode” with Travis Scott (79 to 72, 52 weeks).
* Marshmello could be headed for his sixth Top 10 single in Australia, as his latest entry with Kane Brown in “One Thing Right” jumps up ten chart rungs to a new peak of No.18, while he is also back up with his Bastille collaboration “Happier” (65 to 58) and stable with his duet with CHVRCHES in “Here with Me” (#69).
* With the new Taylor Swift album “Lover” due on August 23rd, the third track lifted from the set “The Archer” zooms up the chart thirty-six places to a new peak of No.19 thanks to a full week of sales.
* Lizzo continues to bounce up and down the charts with her first entry here “Truth Hurts”, it’s up four spots to No.23 and picks up it’s first ever certification, going ▲Platinum.
* Illy is again up a few spots with “Then What”, this week rising three to No.33.
* With the fourth NF album debuting high in the Top 10 this week his new entry from last week in “Time” speeds up the chart thirty-four places to land at No.39, becoming his second Top 40 placing in Australia.
* Jessica Mauboy issued another new track on Friday called “Just Like You” plus the video clip for her current chart entry “Little Things”, which this week rises four spots to a new peak of No.40.
* Andy Grammer is up one spot to a new peak of No.49 with “Don’t Give Up on Me”, but no sign as yet of his new album “Naïve” within the Top 100 (it came out last week).
* The George Ezra former No.1 song “Shotgun” rises back up eight spots to No.59.
* The two old-old-older entries for Ed Sheeran move back up this week in “Perfect” (66 to 60, 126 weeks) and the ‘Longest Charted Single’ “Shape of You” (84 to 81, 134 weeks).
* Two older Khalid songs rising back up are “Better” (74 to 64) and his duet with Billie Eilish in “Lovely” (72 to 65).
* Ava Max and her first entry “Sweet But Psycho” is back up a couple of spots to No.78, but more so the song rises from 2xP to now 4x▲Platinum in sales.
* The Sam Feldt song with RANI called “Post Malone” breaks out of it’s lower 80’s holding pattern and rises four places to land at a new peak of No.28.
* Currently touring the country at the moment is U.S. rapper and singer Bazzi, whose track “Paradise” is back up a few places to No.92 and is now Gold (●) in sales.
* There are more returning songs than new entries this week (two new, three re-entries), two of which are for Post Malone in “Rockstar” (#95) and “I Fall Apart” (#100) and the third is the Dean Lewis track “Stay Awake” (#98).
* The only song to leave the Top 10 this week is “Choir” by Guy Sebastian (HP-7, WI10-4) down from No.10 late week to No.12 this week.
* The third and final new certification for this week for Ed Sheeran is his former Top 10 entry “Cross Me” which is down one spot to No.13 and now ▲Platinum, while Ed also falls with “Antisocial” (13 to 21), “South of the Border” (16 to 24), “Remember the Name” (30 to 53), “Best Part of Me” (46 to 66), “Take Me Back to London” (52 to 80) and departs with “Way to Break My Heart” (#96) and “Put it All on Me” (#97).
* The second of three Taylor Swift entries in “You Need to Calm Down” is down four spots to No.22 and newly certified ▲Platinum, while her third entry “ME!” is stable at No.68.
* The Post Malone former No.1 song “Sunflower” is now 7x▲Platinum in sales and this week drops down three places to No.25.
* Scoring their first ever certifications, both of which are straight to ▲Platinum, are the Katy Perry track “Never Really Over” (21 to 26) and “Easier” for 5 Seconds of Summer (26 to 27).
* After peaking last week at No.20 the Kygo and Whitney Houston cover of “Higher Love” falls back down eight places to No.28.
* Lil’ Nas X scores a second certified chart entry as “Panini” (23 to 30) is now Gold (●).
* The Chainsmokers score the highest new entry this week at No.34, but one place lower is at No.35 (down from #33) is “Call You Mine” with Bebe Rexha, which is newly Gold (●) in sales.
* The eight week old Chris Brown entry rebounds this week to No.20, while his five week old track “Don’t Check on Me” with Justin Bieber drops down five places to No.36.
* The Jonas Brothers No.1 song “Sucker” is down three to No.37 and now 3x▲Platinum.
* The Drax Project track with Hailee Steinfeld called “Woke Up Late” is down three places to No.38.
* Miley Cyrus’ track “Mother’s Daughter” drops down eleven places to No.48.
* Last week three songs debuted that were in some way related to the movie ‘The Lion King’ movie (soundtrack or inspired album), this week that is reduced to just one song, as the Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Childish Gambino track “Mood 4 Eva” falls fifteen places to No.63, with the two Beyoncé led tracks “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (#93) and “Spirit” (#99) leaving after one week.
* The Mark Ronson and Camila Cabello collaboration “Find U Again” falls seven spots to No.70.
* This week Ariana Grande is down to just one track within the Top 100, “7 Rings” stable at No.75, as “thank u next” leaves after 38 weeks of charting, but she dropped a new track on Friday called “boyfriend” with rapper Social House.
* Rapper YG with Tyga and Jon Z on the track “Go Loko” fall seventeen places to No.76.
* The Avicii song “Heaven” with Chris Martin declines this week eight spots to No.85.
* Kian is getting close to the one-year mark on the chart with “Waiting” (50th week), the song is down six places this week to No.94.
* #34 – Takeaway by The Chainsmokers & ILLENIUM feat. Lennon Stella becomes the 15th Top 40 placing in Australia for the U.S. duo, this time they have teamed up with EDM DJ and producer Nicholas Miller (ILLENIUM) and Canadian singer Lennon Stella (she and her sister Maisy wrote and performed songs from the TV series ‘Nashville’) who previously charted on the Jonas Blue track with Liam Payne called “Polaroid” (HP-25 on the digital charts only, 15-Oct, 2018). This is now the fifth single from the building-album (as new tracks come out the album is being built) for The Chainsmokers called ‘World Way Joy’, following on from “Who Do You Love” (HP-13, TW-88), “Kills You Slowly” (HP-85, 15-April, 2019), “Do You Mean” (didn’t chart here) and “Call You Mine” (HP-26, TW-35). The clip was shot in and around the new Hudson Yards structure in New York.
* #91 – Gold Roses by Rick Ross feat. Drake is taken from next weeks released tenth studio album for Rick called “Port of Miami 2”, while this now becomes the second chart entry in Australia for Rick after his appearance on the current chart entry for Drake called “Money in the Grave” (HP-7, TW-17).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com