Toni Watson under her moniker of Tones and I remains perched atop the ARIA Singles Chart tree with “Dance Monkey”, which is newly 2x▲Platinum in sales and her highest of her three Top 21 entries this week.
“Dance Monkey” is also logging it’s third week at No.1 in Norway and a second week at the summit in Sweden, while it is also within the Top 10 in Finland (#3), Denmark (#9) and New Zealand (#10, up from 17), plus also charting in Ireland (#11), Austria (#31), England (#48) and just debuted in Germany (#39) and France (#70) this past week.
The current No.1 song “Dance Monkey” is now the longest running No.1 for an Australian Female Solo artist this decade, and the longest continual run at No.1 by a local female singer since the 2nd to 5th weeks at No.1 for “Sweet About Me” by Gabriella Cilmi from the 19th of May, 2008 (it initially held the top spot for a single week, before losing it for three weeks to Madonna & J.T.’s “4 Minutes”, before regaining the top spot). Plus the Tones and I track is also the third longest running No.1 song here for 2019 behind “7 Rings” for Ariana Grande (the longest previous run at the top for a female singer at 5 weeks) and “Old Town Road” for Lil’ Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus (13 broken weeks).
Also cracking the 2x▲Platinum sales status is the former No.1 song “Senorita” for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, which logs it’s seventh overall week at No.2 (in it’s 9 weeks its has also had one week at the top and one week at No.3), plus the song remains the top selling track in Ireland (9th week), New Zealand (7th week), England and Germany (6th week apiece). And with the Top 5 singles on hold this week we also see the other former No.1 song in “Old Town Road” at No.3, the song losing it’s No.1 crown in America this week, but it does hold for 19th week at the summit in Canada.
Ed Sheeran’s duet with Khalid and “Beautiful People” is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales and on hold at it’s peak of No.4 for a fifth broken week, while the new U.S.A. No.1 single is our former chart-topping song “Bad Guy” for Billie Eilish, which here is stable at No.5. After three weeks of single digit climbs, this week the Blanco Brown track called “The Git Up” rides up two places to a new peak of No.6 and is also now newly ▲Platinum in sales.
Down a place to No.7 is the Post Malone and Young Thug track “Goodbyes”, while last weeks highest entry for newcomer Lil’ Tecca and “Ran$om” jumps up seven places to land within the Top 10 at a new peak of No.8, it’s same position in America this week, while it is sitting at No.2 in New Zealand (it’s highest worldwide position this week). The second and final track to climb into the Top 10 this week is the Marshmello and Kane Brown collaboration “One Thing Right”, up three places to a new peak of No.9, and it becomes the sixth Top 10 single since 2017 for the mysterious DJ and producer in Marshmello, who was last within the Top 10 in late April of this year with “Here With Me” (HP-9×2) featuring CHVRCHES, followed by the MeduZa and Goodboys track “Piece of Your Heart”, which is down one spot to No.10.
* Last week the new Lauv and Anne-Marie track “F**k, I’m Lonely” leapt into the Top 20 to No.19, which is where it stays this week.
* The debut EP for Tones and I will be issued next week called “The Kids are Coming”, and the third track released from that forthcoming set is “Never Seen the Rain”, which this week is up one spot to a new peak of No.21, one place higher is her first entry in “Johnny Run Away” at No.20 (down two places).
* With the new Taylor Swift album issued on Friday called “Lover” (23rd of August), some of her older entries rise back up this week ahead of a bigger surge next week, in “You Need to Calm Down” (26 to 24) and with the album’s first release “ME!” (83 to 70), plus she also has the highest new entry this week with the albums title track.
* This past week Lizzo announced the dates for her early 2020 Australian tour, and she has a few small rises back up the charts with her two entries in “Truth Hurts” (28 to 27) and a new peak for “Good as Hell” (94 to 93).
* 5 Seconds of Summer issued a new single on Friday called “Teeth”, and their most recent chart entry “Easier” is back up two places to No.30, while their Chainsmokers collaboration “Who Do You Love” rebounds four spots to No.96, with the Chainsmokers also stable at No.37 with their latest entry “Takeaway” (#37).
* Khalid’s track and re-entry from three weeks ago in “Right Back” jumps up eleven spots this week to a new chart height of No.41, after which he is stable at No.42 as a guest artists on the long running Benny Blanco track “Eastside” (58 weeks).
* Back up one place to No.49 is the Young Thug track “The London”, which is newly Gold (●) in sales.
* Two further peak-holds are the new entry from last week “Hot Girl Summer” for Megan Thee Stallion at No.64 and the seven week old “Post Malone” for Sam Feldt at No.78 (which is Top 10 in Ireland at the moment).
* The only re-entry this week is the former No.1 song for James Arthur and “Say You Won’t Let Go” at No.95 for a 91st week within the Top 100.
* The two songs leaving the Top 10 this week are “Boyfriend” (HP-4, WI10-2) by Ariana Grande, down four places to No.11 and leaving the ten for a third time is the Lewis Capaldi ballad “Someone You Loved” (HP-4, WI10-15a), which is down two places to No.12.
* Four of the seven Top 100 entries this week for Ed Sheeran score new sales certifications, with the Top 5 track “Beautiful People” already mentioned, his next is the lead single from his returning-to-No.1 album “No.6 Collaborations Project” in “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber (now 3x▲Platinum, 11 to 14), “Cross Me” (21 to 25), “South of the Border” (Gold (●), 34 to 36), “Antisocial” (Gold (●), 43 to 52) and his older entries in “Perfect” (62 to 63) and the ‘Longest Charted Single’ “Shape of You” (on hold at #81 in it’s 137th week within the Top 100).
* The Chris Brown and Drake track “No Guidance” is down three places to No.17, while his teaming with Justin Bieber on “Don’t Check on Me” is down eight to No.89 and newly Gold (●) in sales.
* The Y2K and bbno$ track “Lalala” falls down three to No.23 and is now Gold (●) too.
* After peaking at No.25 last week the latest Jessica Mauboy track “Little Things” is back down four places to No.29, but it picks up a Gold (●) sales cert.
* Katy Perry has two songs within the Top 50 again this week, both of which move down the chart, with her older entry “Never Really Over” down four to No.33 and last weeks debuting track “Small Talk” dropping twelve spots to No.45.
* Khalid is down this week with “Talk” (47 to 48), “Better” (65 to 67, now 5x▲Platinum) and on the duet with Billie Eilish in “Lovely” (72 to 76).
* The Ruel track “Painkiller” falls four places to No.50, while his entry from last week in “Face to Face” leaves the Top 100 after a week on the chart at No.73.
* The third and final Top 100 entry for The Chainsmokers and “Call You Mine” falls nine spots to No.53.
* The No.1 song from this time in 2018 was Dean Lewis’ “Be Alright”, which this week is down four spots to No.58.
* With Marshmello scoring his sixth Top 10 single this week, his fourth entry to the ten in “Happier” with Bastille is down two places to No.61 and goes from 2xP to now 4x▲Platinum in sales.
* Amy Shark falls five spots to No.62 with “Mess Her Up”.
* Avicii is back down to one entry this week on the chart, his former No.7 track “SOS” with Aloe Blacc, which descends thirteen places to No.68, while he departs with “Heaven” (HP-20, WI-10) from #98 (a new David Guetta & MORTEN remix was issued on Friday of “Heaven” too).
* With a new high entry for Miley Cyrus, her older track “Mother’s Daughter” drops down nine places to No.69.
* The Stormzy track “Vossi Bop” is down four spots this week to No.80, and scores its first certification this week (after 17 weeks of charting), going Gold (●) in sales.
* The only falling Taylor Swift track this week is her new albums third release in “The Archer” which plummets twenty-two places to No.88.
* With his tour now over here, the older Bazzi track “Paradise” is back down eight places to No.94, while his newer entry in “I.F.L.Y.” drops back down two places to No.43.
* The Lauv and Troye Sivan duet in “I’m So Tired…” falls down eight places to No.97.
* Tyler, the Creator and his “Earfquake” track drops fifteen places to land at #100.
* The first entry for local artist Kian and “Waiting” leaves the Top 100 this week from #99, scoring 52 weeks (one-year) upon the charts.
* #15 – Lover by Taylor Swift is the fourth song and the title track from her Friday issued (23rd of Aug.) seventh studio album, which also contains her other charting entries in “ME!” (HP-2, TW-70), “You Need to Calm Down” (HP-3, TW-24) and “The Archer” (HP-19, TW-88), giving her new album already four Top 20 single, while many of these tracks will rise or rebound again next week once the album sales/streaming are factored into the singles charts.
* #22 – Slide Away by Miley Cyrus is the third recent chart entry for the U.S. singer, with this song supposedly about her recent break-up with her now ex-husband Liam Hemsworth, and follows on from “On a Roll” (as Ashley O, HP-86) and her other current chart entry “Mother’s Daughter” (HP-21, TW-69), and this new track becomes her 27th Top 100, her 21st Top 50 and now her fourth for 2019 as earlier this year she appeared on the Mark Ronson track “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” (HP-6, peaked in the last week of Dec 2018 and spent the first six weeks of the year within our Top 10).
* #47 – Motivation by Normani is the third entry and first solo chart appearance for the former Fifth Harmony member, whose two previous chart entries both scored Top 10 berths in “Love Lies” with Khalid (HP-3, peaked mid-April 2018) and “Dancing with a Stranger” alongside Sam Smith (HP-6, peaked late March of 2019), with her new track co-written with Ariana Grande and Max Martin.
* #57 – Only Human by Jonas Brothers is the third single from the trios returning album “Happiness Begins” (HP-3, TW-72) following on from the former No.1 song in “Sucker” (TW-44) and “Cool” (HP-54), while overall this becomes their eleventh Top 100 entry in Australia.
* #87 – Freedom by ChillinIT is the first ever singles chart entry for the local Sydney rapper born Blake James, with this new track lifted from his forthcoming second album called “The Octagon” (no date known as yet), while his first set “Women, Weed & Wordplay” (HP-41) is at back up to No.57 this week (37th week on the charts).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com