Tones And I’s ‘Monkey Dance’ Swings to No. 1 In Australia


Tones And I swings into top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart this week with “Monkey Dance” (Bad Patch Records/Sony), and in doing so becomes the first Aussie leader on the survey in 2018. 

Platinum-certified “Monkey Dance” lifts 3-1 in its eighth week on the chart to give the former the busker from Byron Bay her first No. 1. It’s the followup to “Johnny Run Away,” the platinum debut from Tones And I (real name Toni Watson) which rises 15-14, just two positions below its peak, while her latest single “Never Seen The Rain” improves 38-32 this week. 

Prior to this week, the last Australian to top the national singles chart was Dean Lewis’ with “Be Alright,” which hit the top a full year ago. Tones And I becomes the first Australian female solo artist to scale the chart summit since Delta Goodrem and“Wings” in August 2015.

Longtime chart king Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (Columbia/Sony) holds at No. 2 while Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” (Sony/Universal) dips 1-3 and Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” (Interscope/Universal) is unchanged at No. 4. The top bracket is completed by Ed Sheeran’s “Beautiful People” (Atlantic/Warner) featuring Khalid, which stays at No. 5.

Also on the chart this week, Taylor Swift’s forthcoming new album Lover lands a third entry as “The Archer” (Universal) bows at No. 19, the highest entry on the current frame.  It’s the followup to “Me!” (No. 2 in May) and “You Need To Calm Down” (No. 3 in June).

The Chainsmokers light- up the chart with another top 40 title as “Takeaway” (Columbia/Sony) with Illenium and Lennon Stella starts at No. 34.

Over on the ARIA Albums Chart, Ed Sheeran enters a third week No. 1 with his latest LP, No.6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic/Warner).

U.S. rapper NF enjoys the highest debut on the current list as The Search (Capitol/EMI), his fourth album, enters at No. 3 for his first appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart. The hip-hop artist, whose real name is Nathan Feuerstein, also cracks the top 40 on the singles chart this week as “Time” debuts at No. 39.

There’s a top 5 debut for Melbourne singer and songwriter Angie McMahon, whose Salt (AWAL/Inertia) starts at No. 5. The followup to 2017’s Slow Mover, Salt is the best-seller on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

And finally, Chance The Rapper impacts the ARIA Albums Chart for the very first time with his debut album The Big Day (DIT), as Sydney “deathcore” outfit Thy Art Is Murder bow at No. 11 with Human Target (RKT), their fifth studio album.