Tones And I is the first Australian in three years to have a US top ten single
Not since Sia in 2016 and Iggy Azalea in 2014 has an Australian musician been so commercially successful in the US.
As we discussed the other week, Tones And I is a big success story. She's become a runaway success in both Australia (she currently has the longest-running number-one single of all time) and in the UK (where she just broke the record for the longest-running number-one single by a female from Whitney Houston and Rihanna), while plenty of other international markets are jumping onto the Tones train too - Canada, Norway, Sweden and the list goes on, and on, and on.
It's brought its problems - constant bullying, threats and so-on, as she's explained in interviews and social media captions surrounding her constant successes - but it's also brought a reason to celebrate Australian music in the international limelight in a whole new way, with Tones And I being just one of few Australian musicians capable of breaking commercially into international markets (emphasis on commercially, to people who are going to scream "but Tame Impala!!!" at our faces again).
Now, it seems like there are even more reasons to celebrate her success. Today, the US Billboard Chart ticked over for another week and with it, brought a lot of headlines, most obvious the one that Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You has finally his the number-one position 25 years after its initial release (!), and that the chart is littered with JuiceWRLD singles following his tragic, recent death last week.
However, another story to come from its update lies in Tones And I. As Billboard reports, Tones' Dance Monkey has jumped four spots on the US Billboard chart to reach number nine, and in doing so, is the first Australian to enter the US top-ten since Sia's Cheap Thrills in 2016 and Iggy Azalea's Charli XCX-assisted Fancy in 2014. It's a monumental moment for the musician, and it doesn't look like it's slowing down any time soon, climbing in digital sales, radio plays and streaming.
Check her out at Laneway Festival 2020; likely to be her first Australian shows post-winning triple j's Hottest 100 and in doing so, will be the first solo woman to do so.
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