‘I am so thankful’: Tones and I singer, 19, holds the number one spot on the ARIA charts longer than any other Australian artist …with a song that she wrote for her friends
Australian singer Tones and I has officially held the number one spot on the ARIA charts longer than any other Australian artist.
The singer, also known as Toni Watson, has held the charts for 10 weeks with her single Dance Monkey – which was never designed to go viral.
Toni was officially presented with an ARIA award and was blown away by her achievement.
Bringing it home! Australian singer Tones and I, also known as Toni Watson, (pictured) has officially held the number one spot on the ARIA charts longer than any other Australian artist
‘I am so thankful to Australia for all the support. This song was written for my friends at the Byron Bay backpackers, little did I know the whole country would be dancing to it, wow,’ she said according to The Daily Telegraph.
Dance Monkey has been an international hit for the star also hitting number one in the U.K and multiple countries across Europe.
The 19-year old has eclipsed the likes of Justice Crew, who previously held the record, with Youngblood and Kylie Minogue following closely behind.
Wow! The 19-year old has eclipsed the likes of Justice Crew, who previously held the record, with Youngblood and Kylie Minogue following closely behind
The outright record is still held by Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You at 15 weeks.
Sony Music Australian chairman Denis Handlin said said he was incredibly proud of her achievement.
‘This is a true testament to her unique creative brilliance as an artist, her hard work and dedication, as well as her unwavering appreciation of her fans.
‘Tones is a very special artist who has captured the world’s attention, and we look forward to continue working with her and her amazing music. Tones is the real deal.’
It comes just weeks after footy fans savaged her performance of Dance Monkey at the AFL Grand Final, with some branding it ‘shocking’, ‘ dreadful’ and ‘the worst performance ever’.
Killing it! The teen’s track, Dance Monkey, which she performed at the AFL final, has been top of the chart for ten consecutive weeks despite backlash from footy fans who branded her performance ‘shocking’, ‘ dreadful’ and ‘the worst performance ever’
Toni is now set to release a new single, The Kids Are Coming, which deals with climate change, gun control and refugees.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, Toni revealed: ‘I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t talk about what I believe in and genuinely try to empower myself and my audience to do something good.’
She added: ‘I see the young as young-minded, free-minded. The song is also for the old-minded people who are stuck in their ways and don’t like a movement of people making change, whatever their age is.’
Woke: Toni is now set to release a new single, The Kids Are Coming, which deals with climate change, gun control and refugees