Chart Analysis February 11, 2020

‘A dream come true’: team Tones on historic Billboard result

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‘A dream come true’: team Tones on historic Billboard result

After dominating charts in more than 30 countries globally, Tones And I is now making history on the Billboard Hot 100.

Rising two frames this week to #5 on the US chart, the movement is historic, making ‘Dance Monkey’ the first Top 5 hit written solely by a woman in over eight years.

Tones And I’s co-managers Regan Lethbridge, Jackson Walkden-Brown and David Morgan tell TMN they’re thrilled with the achievement.

“We’re absolutely stoked to be charting so well in the US!

“Tones’ music is really resonating with people all across the globe and the US, in particular, is really starting to step up a gear.”

As Billboard notes, the last person before Tones to achieve the feat was Dolly Parton, when Whitney Houston’s version of her ‘I Will Always Love You’ got to #3 in March 2012.

Her achievement, after 18 charting weeks, shows how rare it is for tracks written by one person to top Billboard’s coveted chart. Out of 247 tracks to top the chart since the turn of the millennium, only eleven were written by a single writer (#4).

“With the tour starting over there today we’re confident that the American fanbase is only going to strengthen from here,” added her managers.

“To be kicking these sort of goals in the biggest market in the world so early in her career is a dream come true for Tones and the broader team”.

This week also sees Tones rise to #3 on the Digital Song Sales Chart, to #4 on the Streaming Songs Chart and up to #11 on the Radio Songs Chart.

‘Dance Monkey’ had previously topped charts in over 30 countries, is the longest-serving ARIA #1 single, and the first track by an Aussie to reach #1 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 Playlist.

It is also the longest-serving #1 by a female soloist on the Official UK singles chart, while her overseas achievements helped Warner Music to a strong final quarter of 2019.

Tones was recognised by APRA AMCOS for cracking over a billion streams in a ceremony last week.

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