The runaway success of Tones and I’s breakthrough hit ‘Dance Monkey’ shows no sign of slowing down. The track has now spent 8 weeks at the top of the UK charts– making it the joint longest-running #1 of the year alongside Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s ‘I Don’t Care’. The song is also the longest-running #1 from a female solo artist since Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ in the summer of 2007.
With a global total of a billion streams (half of which have come via Spotify), ‘Dance Monkey’ is still adding another 10 million streams each week in the UK alone. The track has recently been certified Platinum and this week exceeded 700,000+ equivalent sales, and it’s the driving force behind Tones and I’s soaring profile. She’s the second most popular artist on YouTube UK to Ed Sheeran, which is an achievement that’s all the more impressive given that’s she’s only released one EP (‘The Kids Are Coming’) to date. That success is being repeated internationally too, with Tones and I the 20th most streamed artist worldwide at Spotify.
Tones and I’s live profile is also exploding. Early this month she played her first two sold-out London shows at The Lexington and Oslo Hackney, while a third show scheduled at the Electric Ballroom in February also sold-out months in advance. That phenomenal public demand resulted in another London date being added, this time at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. In total, Tones and I sold over 5000 tickets in the UK and Ireland before she’d even visited the country.
Tones and I’s rise is all the more impressive given her humble background. Originally from the outskirts of Melbourne, she visited Byron Bay early in 2018 just to see if she could make an impression while busking. The reaction was overwhelming, and she moved there permanently as she aimed to land a bigger opportunity in music.
Her status in her homeland rocketed with the success of her debut single ‘Johnny Run Away’, which she capitalised upon with ‘Dance Monkey’ and ‘Never Seen The Rain’. ‘Dance Monkey’ subsequently became a global phenomenon, topping charts all over the world.
Stream: Dance Monkey