The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

TONI Wat­son has plenty of rea­sons to smile to­day.

The singer, known as Tones And I, has made his­tory as the long­est-run­ning Aus­tralian artist to hold the No.1 spot on the ARIA sin­gles chart at 10 weeks with her sin­gle Dance Mon­key. And she’s topped the UK charts overnight as well — that’s on top of hit­ting No.1 in 12 other coun­tries in­clud­ing Slo­vakia, Scot­land, Hun­gary, Fin­land and Ger­many.

“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,” the ec­static muso said after be­ing pre­sented with a spe­cial ARIA plaque to mark the achieve­ment.

Jus­tice Crew pre­vi­ously held the record with Que Sera at nine weeks, ahead of Go­tye’s Some­body That I Used To Know and 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer’s Young­blood, both at eight weeks, and Kylie Minogue’s Lo­co­mo­tion at seven weeks.

“I am so very proud of Tones and her in­cred­i­ble hon­our and achieve­ment of be­com­ing the longestrun­ning Aus­tralian artist at No.1 on the ARIA sin­gles chart, hold­ing the top spot for 10 con­sec­u­tive weeks,” Sony Mu­sic Aus­tralian chair­man De­nis Han­dlin said.

“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.”

To be­come the long­est-run­ning No.1 artist ever in Aus­tralia, Tones And I needs to beat Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You at 15 weeks.

Tones And I is ex­pected to fea­ture heav­ily when the 2019 ARIA Award nom­i­na­tions are an­nounced in Syd­ney on Thurs­day.

Aus­tralian mu­si­cian Tones And I and (inset) with her spe­cial ARIA plaque yes­ter­day.

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