Tones and I

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Tones and I
Birth nameToni Watson
Also known as
  • Tones
  • Tonah
BornMornington Peninsula, Australia
OriginMount Martha, Victoria, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2017–present
Labels
Websitewww.tonesandi.com

Toni Watson, known professionally as Tones and I, is an Australian singer and songwriter.[1]

She released her debut single, "Johnny Run Away", on 1 March 2019. Her follow-up "Dance Monkey" was released on 10 May 2019 and reached number one on the official music charts of over 30 countries.[2]

Upon reaching 16 weeks at number one in November 2019, she broke the record for the most weeks at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart by any artist since the chart's inception in 1983.[3][4] "Dance Monkey" also holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 in Australia in the modern rock era (1955–present) with 19 weeks.

Tones and I released her debut EP, The Kids Are Coming, on 30 August 2019.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Watson was born and raised in Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. She learned how to play keyboards and drum pads at high school and later gathered experience performing local gigs and festivals.

Her YouTube channel states she was 16 when she started uploading songs. In September 2017, Tones traveled to Byron Bay, New South Wales, to try busking for the first time. On her first night busking she met Jackson Walkden-Brown who soon later became her manager.[6][7] Tones' busking success led her to quit her retail job in Melbourne, Australia, and fully commit to her new career.

Tones spent 2018 living between Walkden-Brown's home in the Gold Coast hinterland and out of her van in Byron Bay, writing music and busking full-time.[7]

Later in 2018, Tones and I won Battle of the Buskers at Buskers by the Creek.[8][9]

In February 2019, Tones signed a co-management deal with Artists Only and Lemon Tree Music.[7][10]

On 15 February 2019, Tones and I uploaded her debut single "Johnny Run Away" to an Australian website that publishes the music of unsigned artists. The track was recorded with Australian producer and songwriter Konstantin Kersting. "Johnny Run Away" was added to full rotation on Australian alternative radio station triple j the following week and received positive reviews from staff and presenters such as Richard Kingsmill, Tommy Faith and Declan Byrne.[citation needed]

Two weeks later, on 1 March 2019, Tones and I officially released "Johnny Run Away".[11] The song reached a peak of number 12 on the Australian music chart and number 83 in Ireland.

On 10 May 2019, Tones and I released her second single, "Dance Monkey".[12] The song reached number one on the official music charts of over 30 countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In Australia in November of that year, she broke the record for the most weeks atop the ARIA Singles Chart by any artist, with 16 weeks. The record was previously held by Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" (15 weeks in 2017).[3] To date, "Dance Monkey" has spent 19 consecutive weeks at the No.1 position.

In May 2019, she also performed at the Big Pineapple Music Festival, as well as opening Splendour in the Grass 2019 as the triple j Unearthed Splendour in the Grass competition winner, where she broke the record for the biggest crowd of an opening set at Splendour.[13] In July 2019, Tones and I released "Never Seen the Rain" and announced the release of her debut extended play The Kids Are Coming. In September 2019, Tones and I performed "Dance Monkey" and "The Kids Are Coming" at the 2019 AFL Grand Final with 100,000 people in attendance.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[14]
CAN
[15]
DEN
[16]
FIN
[17]
FRA
[18]
IRE
[19]
NOR
[20]
NZ
[21]
SWE
[22]
US
[23]
The Kids Are Coming 3 10 8 19 31 40 3 23 15 62

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[27]
DEN
[28]
FIN
[29]
GER
[30]
IRE
[31]
NOR
[32]
NZ
[33]
SWE
[34]
SWI
[35]
UK
[36]
"Johnny Run Away" 2019 12 83 The Kids Are Coming
"Dance Monkey" 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
"Never Seen the Rain" 8
[37]
[A]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[37]
"The Kids Are Coming" 65 [B]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes

  1. ^ "Never Seen the Rain" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number nine on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[43]
  2. ^ "The Kids Are Coming" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 24 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[44]

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[27]
NZ
Hot

[44]
"Jimmy" 2019 79 24 The Kids Are Coming

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Tones and I nominated for eight awards and won four.[45]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 "Dance Monkey" Best Female Artist Won [46]
Breakthrough Artist Won
Best Pop Release Won
Song of the Year Nominated
Liam Kelly & Nick Kozakis for Tones and I – "Dance Monkey" Best Video Nominated
The Kids Are Coming Best Independent Release Won
Konstantin Kersting for Tones and I – "Dance Monkey" Engineer of the Year Nominated
Producer of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Tones And I breaks ARIA Charts Australian record". Australian Recording Industry Association. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b Gallagher, Allison (16 July 2019). "Listen to a new song from Tones and I, 'Never Seen The Rain'". MusicFeeds. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Dance Monkey How Australian Busker Tones and I Scored a Global Hit". Official Charts. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
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  14. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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  28. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 33, 2019". Hitlisten. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
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  31. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  32. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 31, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  33. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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  37. ^ a b c d "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  38. ^ "BRIT Certified – bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Tones & I" and select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  39. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
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  41. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". Hitparade.ch – Swiss Charts. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
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  46. ^ "2019 ARIA Award Winners Announced". ARIA. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.

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