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Tones and I
Background information
Birth name Toni Watson
Also known as Tones, Tonah
Born Mornington Peninsula, Victoria,
Origin Frankston, Victoria,
Genres Pop. Indie pop, EDM
Years active 2014–present
Labels Bad Batch
Sony Music

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

Her second single, "Dance Monkey", was released in May 2019 and reached number one in over 30 countries. In November of that year, she broke the record for the most weeks at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart by any artist with 16 weeks. By mid-January 2020, "Dance Monkey" had spent its 24th and final week at No.1, beating Bing Crosby's all-time Australian record for his version of "White Christmas", which spent 22 weeks (five months, namely June to October) at the top spot in 1943. "Dance Monkey" was accredited 11× platinum by ARIA for shipments of over 770,000 units.

Tones was the most awarded artist at the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, winning four from eight nominations. Tones and I released her debut extended play, The Kids Are Coming, on 30 August 2019.


In February 2019, Tones and I signed with Bad Batch Records/Sony Music Australia and a co-management deal with Artists Only (owned by Walkden-Brown, ex-Aerials) and Lemon Tree Music (co-owned by Regan Lethbridge and David Morgan, both ex-Bonjah). In that month she uploaded her debut single, "Johnny Run Away", to an Australian website, Unearthed, which publishes the music of unsigned artists. The track was recorded with Australian producer, Konstantin Kersting.

"Johnny Run Away" was added to full rotation on Australian alternative radio station Triple J the following week. Two weeks later, Tones and I officially released "Johnny Run Away". It peaked at number 12 on the ARIA Singles Chart and achieved triple platinum status for shipments of over 210,000 units.

On 10 May 2019, Tones and I released her second single, "Dance Monkey". It reached number one on the official music charts of over 30 countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

"Dance Monkey"'s music video was directed by Liam Kelly and Nick Kozakis. 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. This was previously held by Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" (15 weeks in 2017). By mid-January 2020, "Dance Monkey" had spent 24 weeks at number one. It was the first Australian song to reach number one on Spotify's global daily top 200 streaming chart. On 8 February 2020, it equalled Post Malone's "Rockstar" for the most days at number one on the same chart. As of 18 February 2020, "Dance Monkey" returned to the Spotify top spot and had spent 120 days at number one.

In July, she released a third single, "Never Seen the Rain", and announced the release of her debut six-track extended play, The Kids Are Coming (30 August 2019). In September 2019, Tones and I performed "Dance Monkey" and "The Kids Are Coming" at the 2019 AFL Grand Final.


Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
The Kids Are Coming
  • Released: 30 August 2019
  • Label: Bad Batch, Sony
  • Formats: CD, Digital download, Streaming, LP
3 9 8 19 31 40 3 23 15 30
  • ARIA: Gold
  • MC: Gold
  • SNEP: Gold


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Johnny Run Away" 2019 12 83
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum
The Kids Are Coming
"Dance Monkey" 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4
  • ARIA: 11× Platinum
  • BEA: 4× Platinum
  • BPI: 3× Platinum
  • BVMI: Diamond
  • IFPI SWI: 3× Platinum
  • MC: 8× Platinum
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • RMNZ: 4× Platinum
  • SNEP: Diamond
"Never Seen the Rain" 7 3 51 21 36 69 49 99
  • ARIA: 4× Platinum
  • BEA: Gold
  • MC: Gold
  • RMNZ: Gold
  • SNEP: Gold
"The Kids Are Coming" 65
"Bad Child" 2020 15 13 79 73
  • ARIA: Platinum
"Can't Be Happy All the Time"
"Ur So F**king Cool" 44 52 93
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Jimmy" 2019 79 29 The Kids Are Coming