Tones And I

FRESH: ‘Never Seen The Rain’ – Tones And I

Tones And I release new single “Never Seen The Rain”

Fresh from the sensational record-breaking success of “Dance Monkey”, which became the longest-running No.1 from a female artist in UK chart history with 11 weeks at the top, Tones And I shares a new lyric video for “Never Seen The Rain”. The track features on the Australian artist’s debut EP “The Kids Are Coming”.

The new lyric video follows Tones And I’s recent announcement that she will be holding a star-studded concert on January 28th at Melbourne’s 170 Russell to benefit those impacted by Australia’s widespread bushfires. The event, which sold-out in two minutes and raised over $50,000, will donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the Australian Red Cross, Country Fire Authority in Victoria, and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

In addition to its phenomenal success in the UK, “Dance Monkey” continues to make a huge global impact months after its initial release. It has exceeded 1.5 billion global streams, having hit No.1 in 20 countries, and has just returned to No.1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for a 22nd week at the top. The track has also reached a new high of No.7 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 following recent Stateside TV performances on The Voice and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Tones And I also shared a stripped back performance of “Dance Monkey”. It follows the release of the music video for “The Kids Are Coming” EP’s title track. The EP also features the ARIA Platinum-certified single “Never Seen The Rain” and the breakthrough track “Johnny Run Away”, which Tones And I originally uploaded to Triple J’s Unearthed, an artist discovery platform for independent music. Within twelve hours, the song was played on Triple J and it became the station’s most played song for two consecutive weeks as it raced to double-Platinum certification.

Originally from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Tones And I travelled to Byron Bay early in 2018 to take a chance at busking. On the first day she had crowds spilling onto the street. Tones quit her retail job and decided to make Byron her new home where she lived out of her van for a year, honing her songwriting and busking every weekend. “Dance Monkey” has since been certified 7 x Platinum by the ARIA with Tones And I taking home four major wins at this year’s ARIA Awards: Breakthrough Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release.

Next month will see Tones And I commence her debut UK and Ireland tour. She sold-out The Lexington and Oslo during her first visit, while a second larger London show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town was added after the initial date at the Electric Ballroom rapidly sold-out. It’s expected that Tones And I’s first seven UK and Ireland shows will have all sold-out in advance. Also selling out countless dates throughout Europe and North America, Tones and I’s summer 2020 festival dates are taking shape, with sets already confirmed including Germany’s Hurricane Festival and Mad Cool in Spain.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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