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Tones And I – Music 


Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist


Tones And I


Tones And I,  photo Atlantic Records

    Global superstar Tones And I has teamed up with Honda
and Billboard to debut a 
new mini documentary looking back on her beginnings as a busker, the aftermath
of her record-breaking hit “Dance Monkey,” and the work that’s gone into
completing her long awaited debut album while in quarantine. Furthermore,
Tones and I has also shared a pair of live performances from the Honda Stage,
delivering new renditions of her international hits “
Never Seen The Rain” and “Fly Away.”

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Fly Away Performance on The Honda Stage 

     Just last month, Tones And I shared moving piano performance of
“Fly Away,” which is available on 
all streaming platforms. The new version, “Fly Away” (RIP King T), finds Tones And
I transforming the song into an elegant and poignant ballad, while her soulful
vocals burst into bloom backed only by piano. Originally released at the
tail end of 2020, “
Fly Away” has amassed 90 million streams, marking a new chapter in the
global phenom’s already historic career, and serving as a preview to her widely
anticipated full-length debut.


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 Fly Away Alternate Version

     Following the launch of “Fly Away” last year, Tones And I also
shared an 
alternate version of
the song, enlisting the help of G
Flip, The Pierce Brothers, Adrian Eagle, Alice Blake
and the Melbourne
Gospel Choir
for a stunning live rendition. The alternate version of “Fly Away”
features an 
accompanying performance video filmed at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, which sees the
ensemble backing Tones And I as they transform the song into a brass-filled
gospel anthem. Furthermore, Tones And I also delivered a poignant performance
of “Fly Away” on ABC’s 
Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Tones And I

   Elaborating on the track,
Tones And I shared, “‘Fly Away’ is about chasing your dreams, reaching
your goals and the realities that come with it. Being a busker, I obviously had
bigger dreams. However, this song is inspired by the way I thought I would feel
versus the way I actually feel. I think

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that’s very powerful, at least to
me. It’s about genuine happiness and what we think we need to have happiness versus
what we actually want. The truth is we only ever want anything because we think
it will make us happy, but it’s never that simple.”


     Tones And I wrote “Fly Away” solely whilst quarantining at home
in Melbourne during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Co-produced by Tones And
I and Dann Hume, the song stands out as one of her most personal, poetic, and
powerful compositions. “Fly Away” marks yet another major moment in Tones And
I’s unbelievable journey. This past fall, she recruited blackbear for 
the official remix of her 2020 hit “Ur So F**kInG cOoL,” the single version of which has surpassed 100 million streams globally and broke
into the Top 40 radio charts stateside. 
So F**kInG cOoL” also 
follows Tones And
I’s standalone tracks 
Can’t Be Happy All The Time” and “Bad Child” – the latter of which Tones And I debuted a stripped back piano performance of on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  


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Tones And I,  Dance Monkey

     Tones And I’s global smash “Dance Monkey” was recently announced as the most Shazamed single of all time,
and officially became the 3rd most streamed song of all time on
Spotify making the track the most streamed song ever by a female artist on the
platform. The “Dance Monkey” official music video is now approaching 1.5
billion views on YouTubewhile the track has eclipsed
seven billion streams globally and earned 4x platinum certification from the
RIAA in the US as well as multiplatinum or diamond certification in sixteen
other countries. 
Plus, “Dance Monkey” hit #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, making “Dance Monkey” the
first top five Hot 100 hit solely written by a woman in over
eight years. In Australia, “Dance Monkey” holds the all-time record for the
most weeks spent at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, while in the UK
“Dance Monkey” has made Tones And I the longest running #1 of all time by a
female artist on the Official Singles Chart
The New York Times detailed the making of “Dance Monkey” in their Diary
of a Song video series, speaking with Tones And I about her journey
from local busker to global star.

      “Dance Monkey” is featured on Tones And I’s RIAA gold
debut EP The Kids Are Coming which earned her four major wins back home at last year’s
ARIA Awards including: “Breakthrough Artist,” “Best Female Artist,” “Best Pop
Release,” and “Best Independent Release.”
the EP’s release 
Tones And I showcased her
staggering voice across performances of “Dance Monkey” and standout single “
Never Seen The Rain,” appearing on The Tonight
Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The VoiceThe Ellen
DeGeneres Show
 and The Today Show.


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Never Seen The Rain Live global awards 
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     Originally from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Tones And I
traveled to Byron Bay in early 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. A year later, she had one of
the biggest songs in the world with her global smash “Dance Monkey.” 


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