Australian artist Tones And I has released a brand-new single, “Ur So F**kInG cOoL,” which is available today on all streaming platforms. The song is joined by an official music video directed by Nick Kozakis, Liam Kelly, and Tones And I, which sees the singer / songwriter portraying several personas at party as she experiences disinterest with the self-absorbed attendees.
Tones And I shared her inspiration for “Ur So F**kInG cOoL” explaining, “I wrote this song after I went to a party and everyone there thought they were the coolest thing ever and I just thought ‘this is shit, I’m leaving.’”
“Ur So F**kInG cOoL” marks the latest release from the record-breaking and rising superstar following the arrival of 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.
Having recently won the 2020 International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Tones And I continued her winning streak this past Monday taking home the coveted “Song of the Year” and “Breakthrough Songwriter” awards at the 2020 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Music Awards for her global smash “Dance Monkey.” “Dance Monkey” has not only emerged as the most Shazam’ed single of all time and crossed one billion views on YouTube, but has also become the 5th most streamed song of all time on Spotify and the most streamed song ever by a female artist on the platform. “Dance Monkey” has also eclipsed seven billion streams globally and earned 2x platinum certification from the RIAA in the US, while reaching multiplatinum or diamond certification in fifteen 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.
This past February Tones And I served up an alternate version of her song “Never Seen The Rain” – the original recording appears on her debut EP The Kids Are Coming – which is accompanied by a live performance video. The expanded take finds Tones And I delivering a powerful and transcendent performance, joined by a choir and three-piece band. Tones And I also showcased her staggering voice across performances of her breakout global hit “Dance Monkey” and “Never Seen The Rain” appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Voice, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Today Show.
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. Today, “Dance Monkey” has been certified 10x platinum by the ARIA with Tones And I amassing over seven billion streams worldwide. Tones And I also took home four major wins at this year’s ARIA Awards including: “Breakthrough Artist,” “Best Female Artist,” “Best Pop Release,” and “Best Independent Release.”