She may have started her music career busking on the streets of Byron Bay but Tones and I, or Toni Watson to her friends, is a bona fide chart slayer.
Her sophomore single Dance Monkey has topped the charts in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and France and now has knocked Australia's very own singing budgie off her perch.
Tones and I at Splendour in the Grass.Credit:AAP
Kylie Minogue previously held the record for an Australian female to spend the longest time at No.1 in the ARIA charts, racking up an impressive seven weeks in 1987 with Locomotion.
Watson matched that achievement earlier this month and with huge sales and streams of Dance Monkey last week she now holds the record.
Boffins within the chart-making team at the ARIA reckon her sales are so strong she has a good chance of continuing her No.1 streak and could potentially beat Justice Crew who currently hold the record for the longest run at the top for an Australian artist. Their song Que Sera stayed at number one for nine weeks. But Watson has a while to wait before she can claim the longest run of all: Ed Sheeran's Shape of You was the No.1 song in Australia for 15 weeks.
Skincare fit for a princess
Balinese princess Lindy Rama-Ellis (nee Klim) is getting back into the beauty business.
Rama-Ellis and her former husband, Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim, started the hugely successful beauty line Milk. When the pair divorced the business stayed with Klim and she signed a three-year non-compete clause.
But after the three years expired in January, Rama-Ellis has wasted no time getting back into the trade.
Lindy Klim and Tanja Gacic at the VRC spring racing soiree at The Apartment, Hotel Centennial.
While Milk began as a range of skin care products for men, it branched out to women's and children's range over the years.
Rama-Ellis, who wed British property developer Adam Ellis in a stunning ceremony in Tuscany just over a year ago, told Emerald City the new range she was developing would be "revolutionary".
“I’m currently working on a revolutionary, first to market product aimed specifically for women, that I can’t wait to share very soon,” she said.
She wouldn't go into detail about what the range would involve but given she has had an ongoing partnership with boutique skin care brand La Mer, we can only assume that whatever she brings out is going to be luxurious.
Bartholomew tweet backlash continues
Five words aimed at the son of the Chairman of Nine, the publisher of this masthead, have turned the usually acrimonious relationship between two broadcasters absolutely toxic.
Last Saturday morning Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew responded to a tweet from Nine News Melbourne by flinging some fairly unpleasant accusations in the direction of reporter Seb Costello, the son of Nine chair Peter Costello. It is safe to say her tweet hasn't gone down well anywhere.
Despite Bartholomew deleting the tweet and apologising on twitter, then following up by apparently leaving an apology voicemail for Costello in the following days, Nine is still threatening legal action.
Nine's mood hasn't been improved by the fact that Seven sources have been telling the media they find the whole legal action thing rather amusing.
Sources at Nine say a letter has been sent to Seven demanding a public apology from Bartholomew. But not only has no apology been forthcoming, Seven hasn't even bothered replying to the letter, which has only served to stoke Nine's fury even further.
Whether Nine can successfully sue Bartholomew for defaming Costello will rest on whether she can prove her remarks were true.
A source close to Costello told Emerald City that the attack was completely unprovoked. "He doesn't even know her, they aren't friends. It doesn't make sense that (Seven) are being so childish about this."
Seven did not respond to requests for comment.
Unmasking the Masked Singers
Ten might have engaged former spies to keep the identities of the celebs behind the masks a secret, but that hasn't stopped keen-eared music industry experts from identifying the cast members of The Masked Singer.
Deni Hines and Rob Mills have both been identified as contestants on the show, based just on the voices heard on promo clips posted by Ten.
While Mills doesn't really need the career boost having developed something of a cottage industry out of splitting his time between musicals and reality TV, it was reality TV that kind of ruined Hines' career.
Back in 2011 she appeared on the first season of Celebrity Apprentice and quickly became the show's villan. Hines has only released one album since then, 2016's The Soul Sessions which failed to chart, so she is primed to make a career comeback.
Speaking of comebacks, anyone hoping the show's international judge Lindsay Lohan was going to be a trainwreck is likely to be sorely disappointed. Apart from proving to be extremely erudite when it comes to Australian popular culture, she is perfectly lovely, charming and, dare we say, warm in the show's first episode which goes to air on Monday night.
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