Music News: Guess who got the most jukebox plays in 2017


A vintage jukebox.
Vintage jukeboxes like this one have largely been replaced by streaming machines that can precisely track top plays across the country. (Ray/CC BY 2.0)

TouchTunes has released its list of the most-played artists and songs of 2017...guess who's on top? Cardi B? Queen? Cage the Elephant?

Nope, it's country star Chris Stapleton, whose "Tennessee Whiskey" was also the year's most-played song. Apparently all those people who wondered who Stapleton was when his album Traveller got a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year have figured it out.

Rounding out the top five most-played artists: AC/DC, Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bruno Mars. And the rest of the top five songs: "Blue Ain't Your Color" (Keith Urban), "Body Like a Back Road" (Sam Hunt), "Dirt On My Boots" (Jon Pardi), and "Copperhead Road" (Steve Earle). (Rolling Stone)

Mariah Carey makes the top ten

Believe it or not, Mariah Carey’s "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a top ten hit — and it only took 23 years to get there. The 1994 classic has become a regular chart presence in recent Decembers, but it's never climbed as high as it is right now, sitting at number nine largely thanks to its huge popularity on streaming services. It's now Carey's 28th top ten hit, tying her with Stevie Wonder for fifth place among artists with the all-time most top ten hits. (Michael Jackson, Rihanna, the Beatles, and Madonna have them both beat.) (Billboard)

Remembering Richard Dobson

Songwriter Richard Dobson has died of undisclosed causes at age 75. His songs have been recorded by artists including Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Guy Clark, and Nanci Griffith, who called the literate lyricist "the Hemingway of country music." (Rolling Stone)

Tidal said to be struggling

In the streaming wars, Prince’s favorite service, Tidal, seems to be losing ground. JAY-Z’s service "is reportedly losing money to the tune of tens of millions of dollars per year, and may not have enough dough to stick around for another six months," according to a Norwegian newspaper. A Tidal spokesman dismissed the report, and said the service will turn a profit by mid-2018. (Star Tribune)

Morrissey says Secret Service questioned him about Trump threats

Another day, another story about what Morrissey said or didn't say, did or didn't do. This time the story is an eight-minute video posted by the former Smiths singer, in which he says that as a result of a Der Spiegel interview containing a seeming death wish for the President of the United States of America, Morrissey was "cross-examined by the American Secret Service, who were very, very nice."

Sarcastically congratulating the German news source, which recently released audio of the interview to confirm their account of his remarks, Morrissey said, "Whether again I'm allowed free access to America, I really don't know." (NME)

Dave Grohl plays a wolfman

Saturday Night Live has released a clip of a deleted sketch from this weekend's episode, which featured Foo Fighters as musical guests. In the sketch, Dave Grohl plays a wolfman bouncer who forces a character played by Beck Bennett to share a secret before he's allowed into a bar. Yeah, maybe there's a reason this one got the axe. (Pitchfork)

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