Chris Stapleton has had one heck of a year. Since his performance with Justin Timberlake at the 2015 CMA awards, Stapleton has enjoyed a stratospheric career rise. His album Traveller has remained on the top country charts for over 80 weeks and Billboard named him the Top Country Artist of 2016. While he's had incredible success on radio, nowhere is Stapleton's success more evident than on internet streaming sites.
The internet radio service Pandora released a year-end list of the top 25 most streamed country songs in 2016, and it proves that you're not the only one hitting repeat on "Tennessee Whiskey" 20 times a day. Stapleton makes an appearance on the list an impressive three times. His sultry take on "Tennessee Whiskey" came in at the No. 3 spot, while "Parachute" and "Nobody to Blame" took the No. 20 and 21 spots, respectively.
Thomas Rhett's "Die A Happy Man" topped the list, followed by Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y." at No. 2. Newcomer Jon Pardi, who's steady making a name for himself as a neo-traditionalist singer bringing classic country back to the forefront, appears at No. 12 with his infectious "Head Over Boots." See the full list here.
Music streaming has been a hot topic in the music industry this year, particularly in the country and Americana circles. At the 2016 Americana Music Festival and Conference acclaimed music producer T Bone Burnett slammed the streaming industry. Burnett said streaming services don't pay artists fairly, keeping the majority of revenues for themselves.
Whatever your views on music streaming, artists such as Stapleton continue to rack up the plays. "Tennessee Whiskey" has hit 50 million plays on Spotify alone.
Stapleton is gearing up for another busy year in 2017, embarking on a huge tour across Canada and the U.S., including three dates opening for Tom Petty.