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Kenny Chesney Changes Record Labels

posted January 17th, 2018 at 1:44 pm

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by Josh

In a surprising move, Kenny Chesney has left his longtime record label Sony Music Nashville for Warner Music.

“It is a big deal to change labels,” Chesney said in a statement, crediting Warner Music Nashville chairman/CEO John “Espo” Esposito, Warner Music Nashville senior VP A&R Cris Lacy and new Warner Music Group CEO, Recorded Music, Max Lousada, with shepherding the move. “But when you hear Max, Espo and Cris Lacy talk about music, about what it means and does, when you hear that passion, you can’t help but get fired up,” he explained. “To me, music is only complete when it gets to the fans and becomes part of their lives. The people at Warner understand my commitment to that idea, and they’re just as committed to those ideals as I am.”

Following the release of his 1994 debut album on Capricorn, Chesney switched to RCA Nashville’s BNA imprint for 1995’s All I Need To Know. After RCA and Sony merged, he moved over to Sony’s Columbia Nashville via his Blue Chair imprint. Future releases will now be on Blue Chair Records/Warner Bros. Records.

The move comes as Chesney’s 2016 studio album, Cosmic Hallelujah, is up for best country album at the Jan. 28 Grammy Awards. Chesney’s latest release, Live In No Shoes Nation, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country albums chart in November, making it his 15th chart topper. He has sold more than 30 million albums, according to Warner Music Nashville and logged 30 No. 1 singles.

“Kenny Chesney embodies the relentless pursuit of artistic freedom and expression,” Esposito said. “An unapologetic free spirit, he has built a career on perseverance, drive, innovation, and most especially, great songs. Everything he does is inspired. It is with deep respect and honor that we welcome Kenny to Warner Music Nashville. We couldn’t be more excited to work with him and his team.”

Lousada added, “Kenny’s not only a country music icon, but an American superstar, who’s still hungry to write, record, and perform amazing music that moves millions of people. The fact that he has chosen Warner Music as his new label home is a huge testament to the culture created by Espo and his team, who have made our Nashville operation a magnet for both emerging talent and established artists.”

Read more at Billboard.


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Chesney Adds Northwest Arkansas Tour Stop

posted January 15th, 2018 at 7:48 am

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by Josh

Kenny Chesney has added another tour stop to his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour:

Rogers, AR
Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Walmart AMP

Old Dominion will open for Chesney at this show.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 19) through Ticketmaster. Prices range from $60 to $109 plus applicable fees.

View all tour dates that have been announced so far here.


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Chesney Interviewed and Performs on Late Night with Seth Myers

posted December 19th, 2017 at 7:11 pm

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Kenny Chesney appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers on Monday night where he was interviewed and performed “Jesus and Elvis.”

The country superstar also talked to Meyers about the album, which marks his first Grammy nomination for a work that is not a collaboration, as well as the extensive charity work he’s been doing in St. John since Hurricane Irma, which also hit Chesney’s house in the islands. Chesney started a foundation called Love for Love City after the storms passed, and he’s been on the ground constantly since then, using his own private plane to shuttle supplies in and take refugees out of harm’s way.

Watch below:




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Chesney to Appear on Late Night with Seth Myers

posted December 11th, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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by Josh

Kenny Chesney will be interviewed and will perform on Late Night with Seth Myers on December 18th:

The first of those episodes will feature a country superstar.

According to NBC, Kenny Chesney will be the lead interview guest on the December 18 “Late Night.” He will also take the stage for a performance.

Also on the show will be television and film screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.


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Boise Show Added to 2018 Tour

posted December 4th, 2017 at 10:21 am

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Kenny Chesney has added another date to his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour:

Boise, ID
Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Idaho Center Amphitheater

Fan club members can purchase tickets early, beginning on Tuesday, December 5th.

We do not yet have an on sale date through Ticketmaster or Ticketnetwork for the general public.

See all of the tour dates that have been announced so far on our tour dates page.


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Chesney Nominated for Grammy Award

posted November 28th, 2017 at 8:46 am

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Nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning and Kenny Chesney received a nod for Country Album of the Year for ‘Cosmic Hallelujah.’

Here are the nominees he’s up against:

  • Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
  • The Breaker – Little Big Town
  • Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
  • From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Kenny has been nominated five times in years past, but this is the first individual Grammy.

The Tennessee native has previously been nominated five times, including nods for duets with Pink (2016’s “Setting the World on Fire”) and Grace Potter (“You and Tequila” from 2011) and group outings with friends like Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson. But all of those were either in the duo/group or collaboration categories so this solo recognition was particularly meaningful.

That the album also took risks both creatively and promotionally makes the nomination that much sweeter for the 49-year-old singer-songwriter. While “Cosmic Hallelujah” features its share of good-time party fare, Chesney says, “’[W]e also invested in a larger dialogue about our world. Right now, it seems like that mattered more than a lot of people realized at the time.”

“For ‘Cosmic Hallelujah’ more than any album, we defied conventional wisdom every way possible,” said Chesney, noting that, among other moves, the decision was made to change the first single to the song “Noise” nine days before release because it “felt so topical and urgent.”

That song, a catchy lament for our information overloaded times hit No. 6 and was followed by two No. 1s “Setting the World on Fire” and “All the Pretty Girls.”

“This album, I did what I felt was the right thing to do for the music. People didn’t always understand,” said Chesney, who recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with “Live in No Shoes Nation,” a compendium of live recordings from the last decade. “But when you can put songs like ‘Noise’ onto country radio, or make videos like ‘Rich & Miserable’ with an actor like John C. McGinley — even though it’s not going to be a single —and get people to think about the world around them, that’s powerful.”

See the full list of nominees here.

The Grammy Awards will be presented live on Sunday, January 28th on CBS.


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SiriusXM Will Air Tonight’s Hurricane Benefit Concert

posted November 19th, 2017 at 3:58 am

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by Josh

SiriusXM will broadcast tonight’s hurricane relief concert:

Sometimes when bad things happen, good people come together to do great things. First responders acted swiftly to aid those injured during this terrible hurricane season and supported those who lost so much. Now, music’s superstars are joining in to raise money for 2017 Hurricane victims with the Trying to Reason Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert, taking place Sunday, Nov. 19 in Tallahassee, Florida.

In this one-of-a-kind live performance, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and The Coral Reefer Band will hit the stage alongside special guest Jake Owen as well as opening act Caroline Jones.

This historic event sold out in 11 minutes, making it the fastest sell-out in Tucker Civic Center’s history. So, if you weren’t able to snag a pair of tickets, fear not! You can still hear the performance LIVE on SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville (Ch. 24) and No Shoes Radio (Ch. 57) starting 7:45 pm ET/4:45 pm PT.




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