There hasn’t been much news from Kenny Chesney since the announcement was made last August that he’d take 2014 off from touring. But earlier today Kenny posted the following picture with the caption:
In studio working on new album. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music.
No additional details were given.
Here’s what Kenny said last summer about taking time off to make new music:
“I love touring more than anyone in the world,” Chesney tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I love the band, the crew, the whole team — and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.”
“We have so much fun out there … with the fans, the other bands … It’s summer camp with guitars and a great sound system. And when we hit that stage every night, and hear the crowd, that’s the best drug in the world. How you take a year off from that is hard; but music is the reason I do all of it, so right now, when I’m coming off an album that took me places I didn’t know I was gonna go, I think that’s what I should be exploring.”
“You get to a point when you’ve made a lot of albums and you need to challenge yourself, to really make the record the focus, to ask yourself what you want to say … and not just cut songs because they fit what people expect,” he says. “It’s a lot harder to find those songs than you’d think, and writing takes time — to think, to live, to be.”
ChesneyWorld would like to wish Kenny Chesney a very happy 46th birthday today!
Kenneth Arnold Chesney was born March 26th, 1968 in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in the nearby town of Lutrell. Read his full bio here.
Kenny shares his birthday with actresses Keira Knightley and Amy Smart, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, actors Martin Short and Leonard Nimoy, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and legendary singer Diana Ross.
George Strait is currently on his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, and made his final tour stop in Nashville on Friday night.
Eric Church and Kenny Chesney were both surprise guests at the show in Bridgestone Arena. Chesney helped Strait out with “Amarillo By Morning.”
When Strait plays his final show in Dallas on June 7th, Chesney will help send the King off along with Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.
Watch video of the Nashville performance:
Billboard is out with their annual list of the top paid musicians and Kenny Chesney came in second with $32,956,240.70, behind Taylor Swift at $39,699,575.60.
Second only to Garth Brooks among country acts with the most No. 1s on the Billboard 200, 45-year-old Chesney remains one of the most consistent earners in the music industry. Solidly strong on the content side — digital and physical — Chesney’s 2013 release, “Life on a Rock,” was the artist’s seventh chart-topper, while on the touring front he’s country’s stadium king, having topped 1 million in attendance for 10 consecutive tours, including this year’s $90 million No Shoes Nation trek. Chesney will take a touring breather in 2014 but doesn’t plan on slowing down when it comes to business interests beyond music.
Here’s the full top 10:
- Taylor Swift ($39.7 million)
- Kenny Chesney ($33 million)
- Justin Timberlake ($31.5 million)
- Bon Jovi ($29.4 million)
- The Rolling Stones ($26.2 million)
- Beyoncé ($24.4 million)
- Maroon 5 ($22.3 million)
- Luke Bryan ($22.1 million)
- P!nk ($20.1 million)
- Fleetwood Mac ($19.1 million)
A year ago, Kenny Chesney appeared with many other artists at the Musicare’s Person of the Year event honoring Bruce Springsteen.
An upcoming DVD of the show will be released, including Kenny’s performance of “One Step Up.”
The concert, which was hosted by Jon Stewart, acknowledges both The Boss’s 40-year career, as well as his many charitable contributions, including his tireless efforts for his home state of New Jersey. He was named the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2013, in recognition of his dedication and generosity.
Other artists appearing in the film include Elton John, Mavis Staples, John Legend, Patti Smith and the Alabama Shakes, along with Springsteen and his E Street Band. See a complete track listing below.
The DVD will be available on March 25.
1. ‘Adam Raised a Cain,’ Alabama Shakes
2. ‘Because the Night,’ Patti Smith
3. ‘Atlantic City,’ Natalie Maines, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
4. ‘American Land,’ Ken Casey
5. ‘My City of Ruins,’ Mavis Staples and Zac Brown
6. ‘I’m On Fire,’ Mumford and Sons
7. ‘American Skin (41 Shots),’ Jackson Browne and Tom Morello
8. ‘My Hometown,’ Emmylou Harris
9. ‘One Step Up,’ Kenny Chesney
10. ‘Streets of Philadelphia,’ Elton John
11. ‘Hungry Heart,’ Juanes
12. ‘Tougher Than the Rest,’ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
13. ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad,’ Jim James and Tom Morello
14. ‘Dancing in the Dark,’ John Legend
15. ‘Lonesome Day,’ Sting
16. ‘Born in the USA,’ Neil Young with Crazy Horse
17. ‘We Take Care of Our Own,’ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
18. ‘Death to My Hometown,’ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
19. ‘Thunder Road,’ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
20. ‘Born to Run,’ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
21. ‘Glory Days,’ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band & cast ensemble
Pre-order the DVD here
Kenny Chesney has been named as an honorary board member for the Coastal Conservation Association’s national marine habitat program, The Building Conservation Trust:
“We have come to a place where everyone needs to get involved if the oceans, the beaches, the sea life is important to us as human beings,” said Kenny. “No one person can save the world- or the water. But in creating alliances, bringing people who care together and creating projects that can have an impact we start to slowly protect and build up this important natural resource,” he continued.
The Building Conservation Trust was founded in 2010 to support projects that revitalize marine habitats and establish foundations for marine ecosystems. Since its founding, the TRUST has applied millions of dollars to marine habitat projects, including an “urban reef” in which Chesney helped place two artificial reefs in Jacksonville, FL’s St. John’s River last year.
Pollstar is out with their annual list of the top worldwide tours and Kenny Chesney found himself in the top 20.
2013 was a record year for the global concert industry. Combined, The Top 20 Worldwide Tours took in $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales, a huge $470.6 million or 24 percent increase over the $1.96 billion generated in 2012.
More artists saw fat pay days in 2012. During the year there were 13 tours that grossed over $100 million, compared with only six tours hitting that monetary benchmark last year.
Kenny Chesney came in at #15, grossing $90.9 million. Only one country artist placed above Chesney: Taylor Swift at #8 with $131 million.
Bon Jovi topped the list with $259.5 million, followed by Beyonce with $188.6 million, and Pink at $170.6 million.
See the full list here.
Additional stats for Kenny’s tour:
- Average ticket price: $76.62
- Average tickets: 28,949
- Total tickets: 1,186,925
- Average gross: $2,217,977
- Number of cities: 41
- Number of shows: 44
Happy New Year’s everyone!
Spend New Year’s Eve with your pals at No Shoes Radio:
Wow, 2013, you were quite a year! And to celebrate the new music and the new (and old) friends we saw again on tour, we’re spending the last day of 2013 looking back at the highlights of the past year with non-stop rebroadcasts of the NSR World Premiere of “Life On A Rock” *AND* the No Shoes Nation Tour Review Special. It all starts at 12 midnight ET, and we’ll throw in a few other special moments from 2013 along the way.
Thanks to all of you for checking in at ChesneyWorld throughout 2013. We look forward to bringing you the most up-to-date Kenny Chesney news again in 2014!
As we near Christmas, CMT dishes on Kenny Chesney and his favorite holiday song:
It makes total sense that the East Tennessee native loves the song [Christmas in Dixie] so much. It’s the perfect illustration of the environment that molded and shaped him, set against the backdrop of the most festive and nostalgic time of year.
“Growing up in the South, I can just remember hearing that a lot,” Chesney said. “I mean every Christmas, you heard Alabama. You heard Randy Owen singing ‘Christmas in Dixie.’ It’s just one of those songs that my hometown radio station played every year. I always remember loving that song.”
Once he got into the music business, Chesney became friends with Owen and his Alabama bandmates. In fact, Owen provided guest vocals when Chesney recorded a version of “Christmas in Dixie” for his 2003 album, All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan.
“They just mean so much to me,” Chesney said. “And to have Randy come in and lend his voice to one of my records was just an awesome feeling — something I will be able to have forever. It’s pretty cool.”
The music video for Kenny Chesney’s “Spread The Love” debuts today at RollingStone.com.
Click here to watch the video
More info from CountryMusicRocks
Shot during a break on Chesney’s 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, “Spread the Love” is the antithesis of 19 NFL stadiums and 1.25 million fans. Instead of the centrifugal force of Chesney’s road life, the clip documents Chesney with Barrett, Alvin “Secco” Patterson and the rest of the Wailers Band, as well as capturing Hope House, Tuff Gong Studios and the myriad faces and places on the island.
“It was important to me to seek the heart of what those men represent,” Chesney says of the clip. “The tremendous love in the Wailers’ music, and hope against often unthinkable odds. In spite of the hardships, Bob Marley was always about hope… and love… and that is what makes this music endure. If this video can give people a glimpse of where it comes from, the things that is made of, then I think we’ve deepened what ‘Spread the Love’ is about, and reminded people of the amazing men who created these songs.”
You can support the Spread The Love Fund here.