It was another stellar year for Kenny Chesney in 2008. 14 stadium shows, over a million tickets sold, several awards, and a new girlfriend all contributed to Chesney’s enormous success.
Here’s some of the highlights from 2008:
Poets & Pirates Tour
Played to 1,187,622 fans at 46 shows, 14 of which were stadium shows
Tour grossed $86 million – 6th highest grossing tour across all genres
In April, Chesney injured his foot on stage in South Carolina
CMA Entertainer Of The Year (3rd consecutive year, 4th overall)
ACM Entertainer Of The Year (4th consecutive year)
ACM Vocal Event Of The Year (“Find Out Who Your Friends Are” with Tim McGraw and Tracy Lawrence)
IEBA Large Venue Artist of The Year
Billboard Eventful Fans’ Choice Award
Billboard Top Package Award
Country Airplay’s Country Music Artist Of The Year
CMT Online’s Most Digitally Active Male Artist
Earns first ever Grammy nomination for Best Country Collaboration for “Shiftwork”
“Lucky Old Sun” debuts at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums
3 Number One singles: “Beer In Mexico”, “Better As A Memory”, and “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”
Sets record this decade with 24 straight singles reaching the Top 10 on Billboard Country Chart
Billboard’s Top Country Albums of 2008: “Lucky Old Sun” at number 21, “Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates” at number 9
Chesney turned 40 in March, and many celebs attended his birthday party in Nashville, including Roger Clemens, Junior Seau, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jennifer Nettles, Dierks Bentley, and Kix Brooks
Joins the board of Plan!t Now
In November it was reported that Chesney has been dating former Miss Tennessee Amy Colley for a few months
In multiple interviews, Chesney opened up about his marriage and annulment from Renee Zellweger
In July, Chesney threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park before the Red Sox – Yankees game
Also in July, Chesney visited the White House and sang the national anthem at the first ever White House Tee Ball All Star Game
In August, the New Orleans Saints invited Chesney to practice with them for a day at training camp
In October, Chesney appeared on ESPN’s College Gameday at Vanderbilt in Nashville
No Shoes Radio launches on XM Satellite Radio in July
In September, it was reported that Chesney was developing his own rum
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Kenny Chesney appeared on ESPN College Gameday on October 4th when Gameday visited Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, and he made some predictions about that day’s Missouri-Nebraska game that some Missouri players didn’t appreciate:
Plenty of national pundits have criticized Missouri’s beleaguered defense this season, but a country music singer might have delivered the most stinging rebuke.
[MU Linebacker Sean] Weatherspoon told reporters yesterday that no comments bothered the MU defense more than those uttered by country star Kenny Chesney on the ESPN “College GameDay” show back on Oct. 4, the day MU went on to throttle Nebraska 52-17.
“He knows nothing about football, and he was on the set talking all kinds of smack about us losing to Nebraska,” Weatherspoon said. “He’s not even a Nebraska grad or anything. He’s from Tennessee or something. I don’t know what he was talking about, but that gave us great motivation.”
Chalk up another award for Kenny Chesney: Country Airplay’s Country Artist Of The Year.
“We make this music for the people,” says Chesney, “and being recognized by Country Airplay says these new songs are still songs the fans want to sing along with us. After all, that’s what music always was to me: my life set to music… and when we go play across the country, well, you hear the fans singing these songs back to you – and you know they’re living the words and music every bit as much as we have.”
Having spent 25% of 2007 at#1 on the charts, Chesney continued his run of multiple #1 weeks with “Better As A Memory” and his all-genre Top 200 Albums #1 debut Lucky Old Sun’s“Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” with “Down The Road” rising up the charts, the man who just sold out Boston’s Gillette NFL Stadium for the fifth straight year in a staggering 10 minutes seems poised to continue being the soundtrack of people’s lives well into the coming year.