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2008 Kenny Chesney Year In Review

posted December 31st, 2008 at 11:52 am

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by Josh Martn

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

Awards

  • 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”

Charts

  • “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

Personal

  • 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

Sports

  • 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

Other

  • No Shoes Radio launches on XM Satellite Radio in July
  • In September, it was reported that Chesney was developing his own rum

And for us, ChesneyWorld launched in May and we’ve had a great first year. Thanks to all of you who have visited, and who’ve signed up for the daily e-mail updates. We look forward to providing you the most Kenny Chesney news and information again in 2009!


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Two Chesney Videos Make CMT’s Top 20 Of ’08

posted December 29th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

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by Josh Martn

CMT is out with their Top 20 videos of 2008 and two of Kenny’s videos made the list:

  1. “Just a Dream” – Carrie Underwood
  2. “All I Want to Do” – Sugarland
  3. “Shiftwork” –  Kenny Chesney
  4. “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins
  5. “Picture To Burn” – Taylor Swift
  6. “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” – James Otto
  7. “Small Town Southern Man” – Alan Jackson
  8. “Letter To Me” – Brad Paisley
  9. “All Summer Long” – Kid Rock
  10. “Troubadour” – George Strait
  11. “All-American Girl” – Carrie Underwood
  12. “Love Story” – Taylor Swift
  13. “Ready Set, Don’t Go” – Billy Ray Cyrus
  14. “Every Day” – Rascal Flatts
  15. “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” – Kenny Chesney
  16. “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” – Darius Rucker
  17. “International Harvester” – Craig Morgan
  18. “Good Time” – Alan Jackson
  19. “Home” – Blake Shelton
  20. “You Look Good In My Shirt” – Keith Urban

You can watch Kenny’s videos in our Video Gallery.

Check CMT.com for air times.


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Chesney Gave Motivation To Mizzou Football Players

posted December 28th, 2008 at 10:50 am

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by Josh Martn

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.”


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More Awards: CMT Online Award

posted December 28th, 2008 at 10:38 am

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by Josh Martn

CMT held their Online Awards on Friday night at CMT.com and Kenny Chesney won for Most Digitally Active Male Artist. Carrie Underwood took home the female prize in the same category.

Watch the awards here.

See a list of all of Kenny’s awards over the years here.


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Chart Update: “Down The Road” At #13

posted December 25th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney’s latest single, “Down The Road” with Mac McAnally, moved up one this week to #13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart. It’s the ninth week that the single has been on the charts.

Taking over the number one spot this week is Rascal Flatts with “Here”.

You can preview “Down The Road” and download it in MP3 format below:


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Merry Christmas!

posted December 25th, 2008 at 12:15 am

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by Josh Martn

ChesneyWorld would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for visiting ChesneyWorld!


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Chesney Named Country Airplay’s Artist Of The Year

posted December 20th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

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by Josh Martn

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.


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