A&E’s Biography channel will air their profile of Kenny Chesney this Thursday, November 5th at 9 pm ET:
A look at the career of the wildly popular singing star who has invigorated the country music scene like few before him. Chesney has sold nearly 25 million albums and won most major honors, including the CMA’s “Entertainer of the Year” award. Chesney’s public image took a hit when his marriage to Hollywood superstar Renee Zellweger lasted only four months, but that turned out to be only a small career speed bump. Chesney continues to grow his enormous fan base while staying true to his musical roots.
The show will also air Friday morning at 1 am.
(hat tip to chesneychic1 for passing this along)
Clarification – The episode airs on The Biography Channel, which is a separate channel from A&E.
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USA Today is out with their list of the top tours of 2009 and Kenny Chesney is tops in not just country, but in all genres:
“You know,” says Kenny of the honor, “to me, it’s about rocking the fans… and I never want to have a ticket price that keeps the people who buy my records or listen to my songs in their truck from coming out and partying with us. If I can make sure there are always seats people can afford – and even try to keep the best seats where they’re reasonable for what they are – then I feel like I can keep having the party of the summer when I go out. Again, to me, it’s about that moment and having fun with your buddies.
“And when you look at some of the other names on that list, well, I’m blown away… cause those are some great shows, too! I know – I’ve been out to see a few of them when we were off, and to be in company with Elton John – who’s out with Billy Joel –, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen or my friend Dave Matthews, it makes you extra grateful that people chose to make you a part of their summer.”
Billboard’s Touring Editor Ray Waddell noted that for seven straight years, Kenny’s sold above a million tickets sales. Even on his shortest tour to date and charging the lowest ticket prices of any major headliner, he was also the only act on the list to play NFL Stadiums across the nation.
“I don’t think anyone sets up their concert schedule or their ticket prices thinking, ‘I’m gonna be the biggest tour on the road,” Kenny says. “But these are the moments that confirm what I already know: I have the best, wildest, most committed fans any artist could ever hope for. I like to think I live their lives with’em through my songs, and they’ve made my last 8 summers the best of a very, very good life by coming out to the shows they way they do.”
The latest single from Kenny Chesney, “I’m Alive” with Dave Matthews, slipped one spot to number 9 this week on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. The single climbed three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 to number 54.
Keith Urban took over the number 1 spot this week with “Only You Can Love Me This Way.”
Kenny Chesney attended the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards on Monday night and on Wednesday the society honored him and Brett James for writing the number one single “Out Last Night”.
The song was James’ sixth No. 1 and Chesney’s fourth as songwriters. As an artist, it was Chesney’s 19th No. 1.
Connie Bradley, ASCAP’s senior vice president, told the crowd that James’ presence at the ceremony involved some tight scheduling since he had just returned the day before from a six-week tour of Europe.
Hank Adam Locklin, CMA senior manager of membership and industry relations, presented the two writers plaques from the organization. Noting he had long been impressed by Chesney’s character, he recalled driving the singer to the 2004 CMA Awards Show where he was up for the entertainer of the year award.
When someone asked him if he was going to appear at a press conference if he didn’t win, Locklin said Chesney replied, “Of course, I’ll do press. These are my friends. This is my industry.” He won the award — and four more just like it since.
Troy Tomlinson, who’s been Chesney’s music publisher for 18 years (first at Acuff-Rose, now at Sony ATV), said people constantly ask him what the what’s the best and worst parts about working with Chesney.
He said the best and worst factors are the same: “Getting him to cut his own songs.”
Tomlinson went on to explain that as a publisher, he wants Chesney to record as many of his own songs as he can since that means more income for the publisher — and the songwriter. But he added that he also admires the fact that Chesney routinely submerges his own commercial interest to hold out for the best songs.
Even when Chesney does record one of his own, Tomlinson continued, he’s likely to leave the track off the album in deference to other material and is notoriously resistant to peeling off one of his recorded songs for a single.
“I want to thank Kenny for including me in his ridiculously successful career,” said James after he had expressed gratitude to his wife and kids, who stood nearby as the awards were handed out.
Chesney responded by calling James “one of the world’s greatest songwriters.”
Playing off a phrase in the raucous “Out Last Night,” James presented Chesney a black T-shirt emblazoned with the legend “Brad Pitt’s Brother.” Then he showed another he’d designed for himself that proclaimed, “Brad Pitt’s Other Brother.”