2009 was another big year for Kenny Chesney as he headlined one of the top tours in the country, released a greatest hits album, and took two singles to number one.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from 2009:
Sun City Carnival Tour
- Chesney has the 6th biggest tour of the year, selling $71.1 million tickets according to Pollstar
- Over 1 million tickets sold again this year
- 59 concerts held, including several NFL stadiums
- In March, Kenny played several “Keg” shows at small venues in Panana City, Tuscaloosa, Key West, and Nashville to gear up for the main tour
- Several celebrities were in attendance at the Key West show including New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
- The Frisco, TX concert on May 2nd was canceled mid-show due to severe thunderstorms. Kenny played a makeup show on May 17th and personally picked up the tab
- The CMA Music Festival at LP Field in Nashville closed out with a midnight performance by Kenny on June 14th
- On September 15th, Kenny announced that he would not do a major tour in 2010
Awards & Nominations
- Chesney was nominated for his first ever Grammy, but doesn’t win. His performance of “Better As A Memory” is also his first Grammy performance
- Though nominated several times, Kenny went home empty-handed from the ACM, CMA, and CMT Awards
- In November, Chesney wins Top Tour Package award at the Billboard Touring Awards
Albums, Singles, Charts
- Kenny and Mac McAnally take “Down The Road” to number one in mid-February
- Greatest Hits II was released on May 19th and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200
- “Out Last Night” hit number one in mid-June. It was Kenny’s 19th number one
- A new song entitled “This Is Our Time” is used during ESPN’s College Gameday
- Kenny starred in a commercial for Corona. Watch the video
- On April 14th, Kenny appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show along with other country stars
- To help promote Greatest Hits II, Kenny appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on May 19th. Watch the video
- Kenny performed on Good Morning America on August 14th. Watch the video
- Kenny’s “Austin City Limits” episode debuts on October 17th. Watch the episode
- Dave Matthews joined Kenny Chesney at the CMA Awards in November to perform their duet “I’m Alive”. Watch the video
- Kenny’s name gets dropped during the opening skit of Saturday Night Live on November 15th. Watch the video
- In a Playboy interview in Februay, Kenny opens up about his personal life
- Kenny received a key to the Playboy Club in Las Vegas in April
- On March 26th Kenny turned 41 years old
- In December, Kenny attended the Hollywood premiere of “Invictus”
So another year is in the books. What do you think was the biggest Kenny Chesney story of 2009? Leave your thoughts
CMT has compiled a list of the 50 most popular videos of the decade based on Top 20 Countdown airplay and viewer voting (including the show’s years as the Top 12 Countdown), airplay during CMT music video hours and on CMT Pure, viewing of on-demand videos, streams and New Video Voting on CMT.com and views on CMT Mobile.
They’re asking you to vote for your top five. There are only two Kenny Chesney videos you can vote for:
- “You Save Me”
- “Don’t Blink”
Cast your vote now!
CMT will announce the results sometime in January.
CMT recently aired their Top 20 Videos of the Year and Kenny Chesney made it onto the list with “Out Last Night” coming in at #19 (watch the video).
Number one this year was Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me”.
Last year two of Kenny’s videos made the year-end countdown – “Shiftwork” and “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”.
For those of you that are on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve probably already seen this picture.
It was posted on Kenny’s Twitter account earlier this evening and on the No Shoes Radio Facebook page with the caption “Kenny and friends enjoying the sunset tonight (12/29/09) somewhere south. Magic.”
On April 17th, 2010 the International Show of Peace will take place in China. It’s being billed as the largest globally televised concert event in the history of The People’s Republic of China:
The concert, which marks the 30th anniversary of the cultural exchange agreement between the United States and China, is billed in a statement as “a ‘peace is green’ awareness campaign designed to not only promote peace with each other but to promote peace with our planet.” It’s the brainchild of television and music producer Rick Garson, whose Las Vegas-based ZZYX Entertainment company is producing the show. Garson’s co-producers include Live 8 and Live Earth principal Greg Sills and artists manager Trudy Green (Michael and Janet Jackson, Mick Jagger, Aerosmith). Other organizations involved in the concert include the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, the United Nations’ Pathways of Peace and the Captain Planet Foundation.”
A number of artists have been invited to play, including Kenny Chesney, but there is no word yet on whether he will or has accepted the offer.
The event organizers will hold a press conference on January 13th to announce performers and other details.
Get more info at www.showofpeace.com
Head on over to Country Music Is Love to hear Kenny Chesney and several other country artists read “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”
Besides Kenny, you’ll hear Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Jason Michael Carroll, Sara Evans, Brady Paisley, Craig Morgan, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Chris Young, The Lost Trailers, Martina McBride, Chuck Wicks, Kellie Pickler, Kix Brooks, Danny Gokey, Troy Gentry, Eddie Montgomery, and Josh Thompson.
Throughout this year’s college football season ESPN has used a new Kenny Chesney song entitled “This Is Our Time” (previously reported as “This Is Our Moment”).
Chesney was inspired to start writing the song on a cocktail napkin last fall during a dinner in Nashville with play-by-play announcer Brett Musburger, football analyst Kirk Herbstreit and producer Bill Bonnell.
The single is now available for download from iTunes and Amazon MP3 for $1.29.
Also you can listen to the song in its entirety on Kenny’s MySpace.
(hat tip to Bailey)