Chesney Makes Pollstar’s Top Ten Touring Acts of Decade

posted December 21st, 2009 at 1:34 am

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by Josh Martn

Yes it’s another end-of-decade list, this time from Pollstar:

Pollstar has compiled its year-end research from 2000 to 2009 and come up with the highest-grossing touring artists of North America for the decade.

Coming in at No. 1 is touring juggernaut Dave Matthews Band, grossing nearly $530 million.

Although it’s no surprise that three major Live Nation touring artists – The Rolling Stones, U2 and Madonna – are in the Top 10, the numbers favor consistent annual live outings rather than the high-grossing acts who tour every few years.

The top three – Dave Matthews Band, Celine Dion and Kenny Chesney ($455 million) – have performed relentlessly since at least 2003 (when Dion began her residency in Las Vegas), with DMB and Chesney filling arenas and amphitheatres the entire decade. Obvious workhorses Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett made the list as did the Energizer bunny known as Elton John, with or without his Piano Man counterpart. And, once hell thawed out, the Eagles spent much of the last 10 years filling venues.

See the full Pollstar report here.

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Changes Coming to ACM Awards

posted December 18th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

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by Josh Martn

The Academy of Country Music has made changes to their awards categories, including increasing the number of Entertainer of the Year nominees from five to eight.

The new female artist and new male artist categories will be combined into one award. Also, Vocal Duo or Group will be split into two categories:

“The Academy has always been responsive to the industry and our board felt these changes reflect what is happening in country music,” said Bob Romeo, Executive Director of the Academy of Country Music. “The proliferation of duos and groups over the past several years is impossible to deny. With these changes, we look forward to bringing even more super star artists and new talent to the forefront in 2010.”

Entertainer of the Year will continue to be voted on by fans (Chesney famously criticized the fan voting in 2008). Also being voted on by fans this year is Top New Solo Vocalis, Top New Vocal Duo, and Top New Vocal Group.

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Greatest Hits II Certified Gold

posted December 16th, 2009 at 11:52 am

by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney’s latest album Greatest Hits II has been certified Gold with 500,000 copies sold.

The album was released May 19th and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, selling 89,000 copies the first week.

(h/t to Kay)

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Full Roundup of Billboard’s End-Of-Decade Lists

posted December 13th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

by Josh Martn

We posted yesterday that Kenny Chesney made Billboard’s Top Touring Acts of the Decade list. Now here’s a full roundup of all the end-of-decade lists that Billboard has put out.

Listed below are only the categories that Chesney appears in. Included is the top five in each category, plus country acts that made the list ahead of Chesney.

Artists of the Decade

1. Eminem
2. Usher
3. Nelly
4. Beyonce
5. Alicia Keys
22. Toby Keith
23. Tim McGraw
25. Kenny Chesney

Billboard 200 Albums

1. ‘N Sync – No Strings Attached
2. Usher – Confessions
3. Eminem – The Eminem Show
4. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
5. Creed – Human Clay
14. Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts
25. Dixie Chicks – Fly
28. Dixie Chicks – Home
31. Faith Hill – Breathe
35. Shanie Twain – Up!
50. Rascal Flatts – Me and My Gang
52. Rascal Flatts – Feels Like Today
53. Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift
57. Taylor Swift – Fearless
61. Toby Keith – Unleashed
66. Toby Keith – Shock’n Y’All
71. Kenny Chesney – When The Sun Goes Down
74. Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying
92. Shania Twain – Greatest Hits
95. Tim McGraw – Greatest Hits
98. Toby Keith – Greatest Hits 2
99. Kenny Chesney – No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
100. Alan Jackson – Drive
107. Keith Urban – Be Here
127. Tim McGraw – Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors
132. Carrie Underwood – Carnival Ride
139. Kenny Chesney – The Road and the Radio

Billboard 200 Artists

1. Eminem
2. Britney Spears
3. Toby Keith
4. Nelly
5. Linkin Park
6. Tim McGraw
8. Kenny Chesney

Country Artists

1. Toby Keith
2. Kenny Chesney
3. Tim McGraw
4. Rascal Flatts
5. George Strait
6. Alan Jackson
7. Keith Urban
8. Brad Paisley
9. Dixie Chicks
10. Carrie Underwood

Country Songs

1. Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
2. 19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills
3. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
4. How Do You Like Me Now? – Toby Keith
5. The Good Stuff – Kenny Chesney
6. Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You – Brooks & Dunn
7. Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
8. That’s What I Love About Sunday – Craig Morgan
9. As Good As I Once Was – Toby Keith
10. Good Morning Beautiful- Steve Holy
22. Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
35. There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
41. Summertime – Kenny Chesney
42. Don’t Happen Twice – Kenny Chesney
64. When The Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney
91. Never Wanted Nothing More – Kenny Chesney

Country Albums

1. Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood
2. O Brother, Where Art Thou – Soundtrack
3. Fly – Dixie Chicks
4. Home – Dixie Chicks
5. Breathe – Faith Hill
14. When The Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney
21. No Shoes – Kenny Chesney
27. Road and Radio – Kenny Chesney
41. Greatest Hits – Kenny Chesney
61. Just Who I Am – Kenny Chesney
88. Be As You Are – Kenny Chesney

Catalog Albums

1. Bob Seger – Greatest Hits
2. Bob Marley – Legend: The Best of Bob Marley
3. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
4. Metallica – Metallica
5. The Beatles – 1
7. Tim McGraw – Greatest Hits
19. Shania Twain – Come On Over
20. Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces
22. Johnny Cash – 16 Biggest Hits
34. Kenny Chesney – Greatest Hits

Radio Songs Artist

1. Beyonce
2. Usher
3. Alicia Keys
4. Nelly
5. 50 Cent
17. Kenny Chesney

Hot 100 Artists

1. Usher
2. Beyonce
3. Alicia Keys
4. Rihanna
5. Nelly
35. Taylor Swift
45. Faith Hill
65. Carrie Underwood
69. Tim McGraw
75. Kenny Chesney

View all of Billboard’s End-of-Decade charts here.

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Billboard’s Top Touring Acts of the Decade

posted December 12th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

by Josh Martn

As the decade comes to an end, news outlets have begun to publish their end-of-decade lists. Rolling Stone has already named Chesney the third biggest North American touring act of the 2000’s, and now Billboard is out with their list and Kenny comes in at number eight.

  1. The Rolling Stones
    Total Gross: $869,471,325
    Total Attendance: 8,236,586
    Number of Shows: 264
    Number of Sell-Outs: 190

  2. U2
    Total Gross: $844,157,925
    Total Attendance: 9,869,953
    Number of Sell-Outs: 288
    Number of Shows: 288

  3. Madonna
    Total Gross: $801,299,671
    Total Attendance: 6,387,124
    Number of Shows: 248
    Number of Sell-Outs: 244

  4. Bruce Springsteen
    Total Gross: $688,136,476
    Total Attendance: 8,605,238
    Number of Shows: 403
    Number of Sell-Outs: 248

  5. Elton John
    Total Gross: $603,804,670
    Total Attendance: 5,789,833
    Number of Shows: 541
    Number of Sell-Outs: 470

  6. Celine Dion
    Total Gross: $536,593,262
    Total Attendance: 4,099,963
    Number of Shows: 792
    Number of Sell-Outs: 597

  7. Dave Matthews Band
    Total Gross: $505,447,901
    Total Attendance: 11,230,696
    Number of Shows: 547
    Number of Sell-Outs: 282

  8. Kenny Chesney
    Total Gross: $477,931,760
    Total Attendance: 9,210,288
    Number of Shows: 622
    Number of Sell-Outs: 409

  9. Bon Jovi
    Total Gross: $419,481,741
    Total Attendance: 5,384,747
    Number of Shows: 249
    Number of Sell-Outs: 224

  10. Billy Joel
    Total Gross: $418,421,266
    Total Attendance: 4,141,287
    Number of Shows: 241
    Number of Sell-Outs: 213

Other country artists on the list include Tim McGraw (#13), Rascal Flatts (#20), and Toby Keith (#24).

View the full list here.

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Kenny One of Rolling Stone’s Top Tours of Decade

posted December 11th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

by Josh Martn

Rolling Stone released their Music of the Decade issue this week and Kenny Chesney made one of the most prestigious lists, placing 3rd on the Top North American Touring Acts of the Decade list with $434.4 million in ticket sales.

Dave Matthews was first with $529.1 million and Celine Dion was second with $522.1 million.

Chesney came in ahead such heavyweights as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Madonna, The Eagles, and Elton John.

(h/t to Kathy)

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Chesney Makes Stubhub Annual Ticket Report

posted December 10th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

by Josh Martn

Stubhub is out with their 2009 Annual Ticket Report and Kenny Chesney again made the report.

Kenny’s 2009 Sun City Carnival Tour was the ninth highest-grossing tour of the year. That’s down from #6 last year.

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Tours:

  1. U2
  2. Bruce Springsteen
  3. Phish
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Dave Matthews Band
  7. Elton John
  8. Jonas Brothers
  9. Kenny Chesney
  10. Metallica

Read more on the report here.

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