Chesney Sells 40K in 3rd Week

posted October 20th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney moved another 40,000 copies of his new album Hemingway’s Whiskey this week, the third week that it’s been on sale. That placed him at number 6 on the Billboard 200, down from number two last week.

After selling 182,000 copies the first week to make it a number one debut, Chesney added 64,000 in week two. The 40,000 last week brought the three week haul to 286,000.

Rapper Lil Wayne came in at number one this week with 125,000 sold.

See Kenny’s full album and singles chart history here.

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Kenny Gutted Most of the First Draft of Album

posted October 19th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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by Josh Martn

As Kenny Chesney told The Tennessean a couple weeks back, he scratched the first draft of his new album after last year’s tour:

“I put it in my CD player and listened, and I called Buddy back before he’d even left the studio,” the country star said. “I said, ‘There’s 11 songs on this album, but we’ve really only got four.’ I wanted so bad to be finished, but it was a moment where I had to do some soul-searching as an artist. The songs sounded good, but they were passionless, and I knew in my heart that we didn’t have it.”

In an interview with Mix, Kenny fills us in on what those songs were that he kept and carried over to Hemingway’s Whiskey:

“Seven Days,” “The Boys of Fall,” “Live a Little” and… wait, there are only three actually. There was another song I was thinking of that we recorded that didn’t make the record.

So, we had to go to work again. I wrote “Reality” after that, and I was able to make this record pulling back from everything and not being on this cycle that we get so used being on of making records and touring. I had been going on the road on Thursday, Friday, Saturday night, coming home on Sunday, being in the studio Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. When we started over and made Hemingway’s Whiskey, I was off the road. Buddy and I were able to really dig in and work with the songs, work with the musicians and talk about the music and what it meant. It gave us a chance to sonically spend time on it. I think we spent more time mixing this record than any record ever, and I wasn’t doing it after flying in from somewhere. I had not really had that luxury since we made the No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems album.

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Pollstar Interview with Kenny

posted October 18th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

by Josh Martn

Pollstar has a good interview with Kenny Chesney. They’ve only released Part I of the chat that covers the new album and his next single “Somewhere With You,” which Kenny says is his favorite song on the album.

“Somewhere With You” is going to be my next single. I think it’s the most different record I’ve ever had.

One of the reasons I’m excited about Hemingway’s Whiskey is because I think it pushes my audience but it doesn’t do it to the point where I’m not still myself. And I think that’s good. I think that’s why it took so long to record the album. And regarding “Somewhere With You,” I think we all have that one person in our life that is not with us, but they’re not really gone either. You could be with someone else, you could have moved on with your life, but that person is still there. Saying goodbye to someone isn’t necessarily letting go of them. And that’s the whole idea behind “Somewhere With You.” When I heard that song, it made me think of my person that’s left but is still in there.

So I knew I had something with this song. Aside from it being a very melodic song. I could see Dave Matthews doing this song. It’s so melodic; it’s like a lava lamp. It’s so different but I still felt that it was really me. I felt melodically it was completely different and sexy.

I think about weird things when it comes to songs. How does this groove? How is this tempo? How is this cadence going to fit with all of the songs in my set at my show? And I don’t have anything like this song, so I can put it anywhere in the set. So, yeah, that’s probably my favorite song on the record and then I’d probably go with “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter.

Check out the full interview here to read Kenny’s thoughts on Grace Potter and “You and Tequila” among other things. Part II will discuss touring… we’ll bring it to you when they post it.

Tagged in Interviews, Singles

“Somewhere With You” to be Next Single

posted October 18th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

by Josh Martn

According to AOL, Kenny Chesney’s next single off of Hemingway’s Whiskey will be the unique and quick ballad “Somewhere With You”:

“This song killed me when I heard it,” Chesney told Billboard. “You’re not necessarily in another relationship, but you’re with somebody else, just starting something with somebody else. Trying to balance both those worlds [old relationship and new] is tough. I’ve done it a lot, where you’re with somebody and you’re thinking this isn’t necessarily bad, but wow, man it would be really great to be with you. That can be a lot of mental baggage.”

Kenny’s current single, “The Boys of Fall”, spent two weeks at number one. Can “Somewhere With You” make it two number ones in a row?

Preview and download the song below thru Amazon, or get the single at iTunes.

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Chesney Earns American Country Awards Nomination

posted October 18th, 2010 at 9:35 am

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by Josh Martn

There’s a new awards show in town and Kenny Chesney has been nominated. The American Country Awards are voted on by fans, so visit to vote for Kenny!

Here’s the category Kenny gets the nod in:

Artist of the Year: Male

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Keith Urban

View all of the nominees here.

The inaugural American Country Awards will air live from Las Vegas on FOX, December 6th at 8 pm ET.

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More Photos from Maine Video Shoot

posted October 17th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

by Josh Martn

Last week Kenny Chesney was in Maine filming scenes for the music video to “Seven Days”. Below are some more photos from the shoot:

Bangor Daily News Photo by Heather Steeves

Bangor Daily News Photo by Heather Steeves

Bangor Daily News Photo by Heather Steeves

The video reportedly won’t be released until next summer or fall.

Read more about the video shoot here.

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Chart Update: “The Boys of Fall” Drops from #1

posted October 15th, 2010 at 9:16 am

by Josh Martn

It reached number one and stayed there for two weeks, but “The Boys of Fall” has slid to number 4 on this week’s Billboard Top Country Songs chart as Josh Turner takes over the number one spot.

What do you think Kenny’s next single should be?

Get “The Boys of Fall” now at iTunes and Amazon MP3. The video is also available at iTunes here.

Tagged in Charts, Singles


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