Chesney and Potter to Duet at CMA’s

posted October 12th, 2011 at 10:53 am

by Josh Martn

More performers have been added to the CMA Awards lineup, including Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter:

High-profile duets featuring newcomer Grace Potter teaming with Kenny Chesney, and Natasha Bedingfield, performing with Rascal Flatts, have been added to the lineup of live performances scheduled for the 45th Annual CMA Awards broadcast in November.

Bedingfield will team with Rascal Flatts to perform their current single, “Easy.” Potter is a first-time nominee for her duet with four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney on “You and Tequila,” which is nominated for Musical Event and Music Video of the Year. Chesney is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood.

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Chesney Song Featured in State Farm Commercial

posted October 6th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

by Josh Martn

If you’ve been watching the Major League Baseball playoffs, you’ve likely seen a new State Farm Insurance commercial featuring Kenny Chesney’s “There Goes My Life.” The ad focuses on teen driving safety, following a little girl from toddler to teen driver.

State Farm is debuting the commercial leading up to the fifth annual National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 16 – 22, 2011. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about the tragedy of teen vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for young people in the U.S., and is meant to spark communication among teenagers, parents, educators and civic leaders about the causes of and solutions to teen crashes.

“Teen car crashes affect all who share our roads,” said Laurette Stiles, Vice President – Strategic Resources at State Farm. “During National Teen Driver Safety Week and year-round we invite everyone to join the national conversation aimed at preventing unnecessary injuries and loss of life.”

Watch the commercial below:

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Chesney One of CMT Artists of the Year

posted October 5th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney is among five artists that will be honored as CMT Artists of the Year during a December special. Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, and Lady Antebellum are the other four.

Criteria for choosing the five acts included music sales, country radio airplay, concert grosses as a headliner or co-headliner and video streams, searches and page views on During the past 12 months, the five artists have collectively sold more than 9 million copies of their albums and more than 20 million individual downloads of their current singles.

Scheduled to be taped in Nashville, the celebration will feature star-studded performances from the honorees as well as celebrity peers from across the entertainment spectrum. The evening’s cuisine will be inspired by the artists of the year and prepared by celebrity chef Stephanie Izard, winner of TV’s Top Chef competition and chef/partner of Girl and the Goat restaurant in Chicago.

The 90-minute special will premier Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

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Chesney Added to Bill Clinton Foundation Concert

posted October 5th, 2011 at 9:43 am

by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney has been added to an already-impressive bill for the “Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation.”

Musical acts Kenny Chesney, Juanes and K’naan have been added to a Hollywood Bowl concert Oct. 15 that also includes Lady Gaga, Usher and U2’s Bono and the Edge, according to Yahoo, which will stream the event live.

Clinton, who turned 65 on Aug. 19, celebrates the occasion Oct. 14 at a gala at the Hollywood Palladium with a featured performer yet to be announced, and the Bowl concert the next night is a fundraiser for the William J. Clinton Foundation.

“I am deeply grateful that the artists associated with the concert are giving their time and talent to raise awareness of the work of the Clinton Foundation,” said President Clinton. “In the past decade, commitments to my Clinton Global Initiative have improved the lives of more than 300 million people around the world. We’ve lowered the cost of AIDS and HIV treatment, combated climate change, strengthened economies, increased access to education and healthcare, provided financing and mentoring for small businesses. This celebration marks ten years of these efforts and demonstrates of how much we can do to make a difference in the years ahead.”

The concert will stream live at

For more information, visit

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The Tennessean on Chesney CMA Entertainer Snub

posted October 4th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

by Josh Martn

Despite selling over a million copies of his latest album, and over a million tickets to his shows this year, Kenny Chesney was not among the nominees for CMA Entertainer of the Year this year. Peter Cooper at The Tennessean breaks it down:

“We’re talking about Kenny (expletive) Chesney,” says Louis Messina, who promotes Chesney’s stadium and arena shows. (And who also promotes the wildly successful Ms. Swift, the only other contemporary country artist who can sell out stadiums with regularity.) “I know I’m biased, but for him to get totally dissed is a crime and a joke. Not even in the top five? What’s the criteria for entertainer of the year?”

According to the Country Music Association, the entertainer award goes to an artist who displays the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field, with consideration given to recorded performance, in-person performance, staging, public acceptance, attitude, leadership and overall contribution to “the Country Music image.”

So, clearly, Chesney does not qualify.

Theories abound as to why Chesney has joined the ranks of Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith, recording artists who often can be found near the top of sales charts and ticket tallies but are regularly snubbed in the entertainer race.

Some say Chesney should have played a Nashville show to impress industry voters. (Because he’s an unfamiliar commodity?) Some say he lost his place when he took off the summer of 2010 to recharge. (Because this year’s awards should be dependent on last year’s productivity?) Some say he lost out because of inner-industry vote-trading and “block voting,” wherein company bosses instruct all employees to vote for a particular artist. CMA officials have repeatedly said precautions are in place to deter block voting and that precautions are evaluated every year to make sure they’re effective.

Read the full article here.

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