This morning over at Billboard.com, Kenny Chesney unveiled the official album cover for his upcoming release “The Big Revival.”
“I wanted an album cover that was surprising… Not what people expect, but that also suggests anything is possible,” Chesney explains. “That no matter where you are in your life, how tired or lost or demoralized, with a little faith and a little help, anything is possible… Because it’s all within you! Or me.
“That was the thing about that bus,” continues Chesney. “It was so far beyond coloring outside the lines, yet what is more common than a school bus? We’ve all seen them, no matter how old we are, our entire lives… and yet, when you look at that bus after we were done painting it, it was a whole new notion!”
“The Big Revival,” due out Sept. 23, has already produced a new hit for Chesney with “American Kids,” which has peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart in just its third week on the tally. The feel-good single will be joined by collaborations with Alison Krauss, Grace Potter and others on the follow-up to last year’s “Life on a Rock.”
“I think that that’s the thing about the songs on this record… about the attitude and energy in ‘American Kids’… it’s not the same old, it’s not what you expect,” says Chesney. “The Big Revival” will try to become Chesney’s eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart upon its September release.
After dropping the music video this morning for “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney is giving us the name for his new album too: The Big Revival.
The album release date has been moved up a week. It was tweeted out as 9/30 by Chesney in May, albeit cryptically (but what else could that date have meant?), but is now scheduled for a September 23rd release.
Kenny Chesney made the decision to take the summer of 2014 off from his massive stadium tours to make sure he got the music for his 15th studio album right. With “American Kids” hitting country radio with 117 stations on add date – and landing at #20 on Billboard and #24 on Mediabase after just two days of airplay – and topping iTunes Country Chart since the digital release, the Luttrell, Tennesseean has come to play. Hard.
“The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done, but where we wanted to go,” Chesney says. “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”
That record – The Big Revival – arrives September 23. Produced by Chesney and Buddy Cannon, fresh from Willie Nelson’s #1 Band of Brothers, The Big Revival goes deep. With guest appearances from Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Grace Potter, the 11 song album moves from the double-hooked, triple rhythmed “American Kids” to thumping rockers, a few personal ballads and even the amped up title track.
“I think in anyone’s life, there are times when you just need to shake things up, really push yourself and find the thrill of what you do again,” Chesney says. “I went to dirt floor church revivals with my grandma as a little kid, and that power is electric. Scared me to death, but it shows you what it means to be alive. I think bringing that sort of passion to how you live your life is everything – and it’s so easy to lose touch with.”
Working with a new team of mixers, the sound of the new project is both more aggressive where it should be and more expansive with the acoustic instruments. Having brought Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, Uncle Kracker and the Wailers to the top of the country charts, the 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year is once again pushing the boundaries of what country can be while also celebrating how people between the coasts get their living done.
“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Chesney laughs. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind’em how hardcore they really are, show’em that and also show’em that you know there’s more to’em than people might think.”
The tweet gives no details. In fact, it only gives a date, with nothing else. But there’s only one date that Kenny Chesney fans are waiting for… the release date for his new album.
That date is Tuesday, September 30th, 2014.
Speaking to The Tennessean a month ago, Kenny revealed he’d been in the studio working on the new album for the past “five or six months.”
When he announced he’d be taking 2014 off to focus on creating new music, Chesney said “you get to a point when youâ€™ve made a lot of albums and you need to challenge yourself, to really make the record the focus, to ask yourself what you want to say â€¦ and not just cut songs because they fit what people expect,â€ť he says.
â€śItâ€™s a lot harder to find those songs than youâ€™d think, and writing takes time â€” to think, to live, to be.â€ť
In an interview with The Tennessean discussing the upcoming charity show in New Orleans, Kenny Chesney revealed that his new album will be released in the Fall:
â€śHaving spent the last five or six months in the studio, I am so ready to get out there and play,â€ť Chesney told The Tennessean in an exclusive statement. â€śEven though weâ€™re making music, itâ€™s not the same and I canâ€™t wait to be in a room with the energy of the people…have that feeding back at me, getting all that coming back at me.â€ť
Chesney has been working on his new album, which will be released in fall 2014, since October. For this show, he will play a one-hour acoustic set.
â€śNow other people will benefit from all of us getting together in the name of songs â€” and remembering all the things that music makes us feel,â€ť Chesney said of playing for â€śtwo of my best friendsâ€™ foundations.â€ť â€śThat just makes something so fun worth so much more.â€ť
â€śDrew and Matthew set the bar â€” for working hard, for giving back, for inspiring others,â€ť Chesney said. â€śThey inspire me. And if I can go play songs and help them raise money for their foundations, which do so much good, Iâ€™m happy to. When you factor in that Iâ€™ve been cooped up, not really playing, and Iâ€™m ready to get out there with some people… Itâ€™s a little selfish, cause the audience makes me feel so good! But having done this, I already know: weâ€™re gonna have a ball, and no one will get out of there without a smile on their face.â€ť
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There hasn’t been much news from Kenny Chesney since the announcement was made last August that he’d take 2014 off from touring. But earlier today Kenny posted the following picture with the caption:
In studio working on new album. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music.
No additional details were given.
Here’s what Kenny said last summer about taking time off to make new music:
â€śI love touring more than anyone in the world,â€ť Chesney tells The Hollywood Reporter. â€śI love the band, the crew, the whole team â€” and itâ€™s weird to not be looking at next yearâ€™s stage design, but I shouldnâ€™t make albums to service the tour. So Iâ€™m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.â€ť
â€śWe have so much fun out there â€¦ with the fans, the other bands â€¦ Itâ€™s summer camp with guitars and a great sound system. And when we hit that stage every night, and hear the crowd, thatâ€™s the best drug in the world. How you take a year off from that is hard; but music is the reason I do all of it, so right now, when Iâ€™m coming off an album that took me places I didnâ€™t know I was gonna go, I think thatâ€™s what I should be exploring.â€ť
â€śYou get to a point when youâ€™ve made a lot of albums and you need to challenge yourself, to really make the record the focus, to ask yourself what you want to say â€¦ and not just cut songs because they fit what people expect,â€ť he says. â€śItâ€™s a lot harder to find those songs than youâ€™d think, and writing takes time â€” to think, to live, to be.â€ť
Kenny Chesney has landed his seventh number one album on the Billboard 200 with the release of Life On A Rock. The album sold 153,000 copies.
Among country acts with the most No. 1s on the Billboard 200, Chesney is second to only Garth Brooks. The latter notched eight leaders between 1991 and 2001.
Since 2004, all 10 of Chesney’s regular full-length albums have debuted in the top four on the Billboard 200. His latest follows 2012′s “Welcome to the Fishbowl,” which debuted and peaked at No. 2 off a 193,000 start. The new album’s debut week is his smallest sales bow for a studio set since 1999′s “Everywhere We Go” began with 30,000.
Chesney’s new album is one of only two debuts in the top 10 this week, as fellow country act Randy Rogers Band’s “Trouble” also enters at No. 9, with 26,000. It follows the group’s last album, 2010′s “Burning the Day,” which debuted and peaked at No. 8 with 29,000 in its first week.
Over on the Country Albums chart, Chesney and Rogers Band arrive at Nos. 1 and 3, respectively. It’s Chesney’s 12th No. 1 set on that tally.
Billboard reports that Kenny Chesney’s new album Life on a Rock is expected to debut at number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart:
On next week’s Billboard 200 chart, watch for country superstar Kenny Chesney to claim his seventh No. 1 as his new Life On a Rock should debut atop the list. Industry sources suggest the set could move around 140,000 or so by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 5.
It follows Welcome to the Fishbowl, released in June 2012, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 193,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. Chesney has been on an incredible chart roll for nearly 10 years. Since 2004, all nine of his regular full-length albums have debuted in the top four on the Billboard 200.
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 8.
The day has finally arrived. Kenny Chesney’s new album Life on a Rock is in stores today!
If you haven’t already, download the album now at iTunes or AmazonMP3. You can also order the CD at Amazon.
Be sure to catch Kenny on Good Morning America this morning and then Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight.
“I’ll look back on [Life on a Rock] as one of my favorite records for a lot of reasons, but one of the main reasons is the way the record was made,” Chesney tells Billboard. “I wrote a lot of these songs without music. I just wrote the lyrics down and tried to take moments from my life and my friends lives, and some of their stories, and the crazy characters I’ve met, and tried to give them a pulse, tried to paint a picture, and honestly tell a story that I haven’t been able to tell up to know because of the nature of our business and the way we make music. And not only did I write without music initially, I wrote them without expectations, without a timeline. I wrote them without editing myself.”
Billboard has a great track-by-track interview with Kenny Chesney where he provides the inspiration for each song. Be sure to read it.
Drop your thoughts on the new album in the comments section below.
We’re exactly one week away from the release of Kenny Chesney’s new album “Life on a Rock.”
For a limited time you can listen to the entire album for free!
Head over to iTunes now to listen on iPad or your computer (does not work on mobile).
While you’re there, pre-order the album for only $11.99.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville announced today an integrated promotional and marketing partnership to preview Kenny Chesney’s new Life On A Rock album, set to release April 30. Clear Channel will host an exclusive iHeartRadio Album Release Party – featuring a never-been-done-before one hour live conversation and listening session with Chesney in the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City on April 29 at 1 p.m. EST.
The conversation and album preview is part of Clear Channel’s multi-platform campaign, which will include an on-air and online Artist Integration Program, designed to introduce what the critics have called “Chesney’s most personal music” to fans and listeners nationwide.
To harness the excitement around Life on a Rock, Clear Channel will host this exclusive iHeartRadio Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York City on Monday, April 29 at 1 p.m. EST. Bobby Bones, host of The Bobby Bones Show, Syndicated on Country radio stations nationwide, will join Chesney for one unbelievable hour of songs, fun, tales from the road and stories of where the music came from. Featuring a live, on-stage interview, Chesney will bring the fans inside a project he says, “I never knew I was making, and songs I wrote just for me…”
The event will broadcast live across more than 100 Clear Channel Country radio stations as well as station websites and iHeartRadio.com, Clear Channel’s industry-leading digital music service. The Album Release Party and its live stream will be promoted on-air extensively across Clear Channel Country radio stations’ nationwide and across its digital platforms, including iHeartRadio beginning Thursday, April 25.
“I’m happy the folks at Clear Channel are giving me an opportunity to talk to the fans about this really personal record,” Chesney said. “When you take a risk and do something outside the box, make an album that pulls back some layers and expectations, you want the fans to share in where the music came from, just as much as you want people to see their lives in your song… This lets me bring them the man I am when I’m not onstage.”