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Kenny Chesney 2011 Year in Review

posted December 30th, 2011 at 2:01 am

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by Josh Martn

After taking a one year break from touring, Kenny Chesney came back with a vengeance in 2011.

Here’s our annual look back at the year.

January

  • The New Year got off to a great start for fans as Kenny Chesney announced over 40 Goin’ Coastal tour dates
  • Kenny Chesney logged his 21st number one hit when “Somewhere With You” topped the Billboard charts
  • After the first Gillette Stadium show sold out in 8 minutes, Kenny added a second show at the NFL venue

February

  • Chesney earns five ACM nominations
  • The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame names Kenny the Tennessean of the Year
  • “Live a Little” is released as the next single
  • Chesney produces and releases another football documentary, this one on Condredge Holloway. Kenny premiers the film in Knoxville and makes appearances on ESPN to promote it
  • Kenny joins Jimmy Buffett in Palm Beach, Florida at a fundraiser for the Everglades

March

  • In a partnership with Costa Del Mar, Kenny launches his own sunglass line
  • The Goin’ Coastal Tour kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 17th
  • While on tour in Florida, Kenny visited the Phillies at Spring Training
  • On March 26th, Kenny celebrated his 43rd birthday

April

  • Chesney earns a Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Country Artist
  • “Live a Little” hits number one, giving Kenny his 22nd number one hit
  • The CMT Music Awards nominates Kenny in two categories: Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for “The Boys of Fall”

May

  • After Tuscaloosa, AL is hit by a tornado, Kenny donates the proceeds of his May 25th show there to the relief efforts
  • Country legend George Jones stuns Kenny when he comes out on stage during his Lexington show
  • Chesney makes a surprise appearance at Jimmy Buffett’s Nashville show

June

  • “You and Tequila” is released to radio and the official music video hits the airwaves
  • At the annual Billboard summit, Kenny sits for a Q&A
  • Kenny performs on the Today Show. Grace Potter joins him on “You and Tequila”

July

  • Kenny’s health and fitness is profiled in Men’s Health
  • Bret Michaels joins Kenny on stage at his Cincinnati show
  • Chesney plays three shows at Red Rocks Amphithteater outside of Denver
  • The theme song for the new ESPN series “Rise Up” is penned by Kenny
  • While in town to play a show at the Meadowlands, Kenny drops in on the Jets training camp
  • At a Grace Potter show in Vermont, Kenny makes a surprise appearance
  • Hurricane Irene forces Kenny to move his second Gillette Stadium show from Sunday to Friday
  • While in Boston, Kenny visits the Boston College football team

September

  • The Country Music Association nominates Kenny in three categories
  • Kenny makes a surprise appearance at another Grace Potter show… this one at the Ryman
  • A few days later, Kenny makes a surprise appearance at Taylor Swift’s Nashville show
  • Hemingway’s Whiskey goes platinum
  • Kenny is one of the headliners at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas

October

  • “There Goes My Life” is featured in a State Farm commercial
  • Kenny releases “Reality” as his next single
  • Chesney is one of the performs at the Bill Clinton Foundation: Decade of Difference Concert

November

  • Kenny and Grace Potter take home the CMA Award for Music Video of the Year
  • Chesney wins Top Package at Billboard Touring Awards
  • The 2012 Brothers of the Sun Tour is announced, featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw at stadiums across the country
  • Chesney is honored as a CMT Artist of the Year

December

  • Kenny and Grace earn two Grammy nods for “You and Tequila”

What do you think the biggest story of 2011 was?


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Kenny Chesney 2010 Year in Review

posted December 30th, 2010 at 10:42 am

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by Josh Martn

Though Kenny Chesney took the year off from major touring, he still had a big year. From his 3D movie to his football documentary to a new album release, Kenny stayed busy.

Here’s a look back at the year. What do you think was the biggest Kenny Chesney story of the year?

January

  • Kenny (and Jimmy Buffett) attend the Saints – Vikings NFC Championship game. They sat in the press box
  • In late January, we saw the first hints that a Kenny Chesney iPhone app was coming

February

  • No Shoes Radio debuted “Ain’t Back Yet” in early February
  • Chesney attends the Super Bowl in Miami and performs at the Saints post-game celebration
  • Greatest Hits II is reissued with two additional tracks
  • A grassroots campaign begins to brew for Kenny to be the 2011 Super Bowl halftime entertainment
  • On February 22nd, the official Kenny Chesney iPhone app was released

March

  • Kenny Chesney and Steve Miller tape an episode of CMT Crossroads at the Ryman Auditorium
  • Chesney plays his first show of the year at Rodeo Houston on March 4th
  • Music video for “Ain’t Back Yet” debuted
  • On March 26th, Kenny celebrated his 42nd birthday

April

  • Kenny begins to make the media rounds to promote his Summer in 3D movie. On April 9th he appeared on Oprah
  • Chesney writes a heartfelt letter to his hometown
  • In mid-April, Kenny premiered Summer in 3D in Knoxville, Tennessee, near where he grew up
  • On April 15th, Kenny appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • The day after the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, Kenny joined several other stars in a tribute to the retiring Brooks & Dunn
  • Kenny Chesney’s ‘Summer in 3D’ movie hit theaters on April 21st

May

  • Historic floods hit Nashville and Kenny loses many personal effects
  • Kenny appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 to talk about the floods
  • Making more media appearances, Kenny takes the Weather Channel on a short tour of his flooded property. Watch video
  • In early May we launched Kenny Chesney World 2.0, completely revamping the site to how it looks today
  • No Shoes Radio airs live broadcast to raise money for flood relief
  • Kenny plays the first of two shows in Las Vegas, and NSR airs the full concert
  • Chesney attends the Dick Vitale Charity Gala in Florida

June

  • The Blue Chair Bay online store opens for business
  • Chesney named #8 on Billboard’s list of top 25 country acts of the past 25 years
  • NSR airs live a great songwriters tribute to Kenny
  • Kenny was scheduled to join Jimmy Buffett at Gulf Coast concert but had to cancel after the date was changed

July

  • Chesney plays another two shows at The Joint in Las Vegas. He again airs the first night show on NSR
  • CMT Crossroads episode with Kenny and Steve Miller debuts on July 9th
  • “The Boys of Fall” is released as Kenny’s next single
  • Kenny presents the Best Team award at the ESPY’s

August

  • “The Boys of Fall” music video debuts on August 2nd
  • Chesney announces in late August that he’ll do a full tour in 2011, playing “60-ish” shows
  • Kenny makes a surprise visit to Gibbs High School, his alma mater, where he talks to the football team and shows them his documentary
  • On August 29th, The Boys of Fall documentary debuted on ESPN

September

  • No Shoes Radio airs the premiere of Kenny’s new album ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey
  • Kenny makes several media appearances to promote the new album, including CMT Top 20 Countdown, Good Morning America, and multiple ESPN shows
  • On September 24th, Kenny made a surprise appearance at a pep rally at Celina High School in Texas. Celina was one of the schools featured in The Boys of Fall
  • Kenny’s latest album ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ hit stores on September 28th
  • “The Boys of Fall” hits number one on the singles chart, giving Kenny his 20th number one
  • CMT “Invitation Only” debuts, with Kenny performing some songs from his new album for the first time

October

  • Kenny performs at Farm Aid in Milwaukee
  • Kenny continues his media rounds with appearances on The Tonight Show and the Ellen DeGeneres show
  • ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 with sales of 182,000
  • In mid-October, Kenny filmed scenes in Maine for the music video to “Seven Days”
  • “Somewhere With You” is released to country radio
  • At the end of October, Kenny joined Grace Potter on stage at the Ryman to perform their duet “You and Tequila”

November

  • Lambeau Field is announced as the first Chesney stadium tour date of 2011
  • A day after the Lambeau announcement the full stadium schedule is released
  • ‘The Boys of Fall’ documentary DVD is released to stores
  • Kenny performs at the CMA Awards but does not win any awards
  • Chesney announces that he’ll donate 10,000 copies of The Boys of Fall documentary to high schools around the country

December

  • Kenny lands on several of Billboard’s year end charts
  • Several amphitheater shows begin to trickle out
  • “The Boys of Fall” single is certified Gold




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Kenny Chesney 2009 Year In Review

posted December 31st, 2009 at 1:42 am

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by Josh Martn

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

Television

  • 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

Personal

  • 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”

Other

So another year is in the books. What do you think was the biggest Kenny Chesney story of 2009? Leave your thoughts


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2008 Kenny Chesney Year In Review

posted December 31st, 2008 at 11:52 am

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by Josh Martn

It was another stellar year for Kenny Chesney in 2008. 14 stadium shows, over a million tickets sold, several awards, and a new girlfriend all contributed to Chesney’s enormous success.

Here’s some of the highlights from 2008:

Poets & Pirates Tour

  • Played to 1,187,622 fans at 46 shows, 14 of which were stadium shows
  • Tour grossed $86 million – 6th highest grossing tour across all genres
  • In April, Chesney injured his foot on stage in South Carolina

Awards

  • CMA Entertainer Of The Year (3rd consecutive year, 4th overall)
  • ACM Entertainer Of The Year (4th consecutive year)
  • ACM Vocal Event Of The Year (“Find Out Who Your Friends Are” with Tim McGraw and Tracy Lawrence)
  • IEBA Large Venue Artist of The Year
  • Billboard Eventful Fans’ Choice Award
  • Billboard Top Package Award
  • Country Airplay’s Country Music Artist Of The Year
  • CMT Online’s Most Digitally Active Male Artist
  • Earns first ever Grammy nomination for Best Country Collaboration for “Shiftwork”

Charts

  • “Lucky Old Sun” debuts at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums
  • 3 Number One singles: “Beer In Mexico”, “Better As A Memory”, and “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”
  • Sets record this decade with 24 straight singles reaching the Top 10 on Billboard Country Chart
  • Billboard’s Top Country Albums of 2008: “Lucky Old Sun” at number 21, “Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates” at number 9

Personal

  • Chesney turned 40 in March, and many celebs attended his birthday party in Nashville, including Roger Clemens, Junior Seau, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jennifer Nettles, Dierks Bentley, and Kix Brooks
  • Joins the board of Plan!t Now
  • In November it was reported that Chesney has been dating former Miss Tennessee Amy Colley for a few months
  • In multiple interviews, Chesney opened up about his marriage and annulment from Renee Zellweger

Sports

  • In July, Chesney threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park before the Red Sox – Yankees game
  • Also in July, Chesney visited the White House and sang the national anthem at the first ever White House Tee Ball All Star Game
  • In August, the New Orleans Saints invited Chesney to practice with them for a day at training camp
  • In October, Chesney appeared on ESPN’s College Gameday at Vanderbilt in Nashville

Other

  • No Shoes Radio launches on XM Satellite Radio in July
  • In September, it was reported that Chesney was developing his own rum

And for us, ChesneyWorld launched in May and we’ve had a great first year. Thanks to all of you who have visited, and who’ve signed up for the daily e-mail updates. We look forward to providing you the most Kenny Chesney news and information again in 2009!


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