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Keith Urban Hits #1 with “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”

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Keith Urban is back at the top of the country music charts!

Keith’s newest #1 is officially“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” The song, which was last week’s runner-up, ascends to the top spot on this week’s Mediabase country radio singles chart.

In addition to posting the greatest number of Mediabase chart points, “John” was also the Mediabase country panel’s most-played and most-heard song during the September 20-26 tracking week.

Kenny Chesney’s “Save It For a Rainy Day”, Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind” and Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down” also appear in the Top 5.

Kenny Chesney Goes 4-for-4 

Credit: Jill Trunnell

Credit: Jill Trunnell

Kenny Chesney knew when he took a year off to focus on music, he wanted to push the envelope without losing his roots or leaving his fans behind. If he was nervous about the shifts in The Big Revival – just nominated for the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year, it’s apparent the moves were spot-on as “Save It For A Rainy Day” becomes its fourth consecutive No.1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

“When I went to look for or write songs, I wanted to speak to my audience about their lives in ways I’d never done before,” Chesney says. “I didn’t want to say the same things – and I wanted to reflect the free-spirited, work hard, give-it-everything nature of the No Shoes Nation and people who love country music in general. It seemed like a pretty big thing to try to do, but the response to this album and the songs at radio tells me it was worth every bit of the work, the search, the starting over – because in the end, I make this music about my life, but also for everyone who’s ever found a piece of their living in songs, too.”

The blues-shelving, life-affirming No. 1 follows the CMA Single and Song of the Year nominated “American Kids,” “Til It’s Gone” and CMA Musical Event nominated “Wild Child,” featuring Grace Potter, to the top of the charts. On Billboard, it marks Chesney’s 26th No. 1 hit.

It’s been quite a year for Chesney, who shattered attendance records – often his own – at several NFL stadiums including Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Minneapolis’ Target Stadium, Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field and East Rutherford, NJ’s MetLife Stadium, before closing The Big Revival Tour 2015 down with more than 120,000 people at Foxborough’s, Mass.’s Gillette Stadium.

“I believe music is life and music is medicine,” says the man deemed “The King of the Road” by The Wall Street Journal. “You have to really push what’s there to keep giving people more, but you don’t want to lose the essence or your roots in the process. It was that way with the shows this summer, too. And what I learned from how hard those fans rocked with us this summer is that people will embrace it if you push them. Don’t just give them the same, but keep reaching, keep writing true to life, because that’s what they really want.”

The Big Revival has been a watershed for the high-velocity entertainer – described by The Dallas Morning News as “two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham.” With its progressive songcraft, it joins the equally progressive and critically-lauded Hemingway’s Whiskey in producing four No. 1 hits, but this is the first time they have landed consecutively.

“Some is luck, some is traffic,” allows the only country act in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years. “But I think a lot has to do with the fans and radio – and their passion for the music. ‘Til It’s Gone’ said live life right down to the last drop – and ‘Wild Child’ was about what makes women matter: their spirit. But ‘Save It For A Rainy Day,’ that song is maybe most important because it reminds you to live right now and not let things get you down to where you miss how good life can be. I’m thrilled we have four in a row, because it’s connecting in a good way.”

With yet another personal record set and seven CMA nominations (Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Musical Event of the Year, plus producer nods for Album and Single), Chesney is gearing up for Nov. 4’s “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” telecast live November 3 on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena.

Kenny Chesney to Play First-Ever Concert at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL

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Credit: Allister Ann

Anyone who knows anything about Kenny Chesney knows how deeply his passion for college football runs. So, it is with great pride that the only country act to grace Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years becomes the first-ever concert at Jordan-Hare Stadium, home of the Auburn Tigers since 1939, when he plays the storied venue on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The show will be in conjunction with the inaugural Music & Miracles Superfest, created and presented by the founders of the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation.

“There is something about college football that inspires me,” Chesney says. “There is so much heart, so much dignity to playing for the honor of your school. There are, obviously, a lot of good times and great memories made at the games, and those guys on the teams play all out in ways most people don’t realize. Every time I get to play somewhere with the kind of history Auburn has, it pushes me a little harder to really raise the bar. And the mission and heart behind Music & Miracles raises that bar higher still.”

The mission of the Music & Miracles Superfest is to bring the biggest entertainers in America to one of the most notable venues in the southeast and raise funds for two of the greatest needs of the Auburn community. Proceeds from the concert will be targeted to fighting cancer and feeding the hungry.

Kevin and Stacy Brown, founders of the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation, note:

“Our vision for the Music & Miracles Superfest is to make history, to make music, and to make miracles. And from the initial concept, we hoped that Kenny would accept our invitation and share our passion. The fact that he committed immediately after hearing about our big dreams showed us that not only is Kenny one of the most successful entertainers of our time, but his heart is as big as his star power.”

“We are excited that the Music & Miracles Superfest, organized and presented by the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation, will be the first concert ever in Jordan-Hare Stadium,” adds Jay Jacobs, athletic director for Auburn University. “Kenny Chesney and a stellar lineup of other top artists will put on a great show for an even greater cause. We appreciate the foundation’s efforts to fight cancer and feed the hungry, two initiatives that align with our own community service efforts.”

With the Music & Miracles Superfest serving as the first official date of Chesney’s 2016 stadium tour, the star-studded lineup will also include six-time Female Vocalist and four-time Album of the Year winner Miranda Lambert, multi-Platinum, chart-topping artist Sam Hunt and breakout country band Old Dominion. Lambert and Hunt are both nominated for CMA awards this year, with Lambert earning four nods (including one for Entertainer of the Year, along with Chesney) and Hunt earning three.

Chesney’s 2016 stadium tour will continue his record-breaking run as a live entertainer. Having sold over a million tickets before the first note was played on The Big Revival Tour 2015, Chesney will have scored 135 stadium shows by the end of this year. In addition to breaking attendance records ¬¬–– which he’d previously set –– at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field and Minneapolis’ Target Field (for the third time), he prompted The Dallas Morning News to describe his appeal as “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham” following his AT&T Stadium show in Texas.

“We are gearing up for a very big year next year,” Chesney says. “I can’t wait to have Miranda and Sam out with us … and there are more surprises for sure. Things people have been asking us for a long time; places we’ve not been – or places we just really love playing. But to be able to start talking about 2016 with something like the Jordan-Hare Stadium? I can’t think of a better way to kick-off what’s going to be an incredible year.”

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Kenny Chesney to Add a Super Star Tomato to His Stadium Shows in 2016


Credit: Jill Trunnell

Credit: Jill Trunnell

The dust hasn’t even settled from Kenny Chesney’s record-smashing Big Revival 2015 Tour – closing with 120,206 fans played to over two nights at Foxboro, Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium – and the man The Wall Street Journal has deemed “The King of the Road” is ready to kick-off 2016. As is always his way, he’s looking to make his stadium shows the best day of the summer.

​“People count on having a great day when they come out to see us,” Chesney explains. “And I think it’s important that we give them the best show we can from the moment they hit the gate until the final encore song’s been played.”

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To realize this goal, Chesney tapped six-time Female Vocalist and four-time Album of the Year winner Miranda Lambert, currently up for four 2015 CMAs including Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year. Known for hits including “The House That Built Me,” “Kerosene,” “White Liar,” “Baggage Claim,” CMA Song of the Year “Over You” and the current “Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” TIME hails the Texas firebrand for “packing heat and heart in equal measure.”

​“Miranda is the real deal,” Chesney says. “She’s a songwriter, first, and a real vocalist. She’s puts it all out there when she’s on stage, and I loved touring with her so much in 2009, I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to get her back out here – because I love every single thing about who she is as an artist and a person.”

Joining them will be Sam Hunt, the Cedartown, Georgian who’s already scored three consecutive Platinum-selling #1s with “Leave The Night On,” “Take Your Time” and “House Party” from his debut album, Montevallo. In addition to his own hits, he wrote Chesney’s #1 “Come Over” and Keith Urban’s “Cop Car.” With his distinct country sound, Hunt has surpassed 450 million streams across all digital platforms – far more than any other country music newcomer.

​“The second I heard Sam’s demo for ‘Come Over,’ I knew he was onto something very unique,” says the man who gave Hunt his first cut. “Watching him develop as an artist, seeing his songwriting evolve – and knowing how he brings it when he gets onstage makes him a perfect act to come out with us. He’s fun, alive and all about the music.”

​And reprising their kick-off position — but getting a longer set — is Old Dominion, the songwriter’s group who’ve written hits for Dierks Bentley (“Say You Do”), Tyler Farr (“A Guy Walks Into A Bar”), The Band Perry (“Better Dig Two,” “Chainsaw”) and Chesney (his current “Save It For A Rain Day”). The five-man band with ties to Virginia will release their RCA debut Meat And Candy on Nov. 6.

​“Old Dominion had a tough job this summer, and they got it done,” Chesney says of his stadium opener. “They’re hit songwriters, but they’re also guys who’ve played in a lot of clubs – and know how to connect with people. I mean, not only are their songs solid, they’re great guys.”

Setting or breaking records in Minneapolis’ Target Stadium, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ’s Met Life Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, as well as putting 55,000 in the Rose Bowl, there’s a reason he’s the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years. With this line-up, he will give the No Shoes Nation another stellar summer on the road.

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