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Kenny Chesney Rocks 56,292 at NJ’s MetLife Stadium

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“Oh, there you are,” said Kenny Chesney, standing onstage at MetLife Stadium, pointing into the far part of the crowd. “There you are.” Pausing for a moment, he took the 56,292 fans in, before announcing, “This is the most beautiful sight! Music and songs are the most powerful things we have in our lives… Just look around.”

With a few more words, he invited the full-capacity crowd to sing along – something they’d been doing all night anyway – then launched into 2004’s “I Go Back.” The crowd’s response was deafening as they sang along to the song-invoking smash about the way music watermarks people’s lives.

For Chesney, approaching the end of 2016’s Spread the Love Tour – complete with 14 major stadiums – it marks his love affair with the No Shoes Nation. With two hours of hits – from the truly vintage “Don’t Happen Twice” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” to the six-week No. 1s “When The Sun Goes Down” and “Summertime” to the brand new “Noise” – it was a truly loud love fest in Jersey that saw the crowd sing along to every song, almost louder than the headliner.

“That audience felt so honest, raw – and almost right there with us onstage,” Chesney marveled. “It was like walking into a buzz saw – in a really good way – they just cut right through us.”

New York metro’s passion for the songwriter/superstar rivals Boston’s in the way they turn out, sing out and throw their hands into the air in a way that truly drives the band. After last night’s show – his fifth at MetLife Stadium – took his accumulated attendance to 279,874 making him the only country act in the Top 10 Performers in the MetLife/Giants stadium’s history, starting five decades ago. That ranking places him in the company of Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, U2, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel and Elton John.

“You don’t think about stuff like that when you’re up there,” Chesney said. “You’re drinking it in, letting it wash over you. They were so loud, so there. Like I told them during the show – ‘It’s why this place is so special… why we keep coming back… year after year. Because I’ll be sitting at Thanksgiving dinner, and I’ll still hear the love in this stadium.’ That’s true…”

Chanting “KennyKenny! KennyKenny!” after the 8-time Entertainer of the Year left the stage, the crowd was rewarded with a grinding drum solo from Sean Paddock that saw guitarists Kenny Greenberg and Clayton Mitchell twist the melody line of “Don’t Happen Twice” around. Walking on stage to another seismic eruption of cheers, Chesney lifted his tumbler to the crowd before delivering an embrace-the-moment rendition of his 2001 chart-topper.

With “Setting The World On Fire,” his duet with P!NK, blazing up the Country Radio and Sales charts, Chesney’s fans’ fervor remains unabated. Sitting at No. 12 at Billboard, the song that highlights the immediacy of the moment when like turns to love was also Chesney’s biggest first week of downloads ever – and it’s still only three weeks old. As Chesney heads into his tour’s final weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. where the No Shoes Nation was named, it has certainly been “one of those summers” for the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “the King of the Road.”

Kenny & P!NK Set World & iTunes Chart on Fire

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Kenny Chesney knew the second he heard P!NK on “Setting The World on Fire,” they had a very special piece of music in the sweeping midtempo: the kind of song that distills the epitome of being alive and in love. With the release of his Cosmic Hallelujah moving to Oct. 28, the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee wanted a second single that reflects the joy of summer.

“This time of year, you really want a song that feels like the best part of the summer,” Chesney says. “You want something that grabs you and puts you right in the moment. Like ‘Somewhere With You,’ the listener is so caught up in what’s happening – you’re there; I think when people hear P!NK and I together, people will get that same sense of the moment.”

Upon release Friday, “Setting The World on Fire” shot to the top of the iTunes All-Genre chart, as well as topping several other sales charts. With barely three days, the frolicsome song about the moment when like becomes love also bows on the Mediabase chart at No. 32 with a bullet and on the Billboard chart at No. 22.

With clean percussion and layers of synth pads, “Fire” is driven by a tumbling guitar part and the chemistry of the two vocalists. When their voices enmesh on the first chorus, the chemistry is palpable. Even Perez Hilton noted how effective the pairing is, writing on his blog, “no doubt a Kenny Chesney-type of song and subject matter, but Pink hops in there and never misses a beat along the way!”

Rolling Stone called “Setting The World On Fire, “an urgent, head-over-heels single…” before offering, “(it) finds the two singers living on the edge — and loving every minute of it. The easy strum that opens the song is soon joined by heavy, distorted guitar riffs and an increasingly forceful beat, as Pink’s combustible vocals spiral upwards to meet Chesney’s typically laid-back delivery.” Entertainment Weekly concurred, “Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah drops at the end of October, but he just shared one of the starriest bits, releasing ‘Setting the World on Fire,’ a wispy duet with pop star Pink” and recounted the song captures, “a couple whose relationship has moved a little faster than they expected, but they don’t mind and have no regrets.”

“I can’t wait for this to get a little older, so we can put it in the show,” Chesney – in the midst of his Spread The Love 2016 Tour, including 14 major stadiums – enthuses. “This is one of those songs that’s going to be wild live. I can’t wait to hear the fans sing it back to me.”

Off to a fast start, “Setting the World on Fire” is the second single from Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah, due Oct. 28. With both artists each doing their share of duets, each has blurred the lines between what people expect and what the pair has delivered.

Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney & More Make Forbes List of Highest Paid Country Acts


Forbes released their annual list of the world’s highest-paid Country artists today (7/26), with Garth Brooks topping it at $70 million, followed by Kenny Chesney ($56 million), Luke Bryan ($53 million), Toby Keith ($47.5 million) and Jason Aldean ($36.5 million).

Also making the list is Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton and more. See the full list here.


Kenny Chesney Sets Radio on Fire: P!NK Duet Arrives 7/28

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Having just dropped a new title – Cosmic Hallelujah – for his upcoming album, Kenny Chesney continues ratcheting up the excitement by releasing “Setting The World On Fire” to country radio on July 28th at 5 p.m. ET. The duet, with triple Grammy-winning P!NK, captures the combustive euphoria of being on the brink of love – and was recorded in part at Rick Rubin’s Malibu studio.

With a tumbling guitar part, clean percussion and pillowy synth pads, the mid-tempo song builds and recedes, featuring a stand-out electric guitar solo from Kenny Greenberg. Invoking the dazzle of being lost in the heart of Saturday night: lipstick on mirrors, philosophical conversations strewn across hours, bands on the speakers matching the name on your t-shirt, “Setting The World On Fire” is the wonder of how sweet and enervating falling into love can be.

“You can’t conjure a song that captures that feeling of being on the brink like this does,” Chesney says. “The lyrics are a perfect way of saying it, but when you feel that melody rise, the arrangement picking up momentum – it’s bigger than you are, and all you want to do is throw yourself against the night. Then when P!NK comes in, well, that just brings this (song) to life.

Having made the decision to delay the follow-up to The Big Revival – with it’s four straight No. 1s, including the Grammy-nominated “American Kids,” “Wild Child” with Grace Potter and the life-affirming, three-week chart-topper “Save It For A Rainy Day,” Chesney’s hopes of having “Setting The World On Fire” as his next single were realized. For the 8-time Entertainer of the Year, it’s a song that embodies the very best part of what summer holds.

“With the Spread the Love Tour in full force,” the man The Wall Street Journal calls “The King of the Road” says, “I wanted a song that packs all that joy, all that fun, all the energy that love is made of. When I heard ‘Setting The World On Fire,’ I knew it was exactly the song I’d been looking for. Like ‘Somewhere With You,’ there’s an urgency, but this one is ‘in’ the moment – and what a moment it is!”

Given Chesney’s history of unlikely – and often chart-topping – duets with Dave Matthews (“I’m Alive”), the Wailers (“Spread The Love”), Mac McAnally (“Down The Road”), Grace Potter (“You & Tequila,” “Wild Child”) and six weeks at No. 1 with Uncle Kracker (“When The Sun Goes Down”), teaming with P!NK continues his longstanding tradition of seeking the best collaborators in modern music.

“To me, great songs are great songs regardless of genre – and the core of being alive is the same no matter where you are,” Chesney says. “That rush of realizing there’s something going on here… You’re really clicking with someone… Or even just one of those perfect nights with your friends, there’s no feeling like it. And I like the idea of P!NK with her voice that is so strong and contains so many colors, she really makes that idea of giving into your heart, shouting out the window and whirling around in the middle of an abandoned street feel real.”

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