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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.”

Find Out Which Country Artists Made Forbes Highest Paid List

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While former-country singer Taylor Swift took the #1 spot this year (she made $170 million in the past year!), there are a few current country stars who made Forbes’ list of the Highest Paid Celebrities.

Garth Brooks is the highest paid country artist on the list, bringing in $70 million from music sales and his tour, which landed him at the number 15 spot on the list.  Kenny Chesney comes in at number 26 with $56 million thanks to his music, tours, Costa sunglasses and Blue Chair Bay rum company.  Luke Bryan brought in $53 million, landing him at number 37.

Other country artists on the list include Toby Keith at #47 with $47.5 million, Jason Aldean at #75 with $36.5 million.

According to Forbes, rankings are based on “numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and many of the stars themselves;” agent, manager and laywer fees have not been deducted.

 

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Kenny Chesney Teams With Engel Coolers To Keep No Shoes Nation Cool

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Kenny Chesney’s commitment to the world’s waters is as deep as his commitment to the No Shoes Nation. Having kicked off the No Shoes Reefs project in the St. Johns River, right in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Fla., the 8-time Entertainer of the Year wanted to find new ways to bring awareness, through the No Shoes Nation and tailgating together – and reached out to ENGEL, the original high performance cooler company, to create tools to make long days at the beach, a game or a stadium show even simpler.

“The No Shoes Nation has a serious commitment to how they spend their time,” Chesney says. “When they tailgate, they are hardcore. So I wanted to find a company that understood durable, portable, lightweight and high performance. ENGEL’s all about functionality, whether it’s a backpack with a removable liner, an indestructible cooler or a tumbler that keeps drinks the right temperature for 36 hours – and won’t spill.”

More importantly, ENGEL shares the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years’ commitment to ocean preservation. Working with the Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program, Building Conservation Trust, they will donate a portion of the sales of No Shoes Nation-branded products to building artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, surrounding rivers and waterways.

 “It’s not just about doing business,” Chesney says. “It’s about creating something people will think is cool that also makes a difference in our world. When you can take something and make it mean more – especially for coastal preservation – that’s when I get intrigued.”

ENGEL CEO Paul Kabalin concurs, “At ENGEL, we make high performance coolers and 12 volt refrigerators that allow ambulances to store life critical medications, but we also use that technology to keep a family’s drinks and food cold and dry for an entire day. We take it all seriously, because we understand life is where you live it. For many of us, that means on boats and on the water. Like Kenny, we believe in protecting the ocean so it’s here for future generations.”

Beyond Tailgate Packs, comprised of the 23-quart capacity lightweight backpack, two tumblers, and ENGEL’s No Shoes Nation line will also include signature coolers. All made of highly durable materials and construction, easily transportable and capable of keeping things cold all day.

 “This was a great way to up the No Shoes Nation tailgating game – and do some good for the No Shoes Reefs.  If there’s one thing I know about my fans: they work hard, they play hard, but they also care about the world they live in. This is a way for them to do it all together. To me, that makes tailgating even more awesome: make memories, make a difference.”

In the midst of his Spread the Love Tour, which will hit 14 major stadiums this summer, Chesney’s nearly two-hour shows have been bringing the summer alive across the nation. The man The Dallas Morning News deemed, “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham” headlines.

Fans can order the No Shoes Nation Tailgate Packs, Coolers and Tumblers at www.ENGELcoolers.com/noshoesnation

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Kenny Chesney Changes Title and Bumps Date of New Album

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Kenny Chesney’s creative roll over the last few months defies conventional business wisdom, but it seems to be igniting a whole other spark in the songwriter-superstar from East Tennessee. After writing, recording and releasing “Noise” in a matter of 11 days – and delaying the follow-up to his acclaimed The Big Revival until October 28 to accommodate “Setting the World On Fire,” featuring pop superstar P!NK – the 8-time Entertainer of the Year went on Good Morning America and surprised hosts Ginger Zee and Jesse Palmer with a brand new title for his forthcoming album: Cosmic Hallelujah.

“The more I listened, the more these songs’ energy– especially ‘Setting The World On Fire’ – took hold,” Chesney said. “Some Town Somewhere is a great title, and it’s every single one of us. But then there’s how the album fits together, and even expands on what the last album did. So, I could go with what was already in place, or I could grab the title that felt the most right.

“In the end, these album titles are around for a very long time. I really try to have titles that give people a sense of what the music is, and what the album is all about. There sure is a lot of Some Town Somewhere for sure, but really when I pulled back and listened: these songs are all about taking The Big Revival to the next level; that level is Cosmic Hallelujah.”

Juxtaposing the reality in which we live with the power we have over how we react to it, and creating joy in the frenzy gives Cosmic Hallelujah its charge. With “Noise” capturing the world so many are caught up in through information addiction, tech dependence and fear-based/sensation-driven media, Chesney seeks to harness the urgency of striving and white noise overload; at the same time, the man The Los Angeles heralded as “The People’s Superstar” has balanced the album with the notion of working hard and unwinding to maintain one’s balance. Our relationships, moments and laughter, that’s what gives life – and music — its meaning.

“You can get so caught up in all of the rushing, the racing around,” Chesney allows. “Or you can use all that momentum and repel against it, use its energy to experience the rush of being absolutely in the moment. For everyone in the No Shoes Nation, when I look out, that’s what I see: people who’re so completely alive, everything coming off them is like a giant cosmic hallelujah!”

The new title was news to Chesney’s team. For the increasingly in-the-moment performer, whose Spread the Love 2016 Tour hits 14 major stadiums, that flash of immediacy’s driving his most recent creative endeavor.

“The longer you do this, the more you appreciate inspiration when it’s genuine,” Chesney says. “Making records, I have to compete with all the amazing songs I’ve already cut, and every time I go in, I want to raise the bar – or increase that surge of energy you get from a great song. It doesn’t get any easier. Thankfully, there’s ‘Setting the World On Fire’ with P!NK, ‘Jesus & Elvis’ from Matraca Berg, Hayes Carll and Allison Moorer, incredible songs from Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally and David Lee Murphy to name a few…You don’t want to settle for a great name when you can have a name that is the essence of what you’ve got. When you can feel the energy and see where this is going, it’s a Cosmic Hallelujah – and then some.”

Cosmic Hallelujah lands October 28. Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour runs through August 26-27 when it wraps up at Boston’s Gillette Stadium. In between, look for a whole lot of music.

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