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Kenny Chesney

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Biography

Contemporary country star Kenny Chesney didn't have the immediate breakout success that many of his peers enjoyed upon signing with major labels, but gradually built up a significant following via hard work, pop-friendly ballads, and a likable "Average Joe" persona. Chesney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1968 and raised in the nearby small town of Luttrell, best known as the home of Chet Atkins. He grew up listening to both country and rock & roll, but didn't get serious about music until college, when he studied marketing at East Tennessee State University. He received a guitar as a Christmas present and set about practicing, and was soon performing with the college bluegrass band. He soon started writing songs as well and played for tips in local venues -- most often a Mexican restaurant -- every night he could; additionally, he managed to sell 1,000 copies of a self-released demo album. After graduation in 1991, he moved to Nashville and became the resident performer at The Turf, a rough honky tonk in the city's historic district. Although he gained experience, it wasn't the sort of place where he'd be discovered, and in 1992 he moved on to a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose. From there he landed a record contract with Capricorn and released his debut album, In My Wildest Dreams, in late 1993. Unfortunately for Chesney, Capricorn wasn't much of a country label; not only was the album underpromoted, but the label's country division shut down completely not long after its release. Still, it sold 100,000 copies and caught the attention of several major labels. Chesney ended up signing with RCA subsidiary BNA, which released All I Need to Know in 1995. The album gave him his first two Top Ten hits in the title track and "Fall in Love." His follow-up, 1996's Me and You, became his first album to go gold, thanks to two number two singles in the title track and "When I Close My Eyes." Released in 1997, I Will Stand was another gold-selling effort that gave Chesney his first-ever number one hit in "She's Got It All," plus another number two with "That's Why I'm Here." His big-time breakthrough, however, came with 1999's Everywhere We Go, which sold over two-million copies and spawned two number one hits with "You Had Me from Hello" and "How Forever Feels"; it also featured another Top Ten single in "What I Need to Do," and another, "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," that just missed. In 2000, Chesney issued his first Greatest Hits compilation, and two newly recorded songs -- "I Lost It" and "Don't Happen Twice" -- which went to number three and number one, respectively. Greatest Hits became Chesney's second straight double-platinum release and topped the country LP chart. He followed it with the all-new No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem in early 2002, which gave him his strongest commercial performance yet. It, too, hit number one on the country album chart and spun off four Top Ten singles in "Young," the number one "The Good Stuff," the Bill Anderson co-write "A Lot of Things Different," and "Big Star." A Christmas album plugged the gap for 2003, and he had a strong return with 2004's When the Sun Goes Down, which won in the Album of the Year category at the Country Music Awards. He repeated the win, this time as Entertainer of the Year, with Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair). Chesney found himself the subject of much tabloid fodder in 2005 with his surprise marriage to actress Renée Zellweger (he had composed 1999's "You Had Me from Hello" after watching Zellweger in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire). The pair split that same year, citing irreconcilable differences, and Chesney released the chart-topping The Road and the Radio in November. In the years that followed, Chesney kept busy, releasing Live: Live Those Songs Again in 2006 and Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates in 2007. In April 2010, Chesney and director Joe Thomas released the 3-D concert film Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D. Taken from his 2009 Sun City Carnival Tour, the film included 23 songs from six stadium shows, shot in 3-D, interspersed with interviews and home movies. A completely new studio album, Hemingway's Whiskey, named after a Guy Clark song, also appeared in 2010. His 13th studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, arrived in 2012. Welcome to the Fishbowl performed respectably, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 and generating the number one country single "Come Over," along with the Top 20 hits "Feel Like a Rock Star" and "El Cerrito Place." Following its release, Chesney's label BNA shuttered and he jumped over to Columbia Nashville, which released Life on a Rock in April 2013. The album hit number one, and the single "Pirate Flag" reached the country Top Ten. Chesney quickly followed Life on a Rock with The Big Revival. A conscious shift toward a brighter sound, The Big Revival was Chesney's liveliest work of the decade, as evidenced by its first single, "American Kids," a singalong that peaked at number two on the country chart. Upon its September 2014 release, The Big Revival debuted at number two on Billboard's Top 200 and number one on the country chart, and it spawned three additional country Top Ten singles: "Til It's Gone," the Grace Potter duet "Wild Child," and "Save It for a Rainy Day." In the spring of 2016, Chesney returned with "Noise," the first single from Cosmic Hallelujah, the full-length album that was originally called Some Town Somewhere and scheduled for July release, but was retitled and rescheduled for October that same year. ~ Steve Huey
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    Popularity
  2.   She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
  3.   American Kids
  4.   You and Tequila by Grace Potter
  5.   No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  6.   Summertime
  7.   Setting the World on Fire by Pink
  8.   Don't Happen Twice
  9.   Somewhere with You
  10.   Pirate Flag
  11.   All the Pretty Girls
  12.   Young
  13.   Live a Little
  14.   When the Sun Goes Down
  15.   Never Wanted Nothing More
  16.   Beer in Mexico
  17.   The Good Stuff
  18.   Come Over
  19.   Til It's Gone
  20.   Out Last Night
  21.   Feel Like A Rock Star by Tim McGraw
  22.   How Forever Feels
  23.   Save It for a Rainy Day
  24.   Big Star
  25.   Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
  26.   Bar at the End of the World
  27.   Living in Fast Forward
  28.   There Goes My Life
  29.   Reality
  30.   The Boys of Fall
  31.   I Go Back
  32.   Don't Blink
  33.   Anything But Mine
  34.   Jingle Bells
  35.   Silver Bells
  36.   She's Got It All
  37.   Noise
  38.   You Save Me
  39.   Who You'd Be Today
  40.   Better as a Memory
  41.   Wild Child
  42.   I'm Alive
  43.   El Cerrito Place
  44.   Ain't Back Yet
  45.   Silent Night
  46.   O Little Town of Bethlehem
  47.   Me and You
  48.   You Had Me from Hello
  49.   Down the Road
  50.   Keg in the Closet
  51.   When I See This Bar
  52.   When I Close My Eyes
  53.   Back Where I Come From
  54.   Fall in Love
  55.   What I Need to Do
  56.   Shiftwork
  57.   The Woman with You
  58.   I Lost It
  59.   A Lot of Things Different
  60.   Coastal
  61.   I Can't Go There
  62.   All I Need to Know
  63.   All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan
  64.   Grandpa Told Me So
  65.   Christmas in Blue Chair Bay
  66.   That's Why I'm Here
  67.   Away in a Manger
  68.   Just a Kid
  69.   Live Those Songs
  70.   Ten with a Two
  71.   Thank God for Kids
  72.   A Chance
  73.   Got a Little Crazy
  74.   Baptism
  75.   Seven Days
  76.   Old Blue Chair
  77.   Boats
  78.   Guitars and Tiki Bars
  79.   The Life
  80.   Island Boy
  81.   Key's in the Conch Shell
  82.   I Might Get Over You
  83.   Nowhere to Go, Nowhere to Be
  84.   That Lucky Old Sun
  85.   Spread the Love
  86.   Coconut Tree
  87.   Please Come to Boston
  88.   Boston
  89.   The Tin Man
  90.   Dust on the Bottle by David Lee Murphy
  91.   Save It for a Rainy Day by Old Dominion
  92.   Flora-Bama
  93.   Marley
  94.   It's That Time of Day
  95.   Welcome to the Fishbowl
  96.   Soul of a Sailor
  97.   Be as You Are
  98.   When I Think About Leaving
  99.   Christmas in Dixie
  100.   Never Gonna Feel Like That Again
  101.   On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
  102.   I Finally Found Somebody
  103.   I Remember
  104.   Rich and Miserable
  105.   Must Be Something I Missed
  106.   Way Down Here
  107.   Key Lime Pie
  108.   Something Sexy About the Rain
  109.   Somewhere in the Sun