Kenny Chesney is plotting an Oct. 14 release for his next album, "Lucky Old Sun," which has already spawned a hit in the form of "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven."

Kenny Chesney is plotting an Oct. 14 release for his next album, "Lucky Old Sun," which has already spawned a hit in the form of "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven."

The track debuted at a career-best No. 41 today on the Billboard Hot 100 and rises 15-13 in its third week on Hot Country Songs.

"I've come to a place in my life where there are songs that want to be written," Chesney says, "and that I really want to sing. We didn't think the record would be ready until next year, but the music we've been making is so inspiring. We've been on a real creative jag."

According to his Web site, "Lucky Old Sun" will feature "largely self-penned" material and was inspired by a recording session on the title track with Willie Nelson a couple of years ago.

The new album follows 2007's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates," which has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Chesney is on tour through Sept. 13 in Indianapolis and will also play Farm Aid outside of Boston on Sept. 20.