The top touring artist in country music history bucked the system and assembled something closer to diary entries than stadium singalongs.

On this sunny day in Sony Music's Nashville offices, Kenny Chesney is handed a printout of his chart history on Billboard's Hot Country Songs tally, which boasts 45 top 10s and 1,169 chart weeks--and counting. "I've never seen this," he says, shaking his head. "Man, I had a mullet when 'Whatever It Takes' came out [in 1994]. Are you kidding me? This shows a journey. It shows a dream. It shows a lot of changes, emotionally, personally. All the people I sang with-Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, the Wailers, George Jones, Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh.

Subscribe to billboard biz to continue reading this article and thousands more.

Billboard.biz subscribers get:
  • 24/7 coverage of every genre and sector of the business with over 150 exclusive charts
  • Bulletin: Breaking stories, chart info and analysis sent directly to your inbox every weekday
  • Billboard Magazine iPad Edition: An enhanced version of the magazine with video, photo galleries and playable charts
  • Archives: A rich history of Billboard.biz articles and exclusive charts

Join now or Log In

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboardbiz

Print

Tagged