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Kenny Chesney Ties Garth Brooks For Billboard 200 Record With New No. 1 Album 'Here and Now'

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Kenny Chesney performs at Country Radio Seminar at the Warner Music Nashville, on February 19, 2020

He also adds his 17th leader on Top Country Albums.

Kenny Chesney nets his 17th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as Here and Now blasts in atop the March 16-dated list.

With the launch, Chesney ties Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson for the second-most leaders in the chart's 56-year history, after George Strait's record 27.

Concurrently, Here and Now debuts at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200, marking Chesney's ninth leader and tying him with Brooks for the most among country artists in the chart's 64-year archives.

In its first week, ending May 7, the set earned 233,000 equivalent album units (222,000 in album sales), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Largely powered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer tied to Chesney's upcoming tour, the sum is the highest for a country album in over a year-and-a-half, since Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty bowed with 266,000 units (Sept. 29, 2018).

Chesney achieves his best week for an album since September 2007, when Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates bowed with 387,000 units.

Meanwhile, the new album's title-track second single pushes 14-11 on the Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data. It holds at No. 8 on Country Airplay, up 2% to 21.5 million impressions in the week ending May 10, and drew 4.5 million U.S. streams (up 38%) and sold 1,000 downloads in the week ending May 7.

The LP's lead single, "Tip of My Tongue," reached No. 8 on Country Airplay and No. 13 on Hot Country Songs late last year.