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Kenny Chesney Is First Country Act to Rule Artist 100 Chart This Year

Kenny Chesney
Allister Ann

Kenny Chesney

He reigns as his new album, 'Here and Now,' opens atop the Billboard 200.

Kenny Chesney re-enters the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated May 16) at No. 1 to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a second total week, thanks to his new album, Here and Now.

The set opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 233,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, earning the country superstar his ninth No. 1 and tying him with Garth Brooks for the most among country acts in the chart's 64-year history.

Chesney first led the Artist 100 dated Nov. 18, 2017, when his Live in No Shoes Nation also debuted atop the Billboard 200.

Notably, Chesney is the first country act to rule the Artist 100 this year. Luke Combs last earned the honor, on Nov. 23, 2019, when his LP What You See Is What You Get launched atop the Billboard 200. Combs and Thomas Rhett were the only country acts to lead the Artist 100 last year.

The Artist 100, which launched in 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Check out this week's full Artist 100 chart here.

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