There’s no doubt Chesney is still on top of his game, but in his new Billboard cover story, the Tennessee hitmaker makes some comments that are bound to surprise fans and curious onlookers alike.
From blasting bro country’s objectification of women to explaining why iPhones made him sell several homes, here’s some blunt quotes from his Billboard cover. The full story will be out Friday, Nov. 15.
Objectifying Women in Country Music Pisses Him Off
“Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she’s in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate — they objectify the hell out of them,” Chesney tells Billboard. “Twenty years ago, I might have written a song like that — I probably did. But I’m at a point where I want to say something different about women.”
He’s Not Into Reality TV Singing Competitions
“I’m not knocking anybody that does it, but I just don’t ever see myself doing it. Can you imagine Tom Petty being a judge on American Idol?” For reference, Chesney cites Petty’s career arc as an inspiration to him.
Chesney Sold Several Houses Because of iPhones
Chesney put several Virgin Islands homes up for sale due to lack of privacy. “It’s harder now, because everybody is paparazzi,” Chesney tells Billboard, saying “iPhones” are the reason the Virgin Islands are no longer “the place of peace they used to be for me.” He maintains one residence there, though, which he won’t disclose. “It’s still rejuvenating — I just have to walk a little more carefully. That’s why God made boats.”
Garth Brooks’ Return Doesn’t Have Him Worried
Given that Garth Brooks retired when Chesney’s ascent began, some have wondered if the country legend’s return to the road could affect Chesney’s 11-year streak of drawing 1 million concertgoers per tour. Chesney, however, isn’t worried: “There has always been somebody out there.”
Why The Big Revival Is Different
Although the island-inflected country music made him a country superstar, he decided around 2010 it wasn’t “OK just to be the guy on the beach.” Chesney says he was “feeling like I had been making music on a conveyor belt.”