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Kenny Chesney’s New Live Album Heading for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

Kenny Chesney's "Live in No Shoes Nation" is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Country king Kenny Chesney is on his way to his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Sources suggest his new live effort, Live in No Shoes Nation, could start atop next week’s tally with perhaps 200,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 2. Most of that sum will be driven by traditional album sales, bolstered by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with Chesney’s upcoming stadium tour.

Live in No Shoes Nation was released on Oct. 27 via Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Nov. 18-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Chesney could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Chesney previously led the Billboard 200 with Life on a Rock (in 2013), Hemingway’s Whiskey (2010), Lucky Old Sun (2008), The Road and the Radio (2005), Be as You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair (2005), When the Sun Goes Down (2004) and No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (2002).


Live in No Shoes Nation is a 29-track album and collects live highlights from Chesney’s various tours, stretching back to 2007’s Flip Flop Summer tour. Among the guests on the album: Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter and Eric Church. Chesney’s last live album, 2006’s Live: Live Those Songs Again, peaked at No. 4 in its debut frame and sold 146,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.

Other albums aiming for high debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 chart include Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life (which could launch with over 65,000 units), Big K.R.I.T.’s 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time (30,000 units), Ty Dolla $ign’s Beach House 3 (25,000 units) and 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin’s surprise collaboration album Without Warning (which is due out at 12 a.m. on Oct. 31). It’s too early to obtain a forecast for the latter title. For comparison’s sake, another surprise hip-hop collaboration album, Future and Young Thug’s Super Slimey, arrived on Oct. 20 and earned 75,000 units in its first week (mostly driven by SEA units). It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 11.