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Kenny Chesney revs up summer tour season: Who do you want to see on the road this summer?

kenny-chesneyImage Credit: Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesHis latest No. 1 hit may be called “The Boys of Fall,” but country fans know Kenny Chesney as the man of summer. He just announced 41 more dates on his 2011 “Goin’ Coastal” Tour (presented by Corona), which launches March 17 in West Palm Beach, Fla. and wraps, as of now, Aug. 27 in Foxboro, Mass. Check out the dates here. It’s Chesney’s biggest tour in five years, following a year off the road in which fans had to settle for a 3-D concert film.

Is Kenny Chesney your most anticipated summer concert? READ FULL STORY

Toby Keith tops Billboard 200 albums chart

Country singer Toby Keith tops the Billboard 200 albums chart with his Bullets in the Gun, selling 71,000. Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey, last week’s chart-topper, falls to No. 2 with 65,000. Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans enters at No. 3 with 55,000. With its lead single, “Just the Way You Are,” spending three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and download popularity nearing double platinum status, this is a bit disappointing opening week for him. You’d think that with millions all over the country humming his tunes, at least 10-15% of them would support his album.

Waka Flocka Flame’s debut album Flockaveli comes in at No. 6 with 37,000 copies sold. Eminem‘s Recovery moves up a spot to No. 4, moving 52,000 units sold. Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give drops two places to No. 5 with 43,000 albums sold. While Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns sold 37,000 and jumps up one place to No. 7. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream shoots up from No. 18 to No. 8, selling 32,000 copies. Moving 32,000 album’s Trey Songz’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure falls two spots to No. 9.  Selena Gomez & the Scene’s A Year Without Rain remains at No. 10 with 27, 000 sets sold.

What do you think of this week’s numbers? Let us know.

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Kenny Chesney tops the 'Billboard' 200 album sales chart

Kenny-ChesneyImage Credit: Melanie DuneaRaise a tumbler of Hemingway’s Whiskey (or another congratulatory beverage of your choice) to Kenny Chesney, whose album of that name just landed atop the new Billboard 200 album sales chart. It sold a healthy 183,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Chesney’s sixth trip to No. 1; as Billboard notes, Garth Brooks is the only country star to top the album chart more often, with eight No. 1s. Cheers to Chesney!

Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being made it to No. 2 with 110,000 copies sold. That’s a step down from the 176,000 his Rebirth debuted with earlier this year, and an even bigger one from the million-plus Tha Carter III managed for its 2008 bow — but bearing in mind that I Am Not a Human Being is a digital-only release thus far, this is actually a pretty great showing. The physical CD, scheduled to arrive next Tuesday, could boost sales further.

At No. 3, it’s last week’s chart-topper, the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, with 70,000 copies sold. Gucci Mane’s The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted comes in at No. 4 after moving 60,000 units — substantially less than the 90,000 his previous album bowed with, but a higher chart position since this is a quieter week. No. 6 goes to Eric Clapton, whose Clapton shifted 47,000 discs.

Those are the only notable debuts in the upper region of this week’s chart. What do you think of these results? Happy for Chesney? Any Lil Wayne fans who skipped the digital release but plan to buy the CD when it’s available? Sound off in the comments if you please.

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Co-hosts Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley will perform at CMA awards

Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will perform at CMA awards

Carrie-UnderwoodImage Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSGiddyup! Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Sugarland and George Strait have been announced as performers at the 44th Annual CMA Awards, which will air live Nov. 10 on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Also throwing their hats in the air are previously announced performers Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley. Look for a special performance by the Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson. Paisley and Taylor Swift are looking for repeat wins as Male and Female Vocalist of the Year honors.

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Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown to play show in support of the Gulf Coast

Jimmy-Buffett-and-Kenny-ChesneyImage Credit: Steve Jennings/; Mark Dye/PR PhotosCMT has announced plans to broadcast a “musical celebration” on July 1 in support of those affected by the oil spill disaster. The show is called Jimmy Buffett & Friends Live from the Gulf Coast and will feature Buffett, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, Sonny Landreth, and other, to be announced, performers. The 90 minute show will be broadcast at 8pm ET/PT from the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala.

Obviously, the state of the Gulf Coast is a subject very close to Buffett’s heart. What do you think about him getting involved. Will you be tuning in?

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Kenny Chesney premieres his 'Summer in 3-D' movie in Las Vegas: EW is on the scene!

kenny-chesneyImage Credit: Whitney Pastorek/EW.comIt’s the eve of the Academy of Country Music Awards, and Nashville has blanketed Vegas with its twang: Gary Allan played poolside at the Mandalay Bay; Sugarland did a Dr. Pepper-sponsored show at the MGM; Miranda Lambert rocked Fremont Street. But the night’s most anticipated event was the premiere of Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D, the concert film shot as Kenny blew up America’s biggest football stadiums last year, opening nationwide April 21.

Celeb friends like Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, and Dierks Bentley were on hand — as well as Chesney’s fun-loving crew and touring band — and the audience packed two theaters at a local multiplex. Kenny appeared in both to personally introduce the screenings. “Everybody in these two theaters has been a part of our life,” he said. “This film documents our life, and thank you for being a part of it. I’m glad we documented something that shows the relationship with the fans, and I’m really proud of it.” READ FULL STORY

Saturday ACM Rehearsal Not-Quite-Live Blog: Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Tim & Faith & Brooks & Dunn

Darius-Rucker-ACMImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWelcome back to the final day of rehearsals for the Academy of Country Music Awards! The one and only Randy Travis has been added as a presenter, and we’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s not dally! In today’s post: Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, a press conference with Sugarland, and a quick chat with Darius Rucker. Onward!

9:40 a.m. Bright and early (for Vegas) Saturday morning here in the MGM Green Giant Arena, and they’re doing a “look-see” with the women who will be handing out the ACM statuettes on Sunday night. The two ladies stand on the stage in their evening gowns, and we look at them, and we see.

9:45 a.m. He’s been off the road all year and he “Ain’t Back Yet”: Kenny Chesney is on the scene to rehearse the single from his 3D movie — which I get to see tonight, so check back here for details on the star-studded premiere tomorrow (UPDATE: Click here to see Whitney Pastorek’s Kenny Chesney in 3-D premiere On the Scene report) — and the uptempo, horn-driven number is almost better than the cup of coffee I’ve not yet had time to go and get. (I am dying inside.) As the riffy song rolls along, Kenny takes a wide stance at the microphone and really gets into it. His voice sounds great. I wonder if he misses performing yet. You know, in between siestas on his yacht in the islands. “That song, ‘Ain’t Back Yet,’ which is from the movie [it plays over the closing credits], I think it really reflects our live show a lot,” Chesney told me. “Been looking for one of those for a couple years, just to add to it.” READ FULL STORY

CMA Entertainer of the Year poll: Who will win? Who should win?

cma-awards-performers_lAs anticipation for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards builds (watch it Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC), so does the debate over who will — and should — be crowned Entertainer of the Year. This year’s nominees include four-time winner and reigning champion Kenny Chesney; Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, who’ve each been nominated for five years straight (Urban won once, in 2005); category newcomer Taylor Swift (who is the first solo female artist to be nominated since Faith Hill in 2000); and two-time winner George Strait (who’s been nominated a total of 17 times, but hasn’t taken the title since 1990).

Make your picks in the polls below. Remember: Unlike the ACM’s fan-voted Entertainer of the Year, the CMA’s top prize is selected by “industry professionals.” For more CMA news, read Whitney Pastorek’s rehearsal coverage, and come back to Music Mix on Wednesday night, when she live blogs from Nashville.

Photo credit: Chris Hollo/ABC; Strait: Daniel Locke/PR Photos

Monday CMA rehearsal Not-Quite-Liveblog: Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and more!

Pull up your britches, Mixers: The full breakdown from day two of CMA rehearsals is finally here for your enjoyment. (Read yesterday’s report here!) There was a long, empty break in the middle of my day due to closed rehearsals from Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn, but we’ve got your Lady Antebellum, your Kenny Chesney, your Sugarland, your Jason Aldean, and your Darius Rucker. Plus, just enough preview scoop to keep you kids interested, but prevent the show’s producers from hanging me by my ankles off the Nashville Visitor Center. Yay!

10:05 a.m. Two men talking in Sommet Center hallway. One with ponytail says to one without: “She will never set foot on another awards show stage without him next to her.” I have no idea what they are talking about, but in my mind, “she” is T-Swizzle, and “him” is a giant abominable snowman wearing a tiny, tiny cowboy hat.

10:07 The Lady Antebellum set is gorgeous: video screens with shadowy branches and winter street scenes, white Christmas lights strung everywhere. It looks like sadness and longing, which I guess is what “Need You Now” — the song they’re performing — is all about. Well. Sadness, longing, and booty calls.


EW Exclusive news: Kenny Chesney to sit out summer of 2010

Kenny Chesney is hanging up his road flip-flops — temporarily. The country superstar told EW in an exclusive interview this weekend that his final stadium show of the 2009 season, on Sept. 19 in Indianapolis, will be his last big blowout before he takes some time off from touring. “I’m not quitting!” Chesney laughs. “It’s just a short pause. The last couple of years I’ve been on an empty tank. And that’s gotta change.”

Chesney is the biggest North American ticket seller this decade — he’s played for a million fans every year since 2004, and a day spent tailgating at one of his stadium shows is an annual escapist tradition for his devoted followers. But this summer, the pace of constant touring — as well as the responsibilities that come along with being a very hands-on captain of an increasingly massive ship, soon to include a clothing line — seemed to be wearing the Tennessee native down. “I can say that I don’t see myself with the foot on the gas pedal as hard as it’s been down for 16 years,” Chesney told EW in June. “I think there is a part of life that I’m missing.”

After the jump, our full Q&A with Chesney on when and why he made the decision to sit out the summer of 2010, the words of advice he got from Bruce Springsteen, and what he hopes to do with his newfound spare time.


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