Kenny Chesney Renews Sony Music Nashville Deal

6. Kenny Chesney

A four-time winner of the Billboard Touring Award, Chesney's Goin' Coastal Tour grossed $84.5 million. Of 55 shows (openers included Zac Brown Band, Uncle Kracker and Billy Currington), 37 were sell-outs. 

The country superstar also gets his own imprint, Blue Chair Records.

Kenny Chesney extended his worldwide recording deal with Sony Music Nashville, the company announced [Monday]. His future recordings will be released under his vanity Blue Chair Records imprint and will be associated with Columbia Nashville.

"We are very happy to be renewing our worldwide partnership with Kenny Chesney," said Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris in a statement. "He is a tremendous superstar with a unique creative vision and we look forward to sharing continued success with him in the years ahead."

The partnership between the two has sold over 30 million albums, with six of his efforts reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums charts. Chesney has had 23 No. 1 songs on the Country Songs chart, while 10 of his albums have reached the pinnacle on Country Albums.

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"This is Kenny's recording home and I couldn't be happier to say that Kenny and Sony will continue to make records together for many years to come," said Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton in a statement. 

"I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter, so to have my own label imprint feels like beyond a dream come true," said Chesney in the statement. "[New album] Welcome to the Fishbowl is the most honest and authentic album I've ever recorded, and I'm thrilled to be able to release it on my own Blue Chair Records. It's the start of a great new chapter for me as an artist."

Sony Nashville also announced that they would be shutting down BNA Records and incorporating all of that imprint's artists and employees under the Columbia Nashville umbrella.