Chesney Stadium Sell-out; Currington W/ Babyface; Atkins Brings Country To Jersey

Rodney Atkins. Photo: Matthew Ryan/Wanderer Arts Photography

Kenny Chesney sold out Boston’s Gillette Stadium on Saturday morning (11/20) in just 8 minutes. The August 27, 2011 stop on his Corona Extra sponsored Goin’ Costal Tour is the first official sell-out of his 2011 concert season.

This marks Chesney’s sixth sell-out at the venue, each time totaling almost 60,000 tickets. Chesney is fresh off his 20th No. 1 single “The Boys of Fall.”

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Rodney Atkins brought country music to New Jersey with style. He was the first country artist to perform at the Starland Ballroom, a local legend, and played to a sold-out crowd.

Starland’s Jon Vena credits the genre’s growth in the market to the addition of new country station, WKMK Thunder 106. Atkins’ latest single, “Farmer’s Daughter,” is still climbing the charts and is currently in the Top 5. The single has sold close to 500,000 downloads on iTunes.

Among the acts who have previously graced the stage at Starland are Justin Timberlake, The Black Crowes and Social Distortion.

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Billy Currington surprised fans at his show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago last week by bringing out superstar artist and producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds for a soulful collaboration of “Change The World.” See video below.

Back in September, Currington and Edmonds met in Los Angeles to write and struck up a friendship. Edmonds joined Currington on a three-day run for more writing sessions last week.

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