Chesney’s Latest No. 1 Leads String of Hits From Sony

Kenny Chesney notched his 22nd career No. 1 with latest single “Live A Little,” creating his own milestone and one for his label group, Sony Music Nashville. This week each of Sony’s four country imprints—Arista Nashville, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, and RCA Nashville—have artists occupying the top four positions on the country airplay charts. Following BNA’s Chesney are: Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger,” Miranda Lambert’s “Heart Like Mine,” and Jerrod Niemann’s “What Do You Want.”

On the heels of this feat, Chesney announced that his next single will be the Grace Potter duet “You And Tequila,” shipping to radio later this month. This will be the fourth single from his critically acclaimed Hemingway’s Whiskey—the first three all reached No. 1.

“I’ve always loved the song ‘You and Tequila,’” he says of the Matraca Berg/Deana Carter tune. “I’ve had that song for years and lived with Matraca’s demo for a long time. I was looking for somebody to record it with me and I thought of Grace Potter because I love her singing and love her records. I didn’t know her, but I got in touch with her, played her the song and literally three days later she was in Nashville, and we cut it.”

Chesney and Potter shot the video in locations throughout Malibu last week, and it will be released next month.

Potter will join Chesney for his recently added tour stop on July 8 at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado—the date sold out in ten minutes on Friday (4/22). He’ll play three nights at the famed venue, which will be his first performance there. His Goin’ Coastal Tour has already sold 850,000 tickets this year.

 

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