Sony Music Nashville has extended its recording agreement with country superstar Kenny Chesney, who has sold over 30 million albums and scored 23 No. 1 hits during his time on the label group’s roster.
“We are very happy to be renewing our worldwide partnership with Kenny Chesney,” said Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris. “He is a tremendous superstar with a unique creative vision and we look forward to sharing continued success with him in the years ahead.”
“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,” remarked Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton. “And his new album Welcome to the Fishbowl may be his finest record yet!”
Under the arrangement, Chesney’s future recordings will bear his Blue Chair Records imprint, which will now be affiliated with Columbia Nashville. Concurrently, Sony Music has announced that it will retire the BNA Records imprint, Chesney’s former label home. All BNA artists and employees will now be assigned to Columbia Nashville.
Chesney’s thirteenth album Welcome to the Fishbowl is due for release June 19, and includes his current hit single “Come Over.” On June 2, Chesney kicked off the Brothers of the Sun Tour with Tim McGraw at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. The opening show, with guests Jake Owen and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, lasted nearly seven hours and featured numerous surprises and an abundance of new music.