Kenny Chesney’s heart for helping those in need has earned him some extra accolades as well. His new album, Songs for the Saints, has achieved the No. 1 sales debut in the country, and also debuted at the top of the country album chart, and at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 right behind Drake’s Scorpion. Chesney crafted the album in response to the destruction brought upon the Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma, and proceeds from the project go to benefit Chesney’s Love for Love City Fund, for Virgin Island relief.
“This album means the world to me, because of what it’s about and what it means to the people of the Virgin Islands,” Chesney said. “A lot of who I am is because of the time I’ve spent down there, and how it’s shaped the man I’ve become. It’s how I see the world, and how my music has evolved. So the fact No Shoes Nation has supported this record – a record where all the proceeds go to island recovery – does my heart good. There’s a lot of life, and a lot of truth in these songs. The more you listen, the more you’ll find. And I hope these songs, which really celebrate the spirit of the people, will keep inspiring us all no matter what we’re facing, and give back for years to come.”
The album debuted with sales in excess of 64,600 copies, and including consumption, totals over 77,300 albums in its first week, making it one of the year’s/country’s most successful debuts without a ticket bundle.
“Get Along,” the first single from the album, recently became Chesney’s 30th chart-topper.