Kenny Chesney’s Entire 20-Album Sony Music Catalog Is RIAA-Certified

Kenny Chesney recently broke a record at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium with more than 55,000 fans attending his Trip Around The Sun tour stop. But the achievements don’t stop there for this multi-talented entertainer.

Every album Chesney has recorded for his former label home, Sony Music Nashville, has now earned an RIAA certification, including five multi-platinum albums, 10 platinum albums, and five gold albums.

“It always amazes me how deep into the catalogue No Shoes Nation goes,” says the eight-time Entertainer of the Year winner. “People talk to me about songs from Me and You; they talk to me about Hemingway’s Whiskey, Be As You Are and even All I Want for Christmas. But you never sit down and think about the fact they must have all made those albums a part of their life. So to hear every record I’ve made is platinum – or gold – that kind of makes me pause a little.”

A listing of his certifications follows:

All I Need To Know (1995): Gold
Me and You (1996): Platinum
I Will Stand (1997): Platinum
Everywhere We Go (1999): 2x Platinum
Greatest Hits (2000): 5x Platinum
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (2002): 4x Platinum
When The Sun goes Down (2004): 4x Platinum
Be As You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair): Platinum
The Road And The Radio (2005): 3x Platinum
Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (2007): Platinum
Lucky Old Sun (2008): Platinum
Hemingway’s Whiskey (2010): Platinum
Welcome To The Fish Bowl (2012): Platinum
Life On A Rock (2013): Gold
The Big Revival (2014):Gold
Cosmic Hallelujah (2016):Gold
Greatest Hits II (2009): Platinum
Live In No Shoes Nation (2017): Platinum
Live: Live Those Songs Again (2006): Gold
All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan (2003): Gold

“We were blessed, and we were lucky,” Chesney explains. “I believed there were a lot of people out there, who were living lives a whole lot like mine. When I started writing and recording songs that reflected that, people heard their own stories – and they really responded. I think people deserve to hear songs that show them their life, and that’s always what I’ve tried to do.

“You want to make music that connects, that feels honest and that catches people up in the groove, the melody and yes, the words,” says the man whose brand-new Songs for the Saints (on Warner Music Nashville) was the No. 1 selling all-genre album the week it came out. “To me, all the albums I loved gave me windows into a world I wanted, or lifted up the world I was living in. Happy, sad, mad or whatever, I felt those songs – and hearing this news makes me feel like people felt my songs the very same way.”


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