Kenny Chesney Beats Drake, Earns 9th Top 200 Album No.1 Debut with ‘Here And Now’

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for dcp
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for dcp
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for dcp

Kenny Chesney earned his 9th Top 200 album No.1 debut with his just-released 19th studio album, Here And Now. With 233,841 in sales, Here And Now beat out Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes, and according to Billboard, became the third biggest sales week for an album in 2020.

Here And Now earned the largest week in sales for any country album since the release of Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty in September of 2018. It’s also the first country album to top the Billboard 200 in almost six months, since the debut of Luke Combs’ latest album, What You See Is What You Get. 

The superstar credits his fans as well as the creatives working by his side for the album’s immense success.

“I say it every day: There is no group of people like No Shoes Nation,” Chesney says. “The heart. The soul. The passion. They are always there, and they are always loud, proud and inside the music in the same way I was growing up! It matters to them, the same way it matters to me.”

“This No. 1 is so gratifying,” he adds. “It says so much about the players and the songwriters, everyone working in a creative capacity in Nashville, as well as all the people working to get this music into the hands of the people who love and want it.”

Here And Now features 12 tracks, including the Top 10 and rising title track, the anthemic “We Do,” and the buzzed-about “Knowing You.”

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