Chesney heads to the top

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – Kenny Chesney will notch his seventh number 1 album on Thursday as "Life on a Rock" is the best selling disc in the U.S. with 153,000 units sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Garth Brooks has the most number ones on the Billboard 200 with eight.

The sales of the new disc were 40,000 less than the first week sales of last year's "Welcome to the Fishbowl," which debuted in second.

Chesney took over for Michael Buble's "To Be Loved," now second with 96,000 units sold, down 51 percent.

Blake Shelton was sixth with "Based on a True Story...," which stayed sixth with about 35,000 units sold, down 3 percent.

Randy Rogers Band debuted at 9 on the Top 200 with "Trouble," selling 26,000.

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Here and Now CD review - Here and Now
For many years now, Kenny Chesney has been the number one yacht country artist; one never spotted far from an ocean or without an adult beverage in his hand. However, this album's title track expresses a much deeper perspective on life. "I must've sat on a dozen islands/Watched the sun sink into the sea." Previously, island living was the reason for life. Now, life's purpose is described as much more internal than external. Call it trading that pirate flag for a little more mindfulness. »»»
Songs for the Saints CD review - Songs for the Saints
Kenny Chesney's "Song for the Saints" is a step in the right direction for the popular country star. Inspired by the Hurricane Irma disaster, which hit Chesney personally as it destroyed a house he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands, these songs are more serious and heartfelt than typical Chesney music. Best of all is "Love for Love City," a reggae duet with Ziggy Marley incorporating steel drums into an inviting island mix. It's followed by a cover of Lord »»»
Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts CD review - Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts
Kenny Chesney's "Live in No Shoes Nation" accurately recreates an experience of seeing the diminutive party animal live. Chesney has found an extremely lucrative niche as country music's Jimmy Buffett (although much of Buffett's island-y pop music appeals to many of today's non-discerning country music listeners). Also, with songs like "Pirate Flag," Chesney has even borrowed a few of Buffett's sea-related lyrical themes. This live CD could have been »»»