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For Chesney, the name doesn't remain the same

Friday, July 8, 2016 – Kenny Chesney's "Some Town, Somewhere" was slated to come out today, but when it resurfaces on Oct. 28 as "Cosmic Hallejuah."

After writing, recording and releasing "Noise" in 11 days as the first single, Chesney originally set today as the release date. Earlier this week, Chesney delayed the release to late October, saying he wanted to include "Setting the World On Fire," featuring pop Pink, on the disc. He said today the name would change as well on Good Morning America.

"The more I listened, the more these songs' energy- especially 'Setting The World On Fire' - took hold," Chesney said. "Some Town Somewhere is a great title, and it's every single one of us. But then there's how the album fits together and even expands on what the last album did. So, I could go with what was already in place, or I could grab the title that felt the most right.

"In the end, these album titles are around for a very long time. I really try to have titles that give people a sense of what the music is, and what the album is all about. There sure is a lot of 'Some Town Somewhere' for sure, but really when I pulled back and listened: these songs are all about taking 'The Big Revival' to the next level; that level is 'Cosmic Hallelujah.'"

"You can get so caught up in all of the rushing, the racing around," Chesney said. "Or you can use all that momentum and repel against it, use its energy to experience the rush of being absolutely in the moment. For everyone in the No Shoes Nation, when I look out, that's what I see: people who're so completely alive, everything coming off them is like a giant cosmic hallelujah."

"The longer you do this, the more you appreciate inspiration when it's genuine," Chesney said. "Making records, I have to compete with all the amazing songs I've already cut, and every time I go in, I want to raise the bar - or increase that surge of energy you get from a great song. It doesn't get any easier. Thankfully, there's 'Setting the World On Fire' with Pink, 'Jesus & Elvis' from Matraca Berg, Hayes Carll and Allison Moorer, incredible songs from Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally and David Lee Murphy to name a few...You don't want to settle for a great name when you can have a name that is the essence of what you've got. When you can feel the energy and see where this is going, it's a Cosmic Hallelujah - and then some."

Chesney's Spread The Love Tour runs through August 26-27 when it wraps up at Foxboro, Mass.' Gillette Stadium

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