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Kenny Chesney Signs With Warner Music Nashville


In what has to be one of the most surprising announcements, Kenny Chesney is leaving Sony Music which has been his label home for more than 20 years and has signed on to Warner Music Nashville.

Chesney signed his first record deal with Capricorn Recods and released his first album, In My Wildest Dreams, with the Atalanta based label before they closed. He then moved to BNA, where he released many of his hits including”Don’t Happen Tice,” “The Good Stuff,” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem.”and “She Thinks My Tractors Sexy.” In 2012, BNA closed and he moved to Columbia Records, where he released Life on a Rock, The Big Revival and his latest album in 2016, Cosmic Hallulujah.

We’re still unsure about why the move was made as no official announcement has been made, but it’s hard to think it was due to Sony not promoting the artist. He scored his 28th No. 1 single with “All The Pretty Girls” just three months ago and with his album Cosmic Hallelujah he received his first solo nomination for a Grammy Award with a nod in this year’s Best Country Album category.

The transition leaves Sony Music Nashville with Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley as the sole remaining arena headliners that were left before current chairman chairman Randy Goodman took over. The label group also recently lost Carrie Underwood to Universal Nashville. Sony  has had a focus on new talent under Goodman, recently breaking Maren Morris, LANco, and Kane Brown, and he hasn’t forgotten about veteran country performers, recently signing Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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