Kenny Chesney’s ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ Debuts as Top Country Album
Just when you think Kenny Chesney can’t get any hotter, he goes and proves you wrong. The country superstar’s new album ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, selling more than 193,000 units in its opening week according to Nielsen SoundScan. ‘Fishbowl’ is Chesney’s eleventh straight album to debut in the top position.
The album — which impacted June 19 — also comes in at No. 2 on the overall Billboard Top 200, just behind teen superstar Justin Bieber‘s new record, but surpassing the first week sales of Chesney’s last three releases.
“This dramatic increase in sales is a real testament to the strength of his new music, as well as the continued momentum of his career at every level,” Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton says in a press release Wednesday.
‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ has already scored a Top 10 hit with ‘Feel Like a Rock Star,’ the duet with Chesney’s good friend and Brothers of the Sun Tour partner Tim McGraw. Chesney’s current single ‘Come Over’ is one of the fastest-breaking songs of his career.
The reigning hitmaker kept himself busy during the album’s opening week, offering fans a a free 75-minute concert directed for a live stream by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme as part of the American Express Unstaged series. Chesney also performed on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ and the ‘Today‘ show Summer Concert Series, where he gave his eager fans a taste of the new album.