Kenny Chesney’s ‘American Kids’ Hits No. 1 on iTunes
It didn't take long for it to get there, either. 'American Kids' was released to radio on June 20 at 6AM and on iTunes at 7PM -- and debuted at No. 27 on Billboard and No. 31 on iTunes. Two days later, it hit No. 1 on iTunes, proving that it's a sure hit.
Written by country mainstay songwriters Rodney Clawson, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, Chesney fell in love with the song right from the get-go. “I knew it was one of the freshest things in a long time when I heard it,” the superstar says says. He even admits that when the song hit his earbuds for the first time, he knew he'd cut it.
“And then I heard it on the radio, and I couldn’t believe how great it sounded! ‘American Kids’ sounded as freewheeling and free-spirited as the folks I’m singing about… and no matter how old you are, I promise, unless you were one of those kids who just didn’t like fun, you know just how alive this feels," he adds.
The multi-tempo, fun-loving song is the perfect anthem for summer, and country fans are obviously in agreement.
“It’s crazy what’s going on with it,” says Chesney. “People feel just like I do about this song. They love how it makes them feel, where it takes them in their life. You don’t need a big party to have fun, it’s right where you are and how you take it.”
'American Kids' is the first single to drop from the 46-year-old's upcoming album, the follow up to 'Life on a Rock.'
While all of the music will be distinctly Chesney, the singer notes, “I never want to repeat myself. When you’ve had the kind of songs I’ve been able to find, it gets harder every time. But I believe creativity is something you create — with time, passion and talented friends! I hate not playing to the fans this summer, but the response to ‘American Kids’ tells me it was the right thing.”
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