NASHVILLE, TN, June 4, 2012 -- Sony Music Nashville announces the extension of its exclusive worldwide recording agreement with superstar Kenny Chesney. During his tenure with the label group, Chesney has sold more than 30 million albums and scored 37 Top 5 singles, including 23 number one hits.
Said Doug Morris, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, “We are very happy to be renewing our worldwide partnership with Kenny Chesney. He is a tremendous superstar with a unique creative vision and we look forward to sharing continued success with him in the years ahead.”
“This is Kenny’s recording home and I couldn’t be happier to say that Kenny and Sony will continue to make records together for many years to come,” remarks Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton. “And his new album ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ may be his finest record yet!”
As part of this new agreement, the entertainer’s future recordings will carry his Blue Chair Records imprint. Blue Chair will be affiliated with Columbia Nashville, and listed as Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville.
“I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter, so to have my own label imprint feels like beyond a dream come true,” says Kenny Chesney. “‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ is the most honest and authentic album I’ve ever recorded, and I’m thrilled to be able to release it on my own Blue Chair Records. It’s the start of a great new chapter for me as an artist.”
In tandem with this announcement, Sony Music Nashville reveals that the BNA Records imprint will be retired and all of its artists and employees will be welcomed to Columbia Nashville.
“We are proud to add these artists to the legacy of the Columbia Nashville label,” Overton says. “For more than 50 years Columbia Records has been part of Nashville with such legendary talents as Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and Ray Price to name a few. And now, the rich history continues.”
Sony Music Nashville includes its three country label operations – Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville and RCA Nashville – and Provident Music Group, one of the world’s leading Christian music companies. Sony Music Nashville is a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
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