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Kenny Chesney's 'Welcome To The Fishbowl' album debuts today at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart with more than 193,000 albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is his 11th consecutive album to debut at #1. 'Fishbowl' debuts at #2 on the all-genre Billboard 200 Chart.
First-week sales of 'Fishbowl' eclipse the first-week sales of his last three album releases, including the platinum-selling, critically acclaimed 'Hemingway's Whiskey,' which produced four #1 singles and a Top 5 song. "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," said Gary Overton, Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO.
'Welcom to the Fishbowl' has already yielded the Top 10 hit "Feel Like A Rock Star" with 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour partner Tim McGraw, and his current single, "Come Over," is one of the fastest rising singles in Chesney's career. Album release week activities included 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, as well as performances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show Summer Concert Series. Chesney wrapped the week with stadium shows in Nashville and Charlotte.
Chesney is currently on the cover of Men's Health Magazine and People Country, with recent features in USA Today, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and much more. He can be seen on ESPN's latest "This is SportsCenter" commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j84pqBlTC9I&feature=youtu.be), where Chesney tries to ignore ESPN anchor Steve Levy's zealous attempt to join him at the popular table in the ESPN cafeteria. He'll also take part in NBC's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular which airs Wednesday, July 4 from 9-10 pm ET.