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Chesney makes top 10 in Pollstar concert report

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – Kenny Chesney is the only country act in the Top 10 of Pollstar's annual midyear report, ranking the most successful concert tours at the halfway point of every year. Landing at number seven Britney Spears, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion, Elton John/Billy Joel, the Eagles, and Bruce Springsteen, Chesney and Dave Matthews had by far the cheapest ticket prices of any music acts in the Top 10.

"I know this is a rough summer," said Chesney. "I remember how it is when you want to, and you gotta figure out what you're not gonna do. It's why we've really tried to keep the prices reasonable... put on a good show... but especially to give people for those few hours a reason to just have a good time. I can't solve the problems, but maybe I can get you to forget... to laugh... be free and remember how great it feels to be alive."

"When you have to decide," said Chesney, "I wanna know we're giving the people the best show, that we're a good way to spend your money. That we're stacking up against such big tours - and music that is anything but what we do, well, that makes me proud for the genre, too."

"I'm just glad we can make people feel better," says the songwriter from Luttrell. "In times like these, it really makes you feel good to know this music can do that... It's not much, but it sure makes a difference."

Rascal Flatts was 17 and George Strait 29 on the report.

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