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Kenny Chesney sets record with "Never Wanted Nothing More"

Monday, July 23, 2007 – The song hit radio 56 hours before it was supposed to be released and found its way into the Top 40. It hit the Top 10 in 3 weeks, went Top 5 in 2 more. Now, seven weeks after its official release date, Kenny Chesney's Southern rock/bluegrass hybrid "Never Wanted Nothing More" hits the top of the country singles chart, his quickest number one ever.

"That thing hit the air and never looked back," Chesney said. "I mean, everybody knows that something of wanting something so bad you can taste it... whether it's a truck, a girl or whatever. We've all been there, and that moment when you're closing in, well, there really is nothing like it in this world. I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one to feel that way!"

The song was written by bluegrasser Ronnie Bowman and Chris Stapleton. "Yeah, that song is pretty much everything I grew up on," said Chesney. "You've got your bluegrass running all through it, and your Southern rock underneath...It's not something you could've just come up with, but it's a pretty tough combination to beat."

"Never Wanted Nothing More" is also Chesney's quickest number one. The multiple week chart-toppers "When The Sun Goes Down" and "There Goes My Life" held the quickest banner, taking only nine weeks to top the charts. With only seven full weeks of airplay, the lead single from the upcoming "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates," his first new music in two years went number one.

Midway through the Flip Flop Summer Tour, Chesney has hit four NFL stadiums, college bars and areans. "I know when we get up on that stage, it's as much a rock show as anything," Chesney said. "But all you gotta do is listen to me sing to know I'm a country artist... and this song goes a long way to make that point. I'm not guessing here, I know my country music... After all, and I think I've said this before, where else but country music could you get laid and saved in the same three minutes? But life hits you fast - and that's everything this song is about."

Chesney hits Saratoga, N.Y.'s Performing Arts Center before sliding into Holmdel, N.J.'s PNC's Bank Arts Center, then on to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

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