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Chesney makes Pollstar top 10

Thursday, July 19, 2018 – Kenny Chesney's Trip Around the Sun Tour is the only country tour to land on Pollstar's mid-year survey of the year's biggest tours.

Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, U2, Justin Timberlake, the Eagles and Pink in the Top 10.

Chesney averaged $2,554,959 for 27 shows. Taylor Swift led with an average gross of $10,299,049 for 11 shows.Luke Bryan was 15th with an average gross of $1.7 million from 12 shows.

"What we do isn't just country," Chesney said. "It's life. For the people who come every summer, whether they love rock or pop or whatever, they're gonna feel the music, but they also know they've lived these songs. For me, it's the artists who rock me, who make me feel something, whose music is part of my life that I go back to again and again, and that's what I try to give the fans every single night we hit the stage."

Chesney started at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium with 55,292 fans and running through last weekend's 57, 528 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium

Chesney, who plays 19 stadiums this summer, said, "Music is medicine, and it's energy, and it's fuel. To me, when music is really firing, it can help you do impossible things, lift you out of unthinkable problems and give you a reason to keep going. I hope the fans who come get as much out of the shows as everyone in my road family gets out of the energy and love that No Shoes Nation throws at us every night."

Heading into St. Louis' Busch Stadium this weekend, Chesney is releasing his homage to the Virgin Islands, "Songs for the Saints" on July 31. Begun as Hurricane Irma was pummeling the Caribbean islands where he's made his home, the songs celebrate the spirit of the land and people.

"I don't do this for the awards or the competition. I do this to write my life and share it with others. When you realize how much you share, whether it's 'Get Along,' or the way a show on a hot summer night makes you feel, that's what all this is for: coming together. It's why Songs for the Saints matters, because No Shoes Nation can live inside that world - and also with buying the record, knowing that money is helping rebuild those islands."

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