A shocking rumor hit the internet this morning. Reports are saying that country music mega-star Kenny Chesney is looking to get out of his deal with BNA Records and has been shopping himself around to Warner Music Nashville and Universal Records. The rumor is coming from the New York Post’s Page Six column early this morning, who says that Kenny is trying to get a $30 million five-record deal at one of Sony Music’s rival music labels.
“He’s very displeased with how Sony has handled him,” a source said. “He wants to be more mainstream.”
Kenny’s manager was fast to react to the rumor, immediately downplaying it and calling it false:
“This is very inaccurate. We have no plans to be anything but a country-music artist . . . Also, we have enjoyed a long-term, successful relationship with Sony . . . The numbers you speak about and Warner Bros., etc. are purely rumors that are far from the truth.”
Kenny just recently made Pollstar’s list of “Top 25 Worldwide Tours.” His “Goin’ Coastal” tour earned him the number eight spot on the list after grossing over $84.6 million US. He was named the number 3 artist on Pollstar’s “Top 25 North American Tours” with the same tour.