Kenny Chesney has done it again. His latest studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, debuted this week at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart. According to his label, Sony Nashville, it’s his 11th album to debut in the Number One slot.
Fishbowl also made a good showing on the Billboard 200 album chart, which ranks albums across all genres. Kenny’s release was the Number Two album this week overall, topped only by Justin Bieber’s Believe.
In a recent interview, Chesney called the new songs “very, very emotionally relatable for a lot of people.”
“You listen to the songs” on Fishbowl, he said, and while there is “a lot of fun on this record,” at the same time, “there are some songs that are very authentic to me, emotionally, and maybe in ways that I haven’t been comfortable enough to let people hear before.”
“The better I try to get as a human being and person,” he continued, “the more I grow up, and the more I feel comfortable in my skin.” Which, he said, allowed him to be “more honest” with his audience.
After Fishbowl, the Country Albums Top Five is rounded out, in consecutive order, by Tailgates & Tanlines (Luke Bryan), Thirty Miles West (Alan Jackson), the compilation NOW That’s What I Call Country, and Blown Away (Carrie Underwood). Last week’s top-selling album, Josh Turner’s Punching Bag, lands at Number Six.