Foul? Kenny Chesney Postpones Tour Just Days After Using Bundling to Beat Drake For #1

Published: Saturday 16th May 2020 by Rashad

As we reported here, Country superstar Kenny Chesney ended Drake‘s decade-long Billboard 200 #1 streak when his latest album bested the Canadian hitmaker’s ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ for the tally’s top spot this week.

The narrow win earned a unanimous thumbs down from the rapper’s (born Aubrey Graham) devoted fans as they called out the fact Chesney’s victory was aided by ticket bundling – the act of combining a tour’s ticket sales with album giveaways to pad sales figures.  An issue earning Billboard criticism recently, fans are wondering how the tactic is allowed when most tours are temporarily on hold due to the global health crisis.

Now, the ‘Here & Now’ singer is back in the bad graces of Graham’s supporters as he’s announced the year-long postponement of the very ‘Chillaxification’ used to get him the top spot.

Taking to Facebook Thursday (May 14), Chesney revealed:

“We have done everything possible…
and things I’m not even sure we would’ve thought of three months ago.
Myself and my team have talked to
medical experts, city commissioners, team owners, building staffs, the NFL, often daily,
because coming out to play for you is everything to us.

When we postponed our first wave of shows,
no one would’ve imagined we’d be here today…
Still wondering, still uncertain.
But as I said when we postponed those first dates,
I will not take chances with people I care about.

I’ve laid awake many nights thinking about this,
not wanting to disappoint all the people who are with us every summer…
some who fly from all over the country to meet up,
people who’re coming for the first time…
friends who’ve met at the tailgate or the Sandbar.
No Shoes Nation is not just people buying a ticket to a show,
and I know that.
I care, because you guys care so very much.

But that’s exactly why…
1) I wanted to tell you guys first
2) I hate everything about what I’m about to say

No one has tried harder than my team
to make the 2020 Chillaxification Tour a reality…
Sadly, we can’t find a way to make it safe,
to navigate water that’s just not getting any clearer.

For that reason,
we have to postpone this year’s tour.
We are hoping to have the entire schedule for 2021 finalized quickly.
Right now, though, it’s you and me
and that’s what matters.
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Original tickets are automatically valid for a rescheduled show date.
If you have tickets to a postponed show, refund options will be available at the time a rescheduled show date is announced.”

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Drake fans are livid to say the least.

The Chesney move, which was predicted by most, has increased calls for Billboard to temporarily re-evaluate the use of tour bundling during a time when artists are unable to fulfill the purchase incentive.

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  1. Onika+The+R*****+Whisperer May 16, 2020

    Lol poor Drakeesha

  2. Haterz+Gon‘+Hate May 16, 2020

    Drakeisha needed her ass best for putting out that lane a** pre skool basicness #Next

  3. Chileplease May 16, 2020

    Oh well. Charge it to the game sis.

  4. tyty May 16, 2020

    No wander some artists ain’t chasing the charts anymore, billboard are responsible for this mess where anyone can cheat and manipulate thier way into platinum albums, number 1 single or album 🤷🏽‍♀️ . I now see why Beyoncé didn’t lower herself to get involved in the rat race for number 1 with savage remix.

    • ??? May 16, 2020

      Lies. She wants that #1 so bad but she can’t anymore lmfaoooo

  5. PinotNoir May 16, 2020

    Not foul. Just logical.

    Fans will attend his tour as soon as concerts are deemed “safe” again.

    Stretched-out lips WILL deal.

    … by pouting on a song as usual.

  6. King+Khia May 16, 2020

    A ticket bought meant that an album was bought. The tickets are refundable, not the albums.

    Deal with it.

  7. Meme May 16, 2020

    Messy. All those albums that came with the ticket purchases needs to be retracted.

  8. Cory May 16, 2020

    No, because if the digital download code was actually redeemed there’s nothing that can be done. We are living in different times.

    Drake’s actually numbers were pretty bad as well. I’m a fan but even I’m shocked at the less than 25k he sold. It is what it is.

  9. J May 16, 2020

    They knew before the album was coming out that the tour was going to be dropped

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