Kenny Chesney logs his 15th top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as Songs for the Saints debuts at No. 2.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Aug. 11-dated chart (where Songs bows at No. 2) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Songs -- which was released on July 27 through Blue Chair/Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville -- earned 77,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 2, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 65,000 were in traditional album sales. Songs is Chesney’s debut for Warner Music Nashville, after a long tenure with Sony Music Nashville.
Songs is Chesney’s 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 and continues his hit streak top 10s. Since 2004, every one his 14 charting albums have debuted in the top 10. (He also logged a top 10 with 2002’s No. 1 No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.)
Among country artists, the only acts with more top 10s than Chesney on the Billboard 200 are George Strait (20), Garth Brooks (19) and Tim McGraw (18).
Songs for the Saints was inspired by the “spirit and resilience the people who live in the islands” impacted by 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Proceeds from the album benefit Chesney's Love for Love City Foundation, which funds relief efforts in St. John and the Virgin Islands. Chesney himself had a home in St. John that was destroyed by Irma.
After the loss, Chesney told HNL, "That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house… I'm gonna do everything that I possibly can to try to relieve some stress from people that I've really grown to love over the years, who have meant so much to my life. This place, these islands, have… shaped me as a human being."