Kenny Chesney Scores 31st No.1 Single With ‘Here and Now’

Kenny Chesney is back at the top of the charts this week, this time with his latest hit single, “Here…


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June 29, 2020


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Kenny Chesney is back at the top of the charts this week, this time with his latest hit single, “Here and Now.”

The timely anthem about living in the moment is the title track off Chesney’s chart-topping album and is a song that the superstar says set the tone for the entire project.

“What you put out first says everything about what your record is,” Chesney shared in a statement. “Maybe it’s old school, but I like the idea that we’re setting not just a moment, but a way of approaching life that reflects the spirit of No Shoes Nation. I am always amazed and rocked by how they face life. They really know how to grab the moment and make the most of whatever it might be.”

The song marks the East Tennessee native’s 31st chart-topping single, earning Chesney the title of the artist with the most No.1s on Billboard’s chart.

“I don’t think you cut songs to set records, but I can say it feels amazing to know other people feel what you’re trying to put into the world,” he acknowledged.

“When we recorded ‘Here And Now,’ it was this awesome rush that captured the peak moments, finding them in your day, creating them and not just waiting around for them to happen. It was the perfect song as we were all getting ready for another summer of shows. But now, in some ways, this song is even more in the moment because we all have to remember to find joy.”

Chesney recently announced the postponement of his highly-anticipated 2020 Chillaxification Tour to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now kicking off May 1 2020, 18 stadium date run will include the same lineup of special guests originally slated for 2020: Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.