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Kenny Chesney wants to be more mainstream, looking to drop record label, report says

Country star, Kenny Chesney, brings the crowd to their feet.AP

Kenny Chesney wants out of his deal with Sony-based BNA Records and is shopping a $30 million, five-record deal to EMI, Universal and Warner.

"He's very displeased with how Sony has handled him," a source said. "He wants to be more mainstream."

Executives were said to be "in shock" over the price. "Welcome to the world of Kenny Chesney," a source cracked.

His manager said, "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."

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