Kenny Chesney has kicked off 2006 as he ended 2005 - as America's top country draw after selling $5.5 million (GBP3 million) in concert tickets - in a day.

Fans rushed to buy tickets for the first nine dates of his upcoming The Road and the Radio tour when they went on sale at the weekend (11FEB06).

More than 86,000 tickets were sold in a single day, resulting in immediate sellouts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jacksonville, Florida and Austin, Texas, among others.