Kenny Chesney spent last week dropping hints to fans about what is next for him in his career. Leaving videos on his social media, Chesney caused fans to question what he was hinting at, giving them little but a date — March 24th — and a few chords.
Today, Chesney is answering the inquiries with the announcement that his next single, “Noise“, will arrive at radio on Thursday, March 24th. The song was written with Shane McAnally and became a rush project once the two knew they were working with a potential masterpiece.
Sometimes you know you’ve got something so timely, so right then, you have to grab it. It seemed like everywhere I turn, everywhere I go, there is so much stuff coming at you. Your phone, your car, on the streets, on TV. Everywhere it’s just so loud, so much, so many different things – all pushing buttons, being sensational, shouting for attention. You can’t escape it, and you can’t turn it down. When Shane and I started talking the next morning, the topic came up, then the song fell out with a real meter and the sense “This is a lyric.” We got started, and I knew I had to get to that meeting – and was literally writing in the car as I was driving into town. I actually sat in my manager’s parking lot, still working on the lines, the phrasing, the rhythms… Until finally I had to go in.
With the help of Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, the song was completed urgently with a demo in place. Chesney describes the song and its parts:
The chorus is very orderly, very much a staccato press. If there’s anything that sums up both the state of the world and the reality of what it costs us and feels like, it’s that. It’s all right there: “We scream, we shout til we don’t have a voice/ In the streets, in the crowds, it ain’t nothing but noise… drowning out all the dreams of this Tennessee boy/ Just trying to be heard… in all this noise’ says it all.”
Fans will begin to hear “Noise” later this week.