Meghan Trainor just debuted her new single “No” across the nation on Friday, March 4. The track is to be featured on her upcoming album, Thank You, which is set for release later this year.
If you expected Trainor’s new album to have even more doo-wop songs like “All That Bass” or “Dear Future Husband,” then you’re wrong. Trainor wants to let her fans that there’s a lot more to her than singing about having the perfect man or having a lot of booty to hold at night. The 22-year-old revealed to Billboard that, ironically, the song is about a man telling her “no.”
“I saw down with [Epic CEO] L.A. Reid and said, ‘I have my album done,’ and he said, ‘No, you don’t, you don’t have a single.’ And I looked at him like he was crazy — I was pissed off. And I said, ‘All right Mr. Reid, I’m going to write you a single right now. And I went to the studio and said, ‘I need a big, angry anthem’ and it turned into an awesome woman anthem about being independent.”
Even though the song is the perfect girl-power anthem for women who need to push off those seedy men at the club, Meghan admitted that the track is not based on any of her nightclub experiences.
“I don’t clubbing that often. No, when I’m in the club it’s usually with my bro and we’re in a booth. I don’t have security but I think because [other guys] see my brother they don’t think I’m single.”
The first single reflects the direction of her upcoming second album, which Trainor described as having “a lot of dance songs” and “Caribbean influences.” The reason why Trainor is taking a risk by going in a different direction is that she wants to prove to the world that she’s not just a one-hit or two-hit wonder.
“Since I was seven, my Trinidadian uncle came into our family — he married my aunt — and I’ve been listening to Caribbean music. I love Soca, this amazing genre that’s calypso and Caribbean influenced. It makes you feel good and it’s not on the radio as much over here as I want it to be. So I want to bring a bit over….I’m trying to show all the genres that Meghan Trainor can do as a songwriter.”
Megatrons, have no fear. Trainor revealed that some tracks on the album will still feature her quirky lyrics and her signature doo-wop sound. Trainor revealed that she got some help from writers like Ricky Reed and Jay Cash on those songs.
Fans will have to wait for the “No” video, as Meghan revealed that filming starts on Friday, March 4. She also hinted to Billboard that she’s been taking dance rehearsals for her new video. Meghan joked that she’s been dancing a lot more than she ever has and that every word will have its own dance move.
— Meghan Trainor (@Meghan_Trainor) March 4, 2016
In an exclusive interview for CBS’ Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, which will be broadcast on March 6, the Grammy winner said that even though she exudes confidence these days, she hid her body a lot when she was a teen. The songwriter grew up on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where she attended Cape Cod’s Nauset Regional High School.
“I — every day — wore sweatshirts and sweatpants to cover up my body ’cause I was so insecure. And it would be summer. And I would go on vacation and I’d be in Trinidad and Tobago, 90-degree weather, and I’d be wearing sweatshirts that said ‘Nantucket.'”
Those insecurities trickled into the beginnings of her blossoming music career. Trainor admitted that she would get “sad” whenever she would saw photos of herself and told herself to diet and get into shape so she can look like her fellow pop stars. But after the success of “All About That Bass” and “Lips are Movin,'” Trainor learned to accept her looks and has become a role model for her young fans who have similar body image and self-esteem issues.
Meghan’s Sunday Morning broadcast airs on CBS on Sundays at 9 a.m. EST. What are your thoughts on Meghan Trainor’s new single “No”? Sound off below in the comments section.
[Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images]