Meghan Trainor’s new single “No” is struggling on the charts. It was expected to become her biggest single yet, at least according to Bustle.
“Brace yourselves, pop music lovers: Meghan Trainor’s new single, ‘No,’ is set to arrive soon — and it could be her biggest hit yet! After dropping hints on social media for a couple weeks, Trainor officially announced ‘No’ at the beginning of February during an interview with Fuse.”
“No” was released as the first single from her sophomore album Thank You. Unfortunately, the song, which many expected to hit No. 1, missed out on hitting the top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 during its first week of release. Last week, Trainor dropped to No. 12. For most artists, that would still be considered a success. However, Trainor scored two huge top five hits from her previous album, including the No. 1 hit “All About That Bass.”
The good news is that Billboard reports that Trainor has moved up two spaces to No. 10 this week, so nobody can call the song a complete failure. After all, the song has received good reviews. Music Times says it’s another song with feminist tones from Trainor.
“Yes, this may be the defiant (dare we say feminist) Trainor song that fans have been looking for. Right off the bat, ‘No’ sounds like any ol’ Meghan Trainor single, with doo-wop harmonies and a sweet little melody. But, after just 15 seconds, Trainor finds her voice and the song drops.”
The review adds that “No” should silence Trainor’s critics. Digital Spy likes the song as well, but isn’t sure it will win over naysayers.
“Meghan Trainor’s new single is here and she’s channelling some serious ’90s vibes. It’s almost enough to win over the naysayers and forms the first cut from her new album Thank You. While Meghan received some criticism over the perceived anti-feminist message of her previous singles like ‘All About That Bass’ and ‘Dear Future Husband’, she’s billing ‘NO’ as ‘a great women’s anthem.'”
The response to “No” has been mixed on Twitter.
not commenting on the premise of the song which i think is important, but meghan trainor's "No" sucks balls. #nopunintended
— Steven (@h0i) March 25, 2016
Thank you @Meghan_Trainor for making the song "NO" it is now my favourite song because I love the word "NO" 😀 😛 <3 I love you!
— LittleCaptainPhresh (@Minecaftlover1) March 28, 2016
While it’s way too early to call “No” a flop, it’s not too early to say that the chart performance is a disappointment. Some claim that Meghan Trainor may be experiencing backlash from receiving a Grammy award, which many believe she didn’t deserve. Still, Trainor was teary-eyed when she picked up her award for Best New Artist at the Grammys in February.
When it was announced that Trainor was nominated, the critics dug in. Salon even wrote an article on why Meghan Trainor must be stopped.
“But just when it looked like the Grammys had come to its senses with most of its nominees this year, it creates a very weird juxtaposition: Putting one of the freshest figures in indie rock, Courtney Barnett, alongside one of the most annoying and unoriginal singers in history, Meghan Trainor.”
Meghan Trainor’s fans, however, have wildly defended the singer and said that people need to give her a chance. Do you believe Meghan Trainor is receiving unfair treatment from the press as well as social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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