Meghan Trainor has had quite the 2014. Since launching her hit single "All About That Bass" on June 11, the young singer has seen the song's popularity grow to staggering heights, topping more than 179 million views on YouTube as of this post.
Furthermore, according to Official Charts, the single has sat comfortably in the top spot on the Official Singles Chart for three straight weeks, starting back in September. This makes it the longest running single by a female musician to hit the number one spot in 2014, and the second longest running number one single in 2014 overall. The number one spot went to Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne, which has topped the charts for four straight weeks.
The song has sold more than 100,000 copies each of the three weeks in the top spot. This week, Trainor's song sold 109,000 copies, with 14 percent of those sales attributed to audio streams. Thanks to online streaming, Meghan also wins the title of most-streamed artist of the week.
Naturally, that kind of success breeds imitation, and there has been no shortage of that in the last four months. The song has been covered by tons of people on the internet, and recently even the Biebs himself got in on the mix. Yet even with the most inspired effort, nothing beats the Meghan Trainor original — but after you hear Postmodern Jukebox do their swanky 1940s version, you might disagree.
This wonderful addition to the "All About That Bass" pantheon features Kate Davis on vocals and standing bass, David Tedeschi on drums, and Scott Bradlee pounding the ivories. One thing you'll notice, which you might either love or hate depending on your taste for profanity, is that "skinny b****es" has been changed to "skinny ladies" and "s*** ain't real" is now "stuff ain't real."
Purists, you might be miffed by this but remember this is the "All About That Bass" '40s cut. No way they would have let it on the radio with the Meghan Trainor language included. That said, I believe it adds to the ambiance. But here, have a listen for yourself, and prepare to dig it.The reaction thus far has been quite impressive. On YouTube, where things like this live and die, the views on this are 3.8 million since September 5 and climbing. Personally, I prefer it but not to the point of having it replace the original. It's just a nice addition that complements the song well.
So what do you think about the '40s version, Meghan Trainor fans? Awesome or meh?
[Featured Image via Meghan Trainor Facebook page]