Meghan Trainor has premiered the lead single from her upcoming sophomore album Thank You and those who have been grumbling about the All About The Bass singer’s recent Brit and Grammy Award wins may find themselves being won over by the retro pop charm of No.
Billed by the American pop star as “a great women’s anthem”, the snappily-charged Ricky Reed-produced song is feisty, it’s empowering and it’s bloody good fun – think Destiny Child’s No, No, No meets *NSYNC’s It’s Gonna Be Me – so it could provide Meghan with a little damage limitation, following criticism from some quarters that her breakthrough hit and subsequent follow up Dear Future Husband were anti-feminist.
Meghan recently confirmed that the track came about following a conversation with her record label manager L.A Reid, after he said she was lacking lead single material for the follow up to her hit album Title.
“I told him I’m not going to write ‘All About That Bass’ 2.0. I’m not going to give you another one of those,” she said. “He was like, ‘I’m not asking for that, I promise, but I know you as a songwriter can do better and I know if I push you, you will do better.’”
Producer Reed gave Popdust a little more detail in an interview. “It started with this dance-hall drum rhythm, and Meghan ran into the studio after an upsetting meeting with her record label. We started with a rap, and that turned into a chant. Then, we brought in some funk elements. It is the core of the album, but more so, it is a gateway drug. It is definitely a perfect introduction to her next musical journey.”
Thank You will be released on 13 May, and No is available as an instant grat offering with pre-orders.