In two weeks, Meghan Trainor will head to the GRAMMY Awards as a major nominee for the second straight year: The singer-songwriter’s debut album, Title, scored Trainor a best new artist nod, after “All About That Bass” was up for record of the year and song of the year in 2015. This week, however, Trainor is excited about the next chapter of her career. “No,” the lead single from her second album Thank You, is coming soon, Trainor confirmed to Fuse after teasing the song on social media this weekend.
“I’m just on cloud nine, because I’ve been working so hard on this album,” Trainor says. “And you know, when you’re wrapping up your album and you’re sitting with your label and they go, ‘You don’t have your singles,’ and it’s like, ‘Man, what do you mean I don’t have my single? I have nine singles!’ I left that meeting and I went to the studio and I wrote a big anthem that was called ‘No.’ And I came back to [Epic Records head] L.A. Reid the next day, with it all produced and written, and I played it for him and he played it 24 times at 9:00 PM at night, because he loved it so much. He was like, ‘There it is.’”
When asked about the song’s release date, Trainor says, “I think March. I think the beginning of March. It’s a hot minute away. We’ll probably get a music video going.” She also described the song as another anthem for the females, after smashes like “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin’,” and says that she sang over a more “urban beat” this time around.
“It’s a big anthem for ladies about telling a dude, ‘Nah, I’m good—I’m out here on my own, and I’m good with it,’” Trainor says. “The scene is me in a club, and the dude comes up to me and I go, ‘No no no. I don’t need your hands all over me. I’m good. I’m gonna dance on my own with my girls.’”
“No” was produced by Ricky Reed (Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” Pitbull’s “Fireball”), also known as solo artist Wallpaper.. Trainor says that she’s admired Reed’s work since she was a teenager, and confirms that he is executive-producing Thank You.
“I was a big fan of Wallpaper., and I was like, ‘If I got in the studio with this guy, it’d be magic,’” Trainor explains. “Ricky really takes the time to listen to every song, even if they’re not his songs, and he takes the time to listen, help me and give advice.”
Before “No” is unveiled, Trainor will attend the GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 15, where she’ll compete against Tori Kelly, James Bay, Sam Hunt and Courtney Barnett for the coveted best new artist prize. As she finalizes her GRAMMY weekend (she says she needs to text Kelly to finalize her party plans), Trainor says that she’s finally soaking in the whirlwind fame that came when “All About That Bass” launched her solo career.
“I’ve actually never been so happy in my life,” she says. “Even with all the success of ‘Bass’ and the first album, I feel like … I can sit with my chin up and go, ‘Yeah, my life is good.’”
Throw it back to our first interview with Meghan Trainor pre-"All About That Bass" fame: