May 12, 2016


Meghan Trainor Producer: Photoshopped Video Started ‘Long-Overdue Conversation’

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Earlier this week, Meghan Trainor released a video for her new single “Me Too”...and a few hours later, she took it down. 

That’s because she didn’t approve of how her body was Photoshopped in the original clip, and decided to reissue the video hours later without any physical manipulations. "My waist is not that teeny, I had a bomb waist that night, I don’t know why they didn’t like my waist, but I didn’t approve that video and it went out for the world, so I’m embarrassed,” she wrote in a series of Snapchats on Monday (May 9).

Ricky Reed, who executive produced Trainor’s new album Thank You (out Friday) and helmed her Top 10 smash “No,” applauds the pop star for speaking her mind about the doctored video.

“I thought that she’s always had the mind and heart to be outspoken in her own way, to talk about things that are bigger than music, as we’ve seen this week with the long-overdue conversation about body image and photoshopping,” Reed tells Fuse. “I think that’s always been inside of her, and really was a matter of her figuring out how to say that stuff and getting a real platform. She herself was a victim of this body manipulation. She was pissed, and [her response] was very direct and very powerful. She was shooting from the hip.”

The worst part about the incident, says Reed: Trainor looked great in the untouched clip! “It wasn’t just being upset about being photoshopped,” he explains. “It’s also like, ‘I’m hot! Fuck you!’ I just think that positive energy and approach is exactly what the conversation needs.”

Reed, who has also scored hits with Jason DeruloFifth Harmony and Twenty One Pilots, is thrilled that “No” has taken off at Top 40 as an “idea-first” pop track that shows a new side to Trainor. The producer is looking forward to Trainor’s fans discovering the gems within Thank You, especially some of the ballads included on the sophomore LP.

“My personal favorite is fairly obvious—the opening song, ‘Watch Me Do,’” he says. “It has all of my and Meghan’s favorite elements of funk and soul, and even a little gospel wrapped up in it. I think there are some ballads on the record, ‘Hopeless Romantic’ and ‘Just a Friend to You,’ that...I cannot wait for people to hear how heartbreaking some of the slow songs are, and how they’ll get under people’s skins.”

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