Meghan Trainor

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Meghan Trainor is an American singer, born in 1993 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She is primarily known for her 2014 hit single, All About That Bass.

18 Mar, 2015
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On Air interview

Interview

Seacrest interviews Trainor during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about the MTrain Tour and how she chooses special fans for a personal meet and greet.

I’m almost done with this first leg of this tour. Which is unreal because I feel like I just started.

Sometimes when a girl cries a lot, I’ll definitely take her to meet and greet. Or a lot of times, my tour manager will have little nieces, and I’ll take them or family members. In Boston, I had my own two cousins come up.

20 Dec, 2014
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Billboard cover

Magazine Cover

bb42-meghan-trainor-cover-2014-billboard-510Trainor appears on one of four covers of a December 2014 issue of Billboard magazine. She talks about her song All About That Bass.

I came to my session with producer Kevin Kadish with a list of titles, and immediately I was like, ‘Let’s do booty! And thickness! Like, it’s about the bass, not the treble,’ and he was into it. When you have a session, it’s like a blind date — you meet a stranger and make nice with them. He was telling me how he loved ’50s stuff, and I told him how I listened to Frank Sinatra before every session. He started making this beat to make it modern, and I started the first verse freestyle because I was like, ‘I rap.’ When a little white girl walks in and says, ‘I’m a rapper,’ they don’t actually want you to rap. But he was all about it.

19 Nov, 2014
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Cosmopolitan feature

meghan-trainor-freaked-out-after-justin-bieber-covered-songTrainor is featured in Cosmopolitan magazine. She talks about dieting and working out, dating, and Justin Bieber.

I got the call [that he remixed the song] … They said, ‘Check your email,’ and I freaked out, and I played it like a hundred times.

11 Nov, 2014
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Meghan Trainor interview

Seacrest interviews Trainor during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about her song All About That Bass and being signed by L.A Ried.

We pitched the song to every label, and we knew that no one would cut it, ever, cause it’s very specific. And [Epic] was one of the last labels. And the A&R was playing it and L.A. popped his head in and was like, ‘What’s that?’ And they were like, ‘It’s a song from Nashville.’ And [L.A.] said, ‘Well, go sign her! Who is she? Go find the voice!

Meghan Trainor Shares Career Turning Point | On Air with Ryan Seacrest

5 Nov, 2014
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CMA Awards performance

Music PerformanceTV Appearance

Trainor performs her single, All About That Bass, with Lambert at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Lambert:

She’s got like, some moves and she’s like, 20 and I’m 30, so there’s that gap. I’m like, ‘Woah, I need some coffee.’ When she walks in the room, she has so much energy! I was like, ‘Woah, I gotta perk up!’

Meghan Trainor & Miranda Lambert – All About That Bass – CMA's 2014

7 Oct, 2014
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All About That Bass pitched to Beyoncé

All About That Bass was offered to other artists, including Beyonce, before Trainor eventually recorded it, although Trainor admits that Beyoncé most likely never actually heard the song personally:

Some artists get thousands of songs pitched and they never know, so Beyoncé herself probably never heard it.

5 Oct, 2014
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First UK No.1 single

Single Release

Trainor’s single, All About That Bass, is one of the fastest selling tracks in the U.K. so far this year. Her song jumps 32 places to the number one spot this week.

It feels unreal! I still don’t believe it! Especially on my first single. It’s incredible!

2 Oct, 2014
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‘Shames thin women’

Accusation

Trainor is criticized for her single, All About That Bass.The artist has been allegedly accused of “shaming” thin woman in the song:

Yeah, I’m still getting flak. It’ll come for as long as the song lives, but for the most part people are relating to the self-acceptance part of it, which is amazing, because that was my point.

1 Oct, 2014
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Tops Billboard chart

All About That Bass leads the all-female dominated top five songs on the Billboard Top 100 chart for a fourth straight week. The streak is the longest stretch where women have locked men out of the top five position in the chart’s 56-year history.

24 Sep, 2014
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Collaboration

Trainor tells that she will be teaming up with Legend in a song on her upcoming debut album.

I wrote the song like years ago and it wasn’t going to make my album but my Uncle Burton Toney, the man, my Trinidadian uncle [he is married to Meghan’s aunt] he met my managers and forced them to listen. ‘He said you need to hear this song, she didn’t show you this song, you need to hear it. And I thought because it wasn’t shoo-wop vibey I blanked out, and the girl, my manager, listened to it and started crying and she’s like ‘You know you’ve got to cut this, right?’

So then I cut it, I produced a version with my friend and they sent it to John because he’s on my management company and he’s like ‘I love this I want to be a part of it’…It’s gonna be cool.

18 Sep, 2014
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Shake it Off performance

Music PerformanceTV Appearance

Trainor puts her own twist on Taylor Swift’s song on the the Australian radio show, Dan and Maz. In the middle of the song she breaks into a rap:

Hey, say Taylor, shake ’em off / Come on, don’t let ’em get to ya / Go ahead and dance like there ain’t nobody watchin’ ya / Shake like your polaroid picture / You got the fans like we wanna dance wit ya.

9 Sep, 2014
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Title

Trainor releases the title track from her upcoming debut EP Title.

The songs on my EP have kind of the doo-wop feel, but they’re different lyrically.

Meghan Trainor – Title (Audio)

13 Aug, 2014
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No.1 digital song

Single Release

During an interview with Mix 104.1, Trainor learns that All About That Bass is the number one selling digital song.

Oh my god, I want to vomit. That’s amazing.

5 Aug, 2014
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October UK song release

Single Release

The American singer-song writer says that her single, All About That Bass, will be released in the UK on October 5th, 2014. The song is intended to promote a positive body image:

When writing the song, I was thinking about girls today and how, because of social media, there’s more pressure to be society’s version of perfect and the message of the song is to love your body no matter what.

11 Jul, 2014
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Cosmopolitan interview

Interview

Trainor speaks about All About That Bass, which has received 1.7 million views on YouTube. When asked if she has always had a positive attitude about her own body image:

No, no, not at all. I didn’t know how cool I was until just recently. I wish I knew how cool I was in high school, you know? And I see my little cousins — now they have Instagram at 13. I didn’t have Instagram, but I’m pretty sure I would have been more confused about everything if I did at that age. I wrote it to help me as well. And it has helped me because people have been complimenting me like, ‘Man, you look good in that video!’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah I do!’ If I help other people that’s just another dream come true.

2 Jun, 2014
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All About That Bass

Trainor releases her debut single All About That Bass on Epic Records. On the retro sound:

That’s been the difficult part because I’m trying to get some soca in there. I’m trying to get some pop and stuff, and a lot of people are like, “You should keep it all retro.” But, I think we’ve got a good combination of mostly retro, but I’ll throw in some Caribbean drums randomly in a song, and you’ll be like, “Huh? That’s cool.” So, I threw in as much as could. My favorite parts are the lyrics and the melodies — very catchy, very relateable, very honest. A lot of people can relate to it — girls and boys; young and old.

Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

2011
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Big Yellow Dog Music deal

Trainor lands a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music and places her songs with artists such as Rascal Flatts, Macy Kate, Common Kings, and Sabrina Carpenter. Trainor’s parents on passing up college to pursue the publishing deal:

You can learn more with this job than you can in a classroom—go for it!

2009
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Attends Berklee Music Program

Trainor attends a special five-week course at the Berklee College of Music’s Performance Program. She receives excellent marks and reaches the songwriting finals in the college’s song writing competition.

I went to Berklee College of Music at 15 and they had songwriting classes where you could go and learn how to write a song. But, man, I went to one and I didn’t get it. I didn’t write like that. They had a girl (professor) who was talking about how she wrote songs and she said, Any emotions I have I put in this journal, and then I put melodies to the lyrics and I said I don’t do that. Am I doing it wrong? I felt bad about it, but then I left and said, I know how to write a song. I skipped that class.

2007
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Musical aspirations

Trainor attends Nauset High School in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She sings, plays the trumpet and studies guitar with famous guitarist Johnny Spampinato. Trainor is ashamed of her appearance in high school:

In high school, sometimes the voice inside my head was worse than any hater. I used to be miserable in high school, but I should have looked in the mirror every day and said you look so cute today. It was all in my brain. I was like I know (girls at my high school) hate me, but they probably weren’t even thinking about me.

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Nashville music deal

Trainor lands a deal with a Nashville music publishing company and begins writing songs for artists from all corners of the music world.

My parents would take me to songwriting conventions all over, [to] Colorado and Los Angeles … In Colorado – it was random – a country music publisher was there and she heard me. She decided to sign me right out of high school.

2005
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Island Fusion band

Trainor begins performing at age 12 and sings with a local Nantucket band called Island Fusion for four years.  Her aunt,  younger brother, and father, Gary, are part of the band. Trainor:

We put a band together and we would play Soca … and then I would go up and play my little pop songs (laughs). It was fun!

22 Dec, 1993
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Born in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

Birth

Trainor is born in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts to parents Kelli and Gary Trainor. She is a sister to two siblings, Ryan and Justin Trainor. She begins to compose music at seven-years-old and writes her first song at age 11.

Radio was my life growing up.

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