Meghan Trainor

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Meghan Trainor
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Trainor performing in 2015
Born
Meghan Elizabeth Trainor

(1993-12-22) December 22, 1993 (age 25)
OccupationSinger-songwriter
Spouse(s)
Daryl Sabara (m. 2018)
Musical career
Origin North Eastham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass
  • ukulele
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • percussion
  • piano
  • trumpet
Years active2009–present
Labels Epic
Website meghan-trainor.com

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (born December 22, 1993) is an American singer-songwriter. Interested in music from a young age, Trainor wrote, recorded, and produced three independently released albums between 2009 and 2011.

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Trainor signed with Epic Records in 2014 and released her debut single, "All About That Bass", in June of that year. It spent eight weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in 20 other countries. The song also sold over 12 million units worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. Trainor then released "Lips Are Movin" in November, which peaked in the top five of over ten countries. Her debut studio album, Title (2015), on which the aforementioned singles were included, debuted at number one in six countries and was certified triple Platinum in the US. It was supported by two other singles: "Dear Future Husband", which peaked at number 13 in the US, and "Like I'm Gonna Lose You", which peaked at number eight. Also in 2015, Trainor was featured on Charlie Puth's debut single, "Marvin Gaye", which topped the charts of four countries and sold more than four million units.

Epic Records American record label

Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc., the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953, but later expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, and hip hop. Epic Records has released music by artists including Glenn Miller, Tammy Wynette, George Michael, The Yardbirds, Donovan, Shakin Stevens, Europe, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent, Shakira, Sly & the Family Stone, The Hollies, Celine Dion, ABBA, Culture Club, Boston, Dave Clark Five, Gloria Estefan, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Michael Jackson. Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.

Single (music) Type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.

All About That Bass 2014 song by Meghan Trainor

"All About That Bass" is the debut single by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. Released by Epic Records on June 30, 2014, the song was included on her debut extended play, Title, and debut major-label studio album of the same name from 2014 and 2015, respectively, serving as the lead single from both. Trainor co-wrote "All About That Bass" with its producer Kevin Kadish; it is a bubblegum pop, doo-wop and retro-R&B song that draws influence from various musical genres including hip hop, country, soul and rock and roll. Lyrically, it discusses positive body image.

Trainor followed with her second studio album, Thank You (2016), which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Its first two singles, "No" and "Me Too" peaked at number three and number 13 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.

<i>Thank You</i> (Meghan Trainor album) 2016 studio album by Meghan Trainor

Thank You is the second major-label studio album by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. The album was released exclusively on Apple Music on May 6, 2016, and worldwide on May 13, 2016, by Epic Records. Its songs were mostly co-written by Trainor, Jacob Kasher Hindlin and Eric Frederic, and produced by the latter. Artists who were featured on the album include Kelli Trainor, LunchMoney Lewis, R. City and Yo Gotti. Musically, Thank You was inspired by Caribbean music, and attempted to showcase Trainor's love for Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars and Elvis Presley. She combined dance-pop and R&B for the album's songs.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

No (Meghan Trainor song) 2016 song by Meghan Trainor

"No" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor for her second major-label studio album Thank You (2016). It was written by Trainor, Eric Frederic, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin, and produced by Ricky Reed. The track was released on March 4, 2016, as the lead single from the album. Backed by an instrumental of ripping guitars, the dance-pop and R&B song draws some influences from doo-wop, with lyrics about men who cannot take the hint when their advances towards women are rejected.

Trainor is influenced by music from the 1950s and 1960s and is known for her throwback style. Her lyrics frequently refer to modern womanhood, body image, and empowerment. She has received several awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award, four ASCAP Pop Music Awards, and two Billboard Music Awards. Outside of music, Trainor has lent her voice to animated films and appeared as a judge on The Four: Battle for Stardom .

Body image is a person's perception of the aesthetics or sexual attractiveness of their own body. It involves how a person sees themselves, compared to the standards that have been set by society. The Austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst Paul Schilder coined the phrase body-image in his book The Image and Appearance of the Human Body (1935). Human society has at all times placed great value on beauty of the human body, but a person's perception of their own body may not correspond to society's standards.

The term empowerment refers to measures designed to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people and in communities in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority. It is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights. Empowerment as action refers both to the process of self-empowerment and to professional support of people, which enables them to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence, and to recognize and use their resources. To do work with power.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

Life and career

1993–2008: Early life

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor was born on December 22, 1993, [1] in Nantucket, Massachusetts, to Kelli and Gary Trainor. Her parents were both jewelers. [2] [3] [4] Trainor has an elder brother named Ryan, and a younger brother named Justin. [5] [2] She began singing at age six, initially at church with her father, a music teacher and organist. [4] [6] [7] [8]

Nantucket Town and county in Massachusetts, United States

Nantucket is an island about 30 miles (50 km) by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, it constitutes the Town of Nantucket, and the conterminous Nantucket County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,172. Part of the town is designated the Nantucket CDP, or census-designated place. The region of Surfside on Nantucket is the southernmost settlement in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State of the United States of America

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, and is one of the original thirteen states. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. Over 80% of Massachusetts's population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and maritime trade.

Organ (music) musical keyboard instrument

In music, the organ is a keyboard instrument of one or more pipe divisions or other means for producing tones, each played with its own keyboard, played either with the hands on a keyboard or with the feet using pedals. The organ is a relatively old musical instrument, dating from the time of Ctesibius of Alexandria, who invented the water organ. It was played throughout the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman world, particularly during races and games. During the early medieval period it spread from the Byzantine Empire, where it continued to be used in secular (non-religious) and imperial court music, to Western Europe, where it gradually assumed a prominent place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Subsequently it re-emerged as a secular and recital instrument in the Classical music tradition.

Trainor became interested in music at an early age and was influenced by her family. [6] At age 11, Trainor told her father that she wanted to become a recording artist and began writing songs, recording them using the digital audio workstation software GarageBand. [6] [9] She started with her own arrangement of the popular song "Heart and Soul". [10] Her mother recalled that Trainor "did a lot by ear", and picked up music without formal training. [7] Her father encouraged her to explore every musical genre. [7] Aged 12, Trainor began performing as part of the cover band, Island Fusion, with her aunt, younger brother, and father, performing soca music alongside her own compositions. [4] [5] Trainor was in the group for four years, singing, playing piano, guitar and bongo drums. [5] [11] By age 13, Trainor had written her first original song, "Give Me a Chance". [10]

Digital audio workstation electronic system designed primarily for editing digital audio

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is an electronic device or application software used for recording, editing and producing audio files. DAWs come in a wide variety of configurations from a single software program on a laptop, to an integrated stand-alone unit, all the way to a highly complex configuration of numerous components controlled by a central computer. Regardless of configuration, modern DAWs have a central interface that allows the user to alter and mix multiple recordings and tracks into a final produced piece.

GarageBand Software application for OSX.

GarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations for macOS and iOS devices that allows users to create music or podcasts. GarageBand is developed and sold by Apple for macOS, and is part of the iLife software suite. Its music and podcast creation system enables users to create multiple tracks with pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, an array of various instrumental effects, and voice recordings.

Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training. It stands in contrast to both art music and traditional or "folk" music. Art music was historically disseminated through the performances of written music, although since the beginning of the recording industry, it is also disseminated through recordings. Traditional music forms such as early blues songs or hymns were passed along orally, or to smaller, local audiences.

Trainor and her family left Nantucket when she was in the eighth grade, temporarily relocating to Orleans, Massachusetts before moving to North Eastham. She attended Nauset Regional High School [7] and studied guitar, played trumpet and sang in a jazz band for three years, and was a substitute cheerleader. [4] [11] [3] [7] [12]

Orleans, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Orleans is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts situated along Cape Cod. The population was 5,890 at the 2010 census.

North Eastham, Massachusetts Census-designated place in Massachusetts, United States

North Eastham is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Eastham in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,806 at the 2010 census.

Nauset Regional High School

Nauset Regional High School is an NEASC accredited high school located in North Eastham, Massachusetts. Nauset is inside the Cape Cod National Seashore, making it the only high school on the East Coast located within a National Park. The open campus is situated about a half-mile from Nauset Light. Nauset's colors are Black and Gold and the school's mascot is the Warrior.

While a teenager, Trainor's parents encouraged her to attend songwriting conventions, taking her to venues where production companies were searching for new artists and songwriters. [10] [9] Aged 15, she took guitar lessons from former NRBQ member Johnny Spampinato. [13] [4] During this time, Trainor used Logic Studio to record and produce her compositions, and later worked independently in a home studio built by her parents. [7] [9]

2009–2013: Career beginnings

Trainor singing "Take Care of Our Soldiers" at Nantucket United Methodist Church, July 2010 Meghan Trainor in 2010.jpg
Trainor singing "Take Care of Our Soldiers" at Nantucket United Methodist Church, July 2010

Between the ages of 15 and 17, Trainor independently released three albums of material she had written, recorded, and performed. [6] Her eponymous debut album, Meghan Trainor, was released on December 25, 2009, [14] receiving airplay from local Massachusetts radio station WCIB. [7] Trainor enrolled in the Summer Performance Program at the Berklee College of Music during the summers of 2009 and 2010, reaching the finals of the program's songwriting competition. [11] She released "Take Care of Our Soldiers" on April 16, 2010, a charity song in support of American troops abroad. [9] [15] The following year, Trainor released two acoustic albums, I'll Sing with You and Only 17. [7]

At a music conference in Colorado, [5] Trainor was introduced to former NRBQ member, Al Anderson. [4] He was impressed by Trainor's songwriting and referred her to his publisher, Carla Wallace at Nashville-based Big Yellow Dog Music. [4] [7] Though Trainor had been offered a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, she decided to pursue her songwriting career and signed with Big Yellow Dog. [6] [16] [3] [2] [9] She began her career as a songwriter-for-hire because of her ability to tackle a variety of genres. [4] She began by publishing songs for others and was unsure about becoming a recording artist. Her father said, "She thought she was one of the chubby girls who would never be an artist". [4] Trainor graduated from Nauset Regional High School in 2012. [12] Her second promotional single, "Who I Wanna Be", was released on April 24, 2012. [17]

Throughout 2013, Trainor traveled to Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles, where she wrote and helped produce country and pop music. She sang lead and background vocals on demos for other artists, with her vocals occasionally being used on the final recording. She earned her first songwriting royalties by writing for Italian artists. [6] [18] In June 2013, Trainor met producer Kevin Kadish in Nashville via Wallace and a mutual friend. [7] [19] Kadish and Trainor both liked retro style music and began recording together that month. [19] Trainor later became frustrated with commuting from Nantucket to Los Angeles for songwriting sessions. Her parents did not want her to relocate as it would be expensive. In November, Trainor decided to relocate to Nashville instead. [4] [7] There, she wrote songs for a number of acts, including Hunter Hayes, [2] Rascal Flatts, [7] R5, [20] and Sabrina Carpenter. [21]

2014–2017: Breakthrough with Title and Thank You

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Trainor performing in Philadelphia during the Jingle Ball Tour 2014

Kadish and Trainor wrote "All About That Bass" in 2013, a year before she performed it for Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid in February 2014, [22] which led to her signing with the label. [10] Trainor hired Troy Carter as her manager. [16] "All About That Bass" was released on June 30, 2014, [23] and its music video became a viral hit. [24] The song reached number one in 58 countries and became one of the best-selling singles of all time, [25] with worldwide sales of 11 million units as of December 2014. [26] "All About That Bass" preceded Trainor's debut extended play (EP), Title , released on September 9, 2014. [27] It was composed entirely by Trainor and Kadish, [28] and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 and number 17 on the Canadian Albums Chart. [29] [30] Trainor released her second single, "Lips Are Movin" on October 21. [31] The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, [32] making her the fifth female artist to follow up her chart-topping debut hit with another top 5 single. [33] "Lips Are Movin" also reached the top 10 in Australia, [34] Canada, [35] and New Zealand. [36]

In November 2014, she appeared as a guest mentor on the seventh season of American series The Voice . [37] Billboard ranked Trainor as the fourth Top New Artist of the year, [38] and placed her 12th on their own 21 Under 21 2014 list. [39] Trainor's three self-released albums were pulled from circulation in the build-up to her major label debut studio album, Title . [7] [40] [41] It replaced her EP of the same name on the iTunes Store, [42] and was released on January 9, 2015. [43] The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, [44] making her the 13th female artist with a debut number 1 song and album. [33] On March 3, 2015, Trainor released "Dear Future Husband" as the album's third single, [45] which reached the Hot 100's top 20. [32] Trainor was featured on Charlie Puth's debut single, "Marvin Gaye", which was also released that month. [46] Her next single, "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" featuring John Legend, became her second number-one on the Australian Singles Chart [47] and third top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. [48]

Trainor's first headlining concert tour, That Bass Tour, began on February 11, 2015, with Australian band Sheppard as the opening act. [49] The album was further promoted through the MTrain Tour, with Charlie Puth and Life of Dillon as opening acts. It was set to begin on July 3. [50] However, Trainor was diagnosed with a vocal cord hemorrhage that month, and was ordered by her medical team to undergo complete vocal rest. This led to the delay of the first two dates of the MTrain Tour. [51] On August 11, 2015, Trainor announced that she was canceling the remainder of her North American tour and would get surgery "to finally fix this once and for all". [52] In July, it was announced that Trainor was writing a song for The Peanuts Movie soundtrack, entitled "Better When I'm Dancin'". [53] [54] In October 2015, Trainor appeared on Undateable as the musical guest, and made a cameo appearance. [55] In late 2015, American singer Who Is Fancy released the single "Boys Like You", featuring Trainor and Ariana Grande. [56] Title was the ninth best-selling album of 2015 worldwide, with 1.8 million copies sold according to IFPI. [57] Trainor won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. [58]

Trainor performing in Washington, D.C. during Capital Pride in June 2016 Meghan Pride.png
Trainor performing in Washington, D.C. during Capital Pride in June 2016

Trainor revealed to E! Online on January 7, 2016, that she was almost finished working on her second major-label studio album Thank You . [59] She told MTV News that the album was influenced by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Bruno Mars, and features a collaboration between her and R. City. [60] The album's first single, "No", was produced by Ricky Reed, [61] and released on March 4, 2016. [62] It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was certified double platinum in the country. [63] Shortly after, Trainor released four promotional singles, "Watch Me Do", "I Love Me", [64] "Better" (featuring American rapper Yo Gotti), and "Mom", which features her mother. [65] The second single from the album, "Me Too", was released on May 5. The accompanying video was released four days later but quickly removed because of unapproved digital manipulation of Trainor's body. [66] It was corrected to the unedited version and re-released the next day. [67] The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was eventually certified triple platinum in the US, indicating sales in excess of three million copies. [32] [63]

Thank You was released exclusively on Apple Music on May 6, 2016, and saw a standard commercial release on May 13, 2016. [68] In July, Trainor embarked on The Untouchable Tour, in support of the album, with Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings as opening acts. [69] "Better" was released as the album's third single in August 2016, and its music video featured a cameo from Beau Bridges. [70] Thank You was certified platinum in the US for sales in excess of one million units. [63] Trainor was featured on several other artists' songs in 2016, including "Forgive Me Father" from DJ Khaled's album Major Key , [71] "Someday" from Michael Bublé's album Nobody but Me , [72] and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from Brett Eldredge's album Glow . [73] She co-wrote multiple songs during this time period including Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't Your Mama" and "You Gotta Not" from British girl group Little Mix's album Glory Days . [74] [75] On February 24, 2017, Trainor released the single "I'm a Lady" for the film Smurfs: The Lost Village . She also voiced a character called Smurfmelody in the movie. [76]

2018–present: Treat Myself and The Love Train

In December 2017, Trainor was announced as one of the judges on the Fox show The Four: Battle for Stardom , alongside Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Charlie Walk. [77] It aired its first two seasons in 2018. [78] She also competed against singer Shania Twain in an episode of TBS's Drop the Mic , which aired in January 2018. [79] Her third major-label studio album, titled Treat Myself , was scheduled for release on August 31, 2018, but was delayed until January 2019. [80] [81] Its lead single, "No Excuses", was released in March, and peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. [32] The respective second and third singles, "Let You Be Right" and "Can't Dance", followed two months later. [82] The song "All the Ways" was released on June 20, 2018, along with the pre-order of the album, [83] and the album's title track was made available on July 20, 2018. [84]

The same year, Trainor was featured on Jason Mraz's song "More than Friends". [85] In collaboration with Sigala and Ella Eyre, Trainor released the single "Just Got Paid", which featured American rapper French Montana. The song reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart, [86] number 7 in Scotland, [87] and number 12 in Ireland. [88] Trainor and Sean Paul appeared on a remix of CNCO's song "Hey DJ" later that year. [89] [90] [91] She kicked off The Salvation Army's 128th annual Red Kettle Campaign on November 22, 2018, performing at a Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins game. [92] [93] [94]

Treat Myself was initially delayed for a January 2019 release, but the pre-order was removed from iTunes that month and Trainor's website currently gives the release date as TBD. [95] [96] "All the Ways" was serviced to hot adult contemporary radio as the album's fourth single in February 2019. [97] That month, Trainor also released an EP, titled The Love Train , which was promoted through various music videos. [98] [99] Trainor will be a headliner, along with Years & Years, for the 2019 Los Angeles Pride festival. [100] She will also voice the character of a fairy god-mother in the upcoming film Playmobil: The Movie . [101]

Artistry

Influences

Growing up, Trainor was introduced to 1950s music, doo-wop, jazz, and the work of James Brown by her father. [7] [102] She grew up listening to soca and Caribbean music, [62] and credits 1950s music, soca, and Frank Sinatra for influencing her blend of hip hop and pop music. [103] As a songwriter, Trainor has been influenced by Sinatra's repertoire, saying "No one writes like that anymore, because it's hard". [104] She is inspired by Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins, and has cited Bruno Mars as one of her biggest influences. [3] [103] [104] [105] Other musicians she has cited as influences include Christina Aguilera, The Andrews Sisters, [106] Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, [60] The Chordettes, [102] Ray Charles, Earth, Wind & Fire, [103] Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, [107] NSYNC, [108] Ariana Grande, Jason Mraz, [105] T-Pain [3] [105] and Beyoncé. [109]

Musical style and themes

Trainor is a singer-songwriter. [110] [111] Her music incorporates pop, [112] R&B, [113] [114] doo-wop, [10] [115] and blue-eyed soul. [116] Her debut EP Title comprises throwback style sound, and "1950s doo wop-inspired songs that straddle the line between modern R&B and melodic pop". [113] Her work is reminiscent of the famous Brill building composers, such as Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, [117] Neil Sedaka, Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, [118] and to 1960s singers such as Brenda Lee, Betty Everett and Eydie Gormé. [119] Trainor plays a variety of musical instruments: bass, [4] guitar, ukulele, keyboard, trumpet, percussion, [7] and piano. [104] She feels that a song's melody is more important than its lyrics. [7] She composes in a variety of genres, including country, hip hop, reggae and soca, [4] but prefers doo-wop and reggae. [109]

Trainor's vocals have been described as "soulful" and "highly resonant", and "a reedy cross" between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. [113] [120] Chris DeVille of Stereogum opined that she is "a very capable singer", and added that Trainor "project[s] lots of character and emotion within a relatively limited range". [111] The harmonies in Trainor's music have been compared to those of the 1960s girl groups. [121] Writing for BuzzFeed, Naomi Zeichner noted that Trainor "pairs a throwback sound with lyrics that contemplate 21st-century womanhood". [122] When asked about the "absurd standards of thinness" promoted by the music industry, Trainor has said that she aims to "break those chains". [123]

A critic has stated that her music masks social issues such as sexism and body-shaming. "All About That Bass" has garnered criticism for having a sexist and faux-feminist message, and "Title" for portraying "retrograde beliefs about relationships". [124] The music video for "Dear Future Husband" garnered controversy for its portrayal of Trainor as a "'50s housewife", being opposite to the song, which was described as a "women empowerment anthem". [125]

Image and personal life

Rolling Stone described Trainor as 2014's "Most Unlikely Pop Star". [10] Following the release of Title, media outlets referred to Trainor as an inspiration to youth who struggle with body image and bullying. [16] [24] The Guardian 's Caroline Sullivan referred to Trainor as "the poster girl for the larger woman" and "pop's emblem for self-acceptance". [126] Trainor's comments in 2014 interview that she was not "strong enough" to have an eating disorder and "had tried to go anorexic for a good three hours" were criticized from American singer Demi Lovato. [127] [128] [129] In March 2015, Trainor partnered with plus-size retailer FullBeauty Brands as a consultant for the creation of clothing for women with varying body types. [130] [131]

Some critics have described her as anti-feminist and suggested that she seeks self-worth based on the opinions of men. [124] [132] In a 2014 Billboard interview, Trainor did not identify as a feminist, [133] but she changed this stance in a 2016 Bustle interview, stating "I'd been told: 'Don't say you're something if you don't know what it is.' So I was like: 'Well, I'm not a feminist,' because I didn't really understand it and then I was like 'Oh, s**t! Obviously I am a feminist. My songs are women's anthems across the board.'" [134]

Trainor began a relationship with actor Daryl Sabara in July 2016, [135] and the couple got engaged on December 22, 2017. [136] The two married one year later, on December 22, 2018, coinciding with Trainor's 25th birthday. [137] [138] [139]

Awards and nominations

During her career, Trainor has won four ASCAP Pop Music Awards, [140] two Billboard Music Awards, [141] a People's Choice Award, [142] and received one Grammy Award. [40] Trainor received the accolade for Best Female Artist at the 2009 International Acoustic Music Awards, the Grand Prize at the 2010 New Orleans Songwriter's Festival, the 2011 Tennessee Concerts Song Contest, and the John Lennon Love Song Songwriting Contest. [6] She was named the "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" by the Music Business Association in 2014. [143] Among her achievements, Trainor became the 21st woman to land her debut single at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, [144] and the fifth female artist to follow up her chart-topping debut single with another top 5 release. [33] On the Billboard Year-End charts for 2015, Trainor was listed seventh on Top Artists and second on Top Female Artists. [145]

Discography

Tours

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village SmurfmelodyVoice role
2019 Playmobil: The Movie Fairy god-motherVoice role

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2015 Undateable HerselfEpisode: "Halloween Walks Into a Bar"
2018 The Four: Battle for Stardom Judge
2018 Drop the Mic HerselfEpisode: "Danielle Fishel vs. Jonathan Lipnicki / Shania Twain vs. Meghan Trainor"
2018 Lip Sync Battle Guest

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Title is the debut EP by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. It was released by Epic Records on September 9, 2014. On music provider iTunes, it was later replaced by her 2015 debut major-label studio album of the same name. The EP was produced by Kevin Kadish with all of the music and lyrics written by Trainor and Kadish.

Meghan Trainor discography discography

American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor has released two studio albums, two extended plays (EP), two live albums, eighteen singles, eighteen music videos, three independent albums, and seven promotional singles. She self-released the albums: Meghan Trainor (2009), I'll Sing with You (2011), and Only 17 (2011). These self-produced albums were pulled from circulation after she signed with Epic Records in February 2014. Trainor's debut single, "All About That Bass", was released on June 30, 2014, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks. The single became the longest-reigning number-one by an Epic recording artist in the United States, surpassing the seven-week record held by Michael Jackson's songs "Billie Jean" (1983) and "Black or White" (1991). It topped the national charts of 58 countries and became one of the best-selling singles of all-time. As of 2015, it had sold over 11 million units internationally. "All About That Bass" was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and preceded Trainor's debut EP, Title (2014), which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 in September 2014.

<i>Title</i> (Meghan Trainor album) Album by Meghan Trainor

Title is the debut major-label studio album by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. The album was released on January 9, 2015, by Epic Records and replaced Trainor's 2014 extended play with the same name on the iTunes Store. Its songs were mostly co-written and co-composed by Trainor and Kevin Kadish, and produced by Kadish. Other artists who collaborated on the album include Chris Gelbuda, Jesse Frasure, John Legend and Shy Carter. Musically, Title was inspired by Trainor's love for throwback style records, and music from the 1950s and 1960s. She combined different musical genres, including Caribbean, doo-wop, hip hop, soca and pop, for the album's songs.

Lips Are Movin 2014 song by Meghan Trainor

"Lips Are Movin" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor and co-written by Trainor and producer Kevin Kadish. Epic Records released it on October 21, 2014, as the second single from Trainor's debut major-label studio album Title (2015). "Lips Are Movin" was announced in October 2014, along with its official single artwork, and release to radio stations in the same month. "Lips Are Movin" is a bubblegum pop, doo-wop and R&B song with wry lyrics about a philandering, untruthful man.

Dear Future Husband Meghan Trainor song

"Dear Future Husband" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor for her debut major-label studio album Title (2015), which first appeared on Trainor's EP of the same name (2014). The song was co-written with and produced by Kevin Kadish. Released by Epic Records on March 17, 2015, as Trainor's third single from the album, it is a pop, doo-wop and R&B song. Lyrically, it consists of themes of chivalry and marriage, and lists qualities that Trainor requires in a romantic suitor.

Like Im Gonna Lose You 2015 song by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend

"Like I'm Gonna Lose You" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor featuring American singer John Legend. Epic Records serviced it to contemporary hit radio on June 23, 2015, as the fourth and final single from Trainor's debut major-label studio album Title (2015). Trainor co-wrote it with Justin Weaver and Caitlyn Smith, and co-produced it with Chris Gelbuda. "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" is a soul love song which conveys the message to not take time with loved ones for granted. Trainor wrote it after she dreamt about a loved one dying.

"Title" is a song by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor from her debut extended play and debut major-label studio album of the same name from 2014 and 2015, respectively. Kevin Kadish produced the track, and co-wrote it with Trainor. A doo-wop recording, "Title" also incorporates elements of folk music. In its lyrics, the singer demands her love interest to put a name on their relationship status. Trainor released a music video for "Title" on November 20, 2015, which was directed by Anthony Phan. Commercially, the song peaked at number 9 in New Zealand and at number 100 on the US Billboard Hot 100, being certified Gold in both countries. Trainor performed the song at MTV, in a session for the National Post, during the Jingle Ball Tour 2014 and on her That Bass and MTrain tours.

That Bass Tour concert tour by Meghan Trainor

That Bass Tour was the first headlining concert tour by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. It was launched in support of her debut major-label studio album Title (2015), and visited North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The tour was initially announced in November 2014 with North American dates being released at the same time, with Oceanic, European and Asian dates announced afterwards. The show was produced by Live Nation Entertainment. The set list featured the majority of the songs from Title, along with a cover of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk". Reviews for the tour were generally positive, with critics praising Trainor's prowess performing live.

Me Too (Meghan Trainor song) 2016 song by Meghan Trainor

"Me Too" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor for her second major-label studio album Thank You (2016). It was written by Trainor, Eric Frederic, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Jason Desrouleaux, Peter Svensson, and produced by Ricky Reed. The track was released on May 5, 2016, as the second single from the album. The electro and R&B song has lyrics about self-love and self-empowerment, urging listeners to be more content and confident with themselves. It received mixed to negative reviews, with some critics accusing Trainor of bragging.

The Untouchable Tour

The Untouchable Tour was the third headlining concert tour by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. It was launched in support of her second major-label studio album Thank You (2016), and consisted of concerts in North America and Europe. The tour was announced in April 2016, with dates being released at the same time. The show was produced by Live Nation Entertainment. The set list featured the majority of the songs from Thank You, all four singles from Trainor's debut major-label studio album Title, and a cover of Drake's song "One Dance". The tour was positively received by most critics.

Let You Be Right 2018 single by Meghan Trainor

"Let You Be Right" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor for her third major-label studio album Treat Myself (2019). It was written by Trainor, Andrew Wells and Jacob Kasher Hindlin, and produced by the latter. "Let You Be Right" was announced on May 8, 2018, along with its official single artwork the day after. Epic Records released it on May 10, 2018, as the second single from the album, along with "Can't Dance". Lyrically, the disco-tinged midtempo throwback song with "sugary" production sees Trainor trying to reach a compromise with a feuding lover.

<i>Treat Myself</i> Studio album by Meghan Trainor

Treat Myself is the upcoming third major-label studio album by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. The album was originally scheduled for release on August 31, 2018, but was delayed due to Trainor wanting to add more songs. On January 7, 2019, the album preorder was removed from iTunes and Apple Music. There is currently no release date. Treat Myself was preceded by the release of five songs, including the four singles "No Excuses", "Let You Be Right", "Can't Dance" and "All the Ways". Trainor released the EP The Love Train as a predecessor to the album.

"I'll Be Home" is a song by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor from the extended play I'll Be Home for Christmas (2014), released by Epic Records. The song also later appeared on the Japanese and special editions of her debut major-label studio album Title (2015). Written and produced by Trainor, "I'll Be Home" is a Christmas ballad with lyrics about promising to be home for Christmas. Music critics praised the song as a positive change of sound from her other work. Commercially, it initially peaked at number 56 in Switzerland, 72 in Netherlands, and at number 35 in Sweden in 2015, being certified Gold in the latter. It was not until December 2018 and early 2019, that "I'll Be Home" appeared on various other single charts, including number 53 in Austria, number 31 in Norway and number 45 in Germany.

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