New Music From Meghan Trainor Is On The Way

by Alex Kritselis

She's been slayin' the charts since summer 2014, and she shows no signs of taking a break: Meghan Trainor could release a new song soon. In December 2015, the 22-year-old "All About That Bass" hit-maker told MTV she was finishing up her sophomore album, Thank You , and hoped to have it out in February or March. "It has a lot of big songs on it that I can't wait for the world to finally hear," she teased. Although the project doesn't have an official release date yet, the premiere of a new track seems to be on the horizon: On Sunday, Trainor tweeted that she'd selected the first single from her next LP, and was so excited, she couldn't sleep! So, when will Meghan Trainor release new music? And what do we know about her upcoming single?

If the "Lips Are Movin" singer is still hoping to drop Thank You in February or March, I think we could be hearing her new single any day now. (Lead singles often precede an album by one or two months.) We don't have many details about the song yet, but Trainor concluded her aforementioned tweet with the hashtag "#NO," which might hint at its title:

In fact, Trainor has tweeted just the word "no" a couple of times recently to in-demand pop producer Ricky Reed:

Is "No" the title of Trainor's new tune? It's too soon to say, but it's definitely a possibility. Whatever it's called, I think it's a safe bet Reed had a hand in creating it — which is exciting! Over the last several years, Reed has made his mark on the world of pop music, co-writing and producing hits like Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," Pitbull's "Fireball," and Fifth Harmony's "BO$$." (He's also done songs for Jessie J and Mary Lambert.) I'm looking forward to hearing what he worked on with Trainor!

But, because Reed's discography is so varied, his possible involvement doesn't shed much light on what MTrain's new single will sound like. However, we know this much: it's not a ballad. In a Jan. 13 interview with Forbes, Trainor said her second collection was "pretty much done," and opened up about the single selection process:

We have nine songs that we love and are all single-worthy on this new album. It's all a matter of what should go first. I can't put a ballad out now because I have a ballad out already. It's very tricky. It's a lot of opinions and it's a very hard thing to get through.

The ballad she referred to is, of course, her duet with R&B crooner John Legend, "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" (which currently sits at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

So, to recap: Meghan Trainor's new single might be called "No," it could be produced by Ricky Reed, and it's probably not a ballad. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long to hear it! In her aforementioned MTV interview, Trainor revealed that her new LP was influenced by artists she "grew up listening to," like Bruno Mars, Aretha Franklin, and Elvis. She described the material as "something that's not on the radio" and "different." Intriguing.

As always, I'll be on the lookout for further developments.