Monday, March 7, 2016

Meghan Trainor has a not-hateful new single

First Justin Bieber releases a series of non-atrocious singles. Now Meghan Trainor has a song I don't actively hate. What next? A self-effacing tweet from Kanye West? Rihanna looking like she gives a shit? Cheryl Cole dating a member of One Direction?

Don't be ridiculous. But the fact remains that this Meghan Trainor song is tolerable. I literally wouldn't turn it off if it came on the radio - and I'm speaking as someone who destroyed upwards of 87 radios when Marvin Gaye was on the R1 playlist.

The single in question is called No. With its stacatto synth guitar chords, it sounds like a turn-of-the-millennium Max Martin production... and the middle 8 ("I'm untouchable, untouchable)" is catchy as all heck.

According to an interview in Spin, the track was created in anger after Trainor's record label boss, LA Reid, told her she didn't have a decent lead single for her new album.

"When she arrived at the studio I was like, 'Look, there's no way we're going to make the single today. Let's just blow off some steam, fuck around, have a good time,'" said producer Ricky Reed (Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty, Lunchmoney Lewis's Bills). "And of course the single was born."

Here it is, then. Isn't it great when pop defies your expectations?

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