This Meghan Trainor Hit Was Inspired by Britney Spears

by Jeremy Spirogis
Britney Spears with a snake

Meghan Trainor’s music is commonly impressed by 1950s music, however she as soon as made a tune impressed by each Britney Spears and different artists from the identical period. She determined to attract affect from these artists for a really particular purpose. Here’s a have a look at whether or not the aforementioned Trainor tune charted higher than the Spears tune that impressed it.

Britney Spears with a snake
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The Meghan Trainor tune that’s not imagined to sound like her earlier hits

Firstly, a bit background. Trainor’s debut album, Title, was an exploration from old-school doo-wop. It was uncommon and fascinating for a mainstream trendy performer to revive a (largely) passe style for a whole album. However, artists must evolve to remain related. On her follow-up album, Thank You, Trainor appeared to the previous once more — particularly the pop music of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Trainor informed the Official Charts Company that her label felt Thank You didn’t embody a tune which may function a lead single. Afterward, her producer determined to take her out of her consolation zone. The result was a tune known as “No.”

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“My producer (Ricky Reed) and I said, ‘let’s make a beat that Meghan Trainor wouldn’t do,’ and this is what came out,” Trainor recalled. “We were producing and writing it at the same time, and with the guitar bit, I said I wanted it to be like [Britney Spears’] ‘Overprotected,’ Destiny’s Child, NSync… There is a fear that it’s been done before, and whether I could bring it back because no-one has done that yet. Austin Mahone tried to a while ago and I loved it, but it didn’t blow up.” Mahone launched two singles which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 — “Mmm Yeah” and “What About Love” — neither of which cracked the highest 40. Trainor had another compunctions about releasing a observe impressed by the 1990s.

“I was worried people would hear ‘No’ and write it off as ’90s thing, but on the other half, I thought this is what I want to hear on the radio,” she informed the Official Charts Company. “What do I miss on the radio? I miss hearing N*Sync and Britney Spears coming on, and they were all produced by Max Martin, and I loved that.” Max Martin is without doubt one of the most well-known pop producers of the final 25 years — and “No” is likely to be essentially the most well-known homage to him.

What was the larger hit: ‘Overprotected’ or ‘No?’

Trainor cited Spears’ “Overprotected” was an affect on “No.” It’s fairly straightforward to listen to similarities between the beats of the 2 songs. This raises an fascinating query: Which tune carried out higher on the charts — “Overprotected” or “No?”

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“Overprotected” reached No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s not one among Spears’ greatest hits. It’s from Spears’ album Britney, which didn’t produce any blockbuster singles. On the opposite hand, “No” reached No. three on the Billboard Hot 100. Why the general public was extra within the “Overprotected”-inspired soundscape of “No” than in “Overprotected” itself is anybody’s guess. After all Trainor’s worries, the world did wish to hear a retro tune like “No.”

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