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Meghan Trainor Gives the Fans What They Want on New Album ‘Takin’ It Back’

Meghan Trainor on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'Todd Owyoung/NBC

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Clash of the Cover Bands judge Meghan Trainor appeared on The Tonight Show this week to chat with Jimmy Fallon about her new album Takin’ It Back. The singer explained that she decided to give fans what they wanted with the new project.

Meghan Trainor Talks New Album ‘Takin’ It Back’

When asked what inspired the album’s title, Trainor explained that all her albums start with the letter T, as a tribute to her family name. She also spoke about the album’s style, and wanting to please her fans by bringing back a doo-wop sound.

“When I started writing this album, a co-writer said, ‘You know, I had some artists coming in here saying, I want to do the Meghan Trainor sound,'” Trainor recalled. “And I was like, ‘You mean the doo-wop?’ And then on TikTok, ‘Title’ was blowing up, and I was like, ‘The universe is speaking and I am listening.'”

So Trainor decided to “take it back to doo-wop times.” In case you don’t know, “Title” is a track from her debut album, also named Title. It had a resurgence in popularity last year on TikTok, leading Trainor to release the music video for the first time on YouTube.



Trainor Was ‘So Sick’ After Success of “All About That Bass”

Meghan Trainor rose to fame in 2014 with the release of her song “All About That Bass.” In a recent interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace, Trainor shared that the success of the song led to health problems, both mentally and physically.

“The schedule got crazy and my voice couldn’t keep up, my mental health couldn’t keep up. I got bronchitis all the time. I was so sick, I didn’t know how to take care of myself,” Trainor explained.

Wallace brought up the backlash the song received from people who thought Trainor was bashing thin people by singing about having curves. The singer said she thought the song would open doors for her, but it ended up closing them. Producers and songwriters she admired didn’t want to work with her.

Trainor said she “had to go backwards and fight harder and write harder.”

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