Hot 100 News: Meghan Trainor on 'All About That Bass' (Q&A)

"All About That Bass" (No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100) doesn't sound like anything else that's on pop radio right now - especially the chorus, which has a doo-wop feel. Was that intentional?

That's the best part. I remember when [Kevin Kadish and I] pitched it as songwriters, everyone was like, "The chorus isn't a big chorus." We were like, "No, that's the catchiest part of the song! That's our chorus, and we don't want to change it." So we kept it, and that's everyone's favorite part.

The title is a little bit misleading - the song is actually about body image. How did you come up with equating bass to a body?

You know how the bass guitar in a song is like its "thickness," or the "bottom"? I related a body to that. My producer [Kadish] had the title and said that none of his prior co-writers could figure out what to relate that to. So I said, "What about a booty? Let's talk about that!" It's about loving your body - and your booty.

What inspired you to make a song about natural beauty?

I saw a feature on The Ellen DeGeneres Show about a model who was Photoshopped to have extra-long arms. I was like, "This is getting out of control. Someone needs to say something!" So when I got my record deal [with Epic], and with this song, I was like, "Perfect: I have the opportunity to say something to the world. I'll take it." I've struggled with [body image] since I was very young. If other girls can relate to the song, it makes me feel even better.


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