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6 New Things We Learned From Meghan Trainor's Facebook Live Q&A

Meghan Trainor
Brian Bowen Smith

Meghan Trainor

A pair of black SUVs rolls up to Facebook’s lower Manhattan office, the final stop on Meghan Trainor’s frenetic promotional week in wintry New York City. The Grammy winner, whose 2014 hit “All About That Bass” recently earned the RIAA’s very rare Diamond certification for shifting 10 million units of the song in the U.S., hops out wearing black overalls and white leather Gucci low-top platform sneakers that add three inches to her height.

Trainor is surrounded by an entourage of relatives, managers and record label reps, who all somehow squeeze into one elevator once inside the building. When the elevator door opens, one by one, they emerge on the eighth floor almost like a large amount of clowns exiting a tiny car. Mom. Dad. Older brother. They’re all here.

“I brought them on this promo run because it’s their album, too,” the 24-year-old pop star revealed in a Facebook Live Q&A hosted by journalist Brian Anthony Hernandez on Friday (March 9).

During the 23-minute Q&A (watch below), Trainor revealed exclusive details about her upcoming third studio album and its lead single, “No Excuses”; sang a line from Britney Spears’ “Stronger”; taught viewers exercise moves; discussed how her fiancé Daryl Sabara proposed to her at a zoo on her birthday last year; and detailed being in a “dark place of anxiety” while recovering from a second vocal surgery.

Here are six new things we learned about her “MT3” era.

1. A future single will be called “Can’t Dance” and she’s already shot the music video

“My favorite music video that I’ve done so far, it’s not out yet, but it’s amazing. [Asks manager] Can I tell them what the song is called at least? OK, the song is called ‘Can’t Dance’ and I don’t know if it will be second single or third, but we did the music video because we knew it’d be a single one day and that video is crazy. I dance a lot, which is really fun, and there’s amazing looks. I can’t tell you any more, but it’s great.”

2. There will be a very special featured guest artist on the new album

“Any features? Of course. I have a feature. My father. My dad, Gary Trainor, is featured on one of my songs. It’s called ‘Good Morning’ and I’ve always wanted my dad to be featured, so it was a big dream. It’s also because I was playing the piano and my nails were clicking and they were like, ‘Do you have a bracelet on?’ and I was like, ‘No, please don’t be the nails,’ and it was, so I was like, ‘Dad, can you play this part for me?’ And he did and killed it and he played organ.”

3. Yes, that’s her fiancé and family members you hear singing background vocals

“[On ‘No Excuses’] my older brother Ryan sang that and my mom sang it and my fiancé Daryl and sweet guy named Matt, who was in the room at the time. ... Do they have solo moments? No, they’re just doing backgrounds because they sound so good, you know. But every clap you hear, that’s my family and my managers. I brought them on this promo run because it’s their album, too.”

4. Be ready for “intense” love songs, but there still isn’t an album release date

“So many love songs. They’re pretty intense love songs. So not your classic, ‘Ooh boy I met you and things are great.’ It’s like, ‘I’m down forever to be yours,’ you know, very passionate big anthems, big pop songs. They remind me of personally of the big sound of young Britney Spears that’s like, [sings] ‘Stronger than yesterday,’ but imagine that in a love song. We have a lot of those. We have songs about loving yourself and a dance song. Classic Meghan Trainor stuff. ... I honestly don’t know when we get to release [the album]. We’re shooting The Four season 2 and they don’t know exactly when that’s happening so when I figure out that I’ll be like, ‘Oh I’ll drop the album here,’ so I’m not doing both at one time.”  

5. Here’s the opening lyrics for “Treat Myself” and how she treats herself

“I focus on me. I try to get sleep. Sleep is the number one cure. Sleep, working out, especially when I’m traveling. We do everything we can to make sure we’re staying healthy and so far I haven’t gotten sick in more than a year. I used to get sick all of the time. That’s how I treat myself. In that song, you’ll hear it. Right away, I say, ‘I’ve been working really hard on myself, my health and my happiness.’ It’s all about don’t forget to congratulate yourself and say, ‘Good job, me.’”

6. Lyrics for “No Excuses” and “Good Morning” came to be in very different ways

“For ‘No Excuses’ I had that concept before I went into the studio and I actually texted the songwriters I knew I would work with -- ‘Hey, I want to talk about respect and respecting each other but in a cool pop modern way.’ But other songs, like ‘Good Morning,’ the one I did with my dad, there’s a video of me playing those chords and mumbling. I was like, ‘It’s right there but I don’t know what I’m saying.’ Then it was ‘good morning,’ so I was like, ‘Let’s talk about that.’ It happens differently every time, but every time it happens it looks like a spirit is taking over my body and I’m just throwing it up. It’s great.”

Bonus: Her mom is the is the bomb because ain't nobody got a mom like hers

“My family keeps her humble. ... They’re always there to help me. Like Thursday, for example, I was so tired after promo that I went to my hotel room and I crashed hard on my bed while watching Blue Planet and my mom came in the room. I don’t even remember this, this is how asleep I was. She came in the room, put the computer away for me, turned the lights off for me and put my mouthguard in because I clamp my jaw so much. Apparently, she was like, ‘Open up,’ and put it in my mouth for me. She saved my life. I would have had a terrible sleep without my mouthguard. So thanks, mama.”

Watch the full interview below.


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