Meghan Trainor has given her mother, Kelli, a memorable Mother’s Day present: a rank on a Billboard chart.
Kelli Trainor becomes a Billboard-charting artist, as her daughter’s “Mom,” on which Kelli is officially credited as a featured artist, debuts at No. 45 on the Pop Digital Songs sales chart (dated May 21). The song starts with 8,000 downloads sold in the week ending May 5, according to Nielsen Music.
“You might have a mom, she might be the bomb,” Meghan Trainor sings on “Mom,” which sonically recalls the doo-wop influences of her first album, Title. “But, ain’t nobody got a mom like mine. Her love’s ’til the end, she’s my best friend.”
Kelli Trainor earns her featured billing on the song thanks to its inclusion of a phone call between her and her lead-artist daughter. (Of course, Kelli was already shouted out in Meghan’s debut smash, her eight-week Hot 100 No. 1 “All About That Bass,” in 2014: “Yeah, my mama she told me, “Don’t worry about your size … She says, ‘Boys like a little more booty to hold at night …'”)
“Mom” is from Meghan Trainor’s second LP, Thank You, due on-sale May 13; on May 6, it became available for streaming exclusively through Apple Music. Its lead single, “No,” has reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While Kelli Trainor may have a new career on Billboard charts, she has a reliable day job on which to fall back: for more than 25 years, she’s run (with her husband, and Meghan’s father, Gary) jewelry store Jewel of the Isle on the island of Nantucket, Mass., where Meghan, and her brothers, Ryan and Justin, were raised.
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