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Meghan Trainor talks about her new album Takin' It Back on same day she releases single Bad For Me


Meghan Trainor is bringing her old doo-wop style back for her next LP.  

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter talked about her creative process and her new album Takin’ It Back which is set for release this fall in an interview with People on Friday. 

‘It’s me taking back my power and my confidence,’ she said of the album. 

Quite the style: Meghan Trainor is bringing her old doo-wop style back for her next LP (pictured 2020)

Quite the style: Meghan Trainor is bringing her old doo-wop style back for her next LP (pictured 2020)

Trainor’s newest single off the album, Bad For Me, came out on Friday, June 24. 

The All About That Bass singer went on to say the new single was her ‘Adele moment.’ 

‘I wrote it about real events that happened to me,’ she told the outlet. ‘I really had a moment with my therapist where I wrote a letter to a family member and I sent it to them, and I thought that was perfect, but I got no response still, so it was heartbreaking. 

‘And then I wrote the song, the chorus, immediately. I did not think it’d be the first single ever. But it felt too powerful and big to not try to go first with it, to also reintroduce people to Meghan, the mother—we have emotions and they’re relatable.’

The process: The 28-year-old singer-songwriter talked about her creative process and her new album Takin' It Back which is set for release this fall in an interview (pictured 2019)

The process: The 28-year-old singer-songwriter talked about her creative process and her new album Takin’ It Back which is set for release this fall in an interview (pictured 2019)

Real life: 'I wrote it about real events that happened to me,' she told the outlet. 'I really had a moment with my therapist where I wrote a letter to a family member and I sent it to them' (pictured with husband Daryl Sabara 2019)

Real life: ‘I wrote it about real events that happened to me,’ she told the outlet. ‘I really had a moment with my therapist where I wrote a letter to a family member and I sent it to them’ (pictured with husband Daryl Sabara 2019)

When asked if she ever felt that she got ‘too personal’ on certain songs, the NO singer said this new song was different because it didn’t just concern her. 

‘It is so weird for me because I’m an open book and I tell everyone everything,’ she replied. ‘But this one is personal because there’s someone else involved. And usually I tell every detail, and this one, I want to keep that private for their sake. I don’t want my fans going and finding them. 

‘So it’s weird to walk on eggshells. Immediately when people even heard snippets of it, they all go, “Oh, it’s about your brother, Ryan.” Because everyone knows that we went through a rocky part in our relationship, but no, it’s not about him.’

Trainor also talked about going back to a ‘doo-wop’ style seen on songs like All About That Bass. 

‘I’m the biggest fan of TikTok and when Title blew up, it was the same time as me starting to write this album. And I was like, “The universe has spoken. They want the doo-wop. They want it back.” And that song is seven years old and it’s popped off! I was in a session with [songwriter] Mozella for this album, and she said, “You know what’s crazy? All these artists are coming in saying, ‘I want to do the Meghan Trainor sound.'” And I was like, “You mean doo-wop? What are you talking about? My first album? Okay. Easy. I’m going to do Title 2.0.”‘

Study up: She went on to say she studied old Amy Winehouse songs like Rehab and songs like All About That Bass (pictured 2020)

Study up: She went on to say she studied old Amy Winehouse songs like Rehab and songs like All About That Bass (pictured 2020)

New mother: Trainor went on to talk about songwriting and motherhood. She became a mother last year when she gave birth to her son Riley (pictured with Sabara 2019)

New mother: Trainor went on to talk about songwriting and motherhood. She became a mother last year when she gave birth to her son Riley (pictured with Sabara 2019)

She went on to say she studied old Amy Winehouse songs like Rehab and songs like All About That Bass. 

‘It’s bizarre. I was a total different person obviously back then, and I didn’t even have a life yet,’ said Trainor when asked if it was strange to study her own songs. ‘Now it’s almost 10 years later, and I’ve been through so much and had a baby and life is extra precious now, I want to live forever. I love who I am now, and I love where my family’s at now. So there’s more depths to my lyrics and I’ve gotten better at singing too. I was trying to write timeless records. 

Trainor went on to talk about songwriting and motherhood. She became a mother last year when she gave birth to her son Riley. 

‘The schedule’s different because I told everyone, “Get at my house at 11 a.m. and get out by 6 p.m.” So we would write a song and then I’d be like, “It’s dinner time, goodbye.” And we would have baby breaks. I could be like, “Be right back, guys. I’m going to go give my kid a bath.” I’m lucky to have my studio right here in my house. A lot of people are like, “I don’t like work at home.” I love it; I don’t want to go anywhere!’ she said.

Doing her best: When the interviewer joked about 'Mom Guilt' being real, Trainor replied, 'Oh, you can hear that half this album is me talking about being a mom, but I turned it into a relatable way so that young teens could also vibe with us. But yeah, you can hear a lot of, "I'm doing my best"'

Doing her best: When the interviewer joked about ‘Mom Guilt’ being real, Trainor replied, ‘Oh, you can hear that half this album is me talking about being a mom, but I turned it into a relatable way so that young teens could also vibe with us. But yeah, you can hear a lot of, “I’m doing my best”‘

Lead single: Takin' It Back will be Trainor's fifth studio album and her first since her 2020 holiday album

Lead single: Takin’ It Back will be Trainor’s fifth studio album and her first since her 2020 holiday album

When the interviewer joked about ‘Mom Guilt’ being real, Trainor replied, ‘Oh, you can hear that half this album is me talking about being a mom, but I turned it into a relatable way so that young teens could also vibe with us. But yeah, you can hear a lot of, “I’m doing my best.”‘

Takin’ It Back will be Trainor’s fifth studio album and her first since her 2020 holiday album, A Very Trainor Christmas. 

Title, the album which Trainor said influenced this new work quite heavily, was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  

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