Pop superstar Meghan Trainor makes a bold and triumphant return to the music scene after recovering from vocal surgery with the first single from her upcoming third studio album, “No Excuses.” Trainor dropped the respect-commanding track and its dance-friendly music video today, March 1. (Watch the video and listen to the track above).
Trainor described her second vocal surgery and subsequent recovery as “dark days” in a Billboard interview. She sought advice from fellow Grammy-winning artist Sam Smith before canceling tour dates and moving forward with vocal surgery last year. The “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer told her “Absolutely, take care of your voice, don’t waste shows singing terribly knowing you’re hurting yourself.”
Trainor was supported by her family, friends and fiancé Daryl Sabara through the surgery (which was her second in two years) and recovery. Now she’s back, feeling great, and looking forward to sharing her next album which she calls “my best work yet” with her fans. The “All About That Bass” singer is particularly pleased leading off her next musical chapter with the “sassiest” track on the album, which also demonstrates lyrical confidence with “No Excuses.”
“It deserves to be the first single,” Trainor told Billboard. “It needs to be heard right now -- the world could use a song like this. It’s about respect -- we need a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the world [Laughs], especially right now. Even of all ages, just that “Treat people the way you want to be treated” is so important. I have little cousins in school, and I hear these stories, and I’m like, “Gosh, that’s still happening? Kids are still mean?” I just want to remind everyone to respect people -- it feels good to give someone a hug and treat them right.”
The Best New Artist Grammy winner has enjoyed huge success since she splashed onto the music scene with her chart-topping 2015 debut studio album, Title. Its infectious and empowering lead single “All About That Bass” was fiercely embraced along with its positive body image message. The song topped the charts in 58 countries and claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for eight weeks. More, upbeat hits followed with “Lips Are Movin’,” “Dear Future Husband,” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”
Trainor’s mix of pop, blue-eyed soul and doo wop brought a fresh sound to the music landscape. Her sophomore album Thank You, produced more hits with “No,” “Me Too,” and more. With her highly-anticipated third album, the Massachusetts native singer-songwriter listened to a lot of ABBA and big pop songs like “Britney Spears in the early days.” "No Excuses" arguably makes a big and sassy first statement. A release date for Trainor’s upcoming third studio album has not yet been confirmed.
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