L.A. Reid Said “NO” To The First Version Of Meghan Trainor’s Sophomore Album
With “NO” sitting at number on iTunes and the fiery, Ricky Reed-produced track being furiously added at pop radio, Meghan Trainor’s sophomore campaign couldn’t be going any better. And she has some tough love from label boss L.A. Reid to thank for it. The industry veteran thought the first version of Thank You (due May 13) was missing a lead single, which inspired her to get back in the studio and dig deeper.
“I wrote No, and [Reid] was like, ‘Give me five of these’. And we wrote five more songs,” Meghan reveals in a new interview with the AP. “It was such a relief, like I could sleep at night knowing I finally found the single. That’s like the biggest stress for an artist, especially (for) album No. 2.” The problem with the original material? “We wrote similar to our old stuff, which I think was the problem.”
The Grammy winner is grateful for the feedback, admitting: “Songs like that wouldn’t exist if L.A. Reid didn’t push me till I wanted to cry.” Meghan also spoke about her sexy new image. “I’m learning (about) myself even more. I’m learning what clothes are comfortable and what I love and what makeup and hair (I like),” she explains. “We changed everything and I’m very comfortable and all this promo isn’t so scary anymore.”