Beyonce Passed On Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (But Probably Never Heard It)

Mike Wass | October 6, 2014 6:45 pm

Meghan Trainor became an overnight star when “All About That Bass” caught fire on radio and conquered the Billboard Hot 100 (number one for four weeks and counting) but she almost gave the song away. The unstoppable anthem was initially shopped around to a bunch of artists including Beyonce — and they all turned it down.

“I’ll bet some of them didn’t even know the song was being pitched to them,” the 20-year-old told The Guardian. “Some artists get thousands of songs pitched and they never know, so Beyonce herself probably never heard it.” And the reason why every A&R in music said no? “They couldn’t do anything with the song because they didn’t have [the right] artist.”

Given the success of Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” and Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea‘s “Booty”, it’s truly confounding that no one saw the potential in Meghan’s feel-good anthem. It clearly wasn’t right for Beyonce’s minimal, alt-R&B leaning album but someone should have snapped up the monster hit. Even if it’s hard to imagine anyone improving on the released version. 

Did Bey miss a golden opportunity? Have your say in the comments below.

[Via The Guardian].

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