It’s been a minute since we’ve had a new self-empowerment anthem from singer songwriter Meghan Trainor. The artist burst onto the music scene in 2014 with her infectious “All About That Bass” and since then has gone on to give fans a number of feel-good earworms, including “Me Too” and her John Legend duet “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”
After taking home the Grammy for Best New Artist, Trainor was forced to step away from the spotlight twice to undergo surgery for vocal cord hemorrhaging, an issue that has been plaguing a number of singers in the past decade, including Sam Smith and Adele.
Now fully healed and engaged to boyfriend and Spy Kids star Darryl Sabra, Trainor is back with new experiences and a new lease on life for her upcoming third album.
Dropping her lead single “No Excuses” on March 1, Trainor is back to pulling in 1990s pop vibes with her bubblegum video aesthetic that we first saw in “All About That Bass.” Clocking in at just under three minutes, the high energy pop track focuses on demanding respect regardless of your age or gender, a message Meghan told People Magazine has arrived at the perfect time for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
Speaking on her experiences in the entertainment industry, Meghan says “Well, mansplaining is very real. It’s like, you don’t realize you’ve had those experiences until you look back. Now when I do look back—especially to when I was 18 and 19 in the industry, talking to older adults, mansplaining was very real, and it’s still real—you feel like you’re fighting for your word, fighting to show them you do know what you’re talking about. It’s frustrating sometimes. I finally reached a point where I needed to write a song about it. So I immediately went to the studio and wrote the song in a day—I was just so fired up!”
Releasing the single and music video today, Trainor is joined by clones of herself as she rocks updated ’90s fashion, parachute pants included, while dancing and singing along to her new single.
While the song is missing a piece of the undeniable hook her previous chart toppers have been centred around, “No Excuses” is still a bona fide jam that will likely find its way to commercials and movie trailers (Trainor’s “Me Too” was recently featured in the trailer for Amy Schumer’s new comedy I Feel Pretty.)
Now the big question is whether the rest of Trainor’s third studio album contains another “All About That Bass”-sized hit.