Not everyone was initially enthusiastic about All About That Bass.
Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away.
“Labels were like, ‘We love it, but you have to reproduce it. You got to get it more synth-y, pop-y,’ ” Trainor told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
Things changed when record executive L.A. Reid heard the doo-wop pop song and told Trainor she should be the voice behind it. He signed the budding songwriter to Epic Records after hearing her sing Bass while playing the ukulele.
Last week, the song jumped 20 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart to No. 8. The single has sold almost 400,000 copies so far in five weeks, and the music video, which has about 10 million views, has become a water cooler topic among young girls and parents.
Bass features standout lines like “It’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size 2,” “I’m bringing booty back” and “Yeah my momma, she told me don’t worry about your size.”
Trainor said Grammy-nominated producer Kevin Kadish, who has worked with Jason Mraz, had the song title but didn’t know where to go from there.
“And I immediately thought, ‘Booty. Bass. Thickness,’ ” she said.
Trainor, who grew up in Nantucket, Massachusetts, recently moved to Nashville. She was signed to a publishing house in Music City, and wrote songs for Rascal Flatts and others. Now, she’s working on an EP and album to capitalize on her breakthrough.
Trainor is ecstatic and humbled that young girls have gravitated to the song.
“I tear up . . . because some girls are like, ‘I’ve hated myself. I hated life. I didn’t want to go to school. I get bullied. And then I heard your song and I cried,’ ” she said.
Bass has given Trainor a boost as well.
“I wish there was a song like this when I was 13,” she said, adding that she’s not always confident. “It’s all mostly in my head. I would sit there in class like, ‘I know they are judging me right now. I know they’re picking on me.’ . . . So it helped me a lot, watching this video and seeing the comments that were positive.”