Meghan Trainor drops 'NO' single, teases Caribbean influences on 'Thank You' album

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If Meghan Trainor is making one thing clear from outset of her new song "NO," it's that there's a lot more to Meghan Trainor than what you think you know.

"NO" -- the first single from her upcoming second album Thank You, and her first new release since winning best new artist at the 2016 Grammys -- opens with the doo-wop-inflected vocals that Trainor mined to immense success on her debut album. But this time, there's a twist -- the retro music plays through an old-timey crackle, and then it suddenly comes to a stop. A massive, Neptunes-esque beat kicks in, destroying any worries that Trainor's "NO" is just "All About That Bass" 2.0.

As Trainor told Billboard of the song's winking start, "Yeah, you think this is Meghan Trainor? Here we go, drop the beat!"

Trainor was confident on "Bass," but on "NO," she's entirely in charge -- the destined-to-be-a-hit single finds Trainor hilariously telling off a hammy would-be suitor in no uncertain terms: "My name is NO / My sign is NO / My number's NO," she spits on the dance-y pop anthem.

Somewhat ironically, though, the song's genesis traces back to a man telling her "no."

"I sat down with [Epic CEO] L.A. Reid and said, 'I have my album done,' and he said, 'No, you don't, you don't have a single,'" Trainor tells Billboard. "And I looked at him like he was crazy -- I was pissed off. And I said, 'All right Mr. Reid, I'm going to write you a single right now. And I went to the studio and said, 'I need a big, angry anthem' and it turned into an awesome woman anthem about being independent."

"She ran out of a meeting upset after L.A. told her she didn't have a single and came straight to my studio," producer Ricky Reed tells Billboard of quickie session that produced her new single. "We harnessed that fiery energy and made 'NO' in about seven hours. It was magical."

Even though the song seems destined to become a go-to for women who need to brush off scrubs in the club, Trainor says it's not based on any particular history of unwanted nightlife advances.

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"I don't go clubbing that often," she insists. "No, when I'm in the club it's usually with my bro and we're in a booth. I don't have security but I think because [other guys] see my brother they don't think I'm single."

Even if Trainor isn't always clubbing, she tells Billboard she loves dancing and that Thank You will have "a lot of dance songs" in addition to bearing the imprint of hip-hop producers like Pharrell.

"When you first listen to [the album] you might go, 'Whoa, who is this?' Then you hear my quirky lyrics and throwback melodies, and it sounds like Meghan Trainor sounds."

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Meghan Trainor drops 'NO' single, teases Caribbean influences on 'Thank You' album
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Meghan Trainor poses in the press room at the The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Meghan Trainor poses in the press room at the The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Singer Meghan Trainor performs at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest at CBS Television City on December 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DCNYRE2015/Getty Images for dcp)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Meghan Trainor seen at BBC Radio One on January 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0195 -- Pictured: Musical guest Meghan Trainor performs on January 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 13: Singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor attends the release party for her debut album 'Title' at Warwick on January 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 13: Meghan Trainor attends her Records album release party at Warwick on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 31: Recording artist Meghan Trainor appears at the New Year's Eve celebration at the Light Nightclub at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on December 31, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 22: Meghan Trainor (R) visits with fan, Misty Short, during 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2014 at Amalie Arena on December 22, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 22: Meghan Trainor receives a birthday cake onstage to celebrate her 21st birthday during 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2014 at Amalie Arena on December 22, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 21: Singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor performs onstage at Y100’s Jingle Ball Village, Y100’s Jingle Ball 2014 official pre-show at BB&T Center on December 21, 2014 in Miami, FL. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Singer Meghan Trainor (C) performs onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: Meghan Trainor performs during Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2014 at the Verizon Center on December 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Singer Meghan Trainor attends Kiss 108's Jingle Ball 2014 at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Radio personality Billy Costa (L) and Meghan Trainor attend KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Market Basket Supermarkets at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Meghan Trainor performs onstage during iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014, hosted by Z100 New York and presented by Goldfish Puffs at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Ty Stiklorius (L) and Meghan Trainor attend the 2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 10: Meghan Trainor performs during Q102's Jingle Ball on December 10, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
ST PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 08: Recording artist Meghan Trainor attends 101.3 KDWB's Jingle Ball 2014 presented by Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park and Allstate at Xcel Energy Center on December 8, 2014 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Singer Meghan Trainor performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball Village at Chick Hearn Court on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
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Even so, the album is hardly a rehashing of her No. 1 debut Title. "There's hard drums with some funk in them, and some straight-up unplugged songs, some classic songs where it's just me and a guitar or me and a ukulele.

"Also there's some of my Caribbean influences on this album, which I'm very excited about. Since I was seven, my Trinidadian uncle came into our family -- he married my aunt -- and I've been listening to Caribbean music. I love Soca, this amazing genre that's calypso and Caribbean influenced. It makes you feel good and it's not on the radio as much over here as I want it to be. So I want to bring a bit over...;. I'm trying to show all the genres that Meghan Trainor can do as a songwriter."

As for the "NO" video, Trainor is filming it today (March 4). When Trainor talks to Billboard, she's in the midst of rehearsals. "We're dancing more than we've ever danced in my life," she laughs. "Every word is a dance move in this video."

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