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Fifth Harmony’s “Sledgehammer” Breaks Through to a #PhillipsSongOfTheDay

2014 was a big year for Meghan Trainor.  Her debut single, “All About That Bass,” spent eight weeks on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for two Grammys, and her second single “Lips Are Movin'” is currently sitting at number 4 on the Hot 100. However, Meghan Trainor has had a few songwriting credits for other artists in 2014, most notably her co-writing credit for Fifth Harmony’s song “Sledgehammer.”  Personally, I think the song has a good beat to it, and a killer chorus (0:49):

If you add a ukelele and slow the song down a bit, it totally could be a song from Title, Trainor’s upcoming album.  I’m not suggesting that Fifth Harmony and Meghan Trainor sound the same, but I do think Trainor has been able to keep her songwriting style consistent, which I think may be a hard thing to do.

Personally, I like when singer-songwriters write songs for other artists, and you still feel as though the song is being performed by the writer.  For example, I remember the first time I heard “Cannonball” by Lea Michele I was struck by the boldness and thought “huh, it sounds like Sia wrote that song.”  Sure enough, a quick Google search revealed that Sia Furler was in fact one of the writers of the song.

This is not to suggest that the performing artists are doing a bad job.  I’m trying to say that songwriters have a style, and when that style shines through regardless of who is performing the song, then that’s when magic is created.  That’s what Sia did with “Cannonball” and her other songs that she has written.  And that’s exactly what Meghan Trainor did with “Sledgehammer.”

Because You Know My Lips Are Movin

Finals are finally here, which is great because it means the semester is almost over, but also means you have massive amounts of work and studying to do.  Yay.

I really don’t think I would be able to get through this stressful time if it wasn’t for “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin” by my homegirl Meghan Trainor.  For some reason, these songs are keeping me fueled and focused.  Like, last night, I had to write a ten page paper that was due, um, today and I couldn’t focus.  Then I put “All About That Bass” on repeat and the paper was done in like an hour.  And it actually turned out pretty well.  Needlesstosay, “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin” have become my jam for finals and are #PhillipsSongsOfTheDay.

I really admire MTrain’s music style, especially how she incorporates the doo-wops, bass, and tuba.  There’s something just special about how she sings “I’m all about that bass” at the end of the choruses of “All About That Bass” that’s got my head shaking and my fingers typing away all those papers I need to complete before I am free to enjoy the holidays.  I also personally think the way she sings “I gave you bass, you gave me sweet talk” in “Lips Are Movin” is life changing and incredible.  Her sass and attitude is sublime, engaging, and freakin’ awesome.

When you're casually rocking out to Meghan Trainor's music and she favorites one of your tweets clearly means the two of you are best friends...

When you’re casually rocking out to Meghan Trainor’s music and she favorites one of your tweets…

I must admit I feel a weird kinship to her because she’s from the place on Cape Cod in Massachusetts that I spent my summers as a kid.  And also she has favorited two of my tweets (@phillipjspencer), which basically means we’re now best friends.

Since it’s release, “All About That Bass” has blown up to be an international hit and been nominated for Song and Record of the Year Grammys.

Anyway, I need to go back to studying and/or procrastination.  I leave you with “Lips Are Movin,'” which has just rocketed to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100:

Meghan Trainor’s debut album Title is scheduled to be released January 13, 2015.  I haven’t figured out why she entitled her album Title, but if I do figure it out, I will let you all know (although, “Title” is another great song of hers).

2015 Grammy Predictions

It’s that time of year again.  In one month, the Grammys will announce the nominees for the 57th Grammys.  I really get into watching the Grammys and predicting who will get nominated and who will win (and I am actually pretty good at it).  While sometimes it feels like the Grammys are rigged and sometimes I wonder how some songs even get nominated, I think they occasionally do a good job at honoring great music .  For me, the Grammys are a great way to be introduced to new music and/or different genres.  I’m in the process of creating my list of potential nominees, so I will update/edit this as I think of nominees, but look out for the real list December 5th!

I base my nomination predications on looking at past actions of the Academy and looking at past nominees; I’m not predicting nominations because I personally think they’re awesome (some of them I actually don’t), but because they’re just likely to get chosen.

Below are some categories with potential nominees as I think of them (there is no order, and I’m not capping the nominees at 5 like the Grammys will…I’m good, but not that good).  Again, it’s not who I think will or should be nominated, it’s more a list of who could be and has a good shot at being nominated, and it’s not a complete list because I haven’t finished thinking about it, so it will grow/be edited until the actual nominations are released .

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Give Me that “Title”

She blew up this summer with her hit “All About That Bass,” but Meghan Trainor’s new EP Title really shows that she’s certainly more than her bass.  It’s a relatively short EP (is there really any other kind?) of only four songs, but she’s rather incredible on all of them.  Now, I was obsessed like everyone else with “All About That Bass” (it was even a #PhillipsSongOfTheDay) but I was convinced she would be another one hit wonder.  Then I got Title and realized that her music is actually quite hilarious and fun to listen to…and it’s rather unusual to today’s pop music.

The best anthem has to be the title track, “Title.”  The track itself features an infectious bass singer singing “do” as the bass line (if you hear it, it’ll make sense what I’m trying to explain).  But the thing that really makes the music is the horn that joins in during the chorus.  Trainor’s vocals are vibrant and lively, especially how she sings “give me that title” at the end of the chorus.  It’s just a sweet little tune that you can jam to so you can forget about your day, and it makes you feel better.

The one thing that I really got to like about Meghan Trainor is that her lyrics that she writes are rather colloquial.  I mean that she doesn’t try to be fancy, she just speaks her mind (which, in itself, makes it very clever).  For example, look at these lyrics:

“If I hear that word again
You might never get a chance to see me naked in your bed”

“Then consider this an invitation to kiss my ass goodbye”

“Don’t call me boo
Like you’re some kind of ghost”

Needless to say, I’ve been listen to Title on repeat for a while, and I highly recommend this EP.  All I really can say is that I can’t wait for her full-length album.  Not only does she make great music, but she makes her music her own…which is something hard to do.