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Meghan Trainor Covers Notion Mag, Duets with The Backstreet Boys

Meghan Trainor Covers Notion Mag, Duets with The Backstreet Boys

Meghan Trainor
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Living the life and your ‘90s fangirl dreams at the same time. 

While Meghan Trainor enjoys the best of what the present has to offer, sitting comfortably on two popular singles in the middle of a summer heatwave, she's also giving us a case of nostalgic envy.

The newly red-headed pop star covers the latest issue of Notion with a bit of retro glam and talked about her latest album's direction and why it sounds so different from her freshman record, Title.

"I didn't have as much freedom [on the first album] as I did on this one. The last album they loved the bass thing, the 50's thing was working. [So] the label said 'Let's do a whole album like that!' I did sneak in some urban, some rap songs and I was told to my face, 'You're gonna ruin this album'. It's very hard because everybody has their opinions of what you're gonna do to ruin your career. So at the end of the day, I just go with my gut."

"I kept writing doo-wop thinking that was right and the label turned around and said, 'You're doing what everyone expects you to do. Why don't you be the songwriter you say you are and shake it up?' So I said 'Make me a beat that Meghan Trainor wouldn't do', and we wrote 'No' in a couple of hours. Once they heard it, the label freaked out; everyone freaked out. It was like 'THAT'S what we're talking about!' They wanted the song that every other artist wished they had and I was like... 'Got it!'"

The singer also got to live out one of her (and just about anyone else who grew up in the '90s) bucket list dreams and got to duet The Backstreet Boy's iconic "I Want It That Way" with the group on ABC's Greatest Hits. Trainor and every single audience member looks like they were instantly transported back to their living room in 1999, belting out the lyrics while watching TRL.

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