Meghan Trainor, and her bass, have beat out Taylor Swift to be number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Thanks to more than 113 million views on YouTube, constant radio airplay, and plenty of social commentary, it’s catapulted the newcomer to the top spot on the Artist 100, too—at present, she’s more “popular” Barbra Streisand, Maroon 5, and Ariana Grande. And to think, her infectious debut single just dropped in June.
Part viral sensation, part capitalization of music’s (not-so) newfound obsession with the backside, “All About That Bass” is giving Trainor, and her stellar pipes, much-deserved attention. What’s especially surprising about the doo wop, body positive anthem, is that it almost wasn’t hers. “Most of these other artists’ A&R teams said they couldn’t do anything with the song because they didn’t have [the right] artist,” Trainor told The Guardian, before confirming that a dozen singers, including Beyoncé, passed up on the hit. “That was the problem. There weren’t any singers at the time [who fit the song]. Adele was the only one, but she wasn’t rapping and singing sassy songs with swears in them. But I’m down!”
That isn’t the only surprise. Here are five more bits you likely didn’t know about summer’s sleeper hit.
1. Contrary to Pop Genius’ belief, “no treble” has nothing to do with boobs. “It’s like thickness and thin: bass is big and treble is the high, thin stuff,” Trainor told The Guardian. “Bass is like booty, but treble isn’t boobs. It’s just a joke about thick and thin.”
2. Trainor is not skinny-shaming! “It’ll [criticism] come for as long as the song lives, but for the most part people are relating to the self-acceptance part of it, which is amazing, because that was my point.”
3. There is a message in the song, but you don’t have to take it so seriously. “I just wrote a song. I’m not saying this is how women should feel – I just wrote a song and funny, clever lyrics, and that’s how I look at it. And if people can relate to it, that’s awesome.”
4. Trainor, who started out as a songwriter, may be a country girl at heart, but her album will have a more soulful feel. “My uncle is from Trinidad, so, ever since I was 7, I grew up listening to Soca, the genre that’s from there,” she said in a Q+A with Billboard. It’s my favorite sound. So, we put a band together and we would play Soca … and then I would go up and play my little pop songs (laughs). It was fun!” She went on to tell The Guardian, “You’ll hear my Caribbean influence, and then my rap and Fugees kind of feel. It’s different.”
5. Her legion of Megatrons got help from an action-packed epic. “I hope Transformers lets me keep the name. It’s helped me on my path, knowing all these girls look up to me, and it helps me learn to love myself. Their support, reading their messages, makes it that much easier. It’s not a lot of pressure, it’s just amazing that one song can change all these lives.”