All About That Bass

"All About That Bass"
A portrait of a woman posing in front of a pastel pink backdrop, wearing a light blue sleeveless top. She holds a picture that hides her face. On the picture is an image of two speakers. Above the speakers in green font stands the name, Meghan Trainor. Below it in the same font stands the title "All About That Bass".
Single by Meghan Trainor
from the album (EP) and (album)
B-side
ReleasedJune 30, 2014 (2014-06-30)
Format
RecordedSeptember 2013; The Carriage House (Nolensville, Tennessee)
Genre
Length3:08
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Kevin Kadish
Meghan Trainor singles chronology
"All About That Bass"
(2014)
"Lips Are Movin"
(2014)
Music video
"All About That Bass" on YouTube

"All About That Bass" is the debut single by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. Released by Epic Records on June 30, 2014, in select markets, it was taken from her debut extended play, Title, and debut major-label studio album of the same name from 2014 and 2015 respectively, serving as the lead single from both. The song was released for streaming in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2014, but did not become available for digital download until September 28, 2014. Trainor co-wrote "All About That Bass" with its producer Kevin Kadish; it is a bubblegum pop, doo-wop and retro-R&B song that draws influences from various musical genres including hip hop, country, soul and rock and roll. Lyrically, it discusses positive body image.

Some publications praised it and included it among the best songs of 2014, while others were critical and called it a novelty song. "All About That Bass" received Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It spent eight weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in 20 other countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The song sold 11 million units worldwide, becoming the third best-selling song of 2014 and one of the best-selling singles of all time.[1]

Fatima Robinson directed the song's accompanying music video, which was noted for its pink pastel aesthetic and played an important part in "All About That Bass"' rise to prominence as a viral hit. The song inspired a variety of parodies and cover versions, including covers from Canadian singer Justin Bieber and former Pentatonix member Avi Kaplan. Vogue recognized "All About That Bass" as part of "the era of the big booty."[2] It was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of 10 million copies in the US alone. Trainor has performed it on various shows including Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The X Factor Australia, Dancing with the Stars, The X Factor UK and the Jingle Ball Tour 2014. It was also regularly performed during her 2015 concert tours, the That Bass Tour and the MTrain Tour, as well as The Untouchable Tour (2016).

Writing and production

Developed in September 2013 by Trainor and American songwriter and producer Kevin Kadish, "All About That Bass" was written in 40 minutes.[3][4] At the time the song was written, Trainor lacked a recording contract but was writing tracks for other artists.[5][6] Kadish recalled the session as "a blind date" and felt they had a strong chemistry.[7] The pair wrote the song with the intention of handing it to another recording artist.[4] Kadish then proposed the song title "All Bass, No Treble"[3] to Trainor who, at the time, was in a phase of saying "I'm all about that Mexican food." She then responded to Kadish with the track's hook, "I'm all about that bass, no treble".[8][9] Suggesting the topics "booty" and thickness for the song, Trainor got inspiration from the size difference between the bottom and top sections of a double bass.[6][8]

Trainor and Kadish discussed their love for 1950s music, and decided to incorporate the style into the song[6] along with doo-wop because Trainor felt that the genre was very catchy.[10] Kadish then developed a modern beat for the song and Trainor began freestyling the first verse.[6] She felt encouraged by the result and pictured the song to contain a theme of girl power.[11] Trainor intended for the song's lyrics to be about self-acceptance of body type, a theme inspired by her own struggles in self-image as a teenager.[6][8] Kadish related to Trainor's lyric ideas due to his own experiences with weight insecurities during adolescence.[3][12] Trainor wanted the track to criticize the use of photoshopped images after she saw a feature on The Ellen DeGeneres Show of a model whose photographs were graphically edited.[8] She obtained additional inspiration for the song from American singer Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are" (2010)[13] and The Chordettes' "Lollipop" (1958).[14]

An image of L.A. Reid dressed in a black suit.
L.A. Reid decided that Trainor's demo should remain as the track's final version with additional mastering.

While Trainor and Kadish were happy with the song after it was finished, they doubted its commercial prospects.[6] They pitched the song to a variety of record labels, but all of them were critical that the track did not have more mainstream appeal and the production team did not make use of a synthesizer or Auto-Tune.[15][12] The song was further criticized for not having a "big chorus", a suggestion that Trainor and Kadish balked at.[8] Trainor recorded a demo of the song and met Paul Pontius, the A&R for Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid, and performed the track for him. Even though Trainor was nervous, she later performed it for Reid while accompanying herself on a ukulele.[3] After signing Trainor to Epic, Reid made a decision the final cut would be the same version as the demo but with additional mastering.[3][16] "All About That Bass" was recorded at The Carriage House in Nolensville, Tennessee. Trainor's vocals were recorded by Kadish, who was also responsible for the track's mixing, programming, sound design, and engineering. The song's instrumentation includes electric guitar, bass, and drums played by Kadish; and piano, baritone, saxophone, and Hammond organ played by David Baron. Trainor provided the track's clapping and additional percussion. The song was mastered by David Kutch at The Mastering Palace, New York City.[17]