Title (Meghan Trainor album)

Title
A portrait of Meghan Trainor sporting a green fur jacket, posing afront a blue backdrop, with her name and the title, "Title" appearing in the portrait's corners.
Standard edition cover. Deluxe and special editions have some color variations, especially with brighter colors.
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 9, 2015 (2015-01-09)
Recorded2013–2014
Studio
Genre
Length32:27
LabelEpic
Producer
Meghan Trainor chronology
Title (EP)
(2014)
Title
(2015)
Thank You
(2016)
Singles from Title
  1. "All About That Bass"
    Released: June 30, 2014
  2. "Lips Are Movin"
    Released: October 21, 2014
  3. "Dear Future Husband"
    Released: March 17, 2015
  4. "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"
    Released: June 23, 2015

Title is the debut major-label studio album by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor.[1] The album was released on January 9, 2015, by Epic Records and replaced Trainor's 2014 EP with the same name on the iTunes Store. Its songs were mostly co-written and co-composed by Trainor and Kevin Kadish, and produced by Kadish. Other artists who collaborated on the album include Chris Gelbuda, Jesse Frasure, John Legend and Shy Carter. Musically, Title was inspired by Trainor's love for throwback style records, and music from the 1950s and 1960s. She combined different musical genres, including Caribbean, doo-wop, hip hop, soca and pop, for the album's songs.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with sales of 238,000 album-equivalent units, of which 195,000 were pure album sales. It also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Title became Epic's first number one album since Michael Jackson's The Essential Michael Jackson (2005) to enter at the top of the Australian chart. The album was preceded by two commercially successful singles. "All About That Bass", released as the album's lead single on June 30, 2014, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and the UK Singles Chart for four. The song peaked at number one in 58 countries and entered the list of best-selling singles.

The second single from the album "Lips Are Movin" was released on October 21, 2014; it was Trainor's second consecutive top-five single and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's third single "Dear Future Husband" peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single "Like I'm Gonna Lose You", which features John Legend, was released on June 23, 2015, and peaked at number 8 on the Hot 100. Trainor promoted Title through a series of public appearances, televised live performances and the Jingle Ball Tour 2014.

Title was promoted through two 2015 concert tours; That Bass Tour and MTrain Tour. The album sold over one million copies in the United States by the end of 2015 and Trainor won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. According to IFPI, Title was the ninth best-selling album of 2015 worldwide with sales of 1.8 million copies.[2] It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in September 2016.

Background

Trainor initially released three albums; Meghan Trainor (2009), I'll Sing with You (2011) and Only 17 (2011), which were all deleted in the build-up to the release of Title.[3] In July 2014, Trainor said she planned to complete the album by early fall.[4] By mid-August, the record was thought to have been completed, but Trainor told USA Today a song that was written in eight minutes was to be recorded for the album the same day.[5] On August 30, 2014, Trainor told Jim Sullivan of the Cape Cod Times Title would be released in November or December 2014.[3] In an interview with Billboard on September 21, 2014, however, Trainor stated that the album was "pretty much done" and that she had one more song left to complete. She also said, "I'm saving huge singles for [Title]."[6]

In October 2014, after Trainor took a two-month break because polyps were developing on her vocal cords, Kadish used demo vocal takes Trainor had recorded as guides. Trainor felt discouraged after her break; she told USA Today, "Kevin would calm me down, we'd dim the lights, so I wouldn't get frustrated".[7] Some of the album's material was recorded while Trainor laid on her back on a bed Kadish made in the studio.[7] In an interview with Stacy Lambe of Out, Trainor said, "First album, you show them what you can do and then the second album, you can do whatever you want. And that's what I'm gonna do."[8] Trainor announced on October 14, 2014, that Title contains a country song with production consisting entirely of her ukulele melody and that she was searching for a country artist to feature on the track.[9]

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