With songs like “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin’,” Meghan Trainor showed her audience a pastel princess who could appeal to mothers everywhere, but the video for her newest single, “No,” shows a more sultry side of the Nantucket native.
Trainor and her dance crew are wearing dark colors in a warehouse. Instead of the usual blond tresses, the recent Grammy winner for best new artist whips around a new auburn hairdo and wears a sequined bustier, and at one point, she and her dancers are tangled in a pile wearing fishnet outfits. Lest you get the wrong idea, the lyrics are defiant: “My name is no, my sign is no, my number is no/ You need to let it go, you need to let it go.”
The single’s early 2000s rhythmic pop vibe nods to early Britney Spears and Destiny’s Child, and the dance-heavy video recalls Janet Jackson in her prime. The song made a No. 11 debut on the Billboard hot 100 and is still No. 2 on the iTunes charts.John Paul Stapleton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnP_Stapleton.