Thank You
A portrait of a young woman with brown hair, posing with her eyes half-closed, while donning a pink top.
Standard edition cover. On the deluxe and Target-exclusive editions, Trainor's top is colored green instead of pink.
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)
Recorded2015–2016
Studio
Genre
Length39:17
LabelEpic
Producer
Meghan Trainor chronology
Title
(2015)
Thank You
(2016)
Treat Myself
(2019)
Singles from Thank You
  1. "No"
    Released: March 4, 2016
  2. "Me Too"
    Released: May 5, 2016
  3. "Better"
    Released: August 29, 2016

Thank You is the second major-label studio album by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. The album was released exclusively on Apple Music on May 6, 2016, and worldwide on May 13, 2016, by Epic Records.[2] Its songs were mostly co-written by Trainor, Jacob Kasher Hindlin and Eric Frederic, and produced by the latter. Artists who were featured on the album include Kelli Trainor, LunchMoney Lewis, R. City and Yo Gotti. Musically, Thank You was inspired by Caribbean music, and attempted to showcase Trainor's love for Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars and Elvis Presley. She combined dance-pop and R&B for the album's songs.

The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 with sales of 107,000 album-equivalent units, of which 84,000 were pure album sales. It also peaked in the top five in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom. "No", released as the album's lead single on March 4, 2016, reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. The second single from the album "Me Too" was released on May 5, 2016, and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Better", featuring Yo Gotti, was released as the album's third single. Trainor promoted Thank You through a series of public appearances, televised live performances and The Untouchable Tour (2016).

Background and recording

Trainor performing "Woman Up" on the Untouchable Tour

In 2015, Meghan Trainor announced that she would be releasing her second album sometime in 2016, and confirmed some collaborations with a variety of artists and record producers, one of them was the Virgin Islands duo Rock City.[3] Discussing her influences for the record, Trainor explained "I wanted to go big, I wanted to get all my influences in there and show everything from my Caribbean side to my love for Bruno Mars and Aretha Franklin and even some Elvis vibes, anyone I grew up listening to."[3] "It's definitely a Meghan Trainor album, but it's a more grown up, matured, intense Meghan Trainor," she said in an interview with Los Angeles Times.[4]

In January 2016, in an interview with Forbes, Trainor confirmed that the first single from Thank You would be picked the week after, adding, "we're going to figure it out, and it's probably after all this stuff the craziness will start".[5] The album was made available for pre-order on March 4, on the same day as the release of the lead single "No".[2] The song caused the direction of the album to change, as Trainor and the producer Ricky Reed started experimenting with new musical styles and began producing six more tracks, replacing most of the original track list.[6]

Promotion

Trainor promoted Thank You with a series of public appearances and televised live performances. Trainor performed "No" live for the first time at the 3rd iHeartRadio Music Awards on April 3, 2016.[7] She performed the track on The Graham Norton Show on April 8, 2016, on The Voice UK final on April 9, 2016, and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 20, 2016.[8][9][10] It was also performed at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in May 2016.[11] Trainor performed "Me Too" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[12][13] She also performed it on Good Morning America with a live band and backup dancers. On June 21, 2016, Trainor performed "Me Too" on The Today Show.[14] She also performed the song on Sunrise and Charts Center.[15] Trainor has performed "Better" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[16] The album's supporting concert tour, The Untouchable Tour, was announced on April 20, 2016; it consisted of 30 shows in North America, and one in Europe, with American band Common Kings and singer Hailee Steinfeld as its opening acts.[17]

Singles

"No" was released as the album's lead single on March 4, 2016. It is a dance-pop and R&B song that lyrically discusses men who approach women and "can't take the hint" when their advances are rejected.[18][19] The song debuted at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, also marking the highest debut on the Radio Songs chart since Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (2011).[20] It peaked at number three in its fourth week on the Billboard Hot 100, staying at the position for two consecutive weeks.[21] The song was certified double platinum in the United States for sales of over 2,000,000 units.[22]

On May 5, 2016, "Me Too" was released as the second single from the album. It is an electro song that focuses on gaining self-respect and confidence.[23][24] "Me Too" has lyrics about "why we should all want to be like" Trainor.[25] It debuted at number 39 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number 13 in its 11th chart week. It was certified triple platinum in the United States for sales in excess of 3,000,000 copies.[26] It was also certified quadruple platinum in Australia and triple platinum in Canada, reaching number four on the former's singles chart.[27][28]

Originally released as the third promotional single in April 2016, "Better", featuring Yo Gotti, was serviced to adult contemporary radio on August 29, 2016, as the third official single from the album.[29] A solo version was sent to pop radio, while rhythmic radio was issued the original version featuring Gotti's vocals.[30] Lyrically, the dancehall, reggae, and pop song with R&B influences is an empowering breakup anthem.[31] Its lyrics feature Trainor putting her ex-boyfriend on blast, and acknowledging that she deserves better, over a tropical beat.[32]

Promotional singles

"Watch Me Do" was released as the first promotional single from the album on March 25, 2016.[33] It is an upbeat, brass-heavy track where Trainor references a number of rap songs,[34] containing "90s hip hop throwback vibes" according to MTV News.[33] "I Love Me", featuring LunchMoney Lewis, was released as the second promotional single from the album on April 15, 2016. MTV News noted the song "points out the importance of sticking up for yourself even when no one else will."[35] "Better", featuring Gotti, was released as the third promotional single from the album on April 22, 2016. "Mom", featuring Kelli Trainor, was released on April 29, 2016, as the fourth and final promotional single from the album.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.1/10[36]
Metacritic60/100[37]
Review scores
SourceRating
ABC News2.5/5 stars[38]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[39]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[40]
The Guardian2/5 stars[1]
Knoxville News Sentinel3/5 stars[41]
NewsdayB[42]
The Observer1/5 stars[43]
PopMatters6/10 stars[44]
Slant Magazine2/5 stars[45]
Spin6/10[46]

Thank You received mixed reviews from critics. In a review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote "it's a deliberately youthful sound in an era that yearns for maturity -- but by working the same territory so carefully, the seams in her construction are difficult to ignore".[39] Spin's Dan Weiss wrote that the album is a "major step forward" from Trainor's debut.[46] The Observer was critical of the album, writing that it finds Trainor "ditching her All About That Bass doo-wop shtick in favour of 90s chart R&B. Unfortunately, the core problem remains – Trainor just isn’t a convincing pop star. While the Britney-lite lead single No has its moments, most of the other songs are identity-free filler".[43]

Chuck Campbell, reviewing the album for Knoxville News Sentinel, says, "Trouble is, she still hasn't arrived to 2016...Of course this wouldn't be the first time a 22-year-old hasn't yet figured out just who she is. So maybe her third release will give a clearer picture."[41] Glenn Gamboa, the reviewer for Newsday, writes, "'Thank You' shows how Trainor has become one of pop’s most skilled young stars at crafting songs for her image, but there is still room to grow."[42]

Commercial performance

In the United States, Thank You debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 issued for June 4, 2016, with 107,000 album-equivalent units during its first week, including 84,000 in pure sales.[47] It dropped to number eight the week after, with 39,000 units.[48] The third and fourth weeks resulted in Thank You dropping to number 12 and then rebounding to number 10 with 34,000 units to close out the top 10 that week.[49] The album remained at number 10 in its fifth week, selling 27,000 units.[50] In it's seventh and eighth weeks on the chart it rose from number 16 back to number 10, selling 21,000 and 22,000 units, respectively.[51]

Thank You debuted at number four on the Canadian Albums Chart.[52] The album debuted at number three on the Australian Albums Chart issued for May 29. Thank You dropped to number four in its second week.[53] It debuted at number five on the New Zealand Albums Chart on May 23, spending two consecutive weeks in the top 10.[54] Among other markets, Thank You peaked at number five in Scotland and the United Kingdom,[55][56] number seven in South Korea,[57] number eight in Spain,[58] and numbers fifteen and sixteen, in Ireland and Switzerland, respectively.[59][60]

The RIAA certified it platinum in 2018.[61] The album was certified platinum by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), indicating sales in excess of 70,000.[62] Music Canada also certified it platinum, indicating sales in excess of 80,000.[63] As of December 2016, Thank You had sold over 282,872 copies in the United States.[64]

Track listing

Standard edition[2]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Watch Me Do"Ricky Reed2:49
2."Me Too"
Reed3:01
3."No"
  • M. Trainor
  • Frederic
  • Hindlin
Reed3:33
4."Better" (featuring Yo Gotti)
  • Reed
  • Brown
  • Mr. Franks
2:47
5."Hopeless Romantic"
  • Carlsson
  • M. Trainor[a]
4:05
6."I Love Me" (with LunchMoney Lewis)
  • Reed
  • Troelsen
2:47
7."Kindly Calm Me Down"
  • Reed
  • The Elev3n
3:58
8."Woman Up"
  • Reed
  • The Elev3n
3:28
9."Just a Friend to You"
  • Reed
  • Gelbuda
2:44
10."I Won't Let You Down"
  • M. Trainor
  • Frederic
  • Hindlin
  • Lewis
Reed3:20
11."Dance Like Yo Daddy"
  • Reed
  • Kadish
3:03
12."Champagne Problems"
  • M. Trainor
  • Brown
  • Nick Audino
  • Lewis Hughes
  • Khaled Rohaim
  • Michael Foster
  • Ryan Matthew Tedder
  • Brown
  • Twice as Nice
3:42
Total length:39:17

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[c] signifies an additional producer

Sample credits

  • "Woman Up" contains a sample of Ashley Roberts' song of the same name (written by James G. Morales, Matthew Morales, Julio David Rodriguez, Nash Overstreet, Erika Nuri, and Shane Stevens)
  • "Goosebumps" contains a portion of the composition "African Suspense" by The Young Divines (written by Robert Riley, Charles White, and Billy Ball)

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[62] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[63] Platinum 80,000^
United States (RIAA)[61] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

List of release dates, formats, label, and reference
Region Date Format Label(s) Ref.
Apple Music May 6, 2016 Streaming Epic [84]
Worldwide May 13, 2016
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