The song was included on Trainor's first EP, Title , and first major-label studio album, also named Title It was written by Trainor and Kevin Kadish , and was produced by Kadish. Lyrically, Trainor intended the song to promote positive body image and self-acceptance.
The song was noted for discussing " booty " as part of physical attractiveness. Critical reaction to "All About That Bass" was mixed: some publications named it one of the best songs of , while others called it a novelty song and opined that it failed to promote positive body image as it intended to. It also topped the charts in various countries including Australia, Canada, and the UK, and was the fourth best-selling song of with sales of 11 million copies worldwide.
Featuring s-inspired aesthetics, particularly a pink pastel backdrop, the video played an important role in the song's rise to prominence. The song inspired various parodies and cover versions , including covers from Canadian singer Justin Bieber and former Pentatonix member Avi Kaplan. Contemporary publications such as Vogue felt that "All About That Bass" was influential to the "Era of the Big Booty", when women deemed prominent buttocks attractive. And thickness! Like, it's about the bass, not the treble". Trainor and Kadish wanted to incorporate influences of s doo-wop , a genre that Trainor found catchy.
Although Trainor and Kadish were satisfied with their work on the song, they doubted its commercial prospects. She later performed the song, accompanying herself on an ukulele , in front of Reid; she was signed with Epic Records by Reid 20 minutes later.
The song's instrumentation includes electric guitar , bass , and drums played by Kadish, as well as piano , baritone , saxophone , and Hammond organ played by David Baron. Trainor provided the track's clapping and additional percussion. This version was later used on adult contemporary radio in the United States.
The song follows a basic chord progression of A—Bm—E—A invoking a throwback musical style of the s and s. According to some, including the singer, the lyrics of "All About That Bass" provide a callout to embrace inner beauty, and to promote a positive body image and self-acceptance. In the song, Trainor criticizes the fashion industry for creating unreachable standards of beauty.
A variety of critics predicted it as a strong candidate to be 's "Song of the Summer". Beejoli Shah of The Guardian stated the song has "instantly-memorable" lyrics and an "addictive" bass line, but saw it as a novelty song. The song's lyrics became a subject of controversy among music critics who felt that the song did not promote a positive body image as Trainor intended. Trainor responded, "I didn't work this hard to hate on skinny people, I wrote the song to help my body confidence—and to help others".
The achievement made Trainor the 21st female artist in Billboard history to top the chart with their debut hit. After its eighth week atop the chart, it was finally succeeded by Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off", which had spent eight weeks at number two.
As "All About That Bass" and "Shake It Off" occupied the top two of the Hot chart for eleven consecutive weeks, it marked the longest span for the top two positions being held by female artists consecutively since Alicia Keys ' " Fallin' " and Jennifer Lopez 's " I'm Real Murder Remix " locked the top two for 10 weeks in It climbed to number one two weeks later and went on to accumulate six non-consecutive weeks at the chart's summit.
Following the digital release of "All About That Bass" the week after, it climbed to number one on the UK Singles Chart, with sales in excess of , units. The clip was shot over a two-day period which began on May 8, Social media played a key role in how the video was made and marketed. Maraschino later shared the "All About That Bass" music video with his followers on Twitter and YouTube , which became a contributing factor to the clip going viral.
Predominantly, the music video comprises candy colors and choreography, as well as a pastel s-theme. She sports a light blue collared sweater beneath a sundress of the same color, and a material bow headpiece. The clip then switches to a scene with Trainor wearing a headpiece made of roses and a light pink collared sweater beneath a sundress of the same color.
The video returns to the original scene where Trainor engages in a dance scene with four other female dancers who sport similar outfits to hers. The scene later sees the five women dancing while sitting on chairs. The routine is intercepted with Maraschino donning a white collared shirt and light blue shorts performing a dance sequence on his own, which includes him doing split acrobatics.
Three women, wearing platinum blonde wigs that cover their forehead and eyes, are also pictured in their own dance routine. In another scene, Trainor, with her hair now loose, sports a yellow sweater and sings in front of a variety of colorful balloons and on top of a wide range of colored material.
The singer is also pictured at a dining table topped with candy, offering a young man a cupcake and forcing him to smile with her hands. Two children, in a separate scene, are shown playing with dolls in a dollhouse, dancing in a bedroom and riding bicycles. Trainor is later seen posing next to the dollhouse, and while singing, "I won't be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll," she tosses the doll across the room.
In another segment, other girls are pictured smiling while holding magazines with their faces on the front covers. The music video resulted in "All About That Bass" rising to prominence as a viral hit.
Too small? The music video garnered generally favorable reviews from music critics. Lauren Valenti of Marie Claire felt that the video put an end to the unattainable standards of the beauty industry.
However, she felt that the clip did not require much thought and dismissed its choreography as the kind "year 2 schoolgirls would invent". As of June , the video is the 33rd most viewed YouTube video of all time with over 2. The rendition featured Jimmy Fallon and The Roots , who made use of a variety classroom instruments for the performance. Rolling Stone writer Ryan Reed commented that "their unlikely interpretation was just as good as the original, with their sparse percussion and intimate doo-wop harmonies anchoring Trainor's passionate lines".
A journalist from the magazine, Erin Strecker, wrote that "the results aren't a huge surprise—mash up two super-catchy tracks and the result is, well, a catchy track". Josh Duboff of Vanity Fair wrote that the song had achieved "pop-cultural touchstone-status", while The New York Times ' s Joe Coscarelli called it "a cultural phenomenon".
I hated life. I didn't want to go to school. I get bullied. And then I heard your song and I cried'". Boston entrepreneur and gym instructor Kelly Brabants stated in an interview with the magazine that she experienced a waiting list for her Booty by Brabants class. Brabants went on to opine, "It's not about being stick-thin anymore, every girl now wants a booty". The song's "smash hit status", according to Jason Lipshutz of Billboard , made it a popular focus of "viral videos and musical tributes". Their video comprised a Star Wars theme and its premise sees men, depicted as stormtroopers , engaging in choreography alongside cheerleaders dressed in attire inspired by the fictional character Darth Vader.
Mitchell Peters of Billboard opined that the parody was "catchy" and "hilarious". The parody also comprised altered lyrics written by Sarah Schlieder. NASA's parody video attained over one million views in four days. It is viewable at Randy Turnbow's channel on YouTube. Their rendition was deemed "angelic" by Chris Payne of Billboard. Kaplan's rendition was positively reviewed by James Grebey of Spin who wrote, "Trainor's tune sounds very different a few octaves lower," and added, "We think it might just be an improvement".
Ashley Lee of Billboard wrote that Antoinette provided the song with "a reggae twist". Credits adapted from the liner notes of Title. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An second sample of "All About That Bass", featuring Trainor singing the track's pre-chorus, which is complemented by a scatting tempo, shimmying melody and early s soul-pop groove.
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