Meghan Trainor

Scenecast-logo1400When Tom Magliozzi died, I didn’t feel anything. Condolences were popping up on Facebook and Twitter, but I didn’t know who he was. Until I heard his voice. For decades, he was half of “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” the fake names of two real brothers who hosted NPR’s Car Talk.

I knew exactly who he was. The sound of his voice carried with it so many memories. Of working on cars and tractors with my dad. Of painting houses with my brothers. Of trekking across the country on vacation with my family. Of stacking boxes during my summer job. I could repeat twenty jokes Tom told over the years and rattle off the fake credits at the end of his show without even trying. He was someone I had a strong connection with, and yet, I didn’t know his name and had never seen his face.

When Tom died in November, we’d already been developing the SceneCast for months. But his death reminded me of how powerful the spoken word can be. I invited him into my childhood, my teenage years and on vacation with my brother only a few weeks ago.

MBirbiglia-Hi-Res-Photo-Credit-Kyle-Ericksen-300dpi-webNow I want to invite you into Scene Magazine. I want you to be there when I interview Meghan Trainor. I want you to be there when I interview Kevin Costner. I want you to hear how Mark Wahlberg and Craig Robinson struggled to make it early in their careers, and how Mike Birbiglia treated our interview like it was a one-man show with a one-man audience.

Everyone at Scene wants you to hear how screenplays are written and movies are made. How sets are built and music is recorded. How actors stay in shape and films are financed. How to get a job in the entertainment industry and what you really need to study in school.

And we also want to talk about what’s actually worth watching! We want to share the music, movies, television series and more that are inspiring us. On the SceneCast, we’re going to talk about all of that, and we’re going to invite the entertainment industry into the conversation. You never know who’s going to pop up as a guest.

The best part is this: it’s free and you can take it with you. If you’ve got a smart phone, you can stream the SceneCast wherever you go. Take celebrity trainer Aaron Williamson with you while you’re at the gym. Take Shane West with you to Mardi Gras. Bring me, Beth Burvant and David Draper with you while shopping. Whether working, mowing the lawn or avoiding your in-laws, the SceneCast is the best way to get you through the day until you can get to the movie theater, or curled up on the couch to knock out some Netflix.

During our launch week, we’ll be debuting a slew of awesome launch episodes! Although Meghan Trainor is really great, we couldn’t limit it to just one episode. So enjoy all of the great content and make sure to leave a review and subscribe in iTunes. It’ll ensure you get every new episode right on your phone.

Go to thescenecast.com to get started. We’re already there, eagerly awaiting you. So, listen up.

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MeghanTrainor_Rolling-Stone-Photo-webSinger / songwriter Meghan Trainor talks to Scene Magazine editor-in-chief Micah Haley about her Grammy Award winning song “All About That Bass” and her new album Title.
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Meghan Trainor Stays Atop the Hot 100 for 2nd Week

by Arthur Vandelay on September 18, 2014

Meghan_Trainor-webMeghan Trainor is all about that number one spot. Her debut hit “All About That Bass” came in at number one for the second week in a row on Billboard’s Hot 100. Behind Trainor is Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” at number two and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” at number three. The females dominated the charts this week taking the top five spots of the list.

Click here to read Scene’s exclusive interview with Meghan Trainor.

Source: Billboard

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Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Tops Hot 100

by Michelle Preau on September 11, 2014

image003-webShe’s bringing booty back and moving her way up to number one. Meghan Trainor’s platinum-selling debut single “All About That Bass” truly is the “song of the summer,” topping the Billboard Top 100. The song has also reached #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart, Spotify, Shazam, Amazon MP3 and Google Play as well as fifty-six million-plus views on YouTube/Vevo. Trainor’s rise to #1 marks the second debut #1 by a female lead artist this year, following Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”

The twenty-year-old singer scored her first publishing deal at eighteen and has written tracks for country group Rascal Flatts and reggae band Common Kings. Inspired by several genres of music, Meghan comes with her own unique, bold and catchy sound that blends ’50s throw back, hip-hop and classic pop.

The break-through pop star is quickly rising to stardom and has already appeared on Live With Kelly & Michael, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which you can see below, and today she will be a guest on the premiere week of The Ellen Degeneres Show. This week also marks the anticipated release of her debut EP, Title. The four track EP features “All About That Bass,” “Title,” “Dear Future Husband” and “Close Your Eyes.”

Keep your eyes and ears open for this bubbly blonde because she is quickly moving to the top. Trainor’s first full length album is set for release later this year. And if you haven’t seen her video for “All About That Bass” check it out here. It is sure to get you dancing and singing along.

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Meghan_Trainor-webThis article originally ran in the 2014 September/October issue of Scene Magazine.

Twirling in waves of pink and purple pastels, Meghan Trainor is on her way to pop stardom. The twenty-year-old recently released her first hit single which has steadily risen on Billboard’s Top 100. The ascent of “All About That Bass” is fueled by a bubblegum pink music video directed by Fatima Robinson, the renowned music video choreographer and producer, well known for her work with pop legends including Michael Jackson and Prince. The video currently boasts over twenty-five million views on Youtube.

“She heard the song and was like, ‘I love it, let’s do it!’” Trainor said to Scene about Robinson’s enthusiasm. “Fatima came at me with the whole idea of pastel colors and the innocent girl who has booty poppin’ dance moves. And then she said, ‘I know this dancer on Vine.’”

The dancer was Sione Maraschino, a worldwide sensation on the micro-video social media site Vine. Trainor was thrilled with the idea. Although she had no dance background at all. “I never even had a lesson,” she laughs. “We had two days of rehearsal that were five hours each, and then we shot it. You can’t visualize what it’s going to look like until you’re there. So on the set, after I was done, I cried for hours and I was just so blown away by how good it looked.”

Prior to her single, Trainor made great career progress as a songwriter, writing songs for the popular country music band Rascal Flatts and multi-genre group Common Kings. “The A&R for Rascal Flatts sat down and played me their version, and I loved it,” says Trainor. It was her first time to hear a major music group sing a song she had written. “After the first words came out of his mouth, I was just crying. I loved it. And Common Kings, I love them so much! I love the lead singer’s vocals so much. I was honored to have him singing my new song. I got to prove to my publishers that I can do reggae and country, too! That I got this!”

Trainor gets her raw musical talent from her father. “My father was always in a cover band situation, so he never really wrote songs,” says Trainor, whose songwriting skills are largely self-taught. “I always figured artists just wrote their own songs, so I started writing them. I think I learned about verses, chords, just by listening to my favorites songs. I started writing them down and I got better and better as I grew older.” She started writing and producing her own songs in her early teens and realized her dream was to become a pop star.

MT_SINGLE_CVR_FINAL_HR-webTrainor got a publishing deal at only eighteen years old. She traveled to the Durango Songwriters Expo to learn as much as possible about the industry and how to improve her writing. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can write songs and get paid! This is great!’” she gushes. “My band would take me to see people who would critique my songs and tell me what I could improve on. I remember we went to this one place in Durango and I went home afterwards, and I said, ‘Alright, I’m gonna come back with a better album.’ And I went back, and that’s the year I got signed, because I took their criticism and their notes and I fixed my songs. I went back the next year, and I told them, ‘Look, I’m better!’”

Trainor’s dedication to improving her own work has paid off. After a quiet debut, one of her songs is now a bona fide hit. Scene declared it the “Song of the Summer” when we first heard it back in June. Shortly after, Trainor got a call from The Today Show. Her new life in the spotlight keeps her on her toes. A call to board a plane can happen at any moment. “It happened all at one time and it’s been fun,” she says. “This is life now. I’ve gotta be ready with a bag packed all the time!” Now living in Nashville, the seat of American songwriting, the bright, blonde and bubbly Meghan Trainor is working on her debut album with Epic Records. And she wants you to remember that “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” Watch her music video for “All About That Bass” on her YouTube channel, MeghanTrainorVEVO, or catch up with her on Twitter and Instagram @Meghan_Trainor. She’s as cool as you hope she is.

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Song of the Summer – ‘All About That Bass’

by Kate Bannon

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor’s new video for her debut single “All About That Bass” (Epic Records) just dropped on VEVO and seems to have stolen the spotlight. The video was directed by renowned director/producer/choreographer Fatima Robinson, who has worked with Rihanna, Michael Jackson and the Black Eyed Peas. The video’s vibrant pastels and upbeat lyrics fuel […]