Meghan Trainor is tickled pink as she leaves radio studios with a balloon model …

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How Beyonce’s rejection made Meghan Trainor a star: ADRIAN THRILLS reviews ‘All About That Bass’ singer’s feelgood debut album.

In an era dominated by provocative videos and raunchy dance routines, the U.S. superstar has swept all before her while keeping her clothes on and writing songs that hark back to classier times.In 2014, Meghan Trainor’s bouncy, flirty ode to her assets, “All About That Bass,” dominated pop music — the track inspired a host of parodies and covers, scored nominations for Song and Record of the Year at the Grammys, and led the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. This major-label debut, billed as her first album after Sony effectively eviscerated all traces of her three prior independent releases, cranks out saccharine doo-wop ditties and poppy hip-hop.

And, as she showed with last year’s super-catchy All About That Bass — the UK’s longest-running chart-topper of 2014 — Trainor can use giddy charm and an unforgettable tune to deliver a positive message to her young fans. The bubbly 21-year-old, who was born on Nantucket and studied at a Berklee summer intensive as a teenager, can now add another chart-topper to her list. Trainor’s debut album, “Title” (Epic) — which doubles down on the giggly, slightly time-warped sensibilities of “Bass,” and adds a few winking asides about walks of shame and being attracted to drummers — debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, which tracks album sales. It moved 238,000 units during the week ending Jan. 18, with 195,000 digital and physical album sales. (The rest came from “track-equivalent albums” and “stream-equivalent albums,” which count 10 individual sales of an album’s songs or 1,500 individual streams, respectively, as a single sale, according to Nielsen Music.) Trainor is the 13th female artist to reach No. 1 with her debut single and album, a club that includes The Singing Nun (whose self-titled album and single “Dominique” hit it big in 1963) and Kesha (who topped the charts with “Tik Tok” and her album “Animal” in 2010).

Trainor, who began singing in a family band on Nantucket Island at 12 and wrote her first song a year later, teamed up with musician and producer Kevin Kadish after she moved to Nashville in her teens. While “Bass” has many of the markings of a one-hit wonder — from its euphemistic central conceit to its slinky doo-wop callbacks — Trainor has already beat that rap: She occupies two slots in the most recent Hot 100’s Top 10. “Bass” hangs tough at No. 10 after having relinquished the singles chart’s crown in November, and its followup, the finger-wagging “Lips Are Movin,” sits at No. 6. Current single Lips Are Movin’ sticks to its infectious predecessor’s doo-wop flourishes, while opening track The Best Part is a lovely, acapella prelude. Backed by a bouncy arrangement with echoes of Dion’s Runaround Sue, she outlines the terms that apply for any potential spouse: good manners, the need to prioritise her family over his and her desire to sleep on the left-hand side of the bed — though she also insists she will not be found at home ‘baking apple pies’. Like most of her numbers, Trainor’s ballads are spirited and accomplished, although her songwriting so far lacks the truly distinctive touches that have made Taylor Swift such a star.

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