Let You Be Right

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"Let You Be Right"
Let you be right.jpg
Single by Meghan Trainor
from the album Treat Myself
Released May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2018
Genre Disco[2]
Length 2:57
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)
  • Meghan Trainor
  • Andrew Wells
  • Jacob Kasher Hindlin
Producer(s) Andrew Wells
Meghan Trainor singles chronology
"No Excuses"
(2018)
"Let You Be Right"
(2018)
"Can't Dance"
(2018)
Music video
"Let You Be Right" on YouTube

"Let You Be Right" (stylized in all caps) is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor for her third major-label studio album Treat Myself (2019). It was written by Trainor, Andrew Wells and Jacob Kasher Hindlin, and produced by the latter. "Let You Be Right" was announced on May 8, 2018, along with its official single artwork the day after. Epic Records released it on May 10, 2018, as the second single from the album, along with "Can't Dance". Lyrically, the disco-tinged midtempo throwback song with "sugary" production sees Trainor trying to reach a compromise with a feuding lover.[3]

"Let You Be Right" peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 and at number 28 on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40. Colin Tilley directed the music video for "Let You Be Right". Released on June 4, 2018, the video features Trainor performing choreography with a group of female dancers at a basketball court. The video featured the singer wearing a pair of "silky, ballooning black trousers" and made use of kaleidoscopic effects.[4] Trainor performed the song on The Today Show's Citi concert series, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 2018 Teen Choice Awards, 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards and CMT Crossroads.

Background and composition[edit]

"Let You Be Right" was written by Trainor, Andrew Wells and Jacob Kasher Hindlin, and produced by the latter.[5] Trainor teased the song on her Instagram account on May 8, 2018, two days before the official release date. It was accompanied by "Can't Dance".[6] About her decision to release two singles on the same day, Trainor said "My team and I talked about it, and I just can’t wait any longer to share the songs on this album. I wanted to drop two today instead of one."[7]

"Let You Be Right" visits the "heady days" of disco.[2] The song finds Trainor delivering "fun" and "flirty" lyrics over a retro-tinged production.[7] It is a "bright, bass-thumping" love song, with elements of funk.[8]"Let You Be Right" is a disco-tinged "make-up anthem", with a "bright, breezy" chorus.[9] Trainor's vocals on the song are sung with an "inviting coo", and the song's bass line has been described as "intoxicatingly wiggly".[10] The song's guitar instrumentation received comparisons to the work of Nile Rodgers.[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Let You Be Right" peaked at number 15 on the Belgium Ultratip Flanders chart, and at number 41 on the Canada Billboard AC chart.[11][12] It reached numbers 31 and 21 on the Canada CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC charts respectively.[13][14] The song also peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 and at number 28 on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40.[15][16]

Music video[edit]

Colin Tilley, who previously collaborated with Trainor on her video for "No Excuses", directed the music video for "Let You Be Right".[17] It was released on June 4, 2018, almost a month after the release of the single.[18] The music video was shot at the Moonlight Rollerway in Los Angeles. It incorporated an "eye-popping" backdrop and laser lights. Trainor's outfits for the video include a white leotard, "Baby Spice-esque" pigtails, bubblegum pink hair, and parachute pants.[19]

In the video, Trainor performs a high-energy dance routine on a basketball court in "sporty" attire.[19] One of the props used in the video is a disco ball, and inclusion of kaleidoscopic effects.[20] Trainor opined that it was "[her] best video yet", and featured some looks that Trainor came up with herself and some that were inspired by Pinterest.[21] A critic described it as an "explosion of looks, lasers and choreography".[21]

Live performances[edit]

Trainor performed "Let You Be Right" as part of her setlist on The Today Show's Citi concert series, as well as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[22][23] She also performed it at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards in August 2018.[24] Trainor opened the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards with a medley of "Let You Be Right", "No Excuses", "Can't Dance", "Me Too" and "All About That Bass".[25] She performed it with Brett Eldredge at an episode of CMT Crossroads, and included a stripped-down and "more relaxed" version of it on her Spotify Singles EP.[26][27]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[11] 15
Canada AC (Billboard)[12] 41
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[13] 31
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[14] 21
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[15] 18
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[16] 28

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various May 10, 2018 Digital download Epic [28]
United States May 11, 2018 Adult contemporary radio [29]
June 8, 2018 Contemporary hit radio [30]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Nied, Mike (May 10, 2018). "Meghan Trainor's 'Let You Be Right' & 'Can't Dance' Are Glittery Pop Anthems". Idolator. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Jones, Abby (June 4, 2018). "Meghan Trainor Drops Kaleidoscopic 'Let You Be Right' Video". Billboard. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
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  22. ^ Mamo, Heran (May 15, 2018). "Meghan Trainor Talks 'Locking It Down' With Fiance & Kicks Off 'Today' Summer Concert Series". Billboard. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  23. ^ Cummings-Grady, MacKenzie (June 7, 2018). "Meghan Trainor Channels Sexy 1970s Disco Vibe With 'Let You Be Right' on 'The Late Show'". Billboard. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  24. ^ TV News Desk (July 14, 2018). "Meghan Trainor to Perform at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards". Broadway World. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  25. ^ Variety Staff (June 24, 2018). "Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood Honored at Radio Disney Music Awards". Variety. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  26. ^ Zauzmer, Emily (August 28, 2018). "No Excuses! Watch Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor Duet on CMT Crossroads". People. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  27. ^ Mele, Sofia (August 22, 2018). "Meghan Trainor Strips Down 'Let You Be Right,' Covers Sasha Sloan's 'Normal' For Spotify Singles". Billboard. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
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  29. ^ "Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases - Hot Adult Contemporary Rock Songs and Release Dates". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
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