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"Me Too"
Me Too (Official Single Cover) by Meghan Trainor.png
Single by Meghan Trainor
from the album Thank You
ReleasedMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
FormatDigital download
RecordedDecember 2015 (Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length3:01
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ricky Reed
Meghan Trainor singles chronology
"No"
(2016)
"Me Too"
(2016)
"Better"
(2016)
Music video
"Me Too" on YouTube

"Me Too" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor for her second major-label studio album Thank You (2016). It was written by Trainor, Eric Frederic, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Jason Desrouleaux, Peter Svensson, and produced by Ricky Reed. The track was released on May 5, 2016, as the second single from the album. The electro and R&B song has lyrics about self-love and self-empowerment, urging listeners to be more content and confident with themselves. It received mixed to negative reviews, with some critics accusing Trainor of bragging.

"Me Too" was a commercial success, peaking at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was certified quadruple platinum in Australia, and triple platinum in Canada and the US. Hannah Lux Davis directed the music video for "Me Too". Released on May 9, 2016 on Vevo, Trainor requested its removal the same day, due to digital manipulation of her body. The following day, the unedited version of the video was released. It features Trainor donning a giraffe onesie, travelling with her entourage, trying on different dresses and finishes with a dance break. Trainor has performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Sunrise, Charts Center and Good Morning America with a live band and backup dancers. It was also performed on Trainor's The Untouchable Tour (2016).

Background and composition[edit]

"Me Too" was written by Meghan Trainor, Eric Frederic, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Jason Desrouleaux, Peter Svensson, and produced by Ricky Reed.[1] It was released as the second single from Trainor's second major-label studio album Thank You, on May 5, 2016.[2] It is written in the key of E minor in common time with a tempo of 120–126 beats per minute. Trainor's vocals span from B3 to B4 in the song.[3]

"Me Too" is an electro and R&B song with an empowering message.[4][5] Its lyrics talk about how much Trainor loves herself, as well as "why we should all want to be like her."[6] In a chorus which has been described as "catchy" by Fuse's Shannon Mages, Trainor sings "If I was you, I'd wanna be me too".[7] According to Erin Jensen of USA Today, the song portrays Trainor's boldness and confidence, and features Trainor "feeling herself".[8] "Me Too" reveals the layers of Trainor's "unabashed confidence", and shows that it comes from a place of "bonafide swagger".[9] The song focuses on gaining self-respect and confidence.[10] Its composition has been compared to Psy's song "Gangnam Style".[11]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed to negative reviews. Writing for andPop, Rebecca Matina opined that the incorporation of dubstep-like beats along with the jazz/funk chorus didn't blend together seamlessly, but she lauded the "club" vibe from the verses and deemed the chorus "bubbly".[12] Alexa Camp of Slant Magazine was critical of the song, and deemed it as confusing delusional self-importance with self-worth and a "vacant exercise" in positivity.[13] Michael Cragg of The Guardian also criticized the song, writing that the song's "bragging" sounds misplaced.[14]

Dan Weiss of Spin dubbed the song as "Will.i.am-goes-Sophie" and compared it to a "vibrant Gap commercial".[15] Isabella Biedenharn of Entertainment Weekly likened the song to album track "I Love Me", writing that they are "instant confidence-spikers, with subtle nods to those heady days when jewelry was 'ice'".[16] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times gave the song a mixed review, writing that "she awkwardly proclaims self-love: 'Who's that sexy thang I see over there? / That's me, standin' in the mirror'."[17] Hazel Cills of MTV News wrote "we find Trainor kissing her reflection in the mirror, flipping off her legion of haters, and telling persistent bachelors to back the hell off in bachelorette-party-approved retro-pop", and also called the song "club-ready" with presence of vocals over a "throbbing bass beat".[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Me Too" debuted at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.[19] It eventually reached its peak of number 13 on the chart in its 11th chart week.[20] This week it appeared at number four on the Digital Songs chart, number 26 on Streaming Songs, and at number 35 on Radio Songs.[21][22][23] It topped the Israel Media Forest TV Airplay Chart.[24] In Australia, "Me Too" peaked at number four on the ARIA Charts, and spent 19 total weeks on the chart.[25] In Canada and France, the track peaked at numbers nine and 98, respectively. It spent 24 weeks on the former chart and 11 on the latter.[26][27]

"Me Too" was also successful in Guatemala, peaking at number eight on the Monitor Latino chart.[28] In the United Kingdom, "Me Too" peaked at number 84 on the UK Singles Chart.[29] Other international peaks included number 62 in Germany and number 81 in Ireland.[30][31] The song was certified triple platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 3,000,000 copies.[32] It was also certified quadruple platinum in Australia, and triple platinum in Canada.[33][34] "Me Too" was certified gold in Mexico.[35] The song finished at numbers 51 and 57 on Australia and Argentina's respective year-end charts.[36][37] Meanwhile, it placed at numbers 33 and 62 in Canada and the US.[38][39]

Music video[edit]

Background and concept[edit]

Side by side view of digital manipulation of a woman's body.
The digital manipulation of Trainor's body (modified version at left) caused controversy and led to the video's removal from YouTube.

On May 9, 2016, Trainor released a music video for "Me Too", which was directed by Hannah Lux Davis. The singer contacted the head of Vevo to get the video removed later that day over unapproved digital manipulation of Trainor's body to make her waist look thinner.[40][41] On Snapchat, Trainor stated she had not approved the video and "it went out for the world, so I'm embarrassed."[42][43][44] A video without digital manipulation was released on May 10, 2016.[45] Talking about the controversy, Trainor stated "I screamed in my hotel room, [...] I was like, 'Why would they do this?' I cried. I had to try not to cry because I had my [makeup] done, and was like, 'Don't ruin this. Go work and ignore it,' but I couldn't help it."[46]

Synopsis[edit]

The video starts with Trainor waking up and singing the song in her bathroom mirror. She then dons a giraffe onesie and makes her way to her photo shoot.[47] She then arrives at her photo shoot, while trying on several outfits with her entourage. She then chooses a blue sequin dress and proceeds to a spotlit room, where she dances with a group of other dancers in turquoise dresses.[5] The final dance sequence in the blue spotlit room represent the music video shoot and all the events leading up to it represent Trainor waking up and getting ready for it.[48]

Reception[edit]

A writer for Rolling Stone praised the video, writing "The music video shows Trainor and her #squad cruising through Los Angeles Rebecca Black-style, wearing garish costume jewelry" and that it is "just another day in the #craycray life" of Trainor's.[49] Halle Keifer of Vulture.com was also favourable of the video, writing "Meghan Trainor's out here having fabulous hair and fronting a monochromatic dance squad" and "wearing a filthy bathrobe to work instead of a giraffe onesie".[50]

Live performances[edit]

Trainor performed "Me Too" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[51][52] She also performed the song on Good Morning America with a live band and backup dancers. On June 21, 2016, Trainor performed it on The Today Show.[53] Trainor has performed "Me Too" on Sunrise and Charts Center.[54] The song was part of Trainor's setlists for the Jingle Ball Tour 2016 and The Untouchable Tour (2016).[55] It also appeared on the soundtrack for the 2018 film I Feel Pretty.[56]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[34] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[35] Gold 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[80] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[32] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

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

dagger Since May 9, 2013, RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[81]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States May 5, 2016 Digital download Epic [2]
May 16, 2016 Adult contemporary radio [82]
May 17, 2016 Top 40 radio [83]
United Kingdom June 9, 2016 Contemporary hit radio [84]

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