The newly minted Grammy-winner tells EW about her hot new girl-power anthem—and the funk influences of her next album.

By Kevin O'Donnell
Updated March 04, 2016 at 03:16 PM EST
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Just weeks after she was anointed Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor is proving once again why she’s worthy of Grammy gold. The 22-year-old pop star debuted her new single, “No,” on Friday.

The track is set to be featured on her forthcoming album, Thank You, due out later this year, and Trainor has been laboring over those tracks to get them just right. “[My label boss] L.A. Reid told me I didn’t have a single,” Trainor tells EW of her sessions. “He said I have an album of Nice Meghan and that I needed to be sassy. So I said, ‘I’m going to the studio to write you a smash!'”

Trainor says it took little time to craft the song with hitmaker Ricky Reed. “I told my producer we needed a big eff-you song, an anthem about girl power that sounded like nothing on the album,” she says. “We wrote it that day.”

While Trainor was amped-up going into the sessions, she admits she was a bit nervous to play the final result for Reid. “I was too scared to go by myself,” she says. “So we had tequila, and then we played it. L.A. played it 29 times—and we kept counting. I’ll never forget that moment.”

On Trainor’s next album, she says she’s broadening her pop sound. “People told me, ‘Don’t do what they expect,'” she says. “I’ve put some doo-wop on it. And Ricky Reed and Jay Cash and some other writers helped me unlock this world of funk—it’s a new sound I’m excited about. It sounds like the girl version of a Bruno Mars record. It’s kind of a throwback.”

Hear “No” now.