A mashup of Britney Spears' "Overprotected" and Meghan Trainor's "No" music videos is everything and nothing at the same time.
Britney Spears' old school catalogue is untouchable, and Miss Meghan Trainor reminded us of that when she dropped her forced pop ideal on us earlier this week when the "No" music video debuted. I could literally see Trainor texting the director a check list of action items she needed to include in the visual.
The notion of recycling or borrowing key components in popular pop songs is nothing new – just look at the recent hoopla over Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.'s "Blurred Lines" song that tapped Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up" or a recent suit against Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am for their song "Damn Girl" which is thought to sample a relatively unknown song produced in 1969 titled “A New Day is Here At Last.”
Trainor's "No" video sparked inspiration in Raheem D, who created a mashup of it with Britney Spears' "Overprotected" because he noticed major parallels. He wrote on Facebook he thinks the songs sounded similar "because they both have very similar backing vocals during the chorus," adding "they both have a very similar song structure during the bridge through to the final chorus with the beat stop and the big note during the chorus. The verse instrumental features very similar chords/synths. And overall the general feel of the song in addition to Meghan Trainor's Britney-esque music video. Not necessarily the melody of the vocals though."
Watch it here:
The initial general consensus on Trainor's new song was nostalgia vibes, but after seeing the new video, it's clear Meghan Trainor wants a piece of the American Pie. Unfortunately for her... it's half baked.