Meant to Be: Bebe Rexha sets record on the country chart
From February 13, 2018
Bebe Rexha's best known for writing songs for Eminem and Selena Gomez, and for her own hits, like "Me, Myself & I" and "I Got You." But now she's set a chart record in a genre she never suspected: country music.
"Meant to Be," Bebe's collaboration with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line, has topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for an 11th week. It's now the longest-running #1 ever on that chart for a song by a lead female. The previous record was 10 weeks, set by Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
"Growing up in New York City, I knew of [country] artists that had crossed over to the pop side, like Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks and Taylor Swift," Bebe tells Billboard. "But I never thought a New York girl like me would have a country hit, but I guess it goes to show you that some things are just…meant to be.
Explaining the song's appeal, Bebe tells Billboard, "The meaning is simple and honest, and that's why I think it's resonating with the world. The beautiful thing about music is that it allows you to break boundaries, and that's what I want to be remembered for: breaking boundaries."
"Meant to Be" also sits in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's Bebe's third top-10 hit and FGL's second, following the duo's 2013's smash "Cruise."
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