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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