Chart-topper Bebe Rexha has finally released her debut album “Expectations” back in June. One of her latest single from the album has gained more than 113 million views and entered various charts including US iTunes Top 10, US POP Radio Top 10, Billboard Mainstream Top 40, and more.
Bebe’s current smash, “Meant To Be” featuring Florida Georgia Line, is currently ruling the charts at #1 overall on iTunes. Additionally, “Meant To Be” has taken the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Chart for 18 consecutive weeks, making it the longest consecutive #1 run for a female ever on this chart.
This is the second record Bebe has broken on the Hot Country Chart with this track. In December, the track debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart, marking Bebe as the first female in history to debut atop it.
Bebe Rexha burst onto the scene in 2013 when she penned the song “Monster,” which became a worldwide hit for Eminem and Rihanna. Since then, Bebe co-wrote and carried the instantly recognisable hook for the double-platinum “Hey Mama,” by David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, which has over 1 billion YouTube/VEVO views and was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song.
The 29-year-old talent has accumulated more than 11 million overall single sales, 3.35 billion total global streams and a radio audience of more than 10 billion.
Hype Malaysia talked with Bebe Rexha recently regarding her latest hit “I’m A Mess”, her upcoming tour “Expectations”, and also her Halloween plan. See how the conversation unfolds.
What does the song “I’m A Mess” mean to you?
For me it’s about accepting your imperfections, knowing that nobody is perfect. I write that song to let my fans know that they’re not alone when they feel lie they’re not perfect or they don’s feel good enough. I want them to know that they’re beautiful the way that they are, and that nobody is perfect.
Heard that you credited Meredith Brooks and Shelley Peiken for the song since the lyrics are kind of similar, but not completely. And it was just a coincidence. Why do you feel the need to do so?
We wrote the song and that somebody told me that it reminds them of Meredith Brooks’ song, and I want to be respectful of the writers because I’m a songwriter myself. Songwriting is important to me and I want it to be respectful.
So what song will you release after “I’m A Mess”?
I don’t know yet. I’m working on that. I’m going to be picking my singles soon and then hopefully shoot a music video for it, but I’m really not sure yet to be honest.
You have 2 nominations at the upcoming AMAs (Collaboration of the Year & Favourite Song – Country) for “Meant to Be”, how confident are you in these 2 categories?
I think I’m already very comfortable and happy for getting the nomination. I would love to win but i’m already grateful to be nominated and I’m in the same category as Cardi B, Beyonce, and Jay-Z, so that’s already amazing and unbelievable, and I’m grateful for that.
Halloween is coming soon. Who or what will you be dressing up as for Halloween this year?
Halloween is my favourite holiday. It’s my favourite time of the year. I planned to dress up as the handmaid from “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Me and my friends are going to wear the red costume together. I think I’m going to throw a private party and maybe invite some friends over to chill out and have some fun.
Who are some of the celebrity friends you plan to invite?
It’s not confirmed, but probably Normani, Noah Cyrus, and Rita Ora, just to name a few.
A lot of people think that you look like Kylie Jenner. What is your comment on that?
I think that she is beautiful and very successful, and I take that compliment.
Have you met her in person before?
I’ve seen her at some places before but we haven’t really got the chance to talk you know because we’re both too busy.
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Have people gone up to you and call you Kylie?
Not really. Not in person at least. Because I think we only look alike in pictures because of our blonde hair.
What is the strangest rumour you heard about yourself?
That my ass is fake. It’s real, I do lots of squats. I like to eat a lot of bread cos’ it makes your ass big.
Is there any reason why you’re still not in Malaysia yet? You’ve been to all the neighbouring countries last year but not Malaysia.
I’m going to come by. The only thing is if I come to Malaysia, I need to like make sure that I have good food, the food is very important.
I’m telling you the food here is amazing, so you definitely have to come by!
Really? Okay, then I’ll make a stop in Malaysia. It will definitely be my first stop.
Is there anything else you’re working on right now?
I’m always working on new music, but I’m getting ready to do promos, and we have all the award seasons, so there are a lot of things happenings right now.