Bebe Rexha Thought She Was Collaborating With Little Big Town, Not Florida Georgia Line
Awkward! It seems that pop singer Bebe Rexha got her country groups confused when it was time to collaborate on the popular song “Meant to Be.”
The singer originally thought she would be working with Little Big Town -- not Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. Rexha explained the country group mixup to CMT’s Cody Alan, saying, “I can’t lie, I had met Little Big Town at one of the awards [shows]. When I walked in the studio, I saw Tyler there, and I said, ‘Where are the other band members?’ I told Tyler and he started laughing.”
Thankfully the FGL boys were good sports about the whole thing. Together, Rexha and the superstar country duo went on to record "Meant to Be," which became the longest-leading No. 1 single by a woman on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. This chart achievement is a personal record for pop star Rexha, and breaks the previous run at No. 1 by a song with female lead vocals, which, ironically enough, was set by Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," after 13 weeks at No. 1 in 2015.
The track, which appears on Rexha's All Your Fault: Pt. 2 EP, had previously edged out Taylor Swift's 10-week chart-topping run with "We Are Never Getting Back Together" in 2010. "Meant to Be" gave Rexha her first career appearance at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, while making cross-genre history on the pop charts as well.
It wasn't the first time Florida Georgia Line have experienced cross-genre success, though: The duo spent 24 weeks at No. 1 in 2012 with their single "Cruise," which featured rapper Nelly. This kicked off a series of hit country/pop collaborations with acts such as the Backstreet Boys, Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso, and the Chainsmokers, among others.
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