Bebe Rexha is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She is known for songs such as Meant to Be with Florida Georgia Line, Me, Myself and I with G-Eazy, and In the Name of Love with Martin Garrix, and Hey Mama. She has also penned songs for various artists such as Selena Gomez and Nick Jonas.
Genre Pop, RandB, electropop
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, trumpet
DCD2, Island Def Jam, STMPD RCRDS, Warner Bros. Records
Bleta graduated from Tottenville High School.
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
She has Albanian ancestry (Both parents are from Macedonia).
Some of her songs performed by other artists include Eminem and Rihanna single The Monster which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, and songs for Selena Gomez, Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas, Tinashe, David Guetta and many others. In 2015 she released her first solo EP, I Don’t Wanna Grow Up. In October 2016, I Got You was released as the lead single from her EP All Your Fault: Pt. 1. In August 2017, her third EP All Your Fault: Pt. 2 was released, which spawned the hit single Meant to Be with country duo Florida Georgia Line, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is also included on her debut studio album, Expectations, which was released on June 22, 2018.
Rexha was born on August 30, 1989, in Brooklyn, New York, to Albanian parents. Her father, Flamur Rexha, is an Albanian born in Debar, when it was part of Yugoslavia. He immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 21, and her mother, Bukurije Rexha, was born in the U.S. to an Albanian family with roots in Gostivar (which, like Debar, is now part of the Republic of Macedonia). In the Albanian language, blete means bee; derived from it, Rexha gave herself the nickname Bebe as part of her stage name. Bleta and her family moved to nearby Staten Island when she was six.
Rexha played trumpet and taught herself to play guitar and piano. Rexha attended Tottenville High School on Staten Island, where she took part in a variety of musicals. She also joined the choir, while still in high school. After joining the choir, she discovered that her voice was a coloratura soprano. Rexha lists Coldplay, the Cranberries, Lauryn Hill, Alanis Morissette, and Kanye West as musical influences.
As a teenager, Rexha submitted a song to be performed at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ annual Grammy Day event. Rexha earned the Best Teen Songwriter award, beating around 700 other entrants. As a result, she signed a contract with talent scout Samantha Cox, who encouraged Rexha to enroll in songwriting classes in New York City.
2010–2012: Career beginnings with Black Cards
In 2010, Rexha met Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz with whom she began working at a recording studio in New York City. She became a member and a lead vocalist of Wentz new experimental project of a band, called Black Cards. The band played a variety of live shows and released several singles and remixes. However, in January 2012, Wentz announced that Rexha had left the band to pursue other endeavors.
2013–2015: Solo debut and I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
In 2013, Rexha signed with Warner Bros. Records as a solo artist. Rexha had begun writing several songs, including Selena Gomez Like a Champion and Nikki Williams Glowing. Her most prominent songwriting effort of 2013 was Eminem and Rihanna The Monster, which was released as the fourth single from Eminem album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song went on to top the charts for the US Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot RandB/Hip-Hop Songs and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. That same year, Rexha also wrote and was featured on Cash Cash single Take Me Home.
On March 21, 2014, Rexha released her debut single, I Can’t Stop Drinking About You. The song peaked at number 22 on Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The music video was released on August 12, 2014. The video was inspired by imagery from films such as Girl, Interrupted and Melancholia. In November 2014, Rexha was featured on rapper Pitbull song This Is Not a Drill. and in September 2014, she was picked as Elvis Duran Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, where she performed live her single I Can’t Stop Drinking About You.
In December 2014, Rexha released two more singles, I’m Gonna Show You Crazy and Gone. On May 12, 2015, she released her debut EP, I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, through Warner Bros. Records. She also co-wrote and was featured on David Guetta single Hey Mama, alongside Nicki Minaj and Afrojack. The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and received 1.1 million downloads as of June 2015. The song did not originally credit Rexha, despite the fact that she sings the chorus and is featured on background vocals. In June 2015, she was eventually given a credit for her work.
2015–2017: Collaborations and All Your Fault series
Main articles: All Your Fault: Pt. 1 and All Your Fault: Pt. 2
In January 2015, Rexha co-wrote and was featured on G-Eazy Me, Myself and I. The song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one on Billboard Pop Songs. The song was originally titled I Don’t Need Anything and was intended as a song for Rexha herself. Instead, she brought the song idea to G-Eazy and was featured during the chorus.
Rexha met Nicki Minaj manager, Gee Roberson, and asked if Minaj would contribute to a new song. In March 2016, Rexha released her single, called No Broken Hearts featuring Nicki Minaj. In April 2016, the music video was released, directed by Dave Meyer. The video accumulated over 240 million views on YouTube.
On November 6, 2016, Rexha hosted the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards, at Rotterdam, Netherlands and performed multiple songs throughout the night, such as her single, I Got You.
On October 28, 2016, Rexha released I Got You. Both No Broken Hearts and I Got You were originally intended for the All Your Fault album. The latter peaked at number 17 on US Billboard Pop Songs and at number 43 on US Billboard Hot 100. The music video was released on January 6, 2017 and reached over 50 million views in four weeks, and accumulated 250 million views on YouTube. Direction changed from a full studio album to a multi EP project and No Broken Hearts was scrapped, making I Got You the first and only single from All Your Fault: Pt. 1, released on February 17, 2017. The EP peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200. In March 2017 in Dallas, Rexha began her first solo headlining tour, promoting the EP across North America and Europe, named the All Your Fault Tour, with a total of 29 dates.
In May 2017, Bebe Rexha: The Ride aired on MTV—a documentary which explores the moments which changed Rexha life and journey to stardom.
On July 21, 2017, One Direction member Louis Tomlinson released the single Back to You, with Rexha and Digital Farm Animals as featured artists. The song peaked at number 40 on Billboard Hot 100.
The Way I Are (Dance with Somebody) featuring Lil Wayne was released as the first single from All Your Fault: Pt. 2 on May 19, 2017. On June 12, Rexha performed the song at the Ubisoft E3 press conference, before announcing Just Dance 2018, on which the song appears. The second EP as part of the project was released on August 11, 2017. In support of the EP and American singer and songwriter Marc E. Bassy debut album, Rexha planned to go on a co-headlining tour across the United States: the Bebe and Bassy Tour, in October 2017. The tour was short-lived due to an infection putting Rexha on strict vocal rest, with Marc E. Bassy eventually going on a solo US tour in March 2018.
On October 24, 2017, Meant to Be was released as the second single from Pt. 2, with the music video premiering a day earlier. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and as of July 31, 2018 has spent 35 weeks at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, breaking the record for most weeks atop the chart previously held by Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt.
Main article: Expectations (Bebe Rexha album)
In September 2017, Rexha began teasing new songs for a third installment in the All Your Fault series, with her manager going on record about its release. However, it appeared plans had changed, as Bebe revealed through a tweet in November 2017 that her next project would be called Expectations. Rexha revealed the cover art for this debut studio album on April 8, 2018, and the album was released on June 22, 2018. Previous singles from All Your Fault, I Got You and Meant to Be appear on Expectations as well.
On April 13, 2018, Ferrari and 2 Souls on Fire, the latter of which features Quavo of Migos, were released as promotional singles along with the pre-order.
On June 15, 2018, I’m a Mess was released as the first single from the album.
Rexha musical style has switched each album, but she has been labeled as a pop artist. Her songs span a wide range of genres, including K-pop, hip hop, trap, alternative rock, EDM, RandB and country.
She was mainly influenced by Lauryn Hill who she calls the Queen of RandB. She was also influenced by other artists such as Bob Marley, Madonna, Blondie, Alanis Morissette and Coldplay.
She released her debut album All Your Fault: Pt. 1 in 2017
First TV Show
In 2011, she guest appeared in talk show Big Morning Buzz Live as herself.
She likes doing butt exercises the most. Have a look at her butt workout below –
Bebe eats chocolate daily before going to bed. She eats pizza with lots of salad to make the experience more healthy.
She has tweeted about her love for junk food several times.
Bebe Rexha Favorite Things
Food – FroYo, chocolate, pizza
Emoji – The one with straight down tears, broken heart
Musician – Tracy Chapman, Bob Marley
Favorite Advice – Don’t have any expectations.
Self-Written Song – The Monster for Eminem
Drink – Tequila
Bebe Rexha Facts
She cites Coldplay, Kanye West, The Cranberries, Imogen Heap, and Lauryn Hill as her musical influences.
In Albanian, Bebe first name “Bleta” means “Honey Bee”.
She is the first one in her family to be born in the United States.
She self-learned the guitar and piano.
Rexha was actively playing the trumpet (more than 9 years) during school time.
Her voice is a coloratura soprano.
Bebe career started flourishing in 2010 after she met Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy bassist) by chance in a recording studio.
Released in 2016, she featured Nicki Minaj in her song “No Broken Hearts”.
From 2010 to 2012, she was a part of the electronic band “Black Cards” with Pete Wentz.
When no one is watching, she likes twerking at her home.
She got to host the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2016.