Bebe Rexha Deconstructs 'Meant to Be,' On the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast

Sasha Samsonova
Bebe Rexha

Rexha & Hit Songs Deconstructed analyze the record-breaking hit, which spends a 50th week at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.

This week, we welcome special guests Bebe Rexha and Dave and Yael Penn, co-founders of Hit Songs Deconstructed, who, together, analyze in-depth how her smash with Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley), "Meant to Be," became a record-breaker, as it extends its reign atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart to a milestone 50th week.

"I never thought that I'd have a pop/country crossover song," says Rexha of the collaboration that also crowned the Adult Pop Songs chart and hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year (and only came about, she says, because a session that FGL had scheduled with Charlie Puth was cancelled). "That just goes to show you that all the best things are unexpected. My thing is going with feel and not creating any boundaries for myself.

"It's quite mind-blowing," Rexha marvels. She also discusses other hits that she's written, including Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, and "Me, Myself & I," her duet with G-Eazy.

Plus, Gary and Trevor chat about this week's new No. 1 on the Hot 100, as Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" blasts in at No. 1. Notably, the song is a fairly rare track that very specifically references an artist's real life, and we look back at (and listen to) a few others, by 'til tuesday, Alanis Morissette, Lauryn Hill and more.

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