Bebe Rexha's New Song 'I'm a Mess' Adding '90s Hit 'Bitch' Songwriters to Credits

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Bebe Rexha speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas.

Bebe Rexha debuted a new song called "I'm a Mess" from her forthcoming Expectations on Friday (June 15) and it seems the track owes some inspiration to a classic '90s pop-rock single--. 

Songwriter Shelly Peiken, who co-wrote the song "Bitch" with performer Meredith Brooks, shared via Instagram on Friday -- which coincidentally was her birthday -- that "I'm a Mess" writers Justin Trantner, Jussifer and Devon Corey decided to give her co-writing credit on the track, feeling that it interpolated the hook of "Bitch." 

The similarities are apparent but not totally overwhelming. Whereas "Bitch" goes, "I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint," in a similar phrasing "I'm a Mess" goes, "I'm a mess, I'm a loser, I'm a hater, I'm a user, I'm a mess for your love it ain't you." 

Still apparently Trantner and his co-writers decided to make the connection official and cheerily so, as the hitmaker commented on Peiken's post, "Yippeeeeeee!!! Xoxoxoxoxo"

Billboard has reached out to Rexha and Trantner's reps for comment. Listen to both songs below. 


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