Bebe Rexha

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Bleta "Bebe" Rexha (; born August 30, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, of Albanian descent. She is best known for her collaborations with other artists, such as "Me, Myself & I" with G-Eazy, David Guetta's "Hey Mama", "In the Name of Love" with Martin Garrix, and featuring on songs by Cash Cash and Louis Tomlinson.

Songs of hers performed by artists include Eminem and Rihanna's single "The Monster" that won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, and songs for Selena Gomez and Nick Jonas. 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. The song is also included on her debut studio album, Expectations, which will be released on June 22, 2018.

Early life

Rexha was born on August 30, 1989, in Brooklyn, New York, to ethnic Albanian parents. Her father, Flamur Rexha, born in Debar, Macedonia when it was part of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, a federation within 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, Bleta means "bee"; derived from this, Rexha gave herself the nickname "Bebe" as part of her stage name. Bleta and her family moved to Staten Island, New York, when she was 6.

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 & 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.

Career

2010-2015: Career beginnings

In 2010, Rexha met Fall Out Boy's 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's 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 left the band to pursue other endeavors.

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's song "The Monster", which was released as Eminem's fourth single from Eminem's album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song went on to top the charts for the US Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. That same year, Rexha also wrote and was featured on Cash Cash's 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's 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's song "This Is Not a Drill". and in September 2014, she was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathy 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, titled I Don't Wanna Grow Up through Warner Bros. Records. She also co-wrote and was featured on David Guetta's single "Hey Mama", alongside Nicki Minaj and Afrojack. The song peaked at number 8 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-present: Collaborations, All Your Fault series, and Expectations

In January 2015, Rexha co-wrote and was featured on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I". The song peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one on the 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's 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 and was directed by Dave Meyer. The video accumulated over 220 million views on YouTube.

On July 29, 2016, Rexha and Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix released their single, "In the Name of Love". It has since peaked at number 24 on US Billboard Hot 100, at number 4 on US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and entered the top 10 charts in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy and New Zealand. The music video was released on August 23, 2016 on Martin Garrix's YouTube channel.

On November 6, 2016, Rexha hosted the 2016's MTV Europe Music Awards, taking place in 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 4 weeks, and accumulated 200 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, 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 Dallas.

In May 2017, Bebe Rexha: The Ride aired on MTV. The show is a documentary which explores the moments which changed Rexha's 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 which the song appears on. 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's debut album, Rexha planned to go on a co-headlining tour across the United States, the Bebe & 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 a music video premiering on the day before. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 19 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, the most for a female act. The song also is on the tracklist of her debut full-length album titled Expectations, scheduled to be released on June 22, 2018. Two songs, "Ferrari" and "2 Souls on Fire", were released with the pre-order on April 13, 2018.

Discography

Studio albums
  • Expectations (2018)
Extended plays
  • I Don't Wanna Grow Up (2015)
  • All Your Fault: Pt. 1 (2017)
  • All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (2017)

Production and writing credits

Rexha has written and co-produced for a number of artists, including:

Television

Awards and nominations

Tours

Headlining

  • All Your Fault Tour (2017)
  • Bebe & Bassy Tour (2017)

Co-headlining

  • Warped Tour (2015)

Opening act

  • Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas: Live in Concert (2015)
  • Ellie Goulding - Delirium World Tour (2016)
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic World Tour (2018)
  • Katy Perry - Witness: The Tour (2018)

References

External links

  • Official website
Source : Wikipedia

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