Meant to Be (Bebe Rexha song)

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"Meant to Be"
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Single by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
from the album All Your Fault: Pt. 2
Released October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)
Format Digital download
Genre Country pop[1]
Length 2:43
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Bebe Rexha singles chronology
"Back to You"
(2017)
"Meant to Be"
(2017)
"Home"
(2017)
Florida Georgia Line singles chronology
"Let Me Go"
(2017)
"Meant to Be"
(2017)
"Up Down"
(2017)

"Meant to Be" is a song recorded by American singer Bebe Rexha featuring vocals from American country music duo Florida Georgia Line,[2][3] from Rexha's third extended play (EP) All Your Fault: Pt. 2 and debut studio album Expectations. It was released to American contemporary hit radio on October 24, 2017, by Warner Bros. Records as the second single from the EP.[4] It was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[5]

Background

Rexha told Billboard, "I have always respected the country genre and, growing up in New York City, I knew of [country] artists that had crossed over to the pop side, like Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks and Taylor Swift. I never thought a New York girl like me would have a country hit, but I guess it goes to show you that some things are just... meant to be." She went on to say, "When we wrote the song, Tyler was just doing what he does best with his country roots and I was doing what I knew best with my roots. We were just being true to ourselves," Rexha says. "The meaning is simple and honest, and that's why I think it's resonating with the world. The beautiful thing about music is that it allows you to break boundaries, and that's what I want to be remembered for: breaking boundaries."[6]

Commercial performance

"Meant to Be" entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 61 on the chart dated November 11, 2017. It has since peaked at number two, but was kept out of the summit by Drake's "God's Plan", becoming Rexha's third top ten hit and her first as a solo lead artist, as well as the second top ten hit for Florida Georgia Line. It is Rexha's highest-charting single on the chart, surpassing "Me, Myself & I".[7]

It also debuted atop the Hot Country Songs chart, becoming Rexha's first entry on that chart and Florida Georgia Line's sixth number one. Rexha also became the first female artist to ever debut atop the chart, while "Meant to Be" is the third song overall to start at the summit since 2012, when the chart transitioned to a hybrid data list, blending airplay, streaming and sales.[8][9] When the song spent an eleventh week in the top spot in February 2018, it surpassed Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" as the longest-running number one song on the chart for a lead female artist.[10] In August 2018, the song broke the record previously held by 2017's "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt for the most weeks at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart.[11] After spending 50 weeks at the top, it was dethroned by Kane Brown's "Lose It". The song has sold 1,354,000 copies in the United States as of December 2018.[12]

Music video

The music video was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico and directed by Sophie Muller. It was released on October 23, 2017.[13] As of October 2018 the video has over 610 million views on YouTube.[2]

Track listing

  • Digital download[14]
  1. "Meant to Be" (Acoustic) – 2:38

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[62] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Belgium (BEA)[63] Gold 15,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[64] Gold 45,000^
Germany (BVMI)[65] Gold 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[66] Platinum 20,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[67] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[68] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[69] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[70] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[71] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[72] 4× Platinum 4,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Version Label Ref.
United States 24 October 2017 Contemporary hit radio Original Warner Bros. [4]
20 November 2017 Country radio
[73]
Italy 2 February 2018 Contemporary hit radio Warner [74]
United Kingdom 6 April 2018 Digital download Acoustic Warner Bros. Records [14]

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