Acclaimed singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha appears on the cover of the Winter issue of Euphoria Magazine. In addition to covering the magazine, the ‘Meant To Be’ songstress, who was recently nominated for two Grammy Awards, spoke to Euphoria about her sensational musical journey so far.
2018 has been an unforgettable year for Bebe – not only did she release her superb debut album Expectations, which captured gold status on its first day of sales, but she has also enjoyed record breaking success with her hit ‘Meant To Be’ featuring Florida Georgia Line. The pop-country hybrid broke the record for the longest running number one in Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart history, notching up 50 sensational weeks at the top.
Speaking about the track’s success, Bebe said: “I think ‘Meant To Be’ is one of those very special situations – not to be corny about it – but it was written in the stars. It’s just so different (and) unexpected and I think the best things in life are unexpected. I didn’t see ‘Meant To Be’ having the success it did. I knew it was a special song, but I didn’t think it would be that big.”
The track has been a huge breakthrough for Bebe, who first made waves in the industry as the songwriter behind Eminem and Rihanna’s 2013 hit ‘The Monster’. Over the years the songstress has experienced a turbulent journey, however, in the end she has proved her doubters wrong and we couldn’t be prouder of her.
“I remember when I first moved to Los Angeles and everybody was like ‘you should just go home this isn’t going to work for you.’” said Bebe. “I got signed to a record deal and a songwriter deal, then I had ’The Monster’ (come out) and they were like ’No. You have a record deal and a songwriting deal but you should stick to songwriting because you’ll never be an artist.”
Something which has remained true during Bebe’s incredible journey is her passion for music and determination to retain creative control. Speaking about being true to herself on all occasions, the songstress said: “If I were ever put in a situation where I felt like I didn’t have creative control, then I just left no matter how big the person was. If I’m in a situation where there’s no collaboration effort and someone tells me what to do, I’m out. I’ve been in really weird situations where I’ve looked like an idiot having walked away from a really big producer because I wouldn’t have them tell me who I need to be.”
During her interview, Bebe also spoke about standing strong in the industry within her own skin. She said: “When I was growing up, all my favourite pop girls were so fit and had abs and shit and I will never be that. I will never be a size 2, I will never be size 4. I will be a size 8 and I’m proud of it.” Opening up about some of her biggest inspirations in the industry, Bebe added: “I respect P!nk because she said what she needed to say and say fuck you to all the record label people at the time and that’s something you do not do. There are women who have inspired me and inspired me to be in the pop world and that’s the reason I’m here today.”
The Winter Issue of Euphoria Magazine, complete with Bebe’s full interview, is available to pre-order here.